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'I knew it was him': Minnesotan was first responder on scene of crash that killed teen son
Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
Wild stay unbeaten at home, trip up Maple Leafs
Section 5A could be dogfight as postseason looms
WCT daily schedule
Ridgewater takes two on Crossover's first day
Willmar riding win streak into postseason
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
As 2017 looms, time to review your Medicare coverage
Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
The prairie chicken is featured on Northland Outdoors TV
Fast food influence kids' soda and calorie choices
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Marlys Schafer letter: Don't vote for self-interest groups
Kent Syverson letter: Keep the 19th Amendment
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July 27, 2016
Minnesota family rescues bald eagle tangled in rope
A juvenile bald eagle in need of rescue was found in a somewhat distressing situation July 6 at the lake home of Arne Brekke on Island Lake north...
July 27, 2016 - 4:19pm
Minnesotan in custody for alleged assault on woman, chasing man with hatchet
DETROIT LAKES - A Park Rapids man is in the Becker County jail after allegedly assaulting a woman and then chasing around a man, who tried to...
June 27, 2016 - 3:28pm
January 16, 2016
Minnesota couple wins $150K on Powerball
Last week’s lottery frenzy became a reality for a Park Rapids couple who won $150,000 in the Saturday, Jan. 9 Powerball drawing. Devan Bergerson...
January 16, 2016 - 9:06am
September 24, 2015
DNA on cigarette butt help catch lake cabin burglar
PARK RAPIDS — DNA on a cigarette butt has landed Duane Lampl, 24, of Park Rapids, in prison. According to court records, in June of 2014 he burglarized a cabin on South Dinner Lake Loop, Park Rapids, taking a well pump and tank, 10 sheets of drywall, lumber and some tools and household...
September 24, 2015 - 10:57pm
April 22, 2015
Northern Minn. jailer accused of having sex with inmate
PARK RAPIDS -- A former Hubbard County jailer has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct after being accused of having an affair with an inmate. Emily Louise Yliniemi, 36, Ponsford, left the department under pressure in late February. She makes an initial appearance...
April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
November 7, 2014
Park Rapids man killed in rollover in Hubbard County
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Park Rapids man was killed in a rollover early Friday in Hubbard County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the incident was reported just after 1:30 a.m. John Wolfe, 29, was eastbound on state Highway 87 at milepost 46 in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban...
November 7, 2014 - 10:19am
October 1, 2014
Park Rapids man killed in semi-pickup crash on U.S. Highway 71
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Park Rapids, Minn., man was killed in a collision with a semi-trailer Tuesday night south of Park Rapids. The crash was reported at 7:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 71, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 1976 International semi was pulling out...
October 1, 2014 - 9:30am
February 26, 2014
Menahga man arrested in Park Rapids death
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Menahga man has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old woman Monday morning at a Park Rapids apartment complex. Harley David Leritz, 21, was taken into custody Monday and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on charges relating to the death...
February 26, 2014 - 1:47pm
February 5, 2014
Ex-murder suspect to contest warrants in Hubbard Co. child porn case
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A former Hubbard County murder suspect who still faces child pornography charges will contest search warrants used to obtain evidence in the case, his attorney said. Murder charges against Fredrick William Bachman were dismissed in November. But investigators...
February 5, 2014 - 10:48am
October 7, 2013
Man dies after being shot by hunting partner in north central Minn.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A hunter in north central Minnesota died of gunshot wounds after being shot by his hunting partner. According to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes, 23-year-old Adam Earl Poole of Nevis and a friend were hunting Saturday in a channel between two lakes when...
October 7, 2013 - 12:26pm
June 21, 2013
Man accused of murdering roommate that was found dead in N. Minn. fire
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota man is accused of shooting and killing his roommate with a shotgun before their home started on fire.
June 21, 2013 - 1:37pm
May 17, 2013
Rain could help fight three-county blaze in Minn.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Weekend rains could bring relief to hundreds of weary firefighters battling a 7,100-acre blaze in three west-central Minnesota counties. The fire started Tuesday afternoon in Becker County and consumed at least 55 buildings, including 12 homes and 33 outbuildings....
May 17, 2013 - 11:38pm
May 16, 2013
Calm winds helping fight fire between Menahga and Park Rapids in north central Minn.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Calm winds were allowing 40-some fire departments to get control of a wildfire that has scorched more than 7,100 acres in three counties
May 16, 2013 - 12:05pm
Thousands of acres, dozens of building burned in north central Minn.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A north central Minnesota fire grew to an estimated 7,100 acres Wednesday, destroying or damaging dozens of structures,...
May 16, 2013 - 7:18am
May 15, 2013
Fire in Park Rapids area burns structures, forces evacuations
By Wendy Reuer Forum News Service PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- As the Rev. Jim Neubauer stood outside St. John’s Lutheran Church...
May 15, 2013 - 6:52am