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A Fergus Falls woman testified Monday she panicked when Park Rapids police officers questioning her in a shoplifting incident last month suggested she was "a bad parent "who would lose her kids. Marchelle Kim Ceryes, 44, said she put her car in gear and pulled out of the Walmart parking lot June 14, unaware Park Rapids police officer Carrie Parks was clinging to the passenger door. "I put the car in gear," Ceryes said. Ceryes allegedly dragged Parks nearly two blocks after shoplifting a 12-pack of beer and a diaper bag to conceal it in. "At that point I didn't notice anything," Ceryes
The mayor of Laporte has some meaty aspirations for his corner grocery store and his town. Craig Mackey's butcher shop at Laporte Grocery & Meats is the cog that drives the store engine. Now he's added a smoker that can flavor 3,000 pounds of meat at a crack. Over the holiday weekend, visitors and residents dined on smoked brats, pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket at an outdoor tent. Those profits are donated to the July 4th fireworks for 2012. Last year's profits helped fund this year's aerial entertainment. Mackey has owned the store and butcher shop eight years.
Work began this week on County Road 37, a project Kabekona Lake residents have stalled for two decades. But County Engineer Dave Olsonawski said he "couldn't have found a better contractor" if he'd tried. Aspen Construction Company of Hackensack has extensive experience working with lakeshore projects.
Lake Belle Taine is on the rise again. One decade almost to the day after it rose to historic levels, the lake is once again flooding basements, swallowing up beaches and forcing property owners to put dock extensions into the water. On a windy day, the causeway to Goat Island experiences waves lapping at the roadway. The bridge leading to the island is perilously close to the water's surface again - and that's after it was raised 10 inches a decade ago. Two of the proprietors of Campers' Paradise, located on the island, visited the Hubbard County board Wednesday to relay their concern
Despite the heroic efforts of numerous officers Sunday evening, a Park Rapids man pulled from Fish Hook Lake died Thursday morning. Walter "Jim" James Kimble, 79, was resuscitated by officers and ambulance personnel after his children noticed he'd disappeared while swimming. Kimble's daughter and son swam out into the lake and pulled Kimble to shore. He was 40 to 50 yards out, the sheriff's report stated.
A Crookston man was treated and released from the Bemidji hospital July 2 after he lost control of the go kart he was driving and collided with a car in downtown Laporte. Borge Mark Fisketjon, 64, was injured when the steering mechanism of his car apparently malfunctioned. "He hit that car so hard," said Laporte mayor Craig Mackey, who was stunned at the accident along with dozens of eyewitnesses. The city has an annual soapbox derby race with heats for children and adults.
A 22-year-old Remer man died at the scene of a one-car rollover south of Remer Tuesday night. The State Patrol identified the victim as Daniel Richard Chycner. The vehicle was northbound on Highway 6 south of Remer when the vehicle left the roadway,. struck an approach and rolled, the Patrol report states. The accident, which is under investigation, occurred just after 10 p.m. The victim was driving a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville.
Two officers proved how essential they were when a Fish Hook Lake resident suffered a heart attack Saturday evening in the water. State Trooper Nick Tabbert and Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette performed CPR on the man, saving his life. He was identified as 79-year-old Walter "Jim" Kimble. According to Hubbard County Chief Deputy Scott Parks, family members pulled Kimble from the water.
A Nevis firefighter was taken to the Park Rapids hospital when he was injured responding to a boat inferno on Lake Belle Taine Monday noon. Ron Leyba was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services with a shoulder injury. He fell down a steep hill near Beauty Bay Lodge, according to firefighters on the scene.