I once spent a very long night in the Park Rapids Police Station. It was a 4th of July weekend and I was driving home from the cities when a huge storm came up and they closed the road out of PR. Motel already full. I slept at the police station.
Another time, a few miles out of Park Rapids, lightning stuck a tree in front of me, so close I was temporarily blinded by it and pulled over even though Hwy 92 has ridiculously narrow shoulders with trees that close in. More lightning strikes. I thought I was going to die.
Passions are high over Line 3. I see folks from my hometown agitated for and against it. I grew up on White Earth and many from there are very much against it.
But back to Park Rapids. I have never once had a positive experience in that town. I went to Deer Town on a school trip & hated seeing so many deer in such an unnatural and barren setting.

If I believed in the supernatural, I would say it has a curse for me.
Deer Town was awful, by the way. A "frontier village" with trained bears and the deer were in this fenced area with galvanized metal walls, poor groundcover. Hungry enough to take food from visitors. Image
It's closed and I am glad.

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That was in 2009. In 2011
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