Politics and progress met Wednesday on a hot summer day in downtown Park Rapids. Rep. James Oberstar took a "windshield" tour of the downtown area, met with community leaders about a proposed revitalization project, then held a "Main Street conversation" with interested citizens. "Park Rapids has a very big head start investing in its future," Rep. Brita Sailer told the crowd of about 50 gathered in Moose Creek Village in her introduction of Oberstar. "I'm so proud of this.
Had enough of road work? Ba-ba-ba-baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Because good news goes down better here it is: Construction on Highway 34 will be finished on time, contractors promise. Mark your calendars for Nov. 15 - or Nov. 4. "We want to go deer hunting," the contractors laughed about the earlier date. The deer opener is Nov. 8. That incentive will keep them working 14-hour days, 80-hour weeks. For the not-so-good news, you may want to grab a scorecard and pencil. Work will begin Monday, Aug. 18, on Highway 34 at Akeley to Highway 371 in Walker.
On Jan. 29 Jenny Larson had just arrived from her home in the Twin Cities after receiving a text message from Sonya Hennagir that things were not OK in the home. Larson was too late. Richard Derek Wright, a 41-year-old pipeline worker, was charged with strangling Hennagir, attempting to kill Larson and other crimes related to Hennagir's death. Six months later, the case has been delayed again as attorneys for both sides assemble their evidence and witnesses for an eventual trial. The evidentiary hearing scheduled for Aug. 13 was postponed - again. It's now set for Oct.
In the end it didn't even need a wrecking ball. One pull of an excavator claw sent the old Ford dealership in Park Rapids crumbling down with barely a whimper. Don Wilkins watched early Sunday morning as clouds of dust, bats and pigeons flew into the sky. "I've learned to stand downwind of these things," he said as a huge cloud of dust, soot and minuscule building particles seeped north. The home of Wilkins' boyhood friend, Fred Valentine, had just been razed to make way for a new J&B Foods store on South Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Construction crews from Ralph V.
A second person has died as the result of an ATV accident in Hubbard County in a week's time, and that fatality is concerning both local officials and national safety experts. A 13-year-old boy from Laporte died Saturday from injuries suffered in a crash on County Road 45 in Lakeport Township, a mile north of Highway 200. Hubbard County authorities found James David Stilwell unconscious in a ditch. Emergency personnel started CPR until an ambulance could reach the teenager.
The downtown revitalization project isn't simply landscaping, crosswalks and pretty scenery. It's a vehicle to drive economic change. That's the message city leaders got Tuesday night as they listened to a comprehensive proposal drafted by Omaha consultants.
A Nevis man received head injuries last week when the car he was driving left a county road, struck a directional sign and collided with a grove of trees. Charles Joseph Cook, 60, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services for treatment. The accident occurred Aug. 7 just after 5 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 13 and the Green Valley Resort Road, about 1½ miles south of Nevis. Hubbard County authorities submitted their report to the county attorney for possible charges, according to a news release.
A second person has died as the result of an ATV accident in Hubbard County in a week's time. A 13-year-old boy from Laporte died Saturday from injuries suffered in a crash on County Road 45 in Lakeport Township, a mile north of Highway 200. Hubbard County authorities found James David Stilwell unconscious in a ditch. Emergency personnel started CPR until the ambulance could reach the teenager. James Stilwell was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The children's parade at Laporte Days 2008 began Sunday with a moment of silence for the victim.
Don Wilkins watched early Sunday morning as clouds of dust, bats and pigeons flew into the sky. The home of his boyhood friend, Fred Valentine, had just been razed to make way for a new J&B Foods store on South Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Construction crews from Ralph V. Sanquist Construction, Inc., began preparations for the demolition well before dawn Sunday, and even though the event was supposed to be a closely guarded secret, crowds started assembling just after 5 a.m. to watch the demolition. "Valentines lived in the front half of the second floor and had cars in the back half.
One might say that Johnny Steward was destined from birth to be a surgeon. He was delivered by Dr. Dan Smith, Park Rapids' premier surgeon. Little did Smith know when he gave Johnny that pat on the rump 15 years ago that he would be launching a baby's career path. Johnny is St. Joseph's Area Health Service's youngest hospital volunteer. He spends Friday afternoons on the hospital's medical-surgical floors, delivering ice chips to thirsty patients and updating papers filed in patients' charts.