Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Hubbard County Fair Board members were optimistically assessing this year's fair attendance and believe the five-day event did well despite competition throughout the region. "It was a pretty good week," said board president Howard Warmbold, despite events such as Menahga Midsummer, the Menahga Mud Run, the Century craft sale and the pig races in Nevis all being held the same weekend. But fair board vice president Bert Hill said members noticed new phenomenon this year. "People came earlier but they left earlier," he said. That left some grandstand events less than 100 percent full, wh
A Hubbard County man has been convicted in federal court of robbing an Akeley branch bank in February. Edward Joseph Lowen's case was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota this spring because the federal penalties are stiffer for bank robbery. He faced a single count of bank robbery. A grand jury indicted him April 13. That resulted in the dismissal of the state charges he was facing. Lowen, 54, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. He was found guilty late Tuesday following a two-day trial in Duluth. He was charged with entering the State Bank of Walker Feb.
An ATV rider was killed in Beltrami County Saturday morning. The accident is believed to have occurred near County Road 36 across the Hubbard/Beltrami county line. Beltrami County said no news release is contemplated at the present time because the family has not been notified of the death.
Two months ago Michael Plante appeared before the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners to tell them he was job hunting if members wouldn't elevate his position to full-time. The promising young attorney, fresh out of law school with loans to pay back, found work - in Wabasha County after Hubbard County invested an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 training him for his new job.
Hubbard County officials continue to hear good reports about recently hired Veterans Services Officer Greg Remus. "Vets are ecstatic with him," county board member Don Carlson said. "He's making people very happy. It's nice to hear the positive stuff. He was an excellent acquisition, very dedicated." Remus was hired in the spring from the Fargo Veterans Association following the January resignation of Dave W.
For Don Wilkins, preservation of an endangered violet blue bird has been a retirement obsession. The 200+ adults and 450 chicks make up the largest purple martin population in the state. Thursday was banding day. Chicks of the right age, not too small or large, received a silver U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service band on the right leg. On the left, a red band identifying the babies as Minnesota born and raised, along with some local identifiers.
A Boot Lake area home burned to the ground early Sunday morning after apparently being struck by lightning during a ferocious thunderstorm. Assistant Park Rapids Fire Chief Terry Long said firefighters were called to a home on County Road 46 around 2:30 a.m.
Registration begins today for the 10th annual Park Rapids Youth Fishing Derby that will occur July 31. Organizers Sharon Melbo, daughter Kim Petrie and granddaughter Amber Petrie say they're grateful the contest has endured 10 years, especially in tough economic times. "We're ready; we're excited," Kim said. There is no registration fee as usual. The family gets everything donated so kids take home a rod and reel, T-shirt, bait and prizes. They get a free lunch during the tournament, which runs from 11 a.m.