Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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It's the credit card conundrum. Paper or plastic? Cash, checks and credit/debit cards all have a price. In Park Rapids, it starts at about 3 percent and goes up. "It's killing us," said John Lutz, owner of Park Rapids' Ben Franklin Store. "It's the cost of doing business," said Summerhill Farm owner Eileen Reish. Lutz relays the story of the customer who parks free in front of the store, runs in and buys a $1 greeting card. If that customer throws out a debit card, Lutz has just lost 18 cents upon swiping the card, plus a percentage paid to the bank.
More than 1,700 anglers converged on Fish Hook Lake Saturday for an afternoon of suntans and sunfish. The 14th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest yielded 483 weighed fish, thousands more that never tipped the scales, and a perfect day on the ice. The haul was 197 fish more than were caught in 2011, tourney statisticians said.
Sunfish and suntans greeted anglers Saturday at the 14th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The lines to weigh fish on Fish Hook Lake were so long at one point, some went back to fishing because the wait there was considerably less. "I'm pulling up a bluegill every four seconds complained one angler. Temperatures in the mid 30s with plenty of sun made the fish restless. The festivities continue through the weekend at the Park Rapids American Legion with a fisherman's ball and awards presentation Saturday night and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning. Read mo
An Akeley man who testified Wednesday that he feared being shot during a drunken driving arrest last fall was acquitted on the most serious charge in connection with the incident. Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, was convicted of lesser but still serious charges in the Oct.
An Akeley man was found not guilty of one of the most serious charges in connection with the assault of a state patrol trooper last fall, but found guilty of other charges. Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, was acquitted of a First Degree Assault charge on Trooper Darcy Gagnon stemming from an altercation during an arrest Oct. 22 east of Park Rapids. His trial was held in Walker, in front of a jury of twelve. Gagnon suffered a head gash from an assault by her own Taser.
Two of three Native Mob members at large were apprehended Wednesday night without incident in northeast Minneapolis. A third suspect, Eric Lee Bower, remains out of custody and is considered armed and dangerous, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday. Officials had issued wanted posters Tuesday for Wakinyan Wakan McArthur, 33, of Bemidji, Christopher Lee Wuori, 24, of Cass Lake and Bower, 23, of White Earth. All three are accused of racketeering, weapons violations and drug trafficking. McArthur and Wuori were taken into custody the following night.
A Menahga woman was convicted of a Third Degree Controlled Substance Crime following a two-day jury trial in Hubbard County. Sandra Lori Monroe, 51, was found guilty of possessing methamphetamine. Upon the guilty verdict, Monroe was immediately remanded into custody. "At sentencing the state will be requesting that Ms.
As more Minnesotans test shaky ice conditions on state lakes, a mass rescue training effort took place Saturday on Cass Lake. The 11th Annual Multi-Agency Winter Ice Rescue Training Exercise featured 29 agencies and 98 personnel. The purpose is to train all arms of law enforcement on water and ice rescue missions. Their skills are increasingly being called into use as more ice rescues become necessary in an unpredictable winter. At top right, Nevis firefighter Ben Roehl, one of the trainers, conducts a briefing before heading up the Cold Water Rescue Technician course.
The female driver of a PT Cruiser who lost control of the vehicle on an icy roadway was taken by ambulance to the Park Rapids hospital. The unidentified woman was southbound on Hubbard County Road 4 just before 11 a.m. when she failed to negotiate a curve north of County Road 40. The PT skidded off the road at a high rate of speed, across an opposing lane of traffic and ended up in a wooded area off the east side of the roadway. It took emergency crews several minutes to extract the woman from the passenger side of the vehicle.
Ashly Domeier's 18th birthday was one to remember, but she has lost a crucial four-hour segment of that special day. She woke up in the hospital feeling awful. But unlike most teenagers, Ashly had more to feel bad about than any of her peers. She'd recently been crowned Miss Park Rapids, and promised that she would fulfill her duties to the best of her ability to make the town proud. There she was bedridden with alcohol poisoning, suffering from more than a hangover. The guilt almost crushed her.