The Park Rapids Fire Department responded to a fire at the Great Northern Cafe Tuesday morning after staff arrived to work in the early morning and found the building filled with smoke. The fire department received the call at about 5am. Upon arrival the fire department found a lot of smoke in the building with very little flame. According to Park Rapids Fire Chief Terry Long, the fire appeared to almost choke it's self out. Most of the damage is to one wall and there is smoke and water damage. The Fire Marshall was on the scene and preliminary findings are that it was an electrical fire. The fire is still under investigation,. Lance Pritchett the owner of the business hopes to get in and get things cleaned up as soon as possible so they can re-open. We'll let you know as soon as a re-opening date has bee determined.
WALKER, Minn. (AP) - The body of a missing boater has been recovered from a Cass County lake. Sheriff's officials say he was thrown from a boat along with another man on Hay Lake near Backus Tuesday afternoon. The other man was rescued and was treated for minor injuries. The other man's body was recovered late Wednesday afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Lakes Area Dive Team helped with the search. The men have not been identified.
WALKER, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in northern Minnesota say a 9-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash over the weekend. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch says the crash happened on private property in rural Boy River around 5 p.m. Sunday. Deputies and first responders arrived to find the 9-year-old had been operating an ATV with a 15-year-old male passenger when they lost control in a waterhole and the ATV flipped on top of them. Crews removed the ATV from the 9-year-old but efforts to revive him failed. The passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The name of the victim was not immediately released.
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a father and his 4-year-old son drowned in a kayaking accident on a northern Minnesota lake. Hubbard County sheriff's officials say deputies were dispatched to Hart Lake near Bemidji about 1:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of an overturned kayak and two people that failed to surface. First responders found the boy in the water and administered CPR. He was flown to the University of Minnesota hospital. Sheriff Cory Aukes says the child was removed from life support Sunday night. Searchers found the body of the boy's father, 42-year-old Jesse Anderson, of Northwood, Iowa, in the water on Sunday morning. Aukes says neither Anderson nor his son were wearing life jackets.
HUBBARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
APRIL 23, 2018
On April 23, 2018 at 3:37 a.m. the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a house fire located on Fish Hook Drive, approximately three miles north of Park Rapids.
Upon arrival, deputies found the single story house fully engulfed in flames and the occupants of the residence were safely outside. The investigation showed that the two occupants were awaken by a noise outside of the residence. When they looked out they saw visible flames coming from outside the residence. The occupants and their dog were able to safely exit the residence. The Park Rapids Fire Department arrived and was able to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown. The incident remains under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.
PERHAM, Minn. (AP) - The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office has a suspect in custody in what authorities say is a double homicide. Officers responded to a reported assault at a rural Perham residence shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and found two people dead at the scene. No other details were immediately released. Authorities did not immediately identify the people who died or the suspect who was arrested. 21 year old William Lynn Hillman is in custody on 2 charges of 2nd degree homicide stemming from an incident in rural Perham. Investigation is still ongoing. Victim information will be released by a medical examiner after positive identification has been made.