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Proceeds from the Park Rapids Community Christmas Dinner were donated to the Salvation Army. "This holiday we raised $20,000," said Salvation Army volunteer Lori Longworth. The funds came from kettle and charitable donations, plus the holiday meal, which is funded with freewill donations. Longworth said the $20,000 is down slightly from years past but still a remarkable achievement in a small community suffering in the economy. "We'd like to thank all our bell ringers and volunteers," Longworth said.
Two quick-thinking officers may have interrupted a burglary spree in progress on New Year's Eve. Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Tuesday on a litany of charges connected to a series of break-ins that began Dec. 22 and continued over the New Year. All remain in jail. They are Daniel Owen Garbow, 24, of Park Rapids, Donald James Hardy Jr., 34, and David Edwards, 29, both of Ponsford. According to the criminal complaint, Hubbard County Dep. Adam Williams responded to a garage door alarm on 219th Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 31.
Two officers were injured in a melee Tuesday night in Park Rapids when they responded to a suicide call. Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette and Hubbard County K-9 officer Dan Kruchowski were treated for their injuries at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
A forfeiture case argued in Hubbard County District Court Thursday illustrates the heartbreak families suffer trying to get troubled children on a path to success. Wayne and Jodi Lynn Hill appeared before Judge Robert Tiffany to argue for the return of the family's motor home, which was seized in an administrative forfeiture action following their son's DWI arrest in September.
Hubbard County's K-9 officer suffered a broken hand trying to apprehend a suspect Tuesday night, but his dog made the collar on his own. Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette was bitten during he scuffle and required medical attention to clean the bite wound. Officers were called to a Park Rapids location for a suicidal male. Hubbard County K-9 Dep.
The musical duo of Frank and Fran - or Fran and Frank - has delighted northern Minnesota audiences for a quarter century. Frank Lamb and Fran Gack are such institutions throughout Hubbard, Cass and other counties, they've earned, like Cher, a one-name instant recognition from their thousands of fans. "Oh, Frank and Fran are playing," one woman noted matter-of-factly at a recent event. Cheery, upbeat and full of life, one wonders if either has a bad day. Frank Lamb Frank was born in Akeley, where he owned Frank's Grocery for 30 years. He started picking out tunes on a piano around ag
On a day that seemed more spring-like than winter, hundreds turned out for the annual Community Christmas Dinner. Guests stood in long serving lines while volunteers kept scooping and serving food. Co-organizers Lynn Spilman and Denny Anderson said more than 200 meals were delivered to people who couldn't come to the Legion. A separate crew was packing meals to go in the kitchen. Volunteer Jim Canada said the crowds came early, right at 11 a.m. "Denny and I cannot thank the many volunteers enough for making the dinner such a success," Spilman said.
A Grand Forks couple denied a variance in August will return to the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment next month to seek a declaration that none was needed for their $400,000 garage addition. David and Karen Hagert were denied an after-the fact permit and variance for guest quarters they added above their garage last year. In a filing to the Hubbard County Environmental Services Office dated Dec.
As deposits to the county landfill reach the horizon, Hubbard County board members turned their attention Wednesday to the cost of waste disposal. The deep hole at the south transfer station is full to ground level.
Firefighters in three counties were called out to battle separate grass fires amid stiff winds and bone-dry conditions. Sebeka's department was called out shortly after 1 p.m. to a large grass fire in Wadena County.