Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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The family of Kiela Gem Knowles left the courtroom in tears Wednesday morning as the teen’s killer was sentenced to 334 months in prison. Knowles, 19, was strangled to death in her downtown ParkRapids apartment Feb.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Two young girls and their family helped rescue a young loon last week in danger of freezing to the ice on Hubbard County’s Upper Bottle Lake near Park Rapids. Juvenile loons are routinely abandoned by their parents and fly to a southern location with other juveniles weeks after the parents leave.
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.
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.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – Friends hadn’t been able to contact Kiela Knowles last Sunday. Toward the afternoon, one of them texted Harley Leritz and was told that “she was in bed sleeping.” The friends began feeling uneasy. Knowles’ father, Mel Knowles, found Kiela in bed early Monday morning at her Park Rapids apartment on his way to his job in Audubon. Police were called. Kiela was dead – naked with a pillow over her face. Videotape from halls of her apartment building showed Leritz going in and out of the residence several times Feb.
PARK RAPIDS — Park Rapids police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman at the Park Rapids Middle School apartments Monday morning. The radio call came in saying, “Female not breathing” and asking for the ambulance. Minutes later the ambulance was canceled. A BCA truck was parked in front of the building later Monday morning. A car was towed from the parking lot at 4:30 p.m. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation.
Four people were transported to the Park Rapids hospital late Monday afternoon after two vehicles collided head-on at a busy intersection east of Akeley. The crash backed up traffic on Highway 34 as emergency crews and ambulances descended on the scene. An accident reconstruction is underway to determine the cause of why a southbound Jetta attempted to make a left hand turn onto Highway 34 and was struck head-on by the Jeep Cheriokee at the intersection of Highway 64 east of Akeley, a T-intersection. The Jeep ended up westbound in the eastbound ditch of Highway 34.
Park Rapids funeral home director Tim Pearson is recovering at St.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - A Long Prairie angler was given seven days in jail Monday for cheating at the Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Derby this winter.
The blizzard that wasn't left Hubbard County wind, but little snow. "You're not alone," laughed National Weather Service meteorologist Al Voelker. "From right around Sioux Falls into eastern Nebraska and Kansas we had a huge system of thunderstorms and those storms took a lot of moisture from the (your) system. The precipitation band, instead of being widespread, was more confined to a smaller area around the surface low.