Cancer in one way or another touches the lives of just about everyone, either directly or indirectly. It's a widespread disease that reaches nearly every family, whether it's mom or dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, cousins or friends. Millions of dollars go toward cancer research each year and the medical community has made huge strides in diagnosing and treating cancer. Thanks to that treatment and research, cancer is no longer a death sentence for everyone diagnosed with the disease.
On Thursday, June 8, Toxic Taters is hosting an evening of short and informative talks for people who want to know more about what's happening to the water, air, soil, and health in rural communities. Presenters from the Minnesota DNR, White Earth Public Works and local community members will all be part of the evening. Topics will include the Straight River Groundwater Management Plan, the Pine Point private well testing project, growing healthier potatoes and an introduction to the goals of the Toxic Taters organization.
A Menahga man suffered life threatening injuries in a motorcycle crash on Highway 87 Sunday, May 28. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 69-year-old Victor Laney of Menahga was traveling eastbound on Highway 87 near County Road 20 in Hubbard Township when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve. He crossed over the westbound lane and drove off the road. Laney went into the ditch and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported from the scene by North Memorial and taken to a Twin Cities hospital for treatment.
The Akeley/Paul Bunyan All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Club in Akeley is the recipient of an Enbridge $54,000 Ecofootprint Grant.
Miscellaneous: May 11: A Nevis caller reported a verbal domestic with his 25 year old son; A Laporte caller had questions for an officer about property issues; A Park Rapids caller reported a female walked into their house and asked for directions and to use the bathroom, the woman was unknown to the homeowner; A Park Rapids caller reported a possible phone scam; A caller reported a male party passed out in a vehicle, the car was running and the male had his foot on the break;
The Hubbard County Auditor's Office reminds residents the first half of the real estate/personal property taxes is due May 15. Postmarks on the May 16 will also be accepted without penalty Payments of $100 or less must be paid in full by May 15 to avoid penalty A drop box is located on the Courthouse Ease drive through loop and is labeled FOR TAX PAYMENTS ONLY.
A fire Tuesday at Schaefer Auto in Menahga destroyed one building as multiple fire departments fought the blaze through the night. The auto and metal scrap recycling business is located in the industrial park on the south side of town off of Highway 71.
Domestic abuse and child abuse are intertwined. Children in homes where domestic abuse occurs are increasingly at risk to become direct victims of child abuse. Child abuse reports increased 25 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.