Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A district judge chastised a Fergus Falls woman Thursday for her role in a high-speed pursuit and crash in June that injured a Park Rapids police officer and a seasonal resident. "Your attorney indicates you're taking this seriously," Judge Robert Tiffany told Marchelle Kim Ceryes, 44. "I hope that's the case. "At a minimum your actions speak louder than words," Tiffany continued.
The condemnation proceeding against several County 37 landowners has been continued until Sept.
Bond was set Thursday in the case of a 23-year-old man charged with fleeing from law officers twice in the past month. Michael Benjamin Goodman, who told the court he has a local address, was arraigned on numerous charges one day after officers fanned out through a residential Park Rapids neighborhood and captured him following a brief car and foot chase through town. Goodman, who appeared in Hubbard County District Court in a wheelchair, was charged in two separate fleeing incidents, one Wednesday and another one July 16.
The Highway 34 project continues to cause some inconveniences while workers speed toward an early finish to the major highway construction project from Park Rapids to Akeley. General contractor superintendent Allan Minnerath said if the weather holds out, most of the paving should be done by the end of next week. "They're trying to get through a project that's gonna benefit everybody," said Department of Transportation spokesperson Karen Bedeau, who attends the weekly progress meetings in Nevis. Two paving crews are working, one paving the mainline of the highway; the second paving the s
A Sebeka teen has died as a result of an ATV crash Tuesday in Wadena County. According to the Wadena County Sheriff's Department, 16-year-old Alec Dale Davy was fatally injured around 1:30 p.m. in Red Eye Township. He was airlifted to the trauma wing of North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he died of his injuries. The Sheriff's Department was assisted by Menahga police, Sebeka First Responders and Tri County Ambulance. No other information was released.
Two dozen 4-H riders from the region competed Saturday to go to state. Three age groups participated in the breakaway calf roping, team roping, goat roping and round pen exercises. The riders said it was hard work, trying to control their horses and accomplish their skill events. Four local riders will go on to state: Hannah Arvik, Cody Arvik, Chance Jokela and Tlayne Reichling. A fifth rider, Alexis Visser of Pequot Lakes, also goes to state. She rides with the Park Rapids club. Only the two upper age groups are eligible for state competition.
Hubbard County's timber sales policy, which recently came under fire from a local logging company, has now become a sticky situation. That's because no such policy exists as the county was trying to enforce. Last month logger Robin Walsh complained that he was unable to work on side-by-side timber sales bid at different prices. That was to avoid commingling the wood, county officials told him at the time. Walsh's company then had to complete logging one site and move its equipment to start the second sale. Walsh said it lost $3,000 moving its equipment.
A Ponsford man was arrested Wednesday morning following a brief high speed chase and crash through a residential Park Rapids neighborhood. Michael Benjamin Goodman, 23, was arrested after a brief ground search. Charges are pending, but he had an active search warrant out for him at the time. Goodman was allegedly involved in a high-speed pursuit last month leaving Zorbaz pizzeria in Dorset, County Attorney Don Dearstyne said. Charges are pending in that incident as well.
A Nevis area farmer was airlifted to a Fargo hospital Monday night with serious injuries after being caught in a swather. According to the Hubbard County's Sheriff's Department, James Krause, 57, was injured just before 7:30 p.m. near 240th Street northeast of Park Rapids. The report states the swather "engaged into gear and sucked him into the saw.