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2020 Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo Cancelled

05/27/2020, 12:45pm CDT
By Press Release - Randy Jokela

The Park Rapids PRCA Rodeo event scheduled for July 2 -3 - 4 will not be held this year. It’s with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Park Rapids Rodeo for 2020. Right now the future for sporting events is incredibly uncertain and we are doing our best to navigate this uncharted territory for the health of all involved.

Covid-19 has also forced the cancellation or postponement of numerous other
ProRodeos across the US and Canada. Jokela ProWest is taking this step at the
direction of State and Local health officials to insure the safety of our enthusiastic and loyal fans. After making Park Rapids the "Rodeo Capital of Minnesota" for over 40 years, we would be remiss at not taking every step possible to protect our dedicated supporters and slow the spread of this virus.

We're looking forward to 2021. We will keep you posted on any future announcements....and stay safe.

E. Randy Jokela, CEO Park Rapids Rodeo, Inc. d/b/a Jokela ProWest Productions

Walker MN - Crash Results in Serious Injuries

05/26/2020, 2:30pm CDT
By Cass County Sheriff's Office

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 5:50 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious motor vehicle accident on 43rd Ave NW in Turtle Lake Township.

Deputies and responders arrived and located two vehicles that were involved in a head-on crash at the crest of a hill.  A 2001 Chevrolet pickup was fully engulfed in fire. Three male adult occupants of the pickup truck were treated on scene for serious injuries and transported to area hospitals and later airlifted to Metro and Fargo hospitals for further treatment. The second vehicle, a 2005 Nissan A2S, sustained serious damage and one adult female and one adult male were treated on scene and transported to local hospitals for further treatment for serious injuries.

Assisting at the scene were the Walker Police Department, Walker Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care. The investigation into the crash is on-going.

Minnesota Officials Confirm Case of COVID-19 in Hubbard County

05/23/2020, 11:30am CDT
By CHI St. Joseph's Press release

Minnesota Officials Confirm Case of COVID-19 in Hubbard County

PARK RAPIDS, MN (May 23rd, 2020) The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hubbard County.

The resident of Hubbard County is recovering at home and has no known travel history.

MDH informed the county of the confirmed case on May 23, 2020.

“The resident has been instructed to quarantine per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and monitor for worsening symptoms.” said Marlee Morrison, Public Health Director for CHI St. Joseph’s Health and Hubbard County.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health is the public health agent for Hubbard County, and has been working in collaboration with local, regional, and state partners in response to COVID-19.

“Community spread of COVID-19 is present in Minnesota and our community, and statewide positive case numbers continue to increase. As our businesses open, we still encourage our residents to practice social distancing. Stay close to home. Wear a mask when out in public and wash your hands frequently. Stay home when you are sick and contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people from outside your household and avoid any gathering where 6 feet of social distance cannot be maintained” said Morrison.

Brian Halbasch, Hubbard County Emergency Manager, agreed, stating “Hubbard County Emergency Management is working collaboratively with Public Health, as well as regional and state partners to respond and keep our residents safe and healthy. We encourage the community to follow public health recommendations.”

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider to arrange for a test. Do not delay care for any urgent medical needs, COVID related or otherwise.

Road construction on Highway 200 southeast of Laporte begins June 1

05/20/2020, 3:00pm CDT
By MNDot Press Release

Motorists will use detour route

Bemidji, Minn. – Motorists can expect a detour on Highway 200 southeast of Laporte beginning June 1 as crews reconstruct and raise the highway grade between Hubbard County Road’s 45 and 30.

Motorists can detour south onto Highway 64, Highway 34 and Highway 371, or north onto Hubbard County Road 45, Hubbard County Road 16/Cass County Road 21 and Highway 371.

This area of Highway 200 is prone to flooding in the spring and the project will help keep flood waters off the road surface. The project will also install a new culvert.

Reierson Construction is the contractor for the $1.69 million project, which is expected to last through late August, weather permitting. For more information and a detour map, visit the website at

Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

MnDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and follow traffic signs in work zones.

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Foothills State Forest ATV Crash Results in Serious Injury

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 16th 2019 at 2:06 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in the Foothills State Forest near the Spider Lake Recreation Area in Ansel Township, rural Backus MN. Deputies and EMS personnel responded and learned that the victim, Mary Hedstrom, age 58, of Alexandria MN was operating a 2004 Sportsman 600 ATV when she attempted to negotiate a sharp turn and lost control, leaving the trail and rolling down an embankment. The victim was taken from the scene by ambulance and transported to a Brainerd MN hospital with serious injuries. The investigation continues. Assisting at the scene were the Sebeka Fire Department, Pine River Fire Department, Pine River Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.

Taken from a Cass County Sheriff's Office Press Release

ATV riding can be a safe and enjoyable hobby, here's a link to basic requirements and where you can take a safety course:

ATV Safety Requirements and where to take an ATV Course