Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Park Rapids' downtown came alive Friday night with the lighting of a magnificent tree, the sounds of Christmas carols and the lowing of cattle at a live Nativity. Merchants stayed open late to serve gourmet nibbles and start ringing cash registers as brisk sales began. At midnight, the new start to Black Friday, the Walmart parking lot was a mob scene as shoppers hurried to get the best deals on home electronics. Saturday morning weary clerks came back to work and did it all over again, especially downtown, where many businesses were catering to the second annual celebration of the natio
Two elderly Walker women died after the car they were in was broadsided by a vehicle carrying a family of five Monday night. The accident occurred just before 6 p.m. on Highway 371, according to the State Patrol. A Patrol report said the 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by Beulah Hendricks, 93, was struck by a 1999 Chevy Tahoe south of Walker. Passenger Mary Isakson, 86, also of Walker, died at the scene. Hendricks passed away Tuesday at St.
Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Wednesday noon in what the county attorney is calling "one of the most significant" drug busts in recent memory. Darrol Allen Shepersky, 41, and Harold Glenn Hanson, 41, both of Park Rapids, and Joshua Paul Carlson, 31, of Eagan, appeared in connection with a Monday night bust that netted 90 grams of methamphetamine valued at $8,000. Officers also seized $2,528 in cash. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said it was a significant amount of drugs and asked Judge Robert Tiffany to set bail accordingly.
The serving line at Riverside United Methodist Church moved steadily for three hours Thursday. Here volunteer Ann Lindblom took her shift with the gravy ladle. The 29th annual Thank Meal served 200 delivery and take-out meals with 300+ coming to the church for a sit-down feast.The free-will event, after expenses are paid, serves as a community fundraiser, said organizer Spike Wellman. This year 35 turkeys were cooked along with a "mountain of mashed potatoes," he said. "It kind of runs itself but it takes a lot of people to do it," he said.
The first thing you notice upon starting up a Chevy Volt is how absolutely soundless they are. The minute you put them into gear, they soundlessly move - quickly. For generations of folks used to the puttering, humming, accelerating motions and automotive sounds of a century of vehicles, the Volt could be a bit disconcerting, but it's a silence that's golden. As the first electric car you can drive cross-country, the Volt, actually, a plug-in hybrid, is in line to spawn a whole new generation of drivers, based on the buzz it's generated. Thielen Motors in Park Rapids took delivery of i
A well-known regional developer and businessman has been identified as the victim of a helicopter crash in Ten Mile Lake. Pilot John Zacher 56, of Hackensack, died when his craft went down about 7 p.m. on the east side of the lake in Cass County. His wife, Vicki, 55, managed to swim to shore and was briefly hospitalized for hypothermia. The FAA will be investigating the incident. John Zacher's body was discovered near the submerged wreckage 150 feet from shore in 30 feet of water, the Cass County Sheriff's Department said.
A driver whose car went out of control and into a farm field west of Park Rapids was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon. The 80-year-old woman was complaining of neck and back pain. It was unclear what the cause of the accident was, but the woman's vehicle mowed down a stop sign on the drive leaving the Seventh Day Adventist Church one mile west of town, continued into a ditch and out into the field.
Nevis' liquor commissioner and municipal liquor store were caught in a sting operation last summer for sales of alcohol to an underage decoy. Cammy Catherine Johnson, 52, recently appeared in Hubbard County District Court on a gross misdemeanor charge of Selling Alcohol to a Minor. The charge stems from a routine compliance check in June.
A Big Lake man convicted in a poaching and pot-growing operation one year ago is now charged with threatening the hunters who made the initial complaint. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 61, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Nov.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment met Monday, but the important news wasn't on the agenda. It was the announcement by BOA chair Jerry Cole that "we're being sued" by a Grand Forks man who built living quarters above a garage on Deer and Shallow lakes without a permit. The county's Environmental Services Office sent David and Karen Hagert a letter earlier this fall ordering them to tear down the $400,000 structure or move it into compliance. The Hagerts responded by filing suit Sept. 12.