This summer’s dry conditions have further emphasized to Karlstad, Minn., officials the need to protect the town of 760 from wildfires. However, what happened on Oct. 2, 2012, provided the biggest motivation.
It all started with a Halloween costume — and a fascination with zombies. Six months after creating a costume for 2012, Stusynski pulled the costume out of his closet and started writing a Web series based on a zombie teddy bear. Now, he’s raising money through Kickstarter.com to fund the project.
The fire that destroyed 11 homes in Karlstad, Minn., and damaged 4,400 acres in Marshall and Kittson counties was started by someone, whether deliberately or through negligence, Marshall County Sheriff John Novacek said. He said officials are offering a $6,000 reward for information that will lead to the person responsible.
Rain that turned to snow late Wednesday put a sudden halt to what was left of wildfires in the Karlstad, Minn., area. Power was interrupted for about 10 minutes, triggering some emergency alarms at about 8 a.m. However, roads were open and snowplows were working in the area.
Eleven homes, including 7 mobile homes, as well as 2 garages and 22 other outbuildings in and around Karlstad were destroyed by the fire which swelled from 500 acres to more than 4,400 acres Tuesday afternoon, fueled by 40-mph winds.
Country music stars Mark Chestnutt, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more, along with golf, chariot races, karaoke and wrestlers will be on the agenda for the Kick’n Up Kountry music festival June 14-16 at Karlstad, Minn.
You go north on Interstate 29 until you get to Drayton, N.D. You take a right and keep going east on Highway 11 until you hit Karlstad, Minn. You aren’t in Karlstad long before you realize the biggest show in town is the Mattracks factory. Well, that and Wiktel Co., run by the Wikstrom family. It serves much of northwest Minnesota. Matt Brazier, 31, was 12 years old when he drew a picture of rubber tracks on tires and asked his father, Glen Brazier, if they could do that. He said they could. They did. And now there is a factory in Karlstad that employs 50 people.
A Karlstad, Minn., man fell asleep at the wheel and drove his Buick into a fence around a baseball field near Grygla, Minn., this morning, according to the State Patrol. Michael S. Lorenson, 51, was injured but his life was not threatened, the patrol said.
Karlstad, a town of 760 in the southeast corner of Minnesota’s most northwest county — Kittson — has eight churches, the equivalent of one for every 95 residents. Every year they get together for Palm Sunday.
Karlstad area choir Palm Sunday concert: A choir of about 35 from nine congregations will perform at the ninth annual Palm Sunday community cantata this year at 7 p.m., Sunday in First Lutheran Church in Karlstad. Everyone is welcome. Info: (218) 436-2406 or www.first-eidsvold.com.
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