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PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—A European explorer stopped recently at Itasca State Park to resupply and prepare for the next stage of an 18,000-mile exploration of the Americas — all without the aid of a motor. Arnaud Maldague, 29, of Brussels, Belgium, was in the middle of his second week at the park's Mississippi Headwaters Hostel on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and he planned to move on within a couple of days.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- For many people, it's hard to hear the word "summer" without thinking of pool parties and lazy days at the lake. But those water-related activities also present potential dangers for children. Below are tips and guidance to help you recognize when a child is drowning, assist a drowning child and prevent a disastrous situation. Prevention
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 4-year-old boy from Iowa drowned with his father on May 19 on Hart Lake when their kayak overturned. That is only the closest to home of a recent spate of child drownings and near-drownings in Minnesota. There was also a 3-year-old girl who nearly drowned on May 28 in Arden Hills. A 5-year-old boy nearly drowned on May 29 in a Minneapolis pool. A girl was rescued from drowning on June 2 in an Edina pool. A 3-year-old boy died after being pulled from a pool on June 4 in Wright County. A 2-year-old boy died on June 6 after being found near a dock in Crosslake.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Until last week, a Civil War veteran buried in the Lakeport Cemetery in Laporte had only a plain wooden cross to mark his grave. Thanks to cemetery sexton Karen Keener, Johann Christian Lukenbill (1846-1919) now has a stone marker honoring his military service. It arrived 99 years and one month after Lukenbill was laid to rest. Keener told Forum News Service she found a star-shaped "Veteran" pin several months ago, lying in the grass near the minimally marked grave.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Scott Wayne Carter, 55, one of two men convicted of the November 1996 murder and dismemberment of bartender Greg Johnson of Park Rapids, has been released from prison into a intensive supervised release program, but at least one citizen is concerned about the move. Even though the Hubbard County sheriff said Carter will be monitored closely, he was surprised that he was released this soon. Carter was moved Wednesday, March 28, from Minnesota's Moose Lake correctional facility to an Intensive Supervised Release program.