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.—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.