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They say in life and in dynamite, timing is everything. Such was the case Wednesday in Park Rapids. In a case of unfortunate timing, a jar of blasting compound was detonated at the South Transfer Station just after 4 p.m. The blast was heard throughout the city. Moments after that a fire call came in. A house downtown was on fire. The two incidents weren't related. Read more about it in Saturday's Enterprise.
A downtown Park Rapids home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage Wednesday afternoon in a blaze that snarled downtown traffic and brought many onlookers to the scene. The homeowner, Karen Karl, said she had walked from the house at 211 Pleasant Avenue to the downtown area to run an errand shortly after 4 p.m. "I wasn't even gone a half hour," she said. The main floor of her home was in flames. Twenty Park Rapids firefighters converged on the scene, which attracted dozens of spectators. Assistant Fire Chief Terry Long said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The beleaguered Hubbard County Board of Adjustment denied four variances that would have allowed encroachment on three of the county's most populated lakes, but COLA members are nevertheless pressuring the group to deny more. The board is being sued by the Coalition of Lake Associations for a variance it granted last winter in a resort-turned residential planned unit development on Fifth Crow Wing Lake. But COLA members and their attorney, who have monitored board meetings since the lawsuit was filed this summer, are pressuring the board to get stricter on homeowners who want to make lakes
Solving or explaining Minnesota's financial woes is virtually impossible in a two-minute presentation, agreed a panel of state House and Senate candidates at a forum in Nevis Monday night. That was where the agreement ended. DFL Dist.
The challengers for Hubbard County Sheriff and county attorney made their strategy clear Monday night: Youth versus the old guard. Hubbard County Sgt.
The driver of a mid-sized sedan was taken to the Park Rapids hospital after rear-ending a pickup pulling a horse trailer east of Nevis Monday afternoon. The accident, just before 4 p.m., snarled traffic both ways on the busy Highway 34 as Nevis buses and students were hitting the road. The pickup driver said she and her two horses were not injured. She said she was turning into a friend's driveway off the highway when the vehicle behind her struck the back of the trailer. "I'd just about pulled all the way into the driveway," she said. She had come from Park Rapids.
Fishers and flickers have been spotted in the region. "This morning, when I opened the blinds on the picture window, something big and furry ran away from the feeder and jumped onto the big jack pine like a squirrel," e-mailed Stan Gardinich of Becida. "It was not shaped like a coon. It had shorter legs and was much sleeker. It had a smaller head. It got off the tree and ran behind the woodshed and jumped onto another tree and climbed a few feet up. I have seen marten and this was bigger than that. I do not think it was a wolverine because I do not think they climb like that.
The county's social host ordinance making it a crime to knowingly serve minors alcohol at a party will have its first public hearing Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Advocates such as Hubbard County Chemical Dependency Coordinator Sara Bowles are urging its passage. "As a community member and as a Dad, I am in favor of this ordinance," Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said in introducing Ordinance No.