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There was positive news from the negative yearend numbers in the Hubbard County budget. The county didn't overspend as much as commissioners feared, although the revenue fund dipped into the rainy day fund by $359,680.05 from 2011. Yearend revenues came in 3 percent above what was budgeted, thanks to PILT monies and County Program Aid, state monies the county doesn't generally rely on, so any monies are a plus. Expenditures came in 30 percent higher than budgeted, which explained the shortfall. "The 130 percent, you have some departments you didn't budget for and that's going to skew i
A bitterly contested legal fight between Park Rapids' two land surveying companies was settled Friday following a week long trial in Hubbard County. The former Arro of Park Rapids, now Land Design Consultants, sued Lindow Surveying & Mapping, LLC, for $165,000 for alleged theft of trade secrets. "You know, I can't really talk about it," owner Kevin Lindow said of the confidential settlement. Lindow and his employee Tom Miller were sued when they defected from Arro in 2010 to start a new business. Miller had been Arro's office manager. Lindow had been Arro's survey crew chief.
Hubbard County commissioners will interview five architectural design firms later this month to get the ball rolling on a plan to move the Social Services Department above the county jail. In all, 12 firms submitted proposals for the move, which is estimated to cost at least $1 million. The county has set aside building funds for the eventual remodel and move. In a special work session Jan.
A Park Rapids man will spend 180 days in jail on six charges of possessing child pornography. Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 46, was sentenced last week in Becker County District Court. Dirkes was the subject of a lengthy online search of IP addresses dealing in child pornography that began in 2008. Authorities seized hundreds of images from his home computer.
A Park Rapids man will spend 180 days in jail on six charges of child pornography possession. Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 46, was sentenced last week in Becker County District Court. Dirkes was the subject of a lengthy online search of IP addresses dealing in child pornography. Authorities seized hundreds of images from his home computer in 2010. He will be on supervised probation for five years. Read more on the story in Wednesday's Enterprise.
An Akeley man has been arraigned on numerous attempted murder charges stemming from a failed romance and reconciliation. Brian Todd Sannan, 22, is charged with deliberately setting fire to the home on Chickamaw Beach he used to occupy with a former girlfriend and her child during the early morning hours of Jan.
A public hearing has been set for Feb. 1 to determine if mini trucks should be allowed on Hubbard County roadways. It has touched off a debate as to what types of vehicles should be allowed on public roadways.
A Park Rapids pawnshop was searched Friday as officers arrested the proprietors for possession of methamphetamines. Fuller's Pawn Shop is not implicated as a business, said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, but both Michael Steven Fuller, 52, and Robert Joseph Fuller, 48, appeared in District Court Monday, each charged with Fifth Degree Controlled Substance crimes. The men are local residents. A third Park Rapids man, Jerald Dean Drewes, 58, faces a Second Degree Controlled Substance Crime for the alleged sale of meth to an undercover informant sometime between Dec. 10, 2011, to Jan.
An Akeley man has been charged in an arson fire that occurred in Cass County early Sunday morning. According to Sheriff Tom Burch, Cass County authorities responded to the report of a house fire in the Chickamaw Beach area. Although the dwelling was occupied at the time, no one was injured in the fire. Several departments responded, including Cass County, Pine River police, the Pine River Fire Department and Pequot Lakes Fire Department. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Brandon Todd Sannan, 22, of Akeley for his involvement in the occupied dwelling fire.
Three men have been arrested in another meth bust in Park Rapids, They appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday morning. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. "I can tell you there were three arrested" over the weekend, Dearstyne said Monday night. "Robert Fuller, Mike Fuller and Jerry Drewes were charged with possession of meth." No other information was immediately available.