A 79-year-old Park Rapids man died in a two-vehicle traffic accident Saturday. Thomas Murphy Smith died after being airlifted to Innovis Hospital in Fargo, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department. Authorities said Smith was eastbound on County Road 15 about noon Saturday when he went through a stop sign and collided with a van that was on County Road 6. The van's driver, 40-year-old Angela Kay Brumbaugh, of rural Menahga, did not require medical attention, according to a news release and Park Rapids hospital personnel. Emergency responders extricated Smith from his Dodge D
Good things come to those who wait. For Park Rapids residents, Nov. 15 can't come soon enough. That's the projected end date of a two-year-long road construction project through the heart of the city along Highway 34. But relief for some may be mixed with cautious optimism for others. "It's definitely hurt business," said Marc Thielen.
At McDonald's drive-through these days, Heather Schwengler doesn't ask if you want to super-size your order. "Have you lost a cat?" is what she's asking customers. On Oct. 20, Heather was dropping a friend off near Eighth Street, when she and her car mates spotted something in the street. Heather called and a kitty jumped into her car. Its back had trauma marks on it. The cat was covered in grease and oil. But he knew he'd found a friend. The aspiring vet tech took the cat home, cleaned it up, and is looking for its owner.
Only four of seven Park Rapids school board candidates showed up to discuss education issues to a sparse crowd Thursday night attending a candidate forum. "I'm disappointed in you," said candidate Roger Marth during his closing remarks. The retired businessman said he hoped for a larger turnout from the community, since education and funding should be high priorities for all citizens. About 30 people, including League of Women Voters members and school employees, attended the forum.
Jeremy Shepersky isn't worried about having his identity stolen - yet. That's because the Ponsford man believes he lives in a relatively safe area, and he hasn't joined 800,000 other Americans who've been the victims of identity theft. Those are the latest numbers the Federal Trade Commission has compiled for 2007. Fraud losses for those victims are a staggering $1.2 billion, the FTC reports. An average case of identity theft runs around $5,000 per fraud victim, the agency notes. Shepersky isn't lucky by chance.
Small town ingenuity was at its best last weekend when a determined group of volunteers on a shoestring budget began building Nevis an outdoor skating rink. No one associated with the project lays claim that the rink idea was his or hers. Like all great teams, they say it had a group origin.
A tornado "after action" report listed nine recommendations for improvement from the June 6 twisters - including a better warning system. Emergency Management Director David Konshok presented the report to the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. "By and large, this was a very good response," he told the board. "It was an unusual tornado - it was literally underneath the radar. Most of the warnings were based on ground reports." Three tornados of varying strength claimed four homes, a turkey farm and numerous facilities.
One year after a statewide ban emptied bars and restaurants of smokers, those establishments are feeling the pinch. Customers have lingered less, spent less and stayed away more, proprietors said this week. "Nobody's happy when they have to go outside and smoke, especially in the middle of the winter," said Heather Shepersky, manager of the Park Rapids Eagles Club. Shepersky said business has been down since the ban was enacted a year ago, but it's hard to attribute it solely to the ban or a tough economy. She said the smoking ban has definitely impacted the club's gaming.
Credit jitters on Wall Street are affecting the student loan markets. That's making senior high school students jittery as they send off college applications. When Jan. 1, 2009, rolls around, Park Rapids seniors Kirt Leadbetter, Kayla Stursa and Amelia Pugh will be applying for scholarships, grants and loans. They're keeping their options open as to which college they will attend. All three are worried about going into long-term debt getting a post-secondary education.
A tornado "after action" report listed nine lessons learned from the June 6 twisters and issued recommendations for improvement - including a better warning system. Emergency Management Director David Konshok presented the report to the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. "By and large this was a very good response," he told the board. "It was an unusual tornado - it was literally underneath the radar.