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MENAHGA, Minn. — A long time ago (last month, actually), in a galaxy far, far away (called Menahga), a noble science-fiction fan designed and constructed an X-wing starfighter, made famous in the "Star Wars" films. Greg Anderson utilized foam core board, plywood and barrels to craft the half-scale model. It stands 18 feet long, 10 feet high and 14 feet wide. It all began with a raft he planned to build. He looked at 15-gallon barrels "and said, 'Those are the perfect size for a turbine for an X-wing,'" Anderson recalled.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—If you did a double-take and could've sworn you saw actor Josh Duhamel, 45, strolling around Park Rapids in western Minnesota lakes country this past week...well, you did. He was on vacation in the area where his family has a lake cabin. Duhamel, who is also the spokesman for North Dakota tourism, was first spotted, naturally, at the movie theater. The star posed for a photo with Park Theater owner Pam Wasche Wilson.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — 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, Minn. — one of Albert M. Hanson's three living daughters — accepted the military honor on his behalf at the Park Rapids American Legion in northwest Minnesota. Many of Hanson's descendants attended the ceremony: eight grandchildren and their spouses, six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandkids.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Drug investigations have culminated in the arrest of nearly 30 individuals, several in their 50s and even 60s, for meth and opioid sales in Hubbard County in northwest Minnesota. Sixteen suspects were arrested in one day alone, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. He issued a news release Monday, April 2, stating that investigators focused their investigation on people who sold or distributed meth and prescription drugs.
NEVIS, Minn. — Gavin Becker has set the bar for "most romantic" marriage proposal sky high — literally. With the help of his family, the 2015 Nevis High School graduate carved the message "MARRY ME" onto Eighth Crow Wing Lake. On Sunday, Jan. 7, Gavin flew his longtime girlfriend, Olivia Toft, over the gigantic conversation heart.
MENAHGA, Minn. — An 8-year-old girl is expected to be at a Minneapolis hospital for another three or four months after she and two other children were burned after an apparent backyard bonfire explosion in Menahga in northwest Minnesota last month. According to the Wadena County Sheriff report, at approximately 8 p.m. on Sept. 29., the caller reported hearing a loud bang, followed by screaming at the southeast Menahga home. There has been no official details yet on what caused the bonfire explosion.
LAPORTE, Minn.—Scientists say a dog's sense of smell is anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than ours. So it should come as no surprise that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has four zebra mussel-sniffing dogs. In late October, Nicole Kovar, a DNR invasive species specialist, brought a dog-sniffing team to work on Garfield, Benedict and Leech lakes near Walker and Laporte in north-central Minnesota..
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—A man, alone in the woods, finds a kidnapped woman in an abandoned car. For three days, he and the woman — and the two kidnappers — wordlessly follow clues to a puzzle out what's actually happening deep in the wilderness. That is the "log line" for an independent film recently shot northwest of Park Rapids, near Two Inlets. "We love Park Rapids," said Megan Huber, producer of "3 Day Weekend." "We are fans of Park Rapids," agreed writer and director Wyatt McDill.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Small-town Minnesota farm boys were highly sought after by the U.S. military during World War II. Drawing from photos, military reports, newspapers, journal excerpts, letters and family memories, Park Rapids authors Jill and Deane Johnson have crafted a unique and moving portrait of the men who gave their lives. "Little Minnesota in World War II" allows readers to experience the war and "feel prouder than ever to be Minnesotan."
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The ancient craft of barrel making is about to experience an evolution. A master cooper in Park Rapids has engineered a reusable, customizable, square-shaped barrel for beer, wine and spirits. Bringing nearly 30 years' experience to the artform, Russ Karasch is founder, CEO and creative mastermind of the Squarrel. In 2009, he cofounded Black Swan Cooperage with daughter Heidi Korb. His latest venture — Squarrel Cooperage — uses one-third the wood of a traditional barrel and improves other key aspects of the vessel.