Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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In the dense jungles of Vietnam, fear was everywhere. You heard your enemy before you saw him, and it was often too late. By then you had minor shrapnel wounds if you were lucky, bullet wounds if you weren't. Artillery rounds sounded like a bullwhip cracking over your head. Who were these invisible soldiers shooting at you from the trees, causing your adrenalin to surge at warp speed? Even the Vietnamese civilians recruited to help the U.S.
Cass County authorities have joined Park Rapids police investigating the similarities between firebombing incidents in both counties. Last month a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a side window of Belle Taine Glass, off Highway 34 in Park Rapids. The cocktail extinguished itself once inside the company's offices, but causes gasoline stains and window damage. Two similar incidents occurred in Cass County, to Spitzack Builders in Walker, said Cass County investigator Robert Stein.
A committee of city and county officials has begun meeting to continue a long planned and partially begun truck alternate route around Park Rapids to route heavy industrial traffic away from the downtown area. The initial step was to begin the route off U.S. Highway 71 north near the defunct Candle Factory north of Park Rapids in 2006.
Four candidates will run in the August primary for Hubbard County commission District 1, including incumbent Don Carlson. The deadline to file was June 1. Carlson will be opposed by Nevis school board member Sherman Anderson, radio station owner Ed DeLaHunt and businesswoman Kathy McGrane Grell. In Commission District 3, incumbent Greg Larson is running against the man he ousted in 2006, Floyd Frank. Cal Johannsen is running unopposed in District 5. Sheriff Frank Homer is being opposed by Sgt.
Blake Leritz lives in his own world. His four years of life have been punctuated by countless surgeries, trips to the hospital by air flight, ambulance and car. He's on a special diet to control his seizures. And then there are the pills. Lots of them he depends on to keep going.
A Hubbard County man is still at large one week after a shooting incident in Akeley. Joshua Wayne Herdina, 35, left the area after allegedly firing off numerous pistol shots at a man who had come on to his father's rural Akeley property May 21. One shot pierced the man's car windshield and embedded in the dashboard. Assault charges are pending against Herdina. He is driving a 2001 plum colored Plymouth Saturn with Minnesota license plates MZH 702. Sheriff Frank Homer said Herdina has "taken off on us before and left the area for an extended period of time." Herdina has an extensive
A switch gear that shorted out near U.S. Highway 71 caused a 2½ hour power outage for much of Park Rapids Friday morning. Minnesota Power spokes person Amy Rutlage said power went off around 9:20 a.m., affecting the whole town. Power was briefly restored shortly after 10 a.m. but the gear tripped again 15 minutes later. Rutlage said residential power was restored to customers at 11:10 when a fuse blew at Sixth Avenue South half a block off Highway 71.
A Nevis woman entered into a plea deal Wednesday in a February accident that severely injured her best friend while the women were drinking. She faces a minimum of 90 days in jail under the plea agreement. Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, entered a guilty plea to a revised charged of Criminal Vehicular Operation causing "substantial bodily injury" to her passenger Tammy Basswood instead of the original count that alleged she caused "great bodily harm." Basswood, 36, was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital following the crash.