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A Park Rapids area man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the robbery of an Akeley branch bank less than a week ago. Edward Joseph Lowen, 53, was taken into custody Wednesday night about 8:30 p.m., Sheriff Frank Homer said. He was at his residence at the time. The $2,525 taken, however, was not recovered, said Homer. "There's still a lot of follow-up that need to be done," he said. "You want to tie up loose ends." On Wednesday night, two hours before the arrest, Homer told the Enterprise "we're getting calls, about a dozen tips so far.
It was the public recognition of Edward Joseph Lowen that ultimately led to his arrest on armed robbery charges of the Akeley branch bank last weekend. Numerous tips from residents and others tipped off Hubbard County authorities to his presence in the area less than a week after $2,500 was taken from First National Bank of Walker's branch.
The grand opening of the Woodland Convenience Store was a mostly low-key affair except for the huge bouquet of roses on the counter. But the gas was a steal. At 14 cents cheaper than neighboring Park Rapids, Lake George prices at the pump lured folks from miles away. Snowmobilers and trucks pulled up to the gas pumps. There were people inside at the coffee bar, stocked with typical convenience store food, doughnuts, muffins, hot dogs, hot and cold drinks. This summer a soft serve machine will serve ice cream, Two local fathers and their sons re-opened the store last weekend.
The suspect in an Akeley branch bank robbery may have spent up to two hours casing the building before he pulled up to the front door, went in and robbed the bank at gunpoint Friday evening. Authorities spent the weekend searching for the middle-aged man who took an undisclosed amount of money shortly before closing time. The suspect, shown in bank surveillance photos released 24 hours after the heist, appeared calm as he handed a small gym bag over to the female teller. The robbery It was 25 minutes before closing time Friday when an armed stranger, dressed in a baseball cap and sungla
As the snowmobile season begins a gradual end, hastened by unseasonably warm temperatures and melting snow, Hubbard County's snowmobile officers remain on the job patrolling the trails. "We're out here primarily for safety, to keep the sport for everybody," said Dep. Jeff Stacey. "There's always some that ruin it for others." Dep.
Authorities released photos of what appeared to be a paunchy, middle-aged man who is wanted in a bank heist in Akeley Friday night. The grainy photos, captured from bank surveillance videotape, show the man, clad in light colored tennis shoes, jeans, a camouflaged jacket, ball cap and sunglasses, leaning against the teller counter at First National Bank of Walker's Akeley branch, demanding money. The suspect is carrying a small gym bag and at one point, appears to rest the gun on the counter as he waits for a teller to fill the bag with cash from her drawer. He is believed to have fled i
It was 25 minutes before closing time Friday when an armed stranger, dressed in a baseball cap and sunglasses, walked into an Akeley bank, pointed his gun at the teller and said, "Put the money in this bag." She hastily complied. "He was in and out in less than 30 seconds," said Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer, whose department is assisting the FBI in the investigation of the heist at First National Bank of Walker's Akeley branch. Homer said the man and the dark blue Chevy Tahoe SUV had been spotted in town about an hour before the robbery, but in a town of less than 400, he was not k
The Park Rapids City Council has decided to work on ways to run the city without relying on Local Government Aid. Gov. Tim Pawlenty made cuts to LGA payments for cities and counties in 2008 and 2009. Park Rapids lost $86,085 in 2008, $74,778 in 2009 and in the governor's latest budget proposal, Park Rapids would lose $201,459 in the next year. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities recently urged cities to adopt a resolution regarding the LGA cuts.
A sweeping set of reforms that would shift many state duties onto counties was unveiled this week, potentially saving the state $945 million over two years. But the trial balloon is going over like a lead zeppelin locally.