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As thousands of deer hunters fanned out across Minnesota's woods Saturday, the buzz in tiny Wolf Lake was of a cougar captured on a trail camera two weeks ago. Scott Koskela set up the Bushnell trail cam near an alfalfa field on his father, Leroy's property east of Wolf Lake. Scott, who lives in Coon Rapids, didn't check the images on the camera until about a week ago. On Oct. 18 at 6:48 a.m.
The crimson tsunami of discontent that washed over the country Tuesday claimed local Democrats and even non-partisan incumbents, including Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. Rep. Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids) and Sen. Mary Olson (DFL - Bemidji) were among the casualties, as was Dist. 1 Commissioner Don Carlson, who were all swept out of office along with 8th Dist. Rep.
DNR regional supervisor Mike Carroll has turned down the Hubbard County Land Commissioner job. Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson said Carroll called him Monday to say due to entanglements over DNR land acquisitions Carroll is heading up, his presence would be required until June 2011 at the state agency. Robinson said the county couldn't wait that long, so Wednesday the board offered the position to Mark Lohmeier, Becker County's Land Commissioner and a former employee of Hubbard County. Robinson also dispatched commissioners Dick Devine and Cal Johannsen to "bring me back a body,
A two-year investigation has resulted in 11 charges of pornography being filed against a Park Rapids man. Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 45. Was the subject of a lengthy undercover investigation that began in 2008 involving child pornography on various computers allegedly owned by Dirkes. He was arraigned on the felonies Tuesday in Becker County Court. Assistant Becker County Attorney Tammy Merkins said the case took two years to get to court. "Part of the case involved the forensic analysis of the computers by the BCA and basically that's what took so long," she said.
One person was injured Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 34 in Park Rapids. According to police chief Terry Eilers, Terry Bliss, 50, was westbound on Highway 34 when he ran the red light at County Road 6, also known as Henrietta Avenue, and struck a Suzuki compact car driven by Michelle Daily, 48, that was southbound on Henrietta.
The attorney for a Guthrie man charged in a marijuana growing operation said he would mount a legal challenge to the first search warrant executed on his property. Robert Wallner, the Bemidji attorney retained by Perry Raymond Eddy, 51, said he plans to file a motion challenging the probable cause portion of an initial search warrant conducted on Eddy's property in northeast Hubbard County Sept.
Looser federal eligibility requirements for food stamps may prompt a flood of new applications locally. It certainly will increase the potential pool of those eligible, estimated at 70,000 statewide. It will also result in nearly unmanageable caseloads for financial workers becoming more so, said Hubbard County Social Services Director Daryl Bessler. The state Department of Human Services is estimating as many as 70,000 more people could be eligible for food assistance under new rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamp program.
There may or may not be a new sheriff by the time you read this story, which went to press before the election results were known. Regardless of who it is, it has cost both men running for the job a wad of money. Expenditures for the Hubbard County Sheriff's race hit the $40,000 mark and continue to rise. Recent filings in the Hubbard County Auditor's office show expenses for Frank Homer at $17,440.52. That's in addition to his two previous filings, which totaled $877.08. The current sheriff's latest expenditures are reported for the period ending Oct.