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A bedecked Park Rapids Fire Hall aims to bedazzle guests. Fire trucks will be temporarily replaced with a stage, lights and live music for the Firemen's Ball. The gala runs from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 25. "We hope to make it an annual event to beat the blues of winter and encourage the community to come out and hang out with us," said event co-coordinator and firefighter Crystal Krautkremer.
Editor's Note: A complicated tale is unfolding in Menahga. Four months after a shocking murder-suicide, investigators have broadened their probe into other counties and other people. This is the second of two articles, based on available public court records and interviews. Three days before Isabella "Bella" Sanders died, she told two friends and personal representative Michael Callahan that she wished to donate $25,000 to Partners for Pianos.
Editor's Note: A complicated tale is unfolding in Menahga. Four months after a shocking murder-suicide, investigators have broadened their probe into other counties and other people. This is the first of two articles, based on available public court records and interviews. The Menahga Police Department and Wadena County Sheriff's Office have concluded their investigation into a murder-suicide that occurred last November. But the case isn't over yet.
Hubbard County applied for and received a Minnesota Voting Equipment Election Grant. The award totals $70,604. The 2017 state Legislature authorized $7 million in grant funding available to counties, cities, towns and school districts to assist with the purchase of voting equipment. The Legislature authorized use of these funds to offset up to 50 percent of optical scan precinct counters, optical scan central counters or assisted voting devices and up to 75 percent of electronic rosters. County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Rave met with the county board Tuesday.
The Hubbard County Board held consecutive public hearings Tuesday for two proposed county ordinances: a new buffer ordinance and an amendment to watercraft speeds on First, Second and Third Crow Wing lakes. Two lakeshore owners took issue with the county, citing a lack of public notice about the proposed amendment. Last fall, County Sheriff Cory Aukes asked county commissioners to remove language from Ordinance No. 10 which restricts watercraft speeds to less than 15 mph between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m on the three lakes. The ordinance was written in 1978.
Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 11. Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour.
Chuck Klettenberg and his cat, Artemis, were staying temporarily at Vacationaire Resort on Feb. 23 when a fire broke out. Klettenberg escaped without injury, but hasn't seen his cat since. His daughter, Tereza Klettenberg, posted this alert on Facebook: "My dad crawled out, after waking up to fire alarms, and he is pretty certain Artemis went out over him, but he couldn't find her once he got out and got his bearings again. If you are in the Park Rapids area, please keep an eye out and ask around, especially if you know anyone who lives near Vacationaire."
According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals were "highly variable" as a winter storm blustered through the area Monday. Wind gusts were as high as 32 miles per hour. Four to six inches of snowfall were predicted. Brief, heavy snow produced rates of 1 inch per hour in the heaviest bands from Park Rapids to Grand Forks. As of Tuesday 1 p.m., Park Rapids had received between 12 to 18 inches.
Nevis Public School and Menahga Public School closed Monday due to severe winter weather.
Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is advising no unnecessary travel due to weather. "Please stay home as the roads are unsafe," said Sheriff Michael D. Carr in a news release Monday. In addition, non-essential Wadena County Offices will be closing at noon today for the safety of the employees.