Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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BEMIDJI, Minn. – Placement of rummage sale signs and other unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way is prohibited under MN State Statute 160.27, according to the Minnesota Department...
Blood drive volunteers Lynn Spilman, at left, and Rose Loeffler, celebrated 30 years of coordinating blood drives at the Park Rapids American Legion. They usually hold a blood drive before a major holiday in which people will be traveling. Blood donor Marjorie Amick, at left, was at the Legion for her 32nd blood donation. She started donating during the Vietnam War.
This 200-pound bear was struck by a motorist south of Park Rapids on Highway 71 Friday morning. It was being loaded into a truck to be mounted. The car suffered minimal damage and drove away after talking to officers.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org A habitat improvement project along the Straight River last week was an aerial spectacle. The DNR used a helicopter to drop trees along the bank of the river that winds along southern Hubbard County, hoping to narrow the channel, deepen it and provide trout refuge. Scotch pine, red pines and spruce were cut from adjacent strips of land and dropped into the widest sections of the channel, whic
Highway 200, between Hubbard County Road 45 and 30 east of Laporte is experiencing water over the highway. The area is posted with signs. Heavy rains have caused the high water levels.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com The Park Rapids Fire Department has changed the cause of a fire at the Bruhn Optical Building last week. Originally thought to be an electrical fire, Chief Donn Hoffman said the official cause will now be listed as undetermined. The fire caused extensive damage to a salon at the rear of the building. “You know I lost a lot of sleep over that one,” Hoffman said.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org The Woodland Convenience Store’s new owners had a gangbuster weekend with opening fishing season starting. Jim Clark and partner Doreen Kuhrke (pronounced Kirky) took ownership of...
Volunteers set building pace with completion expected end of May By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com The “exciting challenge” extended to the Park Rapids community earlier this spring is becoming a reality for Josh and Tara Rychnovsky and their three children – at a whirlwind pace. Work on the Park Rapids Habitat for Humanity home began Monday, with 44 volunteers arriving at 8 a.m.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org The next up and coming avant garde designer might not be a snooty New Yorker. Instead, a fresh-faced kid from Park Rapids could give ‘em all a run for the money. Hannah Morgan is a designer extraordinaire with a flair for glitter and bright things. All this, at the ripe old age of 12. She started making jewelry at age eight. The precocious girl went to a class at the Smoky Hills Art in Park Rapids, where she learned to wire wrap beads, crystals and rocks.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com One might call Joe Morgan the Vermeer of veneer. A woodworker extraordinaire, his latest passion is marquetry, placing veneer pieces intricately onto a wooden surface. It’s an art form all its own, one of geometrical clarity. The self-taught prodigy started messing around with saws and woods when he was in junior high. He built his first kitchen at age 16. He asked a lot of questions, read a lot of woodworking magazines and was off and running. “It’s just apply and learn,” he says modestly.