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They say in life and in dynamite, timing is everything. Such was the case Wednesday in Park Rapids. In a case of unfortunate timing, a jar of blasting compound was detonated at the South Transfer Station just after 4 p.m. The blast was heard throughout the city. Moments after that a fire call came in. A house downtown was on fire. The two incidents weren't related. Read more about it in Saturday's Enterprise.
A downtown Park Rapids home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage Wednesday afternoon in a blaze that snarled downtown traffic and brought many onlookers to the scene. The homeowner, Karen Karl, said she had walked from the house at 211 Pleasant Avenue to the downtown area to run an errand shortly after 4 p.m. "I wasn't even gone a half hour," she said. The main floor of her home was in flames. Twenty Park Rapids firefighters converged on the scene, which attracted dozens of spectators. Assistant Fire Chief Terry Long said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Solving or explaining Minnesota's financial woes is virtually impossible in a two-minute presentation, agreed a panel of state House and Senate candidates at a forum in Nevis Monday night. That was where the agreement ended. DFL Dist.
The challengers for Hubbard County Sheriff and county attorney made their strategy clear Monday night: Youth versus the old guard. Hubbard County Sgt.
The beleaguered Hubbard County Board of Adjustment denied four variances that would have allowed encroachment on three of the county's most populated lakes, but COLA members are nevertheless pressuring the group to deny more. The board is being sued by the Coalition of Lake Associations for a variance it granted last winter in a resort-turned residential planned unit development on Fifth Crow Wing Lake. But COLA members and their attorney, who have monitored board meetings since the lawsuit was filed this summer, are pressuring the board to get stricter on homeowners who want to make lakes
The driver of a mid-sized sedan was taken to the Park Rapids hospital after rear-ending a pickup pulling a horse trailer east of Nevis Monday afternoon. The accident, just before 4 p.m., snarled traffic both ways on the busy Highway 34 as Nevis buses and students were hitting the road. The pickup driver said she and her two horses were not injured. She said she was turning into a friend's driveway off the highway when the vehicle behind her struck the back of the trailer. "I'd just about pulled all the way into the driveway," she said. She had come from Park Rapids.
A well-known Park Rapids surveyor faces felony theft charges in a case that has elements of competitive espionage to it. Thomas Michael Miller, 64, has been charged with downloading the database of Arro Land Surveyors, LLC, his former employer, and taking it, a client list and other information to Lindow Surveying & Mapping LLC, where he is now employed as a consultant.
Where Jesse Dahl was drinking on the night of his fatal rollover is an unsolved mystery and likely beyond perjury charges. Dahl, 30, of Brainerd, testified under oath Monday that he left the Becida Bar and Grill at closing time July 3 after drinking four spiced rum drinks. Absolutely not, said bar owner Jane Miller. "He's lying.