A district judge has dismissed drug charges against four Park Rapids family members arrested in May, finding that the warrant to search their home contained insufficient probable cause to justify the pre-dawn search. Judge Paul Rasmussen dismissed all charges against Clifford James, Penny James, Cody James and Emily Johnson, who resided at 301 Main St., in Park Rapids. Rasmussen also tossed the evidence seized in the search, including 4 grams of methamphetamine and 4 ounces of marijuana. The four were arrested in the early morning hours of May 21 after a confidential informant reported t
A two-vehicle accident snarled traffic Thursday afternoon west of Park Rapids on Highway 34. No one was believed to have been injured in the crash, but traffic delays caused headaches for motorists and law enforcement personnel that responded. Several officers were assist-ing with traffic control. The accident, 2 miles west of Park Rapids, occurred around 2:30 p.m. By 3 p.m., traffic was backed up in both directions more than one-half mile. Officers from the Hub-bard County Sheriff's Department and Park Rapids Police Department re-sponded. An ambulance was called as a precaution.
The Park Rapids Cenex Convenience Store has tightened its procedures after being robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening. Two men driving a silver four-door sedan made off with more than $1,000 in cash and checks. They were last seen heading down Highway 71. The store is on North Main Avenue. Park Rapids police chief Terry Eilers said the duo may have committed similar crimes in a neighboring county. "We're working with another agency right now," Eilers said.
Backers of Park Rapids' Downtown Revitalization Project will be looking for some federal help to keep the vision moving forward. City leaders have invited Rep. James Oberstar (R-MN) to tour the downtown area Aug. 13, where they will present the plan that includes revamping and redesigning city streets, building trails and sidewalks and improving lighting and parking. Oberstar represents Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, which includes Hubbard County.
A Lake George woman died Sunday from injuries she received in a four-wheeler accident Saturday evening on County Road 4 south of Lake George. Carol 'Robin' Steele-Spry, 50, died after losing control of the ATV she was driving down a washed out hill, the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said. Her passenger, Ravin Autumn Isham, 21, was treated for injuries and released from St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Steele-Spry was airlifted to Innovis Hospital in Fargo, where she died.
A Park Rapids motorcyclist underwent surgery Monday afternoon at Hennepin County Medical Center after being seriously injured Sunday just before noon in a crash on Highway 34. Bruce Arthur Fritz, 53, was injured when he ran into the side of a vehicle near Pamida, police chief Terry Eilers said.
For Hubbard County residents it was déja vu all over again Tuesday. Residents near Emmaville were startled to hear tornado sirens blaring from Camp Wilderness, the Boy Scout camp on Bad Axe Lake. Sirens started just before 3 a.m. Tuesday and sounded continuously for 30 minutes. Rural Osage residents in eastern Becker County woke to the sound of a freight train around 2:30 a.m., the tell-tale sound of a possible tornado. "I was petrified," said Warren Paulson, who was sleeping in his camper trailer near his farmstead northwest of Osage.
The Park Rapids Cenex Convenience Store has tightened its procedures after being robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening. Two men driving a silver 4-door sedan made off with more than $1,000 in cash and checks. They were last seen heading down Highway 71. The store is on North Main Avenue. Park Rapids police chief Terry Eilers said the duo may have committed similar crimes in a neighboring county. "We're working with an-other agency right now," Eilers said.