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The tiny hamlet of Osage appeared to have been visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Wednesday evening, judging from the fires, explosions, car accidents and general mayhem around town. A massive and multi-staged disaster drill, including a car wreck, propane inferno, trench collapse and other calamities took place in order to train 125 emergency personnel from 21 agencies. Steven Spielberg would have envied the staging of events, orchestrated by Carsonville Fire & Rescue Chief Roger Wilson, with the aid of a platoon of helpers. The drill was interrupted by two real-life acciden
As Hubbard County embarks on its fourth "no frills" budgetary year, commissioners are starting to ask bolder questions. What if the jail were no longer funded? What if certain programs like Sentence to Service were eliminated?
For those who passed through the tiny hamlet of Osage Wednesday night, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were not in town. But a massive disaster drill, including a car wreck, propane spill, trench collapse and other calamities visited the region in an effort to train more than 100 emergency personnel from two dozen agencies. Steven Spielberg would have envied the staging of events, actually orchestrated by Carsonville Fire & Rescue chief Roger Wilson with the aid of dozens of volunteers. Read more about the drill in Saturday's Enterprise. The drill was interrupted by two real-life a
Two women were transported to St. Joseph's Area Health Services Tuesday afternoon following another accident at an intersection quickly becoming the city's most dangerous. Sheri Olmsted, 49, of Menahga, was northbound on Highway 71 waiting to make a left turn on County Road 15 when her 2004 Buick Rendezvous was rear-ended by a 1994 Dodge Caravan driven by 61-year-old Maxine Ellis of Park Rapids. According to the State Patrol, Ellis said she didn't see the Olmsted vehicle until the last minute.
The Park Rapids region got a glimpse of its rich past and a peek into its equally wealthy future this past weekend, both celebrated in sounds, songs and applause. The 36th annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers show featured the usual pops, sparks and chugs. The 3rd annual Youth Music and Art Showcase featured sounds with a slightly different resonance. The Pioneer Farmers It began with a poignant remembrance of the man who was the inspiration and soul behind the show, its first president. Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers and show attendees remembered Bob A.
The Park Rapids region got a glimpse of its rich past and a peek into its equally wealthy future this past weekend, both celebrated in sounds, songs and applause. The 36th annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers show featured the usual pops, sparks and chugs.
The plight of publicly owned nursing homes is so dire, you may want to start clearing out the spare bedroom for Grandma. It could be a long-term arrangement. "Nursing homes are in jeopardy," Hubbard County commissioner Dick Devine said at Wednesday's county board meeting. "Most won't survive." Heritage Community, owned by the county, will be hit with an 11.7 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements. Devine said Heritage is under-funded by $27 per day on elderly waiver rooms; Director Kurt Hansen said it's losing $25 dollars a day on private pay rooms.
A Laporte man will spend 180 days in jail for engaging in a "significant relationship" with a 9-year-old girl that lasted five months. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was sentenced Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court on two felony counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He will be on supervised probation 25 years and must register with the state of Minnesota as a predatory offender.
Central Specialties, Inc., the Alexandria general contractor on the Highway 34 project, will receive a $120,000 incentive check if the project is completed by Sept. 1. Make that $120,000 minus the cost of a mailbox. The contractor finished paving the mainline stretch of the highway between Dorset Corner and Akeley Friday. The shoulder paving should be done by Monday. Rumble strips and striping will be applied Aug.