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Late Thursday afternoon Amy Yerkes was headed home to Nevis. A maroon Windstar pulled onto Highway 34 from the Walmart parking lot in Park Rapids. Yerkes was at L&M Fleet buying lighting for the house she's purchasing. The two vehicles headed east, the Windstar ahead of Yerkes' car. "It was one of those fluke things," Yerkes, still shaken, recalled. "In a flash" the vehicle in front of her was involved in a head-on crash near the Dorset Corner. "As the two vehicles collided they split apart and I went right through at 62 miles an hour," Yerkes said.
The steadily rising waters of Lake Belle Taine gave Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment pause Monday morning as it tabled a variance request to build a new home on the lakeshore. A request by Ardeth and Everett Duthoy to improve and build on a Belle Taine lot involved several shoreland ordinances that could not be complied with and the board, after a lengthy discussion, tabled the matter to re-visit the site and take additional measurements. The board viewed the lot last Thursday in preparation for the Monday meeting. A 1993 variance was granted for a previous owner to build on the lot
A bevy of bicyclists rode through the region this week raising funds for Habitat for Humanity, including through the closed Itasca State Park. Local authorities gave special permission for the Habitat 500 Bike Riders, all 125 cyclists, to tour the park, which had been part of the planned route for more than a year. The 500-mile bike ride also stopped at Lake Garfield's Pine Beach Resort Thursday morning for nourishment. "They kinda had their hearts set on the Headwaters," said volunteer Sara Thompson of Virginia. Each rider pledges a minimum of $900 toward the Habitat for Humanity proj
Two Boy Scouts were taken to area hospitals with medical conditions suffered Tuesday at Camp Wilderness. One with chest pains was airlifted to a Fargo hospital for further evaluation, said Brad Olson, camp director. "We had somebody complaining of chest pains so we called the ambulance and after those guys got here they reevaluated and they decided the person probably should be taken to Fargo so they got a helicopter to take him in," Olson said. Another Scout was taken to St, Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids for evaluation of back and leg spasms.
A determined little tomboy is defying the odds and delighting her doctors just months after undergoing a successful kidney transplant. Six-year-old Katrina Olafson returned to her Century School kindergarten class in mid-February and is headed for first grade in the fall. Meanwhile, dad Justin said she's "moving at 100 miles an hour." She and twin sister Kayla went to the Hubbard County fair recently.
A Backus woman has died and a Park Rapids man was airlifted unre-sponsive to a Fargo hospital Thursday night following an alcohol-related head-on crash on Highway 34 east of Park Rapids. Patricia Ann Borman, 52, of Backus, was the driver of an eastbound Ford Windstar that was struck head-on by a westbound Alero driven by 22-year-old Dean James Roehler of Park Rapids. Borman died at the scene.
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.
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