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Bull runs loose in downtown Park Rapids

The animal got away from a trailer on State Hwy. 34 and had to be herded off Main Avenue by law enforcement and city works personnel.

A bull that had escaped from its trailer took a stroll July 21, 2022 on Main Avenue in downtown Park Rapids.
Contributed / Hanna Buggert Markert
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A bull took a walk on Main Avenue July 21 in Park Rapids.

According to Police Chief Jeff Appel, the call came in at 9:39 a.m. on July 21. Three Park Rapids Police officers responded, along with Hubbard County Sheriff’s deputies and city public works personnel.

“There was a bull walking down Main Street,” Appel said. “The owner was by the bull. A pin had popped on his trailer on (State Highway) 34; that’s how the bull got out.

“Obviously, due to the size of that bull, he was walking where he wanted to walk. We just ended up corralling him over into the bus garage off of Fair (Avenue), and then they lowered him into the trailer from there.”

A bull took a walk on Main Ave. on Thursday morning, July 21, 2022. Ben Franklin employee Hanna Markert captured this image of the beast checking out one of the shop windows.
Contributed / Hanna Buggert Markert

Asked whether rumors the bull went shopping in the stores were exaggerated, Appel laughed. “No, I don’t think that bull went into any stores,” he said. “Basically, he just walked south on Main, and then ended up heading west through some yards, and ended up on Fair. We used vehicles to direct him over into the bus garage.”


Appel estimated it took 15-20 minutes to round up the bull. He was unable to identify the bull’s owner or where they came from.

No citations were issued, Appel said. “The bull wasn’t injured, and no one else was injured,” he added.

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