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Hubbard County officials continue to hear good reports about recently hired Veterans Services Officer Greg Remus. "Vets are ecstatic with him," county board member Don Carlson said. "He's making people very happy. It's nice to hear the positive stuff. He was an excellent acquisition, very dedicated." Remus was hired in the spring from the Fargo Veterans Association following the January resignation of Dave W.
A Boot Lake area home burned to the ground early Sunday morning after apparently being struck by lightning during a ferocious thunderstorm. Assistant Park Rapids Fire Chief Terry Long said firefighters were called to a home on County Road 46 around 2:30 a.m.
Registration begins today for the 10th annual Park Rapids Youth Fishing Derby that will occur July 31. Organizers Sharon Melbo, daughter Kim Petrie and granddaughter Amber Petrie say they're grateful the contest has endured 10 years, especially in tough economic times. "We're ready; we're excited," Kim said. There is no registration fee as usual. The family gets everything donated so kids take home a rod and reel, T-shirt, bait and prizes. They get a free lunch during the tournament, which runs from 11 a.m.
Two months ago Michael Plante appeared before the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners to tell them he was job hunting if members wouldn't elevate his position to full-time. The promising young attorney, fresh out of law school with loans to pay back, found work - in Wabasha County after Hubbard County invested an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 training him for his new job.
For Don Wilkins, preservation of an endangered violet blue bird has been a retirement obsession. The 200+ adults and 450 chicks make up the largest purple martin population in the state. Thursday was banding day. Chicks of the right age, not too small or large, received a silver U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service band on the right leg. On the left, a red band identifying the babies as Minnesota born and raised, along with some local identifiers.
Across the street from one of Park Rapids' busiest commercial enterprises is a small oasis of lush flowering trees, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruits. You would never know it's there. Bonny Disselbrett's home is right across the street from J&B Foods, a block east of U.S.
A Morris nurse was arraigned on four charges after she allegedly rear-ended a Park Rapids city councilor while under the influence with two children in her car. Shannon Marie Gray Boettcher, 41, was arrested after council member Pat Mikesh reported her weaving on U.S. Highway 71 July 2 shortly after 2:30 p.m.