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The tiny hamlet of Osage appeared to have been visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Wednesday evening, judging from the fires, explosions, car accidents and general mayhem around town. A massive and multi-staged disaster drill, including a car wreck, propane inferno, trench collapse and other calamities took place in order to train 125 emergency personnel from 21 agencies. Steven Spielberg would have envied the staging of events, orchestrated by Carsonville Fire & Rescue Chief Roger Wilson, with the aid of a platoon of helpers. The drill was interrupted by two real-life acciden
Just as the region celebrated the opening of Main Avenue, in downtown Park Rapids, folks may want to dance down the center line of Highway 34. Thursday it will open after four years of construction. "Don't you have any other projects we can pave here?" asked Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath when asked if he would miss the area. The St. Cloud general contractor has paved most of the recent projects around the city, including Highway 34 and Highway 71 to Menahga. Next week the rumble strip details will be put on 34 and the striping will be completed.
For those who passed through the tiny hamlet of Osage Wednesday night, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were not in town. But a massive disaster drill, including a car wreck, propane spill, trench collapse and other calamities visited the region in an effort to train more than 100 emergency personnel from two dozen agencies. Steven Spielberg would have envied the staging of events, actually orchestrated by Carsonville Fire & Rescue chief Roger Wilson with the aid of dozens of volunteers. Read more about the drill in Saturday's Enterprise. The drill was interrupted by two real-life a
Two women were transported to St. Joseph's Area Health Services Tuesday afternoon following another accident at an intersection quickly becoming the city's most dangerous. Sheri Olmsted, 49, of Menahga, was northbound on Highway 71 waiting to make a left turn on County Road 15 when her 2004 Buick Rendezvous was rear-ended by a 1994 Dodge Caravan driven by 61-year-old Maxine Ellis of Park Rapids. According to the State Patrol, Ellis said she didn't see the Olmsted vehicle until the last minute.
The Park Rapids region got a glimpse of its rich past and a peek into its equally wealthy future this past weekend, both celebrated in sounds, songs and applause. The 36th annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers show featured the usual pops, sparks and chugs. The 3rd annual Youth Music and Art Showcase featured sounds with a slightly different resonance. The Pioneer Farmers It began with a poignant remembrance of the man who was the inspiration and soul behind the show, its first president. Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers and show attendees remembered Bob A.
The Park Rapids region got a glimpse of its rich past and a peek into its equally wealthy future this past weekend, both celebrated in sounds, songs and applause. The 36th annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers show featured the usual pops, sparks and chugs.
"It's just a remarkable day!" And with those euphoric words Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll and assistant mayor Sue Tomte cut the bright red ribbon across Main Avenue, ending a decade of planning, sacrifice, and hard work to make downtown a modern and charming showpiece. The geriatric sewer system is history, but the center parking remains, along with new accoutrements that will become signature pieces such as the sidewalk cornerstones featuring area lakes in granite inlays. The flowers were in full bloom and it was a time to celebrate a day, by Carroll's own admission, some thought woul
Central Specialties, Inc., the Alexandria general contractor on the Highway 34 project, will receive a $120,000 incentive check if the project is completed by Sept. 1. Make that $120,000 minus the cost of a mailbox. The contractor finished paving the mainline stretch of the highway between Dorset Corner and Akeley Friday. The shoulder paving should be done by Monday. Rumble strips and striping will be applied Aug.
A Laporte man will spend 180 days in jail for engaging in a "significant relationship" with a 9-year-old girl that lasted five months. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was sentenced Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court on two felony counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He will be on supervised probation 25 years and must register with the state of Minnesota as a predatory offender.