Two injured in Park Rapids crash

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

PARK RAPIDS– Two Menahga residents were injured in a crash in Park Rapids Tuesday afternoon.

According to the state patrol, a Pontiac Sunfire, driven by 55-year-old Steven Demmon of Menahga, was eastbound on Highway 34 when he attempted to take a left turn onto Henrietta Avenue.

The Ford Escape, driven by Elisabeth Carr of Des Moines, Iowa, struck the Sunfire, and a Toyota Tundra, driven by David Bretschneider of Bemidji, was rear ended by the Sunfire while sitting at a stop sign.

Demmon and his passenger, 47-year-old Danielle Lafferty of Menagha, sustained non-life threatening injuries, and Lafferty was treated at the Saint Joseph Hospital.

No one else was injured in the three-vehicle crash, all were wearing their seat belts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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