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Monitoring of a wildfire south of Nimrod has been transferred back to the Park Rapids DNR Forestry department Friday afternoon after containment of the blaze that burned nearly a week. The DNR and five fire departments were called to the scene of what is being called the Jeep Fire Easter Sunday afternoon, south of Nimrod in Wadena County. Over the next few days, gale force winds drove flames over 1,600 acres, destroying eight structures. A home and three outbuildings off Wadena County 26 were heavily damaged.
Help Wanted: Hubbard County residents are being interviewed for 11 full-time seasonal positions as watercraft inspectors throughout the fishing season. Mark Sommer, Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, said local lake associations have pooled enough resources together to fund the positions.
Bill Singelman spent much of Easter Sunday toiling over a steaming dishwasher, putting tray after tray of plates, glasses and silverware through a commercial washer at First English Lutheran Church of Dorset. The relatively small parish opened its doors and kitchen to the neighborhood and the region, serving more than 300 people ham, green beans, potatoes and gravy, salads and desserts. It was a massive undertaking and two-dozen, or maybe it was fifty, volunteers eagerly accepted. "We spent most of last week grocery shopping," said church member Dale Strei of the seventh annual community
A domestic incident Good Friday that required the presence of five officers in Fern Township sounded worse than it was. That's according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. Here is his version of events on 129th Avenue northwest of Becida that transpired over the noon hour: "What I learned is that the incident turned out to be a lot different than how it sounded as it was reported," he indicated in an e-mail Monday.
The omnibus hearing for a former Lake George Lutheran minister charged with 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct has been postponed until May 14. Darwin Schauer, 71, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday at what was scheduled to be his omnibus hearing. His public defender, Jennifer Nelson, requested more time for discovery. Judge Paul Rasmussen granted that request. The hearing was attended by half a dozen of Schauer's former parishioners. Assistant Hubbard County Attorney Erika Randall has met with the congregation to explain the legal process to them. The parishioners
A platoon of firefighters, heavy equipment and helicopters mounted a ground and air attack on a fast-moving grass fire south of Nimrod Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning, the blaze had been 80 percent contained, according to a spokesman for the DNR's Division of Forestry. More than 1,600 acres had burned by Monday evening. The fire is under investigation, said Public Information Officer Ron Sanow. A Jeep was located at the point of ignition in Section 13, three miles south of Nimrod. "It probably wasn't spontaneous combustion," he said. Two structures burned, Sanow said.
A platoon of firefighters, heavy equipment and helicopters mounted a ground and air attack on a fast-moving wildfire south of Nimrod Sunday. By Monday morning, the blaze had been 80 percent contained, according to a spokesman for the DNR's Division of Forestry. More than 1,400 acres had burned. The fire is under investigation, said Public Information Officer Ron Sanow. A Jeep was located at the point of ignition in Section 13, three miles south of Nimrod. "It probably wasn't spontaneous combustion," he said. Two structures burned, Sanow said.
Due to a glitch in the budgeting process, the Kitchigami Regional Library System got fewer dollars than it was expecting for 2012. Some counties actually cut funds to the system that serves five Minnesota counties.
Steve Peloquin sometimes meets clients by the urinal in the men's bathroom of the Hubbard County Courthouse, unless their gender presents obstacles to entrance. Public defender Jennifer Nelson uses the glass vestibules to meet and greet her clients. Attorney-client privilege, not to mention decorum, is hard to maintain under these circumstances, the attorneys told the Hubbard County Board Wednesday. The courthouse has always lacked meeting rooms for attorneys and their clients.