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It got a little hairy Monday at midnight when a 65-foot Norway pine was sucked out of the ground at Jerry and Ann Charley's place. Their fear turned to relief when they saw the tree neatly lined up near the house on Hay Creek Drive, nine miles north of Park Rapids. It did no damage. Down the road, Ruby Hensel said "a heck of a wind" took the roof off her pole barn and tossed it 200 yards, over her house and van, down on the banks of Hay Creek.
Two Dassel motorcyclists were taken to the Detroit Lakes hospital after they collided with a deer in Becker County Monday noon. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Department, the unnamed man and woman struck the deer on Becker County 39, about two miles north of Highway 34 near Ponsford. The 47-year-old male driver and 49-year-old female passenger "sustained serious injuries and were transported to area hospitals, the Becker County Sheriffs Department said in a news release. The woman was airlifted to Essentia in Fargo.
A Park Rapids woman was transported to the hospital following a one-vehicle rollover south of Park Rapids Sunday night. According to the State Patrol, Candace Eskelson, 24, was westbound on Highway 87 when she "crossed the centerline on the curve and overcorrected." She lost control of the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving and it rolled near the intersection of County Road 6. The accident occurred just after 8 p.m. The accident, which the Patrol said was alcohol-related, remains under investigation. Eskelson was taken to St.
The quaint Lake George post office, the town's most identifiable landmark, is one of 88 Minnesota Postal Services outlets targeted to close or be converted to a "village outlet." The U.S.
As the work on Highway 34 resumes full-tilt between Dorset and Park Rapids, motorists, events and businesses are beginning to feel the weight of the work and workers trying to make up for lost time. The inconvenience factor is rising daily after Central Specialties, Inc., resumed work on the major east-west tourist artery through lake country, delayed by the 20-day Minnesota shutdown. "We've got a lot of things going on out there to get this done," CSI superintendent Allan Minnerath said Thursday. He said the company would try to complete the paving and bituminous reclamation by the end
It's Dave's zinnias you notice from the highway. Traffic-stopping spectacular. This year they're about three weeks late due to a cold spring.
Five weeks ago Ed Bolton was working on his hobby farm outside of Park Rapids when something went horribly wrong. It was around 2 p.m. Bolton was planting beans. He was using a Handyman Jack.
The quaint Lake George post office is one of 88 Minnesota Postal Services outlets targeted to close or be converted to a "village outlet." The Postal Services has been looking at operations of thousands of 3,500 outlets nationally and Tuesday announced numerous closures. It is a blow to a small community experiencing a revival and couldn't be timed worse.
A bike trail from Park Rapids to Itasca State Park makes more sense than extending the Heartland Trail to Moorhead. That was the reasoning of Hubbard County commissioners Wednesday as they voiced universal support of a resolution to extend the Heartland Trail to Itasca at an estimated cost of $4 million. Although the trail to Moorhead has been in the works for years, acquisition of land through the Smoky Hills has slowed the project. A trail to Itasca has been envisioned since original plans were drawn in 1979, and when the master plan was revised in 1994, said Hubbard County Land Commis