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Dark overhanging clouds and periodic rain weren't enough to dampen a weekend fly-in at the Park Rapids Municipal Airport. "See? You can see the Smoky Hills and they're 12 miles away," said Don Douglas enthusiastically. Douglas heads up the Park Rapids Pilots Association, which hosted the Saturday event. "Today's a VFR (visual flight rules) day," he said. "We have a 2,000 foot vertical ceiling and 10 miles visibility." Ideally, pilots want a 3,000-foot ceiling with 5 miles of visibility. So Saturday was an OK day to fly for pilots without instrument ratings, he said.
For a miraculous seven minutes Sunday, all God's creatures co-existed in peace and harmony as if a divine presence had settled over them. Except for one yappy little dog, who excitedly sinned his way through St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church's first ever pet blessing, barking for all he was worth. Yappy (a pseudonym to protect his real identity) is destined for the confessional booth, obedience school or a shock collar. He was the proverbial crying child in the sanctuary.
A former Park Rapids man pled guilty in federal court today to defrauding a mortgage company in a conspiracy to obtain a $640,000 home mortgage. Eric Wayne Moen, 36, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Moen, who was indicted Aug. 20, acknowledged he participated in a conspiracy to defraud GreenPoint Mortgage. As a licensed realtor at the time, Moen and a co-defendant, Kevin Ray Winkelmann, 39, of Shorewood, falsified the loan application to get financing for a home.
A new Minnesota law governing the issuance of administrative traffic citations almost guarantees Hubbard County authorities won't be ticketing speeding motorists to fill county coffers with infraction revenue. The 2009 law is cumbersome, restrictive and not politically wise, says Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. For one, the law states administrative tickets can be written only for speeding violations under 10 mph over the speed limit, basically 1 to 9 miles an hour over. So if a little old lady with a lead tootsie happens to be driving her Park Avenue 32 in a 30 mph zone, Homer puts
A platoon of emergency agencies launched a massive ground and air search late Tuesday night for a dementia patient found wandering in the cold in rural Hubbard County.
The two-dozen members of the Park Rapids Garden Club made a unique donation this year they hope will carry on in the future: life-affirming produce. Worried that low-income people eat too many processed foods that are high in starch, fats and salt and deficient in enzyme value, the club voted unanimously this season to make a weekly donation of produce to the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Club members purchased a full share of produce at the Lakes and Valley Community Service Agriculture project, a huge garden south of Park Rapids that sells shares of produce to seven-dozen customers througho
The smallest units of government will be the last to come out of the recession. Those were the prognostications of David Fricke, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Townships, preaching to the choir last week. He addressed a regional assembly of township officers, saying he was reporting "the sad notes of the (last) Legislative session." Local Government Aid cuts, a terrible economy and unfunded federal mandates are making it nearly impossible for townships to keep a positive fund balance, Fricke maintained in a gloom-and-doom address that came as no surprise to the 80 off
A 20-year-old Waubun man has died from severe head injuries suffered in an ATV accident Sunday evening in Hubbard County. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said Corey Benedix rolled his westbound ATV on County Road 93 in Hendrickson Township in the northeast section of the county. He died at the scene after being ejected onto the road, one mile west of State Highway 64, Sheriff Frank Homer said. "He hit the gravel road pretty hard," Homer said. "He wasn't wearing a helmet.
A dementia patient who wandered away from an assisted care facility Tuesday night was found after authorities used a thermal imager from a Minnesota State Patrol airship to locate him. Temperatures were hovering around 40 degrees when the man went missing from Care-Age Country Home. "The likelihood of the subject surviving the night because of low temperatures would have been slim," said Patrol Lt.
The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee was taken by ambulance to the Park Rapids hospital Tuesday morning following a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. Highway 71 north of Portage Lake. Officers on the scene said the driver suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. The southbound vehicle apparently left the roadway and rolled on the shoulder of the road, officers said. The cause was not immediately known. The Grand Cherokee sustained heavy damage. The accident is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.