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By Sarah Smith firstname.lastname@example.org The Park Rapids Fire Department will be joining the Dakotas region of the American Red Cross to reduce fire deaths by a quarter over five years. The program involves eastern North Dakota and 10 counties along western Minnesota in an effort to reduce family fire deaths. More than 600 smoke detectors will be installed locally as part of that push, likely within the Park Rapids city limits. The program is slated for March or April, but no firm date has been set.
By Sarah Smith email@example.com A Park Rapids veterinarian who went to the aid of a collapsed horse Tuesday night said people have to recognize their limitations in caring for large animals. As the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department investigates a second complaint of animal abuse involving starving horses, Dr. Bill Isaacson tried to reinforce the theory that if you have questions about your horses, ask for an outside opinion. It doesn’t have to be law enforcement or a vet. Too many people simply don’t ask for help, he said.
The 17th annual Park Rapids Fishing Contest returns to Fish Hook Lake Saturday, Feb. 7. Check out the Wednesday, Feb. 4 edition of the Enterprise for a section filled with details of the event.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org It’s been a tough winter for septic system experts, even though warm weather would dictate otherwise. “We’re seeing a lot of frozen tanks,” said Dave Hacker of Backhoe Pete. Warm weather drives the frost down and the frost gets down around the pipe if people don’t use enough water. Hacker said families with kids who frequently shower and do laundry aren’t in much danger of freezing. But weekend residents have been calling for help with burst sewer lines that have to be steamed out and frozen septic tanks. “We’re seeing more freeze-up,” he
BY dan gunderson and sarah smith email@example.com In days gone by, the independent butcher shop was a common fixture in Minnesota towns. No longer. “Boy, it’s just a dying industry,” said Whitman Briard, who operates a butcher shop in New York Mills. “There used to be a meat locker in just about every town.
By Sarah Smith firstname.lastname@example.org This week we have two stories in Cody’s Corner, one good and one not so good. First the good: this comes from Bobbi Jacobson, a local resident. “From as far back as I can remember I’ve loved dogs. I’ve had many through the years, including the ones I’d dog sit for relatives and friends when they would go out of town. “Finally, on my 12th birthday, Mom and Dad must have been convinced that I was incurable and bought me my own puppy, a German Shepard I named Sandy.
Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and assisting agencies responded to several reports of vehicles thru the ice over the weekend. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported in these incidents. Sheriff Burch reports that due to minimal snow conditions motorists are able to travel freely on area waterways and are finding thin ice areas. In a year with normal snowfall, plowed roads help keep motorists away from vulnerable areas.
By Sarah Smith email@example.com A loon rescued last month on Upper Bottle Lake and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center has died. “Our staff was just crushed.
By Sarah Smith firstname.lastname@example.org A University of Minnesota Extension study has concluded that second homeowners, many of which populate lake country, have financial and business expertise that packs a wallop to the nine counties surveyed. Each person spent a median amount of $3,252 annually at local businesses. And more than half of second homeowners responding to the survey have experience in business ownership, operation and management. Businesses would do well to cater to those residents, the survey concluded. “The social and economic impacts of second homeowners on co