Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Nathan Placentia remembers the bravado feeling, thinking he could keep up, shot for shot, with his partying buddies. “You don’t want to be the guy that says, ‘No more,’” he recalled over the weekend. Long story short, he got nailed for drunken driving. It was March 18, 2013. He’d been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and he’s not even Irish. “I’d just moved from Alaska,” he recalled. In that remote state, there’s not much to do except drink, he said.
A second driver has been charged in connection with an August race that left a college student critically injured. Lee Richard Branstrom, 24, Nevis, has incurred five charges in the crash that injured Mitchell Dirks and Bobbie Gully Aug.
The future of monarch butterflies is uncertain, says Nevis butterfly expert John Weber. Technically considered not endangered but ”highly protected” under the Endangered Species Act, the butterflies have had boom...
Forty-five new easement agreements have been filed in Hubbard County over the Sandpiper oil pipeline as Enbridge announced Tuesday the project will likely be delayed a year into 2017. Delays in the regulatory process have prompted the company to file a “material change” document that alerts stockholders to modifications in the project, something required under law by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 45 easement agreements filed locally were to take advantage of supposedly higher payments to landowners by Oct. 1.
What is suspected to be an alcohol-related crash took the life of one person near the RDO plant on Highway 71 south of Park Rapids Tuesday night. The crash, at 7:30 p.m., occurred when a 1976 International truck pulled out of the potato plant on Highway 71 and was rear-ended by a 1989 Ford pickup driving without headlights on, the State Patrol said. The driver died at the scene. The State Patrol and Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department responded.
The investigation into the Sept. 4 fires in Dorset has gone inactive. “We just don’t have enough evidence to prove it was lightning,” said Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman...
Authorities were on the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Thursday morning that injured at least one person. The passenger of the pickup truck was still missing. The rollover occurred in southern Hubbard County near Hinds Lake just after 9 a.m. The driver, who was transported to CHIO St. Joseph’s Heath in Park Rapids, was going to be administered a Breathalyzer test to determine if the rollover was alcohol-related. Tweets by @DLNewspapers
An Osage man has been charged with six counts in connection with the Aug. 9 crash that critically injured a Park Rapids woman. Mitchell Lee Dirks, 26, is charged in the crash that left Bobbie Gully, 20, critically injured in a Twin Cities rehab hospital. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said Dirks was drag racing with another man at the time of the crash, which rolled several times. She was a passenger in Dirks’ car. Both were ejected.
Four days after fire destroyed their livelihoods, Rick and Laura Kempnich greeted friends and well-wishers at Dorset’s annual garage sale Sunday. They stood in front of the burned out shell...
A Park Rapids woman has entered guilty pleas to two felony counts of letting two horses starve to death in Hubbard County last spring. Minden Ann Crenshaw, 28, pleaded guilty to mistreating or abusing animals. The emaciated horses were found tied to a tree April 19. They were deceased and obviously the victims of neglect. Their ribs were protruding beneath their skin.