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If you did a double-take and could've sworn you saw actor Josh Duhamel, 45, strolling around Park Rapids this past week...well, you did. Duhamel was first spotted, naturally, at the movie theater. The star posed for a photo with Park Theater owner Pam Wasche Wilson. "But he's no stranger to our theater," she said. "He's played on the big screen many times — 'Safe Haven,' 'Transformers,' 'Life as We Know It,' 'Love, Simon,' 'When in Rome,' 'Fire with Fire,' 'Misconduct,' 'The Romantics' and many more."
Timothy Clancy, 51, co-owner of Vacationaire Resort, was arrested Saturday and charged in Hubbard County District Court with two counts of fifth-degree assault and one charge of reckless watercraft operation. According to the criminal complaint, at about 9 p.m. Aug. 12, Clancy drove his pontoon at a high rate of speed and came within five feet of hitting Eric Flamm's inflatable boat on Island Lake. Clancy's wife, Nikki, was reported to be in the pontoon. Flamm's brother, Barry, was a passenger in his boat.
No brush or yard waste burning today through Sunday The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for today through Sunday for northern Minnesota. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste for all areas north of Alexandria, including Mille Lacs and Pine counties. Burn restrictions may expand as smoke from the Canadian fires drifts south.
Individuals who will be 11 years old by Aug. 22 are eligible to enroll in the Minnesota Firearm Safety course that will be held in Park Rapids. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24 at the Environmental Education building on the Hubbard County Fairgrounds.
Colorful, beautifully restored classic cars lined more than three blocks of Main Saturday. The 36th annual Run to the Rapids show in downtown Park Rapids featured muscle cars and hot rods in every imaginable bright hue. Participants hail primarily from northern Minnesota, the Twin Cities and the Dakotas, according to Dave Kiehn, a Northern Knights Car Club member. "We have 105 cars registered, and that doesn't count the club cars," he said. There are currently 35 members in the Northern Knights, which hosts the annual car show.
Serendipity — and a 3M grant — brought Bao Phi, two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, to the Park Rapids Library's storytime last Friday. Phi read from his award-winning, debut children's book, "A Different Pond." He brought along the first child to ever read his book: his daughter, Sông.
One hundred years after the end of World War I, a Minnesota veteran finally received his Purple Heart. On Saturday, 88-year-old Betty Landa of Menahga — one of Albert M. Hanson's three living daughters — accepted the military honor on his behalf at the Park Rapids American Legion. Many of Hanson's descendants attended the ceremony: eight grandchildren and their spouses, six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandkids. The award was presented by Sen. Amy Klobuchar alongside Colonel Chad Sackett, deputy training site manager at Camp Ripley.
Blasts of chilly water launched Legends and Logging Days Thursday night. According to Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Butch De La Hunt, Water Wars registration filled up quickly, with 16 teams gunning for the 2018 Loony Traveling Trophy.
After hearing public testimony, the Hubbard County Board approved special legislation that gives them authority to grant an off-sale liquor license to Akeley's Red River Event Center. County commissioners then approved the license application. A public hearing about the matter was held Tuesday. Attendees filled all the seats in the board room. The Red River Event Center is owned by Brian and Sara Halik and Jeff and Maggie Stacey. When their business opened this year, their plans were to have off-sale in a part of the building and call it the Red River Liquor Company.
The Nemeth Art Center 's "2nd Sat Hap" series resumes Saturday, Aug. 11 with performances by Bao Phi, Buffalo Skin, Chasing Clarence, Rhoda Jackson, along with a screening of the film "My Ocean."