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A city redistricting plan could prompt the county to do the same, in turn forcing one or two commissioners to run for re-election in an off year. Park Rapids' two precincts may shift the county commission district populations enough to require a redrawing of boundaries, which county officials didn't think would be necessary after the 2010 Census. And it's possible commissioners Greg Larson and Kathy Grell could be on the fall ballot, along with Dick Devine and Cal Johannsen, who were already slated to run. Districts 2 and 4 have elections during presidential election years.
A Hubbard County boy was airlifted to a Fargo hospital Wednesday evening after being struck by a vehicle north of Lake Alice. According to Sheriff Cory Aukes, "the child exited a driveway on a bicycle and entered the roadway. An oncoming vehicle driven by 54-year old Roger Walgren of Laporte struck the child." Aukes said the boy's condition is unknown at this time. No charges are pending against the driver.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment voted Monday to remove variance conditions on a Lake Belle Taine lot when the owner purchased more land to bring it into compliance. David Martin purchased 100 feet of lakeshore from his neighbor, giving him a 157-foot lot. He eventually wants to build a new residence on the lot and convert the current home to a garage with storage, he told the board. New BOA member Ken Grob then conditioned the removing of the old conditions with a new one - that the old structure can never be converted to a guest house. The board and county are currently embroil
The attorney for a Park Rapids man charged with vehicular homicide says there's no evidence that Dean James Roehler was legally impaired - or even drinking before - he was involved in a fatal collision July 14, 2011 on Highway 34. As Roehler's trial nears in the death of Patricia Ann Borman, prosecutor Don Dearstyne and defense attorney Joe Majors differed on whether a process called "retrograde extrapolation" would be reliable enough to determine if Roehler even had an alcohol concentration in his system at 5:30 p.m.
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Nearly 1,000 inmates came through the booking room of the Hubbard County jail in 2011. And even though the facility operates below capacity, it saved taxpayers more than $292,000 last year. According to program director Joe Henry, of the 989 inmates booked in 2011, 736 were male and 253 were female, for an average daily head count of 36.3 inmates who stayed a total of 13,254 days. But according to Henry's report, even though the jail capacity was built for twice as many daily inmates, shutting down one wing would be impractical and expensive.
A Mound man is listed in critical condition in a Fargo hospital following a three-vehicle crash south of Park Rapids Monday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 53-year-old Mark G. Heath was southbound on Highway 71 waiting to make a left turn onto 150th Street. That intersection is just south of the Lamb-Weston RDO potato plant. The driver of a Pontiac Grand Am, 19-year-old Isaac W. Lustila of Deer Creek, was behind the Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Heath. Lustila "took his eyes off the road for a second," the Patrol report states.
Cosmetic wood surgeons are repairing windows at the Park Rapids Post Office. "We're doing it in four stages," said Postmaster Denice Phillips-Kunze. "Stage 1 was the basement. This is Stage 2 in the front and my office. Stage 3 will be the north side upstairs and Stage 4 is the south side." The windows will be puttied, resurfaced and put back on display. But Phillips-Kunze's office was another matter. Asbestos-laden paint will be removed and the office will be repainted. The project will be completed by summer.
One man was transported to the Park Rapids hospital Monday morning following a three-vehicle accident south of town. At least two others were treated at the scene after the vehicles collided on Highway 71 and 150th Street. The accident occurred around 11 a.m. The vehicle the injured man was in was broad-sided by another vehicle in the passenger's side.
Volunteer members of an environmental program that has been de-funded by the government scolded Hubbard County commissioners Wednesday for withdrawing local support, too. Giziiibii Resource Conservation & Development volunteers came away with $300 in new membership dues and the appointment of two representatives to its board. "Giziibii has enough equity to operate at the current budget for three years" after making cutbacks, said chairman Dan McNamee.