Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A Park Rapids man faces a Disorderly Conduct charge stemming from a volatile incident Monday noon at the Park Rapids post office. Gabriel Alan Detmers, 34, apparently came into the crowded post office to complain that his grandmother's Christmas cards had not been picked up by the carrier, Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers said. He demanded to know why.
Two small pieces of equipment made a monumental difference recently at a motor vehicle crash scene - to the rescuers and the rescued. And Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said it illustrates just how dangerous accident scenes can be to those who respond. Called TeleCrib® struts, the lightweight stabilizing pieces of composite material were employed Nov. 30 to hold up a rolled Jeep on Highway 34 so crews could quickly free the driver. The struts use pegs, holes and a ratchet strap cinched tight to telescope upwards, lifting the car with them. "They're awesome," Hoffman said.
A Dec. 27 trial date has been set in the case of a Park Rapids mother who allegedly bought her underage son and friends alcohol last spring. Tracy Marie Teigen, 45, faces two counts of Contributing to Status as Juvenile Offender, two counts of Persons Under 21; Illegal Acts, Purchasing, and one count of violating the county's social host ordinance. The first four charges each carry a maximum of 1 year and/or a $3,000 fine upon conviction.
A Park Rapids woman reported to the Hubbard County jail Monday to begin serving time for an alcohol-related rollover that injured her only. Candace Dawn Eskelson, 24, was transported to the hospital July 31 following a crash on County Road 87 south of Park Rapids. An eyewitness said Eskelson's vehicle was weaving and speeding when it left the roadway and "shot off into the woods." A blood test indicated a .22 percent alcohol content. Eskelson was trapped in her vehicle.
Volunteers are gearing up for the annual Community Christmas Dinner in Park Rapids. Hundreds came to the Park Rapids American Legion to dine in 2010. Last year 150 dinners were delivered to those who couldn't come. "Denny Anderson and I have heard stories about the great need in our community," said co-organizer Lynn Spilman.
Traffic arrests throughout Hubbard County are starting to yield more than drunken drivers. Officers are confiscating a Heinz variety of drugs, including methamphetamines, marijuana and prescription pills. "It's not that we're having an epidemic, it's just that we know where to look," said Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers. County Attorney Don Dearstyne said he's noticed an increase in officer-issued citations, up drastically from two years ago, from both police officers and road deputies. Two new officers, one on the Police Department and one on the Sheriff's Department, have each
The cost of delivering Meals on Wheels for one year to a senior citizen living at home is less than the cost of one day's hospitalization if that senior's condition deteriorates. At a Taste of Christmas event Saturday in Park Rapids, Meals on Wheels administrators and volunteers stressed the importance of the program in the face of drastic federal cuts. "It's very important to keep people in homes," said Darlene Morgenstern-Loch, assistant director of Lutheran Social Service's Senior Nutrition Program.
A Park Rapids man involved in a fatal crash on his way home from Moondance Jam last summer has been charged with six counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Injury in the death of a Backus woman and injuries to her daughter and grandchild. The criminal complaint states Dean James Roehler, 22, was on a combination of alcohol and a powerful sedative called Midazolam when his westbound vehicle veered across the centerline of Highway 34 and struck an eastbound minivan head-on July 14. Patricia Ann Borman, 52, the driver of the minivan, died at the scene.
A Park Rapids teenager appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday morning, the second person to be charged under the county's year-old social host liability law. The county's crackdown on underage drinking and alcohol sales continues, with five convenience store clerks all being cited after a summer sting operation in which an underage decoy allegedly bought alcohol. In all, seven have been charged. Ashly Renee Domeier, 18, was charged after she invited a number of friends to her stepfather's home Oct. 8 to celebrate her 18th birthday, the criminal complaint states.
A small parade of Hubbard County department heads appeared before the county board Thursday afternoon to plead their cases for overstepping their budget limits while a smaller parade of property owners appeared the same night to bemoan their taxes. Some department heads went to great lengths to reduce their budgets to the numbers assigned to them by the board earlier this fall in a no new spending command. Veterans Service Officer Greg Remus sought to successfully cut $1,400 from his tiny staff by cutting and shifting phone services. Assistant County Attorney Erika Randall has cut all el