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A Laporte student was apprehended Thursday after he allegedly made terroristic threats about harming students and faculty with a weapon. The boy was pursued by authorities after he fled from his home. He's been placed on a 36-hour hold pending formal criminal charges of making threats, fleeing officers and obstructing the legal process. For more on this story, see Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise.
The math tests that Minnesota high school juniors must pass this year could have unintended and detrimental consequences for school districts. The tests, called the MCA II tests, are part of No Child Left Behind mandates to bring each student up to a certain level of national proficiency.
On a beautiful fall day when thousands of people were out biking, enjoying the leaves or fishing, tornado victims, their friends, neighbors and a handful of strangers were cleaning up debris. That's the way they've spent the past four months on Pickerel Lake after an EF-3 tornado packing 160 mph winds roared through the area, leaving a wide path of destruction. It changed many lives, and Saturday was a time to reminisce, count their blessings and move forward. On a bluff overlooking Pickerel's eastern bay, the gleaming concrete of John and Joann Pratt's new foundation stood in defiance o
When a flu epidemic at Glenn Chiodo's old school district kept 100 kids home, Chiodo got on the phone and pleaded with parents to bring their sick kids to school. Cars of coughing, sneezing, barfing kids showed up. Why on earth? It was the one day of the year to test kids under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program. Excessive absences are held against school districts regardless of the reasons. The superintendent had pleaded with state education officials to let the school test later. They gave him a two-day reprieve.
A Lake George man faces felony drug possession charges after Hubbard County authorities found 60 pounds of processed marijuana and 220 more plants at his residence last week. John Paul Rowland, 52, was charged with Third Degree Controlled Substance, a felony drug possession crime. It is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine upon conviction. Hubbard County authorities, with assistance from Cass County, raided Rowland's farmstead on County Road 4 near Lake George Sept. 25. Hunters in the area alerted authorities Sept.
Paving will begin on Highway 34 in Park Rapids Wednesday. Crews are finishing the curb and gutter work and adjusting the manhole covers and water valves to accommodate pavers, contractors said Thursday at their bi-monthly progress meeting. Project supervisor Al Minnerath said crews are still on target to finish before the deer hunting opener Nov.
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The ever-vexing problem of shoreland ordinance violations reared its ugly head - again - last week at the regular meeting of the Hubbard County Board. Commissioners increasingly are being asked to refer cases for prosecution involving homeowners who violate environmental regulations. And the board seems to be divided on how best to handle this chronic issue. The case brought before the commission Sept.
While the national dialog turns to lipstick and pigs, four outdoorsy women proved last weekend that you don't need either to be successful. Unless they were using pork rinds as bait. One of the last big fishing tournaments of the season attracted lots of women to Fish Hook Lake. Female fishers, sans lipstick, augmented their male partners in the last of the "Fall Classic" tournaments sponsored by the Park Rapids Tennis Association.
Volunteers are needed to help clean tornado-stricken areas of Hubbard County. The June 6 tornados that roared through the Hinds and Pickerel lakes areas left a mess in their wake. Hubbard County Emergency Management Director David Konshok would like to conduct one last sweep this weekend of both areas to pick up debris that was missed in previous cleanup efforts, and debris that is being disgorged from the lake bottoms. Several previous efforts have cleaned shorelines, but debris was reportedly scattered throughout the county when the EF-3 tornados hit, packing winds up to 165 mph.