At Tuesday's regular board meeting, Deputy Brian Halbasch of Hubbard County Emergency Management informed Hubbard County Commissioners that on June 10 broad-scale downburst winds were generated across Lakeport Township, south of Laporte. After reviewing Halbasch's damage assessment, the National Weather Service ruled it an EF1 tornado. The tornado, which touched down briefly at 2:10 a.m., left a path half a mile long and nearly 150 yards wide, the tornado was tracked through a private farmstead.
The City of Park Rapids has completed renovations to their administrative offices and relocated the front entrance around the corner to the east side of their current building. The offices in the south portion of the building had formerly been occupied by the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District and the United States Department of Agriculture. According to Public Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Chris Fieldsend, those offices were relocated in fall of 2016.
A local World War II veteran, Corporal Dale Kriens, 95, of Akeley, will celebrate 65 years of marriage to his wife, Maybelle Winkelhorst Kriens, on Wednesday, June 7. The Kriens' wedding anniversary falls on the day after the anniversary of the Normandy landings, termed D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 1944. Dale Kriens was raised in Spencer, Iowa. His parents bought a farm in Akeley while Dale remained in Iowa with his grandparents to finish high school. After graduation, he moved to Akeley to be closer to his parents.
A&W in Park Rapids is now serving its "All American Food" and frosty mugs of root beer under the new ownership of Skip and Julie Shepersky. The Sheperskys purchased and took over ownership of the iconic restaurant from LaDene Weech in early March; Weech had owned the restaurant since 1994. Both Skip and Julie grew up in Menahga and visited A&W frequently. Julie explained that they lived away for over 30 years.
Trees were flying through the air Monday morning as the Park Rapids Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries and Forestry Offices collaborated with staff from Bagley, Bemidji, Cass Lake, Princeton and Detroit Lakes to complete trout habitat management work along the Straight River, with the help of Minnesota Helitack. After a briefing with nearly 20 crew members present regarding procedure and safety precautions, the work began.
The Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) of the Park Rapids Area was established in 1996 with a mission to affirm the value of human life by offering support to those experiencing pregnancy and family-related stress or hardships, and yet according to Client Services Director Candace Reams, most people in the area don't even know they exist.
The 2017 Minnesota Fishing Opener was a success for many anglers on Park Rapids area lakes. With air temperatures in the mid to upper 70s this past weekend, the weather was beautiful, which created more fishing pressure on the local lakes. "This was one of the better openers in the last few years just because of the great weather," said Will Wicks, co-owner of Delaney's Sports Center.
The Nevis Fire Department responded to two separate fire calls on Saturday morning. The first call came in at 10:03 a.m. on May 6 for a storage shed located inside of Nevis City limits. Four trucks and six firefighters responded to the vacant shed, receiving mutual aid from Akeley Fire Department. According to Nevis Fire Chief Mike Marchell, there were no injuries sustained and the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.
Longtime owners of Delaney's Sports Center in Park Rapids, Kevin and Deb Lempola have sold their family-owned and operated business to Will Wicks and Mike Lien. Wicks and Lien approached the Lempolas over a year ago expressing interest in buying the business if they ever intended to sell it. "We weren't looking to sell," Kevin said. "These guys were looking to get into business and after a year or so, it worked out." Deb added that Wicks and Lien are local and they'll keep the store as Delaney's.
The Second Annual Heroes Lunch was held at Riverside United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, honoring local heroes including law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and first responders. Lunch was prepared and served by members of the Riverside United Methodist Church Council and donated by Coborn's. "Last year we heard about it through other communities and Coborn's was looking at a way to do a heroes lunch as well," Nicole Brandt, one of the event coordinators, said.