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Oakley will run with the big dogs next week. Hubbard County's new K-9 will compete in the United States Police Canine Association national trials next week in Detroit Lakes. The Belgian Malinois, a smaller version of a German shepherd, Oakley has already been involved in searches for drugs, missing persons and illegal aliens in his short tenure on the job. He's performed at gigs in Lake George, Laporte and all over the county, showing off his skills. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department purchased him from a Minnesota breeder. Oakley was fully trained.
As Bemidji recently rousted a homeless encampment, evicting three, the issue of long-term homelessness is being tackled by a local agency reaching out to others in the region. The hope is that the homeless population will not become one of squatters or tent cities. Mahube Community Council, Inc., has applied for a $594,000 grant in Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program funding for 2012-13 to serve the homeless population.
A Park Rapids man seriously injured last weekend in an attack on a coalition base in Afghanistan is back in the U.S. Andy Boos, 20, a 2009 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, suffered a lacerated spleen, broken tailbone, a cracked pelvis and numerous shrapnel wounds when the building he was in collapsed, his mother Jolene said. But his most serious injury is a hematoma on his backside that has already undergone two surgeries and likely will require more, she said. Damaged tissue must be removed, the bleeding contained and the infection kept under control. He can't stand or put an
The Red Bridge's reflection was even shinier Saturday after St. Johns Lutheran Church parishoners gave it a fresh coat of paint. Dozens of parishoners fanned out throughout Park Rapids in a day of community service. "Blitz Park Rapids" volunteers re-painted the bridge, the playground equipment at several parks, visited residents at Heritage Living Center, picked up garbage at the transfer station and spruced the town up. At right, from left, Matt Kaufenberg, Jerry Eischens and Dustin Bethel applied their paintbrushes to the playground equipment at Deane Point.
A self-described "gadget guy" entertained nearly 700 food fans Saturday afternoon in Park Rapids as he whipped up pumpkin whoopee pies, pizza and a garlic-stuffed pork roast. Taste of Home Cooking School culinary specialist Guy Klinzing even got in a few ribald jokes and a country western song during his nearly three-hour presentation. But the professional chef offered common sense techniques as he showed his audience the "scoop and sweep" method of sifting flour, a crucial key to cooking, he maintained. Nearly 2,000 people attended the cooking school and expo at Century School, most to
A safety feature on area highways is causing bicyclists some concerns, even though they are among the intended groups being protected. Rumble strips were placed along Highway 71 north of Park Rapids this past summer and now grace the shoulders and centerline strip of the newly renovated Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Walker. According to Department of Transportation traffic engineer Bill Pirkl, the 4-foot wide paved shoulders now have an 8-inch wide rumble strip 2 inches off the fog line. That leaves a good 3 feet of bicycling room on the shoulder and warns motorists they are encroac
A Park Rapids man was seriously injured in a weekend attack on a coalition base in Afghanistan. Andy Boos, 20, a 2009 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, suffered a lacerated spleen, broken tailbone, a broken pelvis and numerous shrapnel wounds when the building he was in collapsed, his mother Jolene said.
Richard Hamilton Smith's life path hung a looie in 1971 when his college roommate couldn't come up with the rent. The pre-med student took his roommate's camera in trade for the rent money. A career was born the minute he picked up the gear. Medicine didn't challenge Smith's artistic side, he admitted. Photography did. In October the U.S.
Another foreclosed development could become Hubbard County's latest Aquatic Management Area after county commissioners approved the DNR moving forward with its purchase. The 29 acres on Spider and Crow Wing Lakes in a defunct development now owned by Citizen's National Bank in Park Rapids would theoretically be purchased with Legacy funds and converted to public lands with access for shore fishing once an appraisal is completed. DNR Fisheries chief Doug Kingsley said taxpayers might be better off once the property is removed from tax rolls. "The PILT would be two times as much as the tax