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A Friday morning accident that sent two people to the Park Rapids hospital illustrates Dick Kimball's point: the intersection is dangerous and should have been corrected during a recent highway makeover. The two were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services following the collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 15 at the southernmost tip of the city. "It irritates me," Kimball said.
Over the holiday weekend, a tiny town of ten-or-less, one without so much as a postal code, threw a humdinger of a party. Snellman Days kicked off with a blitz of bargain hunters hoping to grab up that elusive antique from the numerous flea market vendors early Saturday morning. The party went for two days.
The Hubbard County Attorney's office is so overburdened its lawyers are worried they will blow an important case if they have inadequate time to prepare. The two attorneys work late nights and weekends to keep abreast of their growing caseloads. The Veteran's Service Office is getting a drumbeat of complaints from vets upset their calls can't be returned promptly. Veterans' cases are piling up, too.
The summer that never was drove people off the lakes, bike trails and parks. But the garden gods smiled down upon the region. South of town, at the Lakes and Valley CSA, the five-acre organic farm Anne Morgan tends with her husband and staff, the berries flourished, the melons are abundant and unusual crops sprang to life. The community supported agriculture project had a bumper crop - of everything.
Much of Park Rapids was left in the dark Thursday afternoon when a boom truck operator snagged a power line, setting off a chain reaction and causing a massive power outage in the south end of town. The accident, around 3:30 p.m., on Seventh Street South just off U.S. Highway 71, caused reverberations throughout the city. Businesses and homes a mile away lost power momentarily when the truck hit the line. Minnesota Power officials said 1,600 customers were without power for nine hours. Electricity was restored by 12:30 a.m.
Two people were transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a midday crash at a major intersection south of the city Friday. No condition report or identification was available for the man and woman, in their 60s. The collision occurred at the intersection of highways 71 and 15, snarling traffic just after 11 a.m. The Park Rapids police and Hubbard County Sheriff's Department were directing traffic around the scene as emergency personnel worked to free the female driver of one of the vehicles. There was major damage to one vehicle's front end and the other vehicle's driver's door
Much of Park Rapids was left in the dark Thursday afternoon when a boom truck operator snagged a power line, setting off a chain reaction and causing a power outage. The accident, around 3:30 p.m., on Seventh Street just off U.S. Highway 71 caused reverberations throughout the city. Businesses a mile away lost power momentarily. Minnesota Power officials on the scene say they doubt power will be re-stored tonight. The truck, from Thelen Precast of Park Rapids, apparently entered the street with his boom elevated, grabbing the power line and several poles.
Daily doses of news about the advancing spread of the H1N1 flu virus has added fuel to the national debate over how safe vaccinations are. And what was considered to be a fringe movement advanced by conspiracy theorists and some Oprah Winfrey viewers now seems to be moving into the mainstream: vaccines cause autism. Frank Knutson, a rural Hubbard County senior citizen, is firmly convinced mandatory vaccinations and flu inoculations are just around the corner.
If we get the choice between a very cold and snowy winter or a bitterly cold and dry winter, can't we pick option 3: none of the above? Hubbard County is perched between those two upcoming choices, according to the 2010 edition of the Farmers' Almanac, which hit bookstands Tuesday. The "very cold" option covers the Great Plains, northwestern Minnesota and the Red River Valley; the "bitterly cold" option hovers over the Great Lakes region and the remainder of the state.
An old adage of making lemonade out of lemons has a local "twizt." Zorbaz Mexican & Pizza Joint on Hubbard County 7 is weathering the nearby bridge construction just fine, thank you. The pizzeria threw a "hard hat party" last Saturday to capitalize on the detours and roadwork that could have made life a living hell for the business. Instead, the joint is hopping. Customers came in decorated hard hats, wearing tool belts, chatting on walkie talkies. "Sales have been up," said Zorbaz manager Robb Swanson.