Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A Morris nurse was arraigned on four charges after she allegedly rear-ended a Park Rapids city councilor while under the influence with two children in her car. Shannon Marie Gray Boettcher, 41, was arrested after council member Pat Mikesh reported her weaving on U.S. Highway 71 July 2 shortly after 2:30 p.m.
A former Grand Rapids man was arraigned Tuesday on five charges in connection with a weekend rollover that caused the death of his passenger. Jesse Philip Dahl, 29, appeared in Hubbard County District Court with his head shaved and with numerous abrasions and cuts. The criminal complaint states his blood alcohol level was .16 percent when the Volkswagon Passat he was driving southbound in County Road 3 left the roadway, struck an approach and rolled about 12:30 a.m.
The weekend death of a Park Rapids man at the hands of another was a tragic accident brought on by alcohol abuse, say the family of the man charged. "He's a good man when he's not drinking," said a tearful Karen Candelaria, the estranged wife of Luis Candelaria, who was arraigned Tuesday on manslaughter charges in the beating death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 41. A remorseful Luis Candelaria, clad in orange jail scrubs, politely answered Hubbard County District Court Judge Robert Tiffany's questions about obtaining a public defender. "They shouldn't have been arguing, especially when they
A Floodwood woman has been identified as the victim of a one-vehicle rollover in northern Hubbard County early Saturday. Brooke Rosemore, 28, died at the scene.
Park Rapids police are investigating the death of a man Saturday night in the city's first homicide of 2010. Police were called to 619 Woodland Avenue around 9:18 p.m.
Hubbard County residents woke up Independence Day to soaked basements, sump pumps running overtime and dehumidifiers overflowing after nearly 5 inches of rain drenched the region overnight. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kaiser said three days of string southerly winds culminated in a huge moisture system moving into the area. Kaiser said the Park Rapids Municipal Airport reported 4.8 inches of rain; a weather spotter near Height of Land Lake called in with5.65 inches. "Five inches is a lot of water," he said. Bob Schwartz was trying to figure out how to bail out his Lake E
Authorities are investigating a one-vehicle rollover near Becida early Saturday morning that claimed the life of an out-of-town woman. Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said the woman and a male survivor, who were not identified, were both from out of he Hubbard County area. The accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Homer said it was unclear which of the vehicle occupants was the driver. Homer said more information would be released Sunday. The State Patrol is performing an accident reconstruction.
A rural Hubbard County home burned to the ground early Saturday afternoon. The home was located off Highway 87, just west of Hubbard. It was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene and struggled to get trucks into the wooded surrounding. "I have no idea how it started and probably won't know for awhile," Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said. Firefighters scrambled into the woods with shovels to dig trenches to keep the fire from spreading through the trees.
The 115th annual Shell Prairie Agricultural Association's 2010 Hubbard County Fair will feature a bunch of dummies. Ventriloquist and comedian James Wedgewood will highlight the fair's Friday night venue at 7 p.m. July 9.
Joan Hanson reports: "The herons must be extra hungry this year. We've had a cabin on 6th Crow Wing for almost 35 years, and we had a 'first' a couple weeks ago. My grandson and his wife noticed a great blue heron further up in the yard than usual and watched as he snatched a chipmunk, walked to the dock, dunked the chipmunk in the water and 'down the hatch.' "Some years ago, we would leave a small perch on the dock (one too far gone to release), for the heron. One time we caught a mouse in a trap. I laid it on the dock where I usually left a perch.