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Special election set Aug. 22
Lawmakers advance two anti-abortion bills, but Dayton says he'll veto them
Tribal members, SD dance family among 15 charged in dealing in eagle, migratory bird trafficking
Brainerd family says final goodbyes to man who was missing for more than 2 years
Man whose boat crashed on Minnesota river found alive
Local Roundup: Halvorson repeats
RU Game: Hanson, Rudie commit to D-I schools
Vote for the WCT Game of the Week
Local Roundup: Willmar softball team drops pair to Tech
Dozier's three-run double provides Twins with 3-2 win
'Flip or Flop' stars returning for multiple episodes of HGTV show amid divorce
Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infection
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Intestinal diseases increasing in Canadian children
Younger hot flashes may signal heart risk later
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Dennis R. Erdman
Minnesota Opinion: Now is not the time to sit out, play politics
George Will: The 'Oh, never mind' president
Susan Estrich: The Amazon 1-Star System
Letter: U of M proud of local partnerships
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
June 14, 2011
Park Rapids officer injured after being dragged by shoplifting suspect in high speed getaway attempt
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - A Park Rapids police officer was injured trying to detain a shoplifting suspect Tuesday afternoon, who then led police on a high speed chase through Park Rapids.
June 14, 2011 - 4:17pm
March 29, 2011
Charges dropped so former teacher can deploy
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Felony charges have been dropped against a high school teacher who said he accidentally brought a rifle to school in his car in Hubbard County. The former Park Rapids shop teacher, 38-year-old Scott Eischens, is an Army captain who will be deployed to Afghanistan...
March 29, 2011 - 11:21am
March 17, 2011
Dog keeps vigil over master's truck at crash scene near Park Rapids
Emergency personnel responded to what they say is one of the saddest accident scenes they've been to lately.
March 17, 2011 - 9:41am
January 2, 2011
West central Minnesota. teen drowns in open water on Nevis area lake, second teen rescued
A west central Minnesota teenager died Thursday night when the snowmobile he and a friend were on plunged into open water on the Third Crow Wing Lake south of Nevis. The other teen survived and was taken to St.
January 2, 2011 - 7:40am
December 23, 2010
Park Rapids teacher resigns due to gun on school grounds incident
PARK RAPIDS - The Park Rapids School Board, without comment, voted to accept industrial education teacher Scott Eischens' resignation, "with thanks for his 12 years of service to the Park Rapids Area Schools" at Monday night's board meeting. The wording indicated the motion was at...
December 23, 2010 - 9:42am
November 11, 2010
Students and others talk of the benefits of integration initiatives
WILLMAR -- The two juniors from Worthington High School stood on the stage of the theater at Kennedy Elementary School and described the effect...
November 11, 2010 - 12:00am
November 9, 2010
Rural Park Rapids man faces 11 child pornography charges
A rural Park Rapids, Minn., man made his first appearance Wednesday in Becker County District Court on 11 felony counts of possession of child pornography. Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 45, of 36318 Co. Rd. 127, Park Rapids, was charged as the result of an undercover investigation conducted...
November 9, 2010 - 11:00am
August 13, 2010
Police say local man drowns in northern Minn. lake
PARK RAPIDS -- A Willmar man died Wednesday following a water-related incident on a Hubbard County lake in northern Minnesota. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday of a possible drowning in Lower Bottle Lake in Lake Emma Township. Lower Bottle...
August 13, 2010 - 12:00am
August 12, 2010
Willmar man dies in water-related incident on northern Minnesota lake
PARK RAPIDS - A Willmar man died Wednesday following a water-related incident on a Hubbard County lake in northern Minnesota. Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday of a possible drowning in Lower Bottle Lake in Lake Emma Township. Lower Bottle...
August 12, 2010 - 4:54pm
Swift action saves 4-year-old in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - Grand Rapids, Minn., police Sgt. Steve Schaar has been a police officer for 20 years, but he said helping save the life of a 4-year-old girl made Monday the best day of his career. The child, Anastacia Beekmann of Warba, had improved to fair condition on Wednesday...
August 12, 2010 - 11:23am
March 6, 2010
Driver sentenced in crash that killed Pelican Rapids student
BUFFALO -- The driver in the April 5, 2008, bus crash along Interstate 94 that killed a Pelican Rapids High School student was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail, 30 days of house arrest and 30 days of community work service. Loren Ernst, 71, of Moorhead, was sentenced Friday afternoon...
March 6, 2010 - 12:00am
February 11, 2010
Auto dealers: Cash for Clunkers program yielded mixed results
PARK RAPIDS -- Nine months after the Cash for Clunkers program ignited a frenzy in the auto sales market, the program's long-term effects are now being assessed. And Park Rapids auto dealers say it's a mixed picture. Sure, the short-term sales were good for the industry, but in...
February 11, 2010 - 12:00am
February 2, 2010
Moorhead Bus driver accepts plea deal in fatal I-94 crash of Pelican Rapids charter
The driver in a bus crash that killed an area teenager in 2008 accepted a plea deal Monday that gives him no more than 30 days in jail. Loren...
February 2, 2010 - 8:03am
September 14, 2009
UND student slightly injured after Park Rapids plane accident
A UND student was slightly injured in a crash while piloting a small airplane owned by UND Saturday night near Park Rapids, Minn. According to UND spokesman Peter Johnson, Li Yang, an Air China employee studying at UND's aerospace school was attempting to take off in a Cessna 172...
September 14, 2009 - 9:57am
August 3, 2009
Park Rapids woman meets Jay Leno 12 years after husband's car donation
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - At last they meet, after more than a decade of friendship based on Philbert the Puddle Jumper. Twelve years after her husband...
August 3, 2009 - 9:47am