Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Lack of swimming beaches in Hubbard County has led to animosity between Lake Emma residents and swimmers who use the public access as a public beach. It isn’t, lake residents insist. Emma residents are tired of human congestion, human waste, garbage, loud music, all-night parties, poor behavior, dog poop and other misuses of what they claim is a boat access only, not a public beach. The nearly five dozen public accesses throughout the county are not swimming areas, they say.
FARGO – Lori Witt has been watching “Wheel of Fortune” since she was a teenager, and on Sunday, she took the stage at Scheels Arena for her audition. “My heart is still racing,” Witt, 55, of Northfield, Minn., said after her round. Witt was one of thousands who showed up Saturday and Sunday to apply for an audition, said Matt Erbstein, tour manager for the Wheelmobile. Anyone who filled out an application coul
BY Sarah smith email@example.com The locksmith business has conformed to technology and is no longer a skeleton key slipping into a hole. Part computer technician, part mechanical engineer, part physicist and all businessman, Joe Eisterhold is in the process of assuming ownership of what is now Park Rapids Lock & Key, three miles south of Park Rapids. His mentor, Ken Smith, has turned the keys over to the former apprentice and Joe is on his own.
July 4th (and 3rd) lake celebrations Two Inlets: A boat parade will set sail at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3 (to accommodate resort guests). Meet at the boat landing. Call Glen Wolters at 699-3244 for more information. Ham Lake: Lake residents will hold the annual get-together at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4 at the Zippel family home, 18669 East Ham Lake Drive. Long Lake: The annual July 4 flotilla will begin at 10 a.m. There will be both north and south routes. Meet 9:50 a.m. in front of New Frontier Resort on the west side of Long Lake to participate.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org In the annals of good dogs, Oakley, Hubbard County’s K-9, ranks at the top. Community members turned out in droves Saturday night to raise funds for a canine bulletproof vest. They were served a meatball and mashed potato dinner at the Park Rapids American Legion Club. Oakley has had a busy summer, said handler Sgt. Dan Kruchowski, catching crooks, sniffing out contraband and finding persons. The Sheriff’s Department had not totaled the funds by press time Monday, but the vest costs $2,300.
This dragonfly decided to drop in on a photo of a Blue Flag Iris on 9th Crow Wing Lake Sunday. It was a spectacular day on the lake, with plenty of pontoons parading about.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com Sparky is matching any cat’s luck with nine lives. Thursday night the Jack Russell terrier was picked up by a coyote at his home off Highway 87 south of Park Rapids and got the shaking of his little life. “I heard the most excruciating, loud screaming horrible noise,” said Sparky’s owner Dennis Thompson. By this time Sparky had wriggled free of the predator and dashed into two-foot-tall grass in the back yard. A panicked Thompson ran back and forth through the tall grass trying to locate his dog. Sparky had skedaddled to the front porch w
The Fergus Falls City Attorney cited Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow for speeding. The complaint is attached. Grabow is charged with driving 94 mph in a 55-mile zone on...
Minnesota’s largest rodeo event will take place Thursday, July 2, in Park Rapids. Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for the 37th annual events. The full rodeo, featuring all seven rodeo events, is Thursday night only. The rodeo includes a bull riding event. Friday and Saturday nights are PBR bull riding only for world championship points. The rodeo is a PRCA sanctioned event, professional rodeo. Both events are highly competitive. Promoter Randy Jokela said he’s been swamped with calls from hundreds of people confused about the events.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org The Six-Toed Cat Antiques store is one of Park Rapids’ best kept secrets. Concealed off Highway 34 next to Ace Hardware, the store’s address is really East First Street. A cluster of charming little buildings dots the east side of a parking lot.