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A well-known Park Rapids surveyor faces felony theft charges in a case that has elements of competitive espionage to it. Thomas Michael Miller, 64, has been charged with downloading the database of Arro Land Surveyors, LLC, his former employer, and taking it, a client list and other information to Lindow Surveying & Mapping LLC, where he is now employed as a consultant.
Where Jesse Dahl was drinking on the night of his fatal rollover is an unsolved mystery and likely beyond perjury charges. Dahl, 30, of Brainerd, testified under oath Monday that he left the Becida Bar and Grill at closing time July 3 after drinking four spiced rum drinks. Absolutely not, said bar owner Jane Miller. "He's lying.
The county's social host ordinance making it a crime to knowingly serve minors alcohol at a party will have its first public hearing Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Advocates such as Hubbard County Chemical Dependency Coordinator Sara Bowles are urging its passage. "As a community member and as a Dad, I am in favor of this ordinance," Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said in introducing Ordinance No.
Fishers and flickers have been spotted in the region. "This morning, when I opened the blinds on the picture window, something big and furry ran away from the feeder and jumped onto the big jack pine like a squirrel," e-mailed Stan Gardinich of Becida. "It was not shaped like a coon. It had shorter legs and was much sleeker. It had a smaller head. It got off the tree and ran behind the woodshed and jumped onto another tree and climbed a few feet up. I have seen marten and this was bigger than that. I do not think it was a wolverine because I do not think they climb like that.
Calling Hubbard County's 2011 budget a "zero growth" one is a misnomer, but it's awfully darned sparse. So what term does one give to a county asked to scrape by for another year with less money? Hubbard County commissioners set the estimated 2011 net levy at $11.66 million Wednesday, only $293,473 more than last year's despite an overall 3 percent pay increase for employees. Although the figure is $200,000 above what the state allows the county to levy, that can be remedied by designating expenses such as the jail bonds a special levy. Proposed 2011 total revenues in the "Lyle/Cal" bu
A well-known Park Rapids surveyor and developer faces felony theft charges in a case that has elements of competitive espionage to it. Thomas Miller, 64, has been charged with downloading the proprietary database of Arro Land Surveyors LLC, his former employer, and taking it and a client list to Lindow Surveying and Mapping, where he is now employed. Miller is a fixture at Hubbard County Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission meetings, where his projects and clients are frequently presented.
The former treasurer of the Hubbard First Responders took the witness stand Monday and admitted embezzling more than $37,000 from the squad over a two-year period. Valerie Ione Kimball, 45, of Park Rapids, testified matter-of-factly that it was relatively easy to do and that she used the funds for personal gain. "There were checks pre-signed that I wrote to myself," she admitted. In all, 18 checks were found during an audit begun last winter.
Two families filled a Hubbard County courtroom with tears late Monday as the son of one was sentenced to a year in jail for killing the daughter of the other in an ATV crash. "I apologize for the wrong decisions I made May 1," a tearful Chad Tabaka told the family of Jessica Christopherson. "I can't take it back.
Jesse Dahl's last stop before he was involved in a fatal crash in July was at a bar and grill in Becida. He said he was not driving the car from the bar that eventually veered off the road, hit an approach, rolled and killed a passenger. Dahl, formerly of Brainerd and Bemidji, said he drank about four ounces of Captain Morgan spiced rum. Leaving the bar, Dahl said 28-year-old Brooke Rosemore of Floodwood took the wheel of the 1998 Volkswagon Passat. Dahl said they stopped at a house in the county and he resumed driving.
Two Park Rapids men facing a slew of charges in connection with nearly two dozen cabin break-ins last spring entered guilty pleas Monday to a handful of those charges. Mitchell Bugge, 38, and Michael Moorhouse, 30, each entered pleas to four burglary counts in exchange for the county dismissing the remaining charges. Assistant Hubbard County Attorney Erika Randall said in Bugge's case, there were 23 victims. He pled to the four counts of Second Degree Burglary and the most serious charge he faced, being a felon in possession of a firearm.