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A bevy of bicyclists rode through the region this week raising funds for Habitat for Humanity, including through the closed Itasca State Park. Local authorities gave special permission for the Habitat 500 Bike Riders, all 125 cyclists, to tour the park, which had been part of the planned route for more than a year. The 500-mile bike ride also stopped at Lake Garfield's Pine Beach Resort Thursday morning for nourishment. "They kinda had their hearts set on the Headwaters," said volunteer Sara Thompson of Virginia. Each rider pledges a minimum of $900 toward the Habitat for Humanity proj
A Backus woman has died and a Park Rapids man was airlifted unre-sponsive to a Fargo hospital Thursday night following an alcohol-related head-on crash on Highway 34 east of Park Rapids. Patricia Ann Borman, 52, of Backus, was the driver of an eastbound Ford Windstar that was struck head-on by a westbound Alero driven by 22-year-old Dean James Roehler of Park Rapids. Borman died at the scene.
A Fergus Falls woman testified Monday she panicked when Park Rapids police officers questioning her in a shoplifting incident last month suggested she was "a bad parent "who would lose her kids. Marchelle Kim Ceryes, 44, said she put her car in gear and pulled out of the Walmart parking lot June 14, unaware Park Rapids police officer Carrie Parks was clinging to the passenger door. "I put the car in gear," Ceryes said. Ceryes allegedly dragged Parks nearly two blocks after shoplifting a 12-pack of beer and a diaper bag to conceal it in. "At that point I didn't notice anything," Ceryes
The mayor of Laporte has some meaty aspirations for his corner grocery store and his town. Craig Mackey's butcher shop at Laporte Grocery & Meats is the cog that drives the store engine. Now he's added a smoker that can flavor 3,000 pounds of meat at a crack. Over the holiday weekend, visitors and residents dined on smoked brats, pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket at an outdoor tent. Those profits are donated to the July 4th fireworks for 2012. Last year's profits helped fund this year's aerial entertainment. Mackey has owned the store and butcher shop eight years.
Work began this week on County Road 37, a project Kabekona Lake residents have stalled for two decades. But County Engineer Dave Olsonawski said he "couldn't have found a better contractor" if he'd tried. Aspen Construction Company of Hackensack has extensive experience working with lakeshore projects.
A Crookston man was treated and released from the Bemidji hospital July 2 after he lost control of the go kart he was driving and collided with a car in downtown Laporte. Borge Mark Fisketjon, 64, was injured when the steering mechanism of his car apparently malfunctioned. "He hit that car so hard," said Laporte mayor Craig Mackey, who was stunned at the accident along with dozens of eyewitnesses. The city has an annual soapbox derby race with heats for children and adults.
Lake Belle Taine is on the rise again. One decade almost to the day after it rose to historic levels, the lake is once again flooding basements, swallowing up beaches and forcing property owners to put dock extensions into the water. On a windy day, the causeway to Goat Island experiences waves lapping at the roadway. The bridge leading to the island is perilously close to the water's surface again - and that's after it was raised 10 inches a decade ago. Two of the proprietors of Campers' Paradise, located on the island, visited the Hubbard County board Wednesday to relay their concern
Despite the heroic efforts of numerous officers Sunday evening, a Park Rapids man pulled from Fish Hook Lake died Thursday morning. Walter "Jim" James Kimble, 79, was resuscitated by officers and ambulance personnel after his children noticed he'd disappeared while swimming. Kimble's daughter and son swam out into the lake and pulled Kimble to shore. He was 40 to 50 yards out, the sheriff's report stated.