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A Dec. 27 trial date has been set in the case of a Park Rapids mother who allegedly bought her underage son and friends alcohol last spring. Tracy Marie Teigen, 45, faces two counts of Contributing to Status as Juvenile Offender, two counts of Persons Under 21; Illegal Acts, Purchasing, and one count of violating the county's social host ordinance. The first four charges each carry a maximum of 1 year and/or a $3,000 fine upon conviction.
Volunteers are gearing up for the annual Community Christmas Dinner in Park Rapids. Hundreds came to the Park Rapids American Legion to dine in 2010. Last year 150 dinners were delivered to those who couldn't come. "Denny Anderson and I have heard stories about the great need in our community," said co-organizer Lynn Spilman.
A Park Rapids teenager appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday morning, the second person to be charged under the county's year-old social host liability law. The county's crackdown on underage drinking and alcohol sales continues, with five convenience store clerks all being cited after a summer sting operation in which an underage decoy allegedly bought alcohol. In all, seven have been charged. Ashly Renee Domeier, 18, was charged after she invited a number of friends to her stepfather's home Oct. 8 to celebrate her 18th birthday, the criminal complaint states.
A Park Rapids man involved in a fatal crash on his way home from Moondance Jam last summer has been charged with six counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Injury in the death of a Backus woman and injuries to her daughter and grandchild. The criminal complaint states Dean James Roehler, 22, was on a combination of alcohol and a powerful sedative called Midazolam when his westbound vehicle veered across the centerline of Highway 34 and struck an eastbound minivan head-on July 14. Patricia Ann Borman, 52, the driver of the minivan, died at the scene.
The cost of delivering Meals on Wheels for one year to a senior citizen living at home is less than the cost of one day's hospitalization if that senior's condition deteriorates. At a Taste of Christmas event Saturday in Park Rapids, Meals on Wheels administrators and volunteers stressed the importance of the program in the face of drastic federal cuts. "It's very important to keep people in homes," said Darlene Morgenstern-Loch, assistant director of Lutheran Social Service's Senior Nutrition Program.
Atonement for past transgressions can take many forms. For Park Rapids resident Paul Schultz, it was life saving. It began with a hug on April 10, preceded by seven years of sobriety after a 27-year battle with drug and alcohol abuse. On that fateful day, Schultz, 46, had attended a state Narcotics Anonymous convention. At the door, Becky Rodriguez gave him a warm hug and welcomed him. The two became friends on Facebook. At the convention they talked for hours. Becky, from St. Paul, was overflowing with thoughts about what they could do for others to help them in their recovery.
Hubbard County residents were able to see a partial lunar eclipse Saturday morning, but may have been robbed of the full Monty due to the dawn breaking. Earth's shadow slid across the moon's surface starting around 7 a.m. Saturday. But the moon had faded into the sky by the time the eclipse was full 80 minutes later. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, following its orbit around Earth, passes directly behind Earth as seen from the sun. During a solar eclipse the opposite happens. The moon passes between the sun and Earth. This was the last total eclipse until 2014.
A small parade of Hubbard County department heads appeared before the county board Thursday afternoon to plead their cases for overstepping their budget limits while a smaller parade of property owners appeared the same night to bemoan their taxes. Some department heads went to great lengths to reduce their budgets to the numbers assigned to them by the board earlier this fall in a no new spending command. Veterans Service Officer Greg Remus sought to successfully cut $1,400 from his tiny staff by cutting and shifting phone services. Assistant County Attorney Erika Randall has cut all el
Hubbard County Board chairman Greg Larson took a humorous opportunity to jump ship Thursday, not wanting to extend his tenure at the helm. And board members winced when they learned the Board of Adjustment chair, or a designate, was being paid $70 plus mileage to sign off on orders of variance forms days after a meeting, collecting the usual per diem for the paperwork. For Larson's post the board discussed whether the county chair position should run two years, as it has in the past.
Six thousand holiday cookies disappeared seemingly in a blink Saturday morning as Akeley United Methodist's 10th annual Cookie Walk turned into a sprint. Or maybe a spritz. (Those went like lightning, too.) The annual church fundraiser featured tray upon tray of cookies, tables laden with breads, rolls, Scandinavian treats and bars. Gone, gone, gone. One need only look to the streets of Akeley to see why. Late arrivals had to park a country mile away to get there. Crowds began lining up well before the 10 a.m.