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Hunters throughout the Hubbard County and adjoining regions reported mixed success after the weekend's firearms deer opener. But it was the youth who stole the show - and the deer - locally. n Convenience stores and grocery stores reported brisk sales that started Thursday. "We've sold hunting licenses, pop, chips and cigarettes," said a clerk at Ortons in Park Rapids, pausing for a breather. The DNR estimates deer hunters add $458 million to the state's economy annually with $260 million of that in retail sales. Because hunters can now report deer taken via interactive phone respon
In a rapidly changing world of technological innovations, the quaint Lake George Post Office may become a relic of a bygone era. But it won't go down without a fight. Thursday night, residents and postal patrons will meet with federal postal officials to save the tiny log cabin that houses 110 mailboxes and has served the region since 1936. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.
Oakley got his pound of flesh and his man. A Wadena County suspect is facing numerous charges and may prefer standing through them for the time being. James Allen Zaske, 44, led Sebeka police and other officers on a high speed chase into Hubbard County early Saturday morning that ended with a crash near Piney Park mobile home park south of Park Rapids. Authorities said Zaske fled into the trailer park.
A Park Rapids man appeared in District Court Monday on a felony charge of stalking. Jeffrey Keith Hunt, 52, has previously appeared on other charges relating to an ongoing domestic situation involving his former girlfriend.
The 2011 whitetail opener got off with a bang as thousands of orange-clad hunters descended on the Hubbard County area. Convenience stores and grocery stores reported brisk sales that started Thursday. "We've sold hunting licenses, pop, chips and cigarettes," said a clerk at Ortons in Park Rapids, pausing for a breather. The woods rang with the sounds of rifle fire. Relatively high winds had fire officials worried about campfires at deer camps but no serious incidents had been reported as of Saturday morning.
As a half million hunters fan out over the state's wooded areas, news of cougar sightings are growing in the region. Are four-legged predators getting a jump on the deer season? "A lot of those folks think they've seen one or a relative has seen one," said Rob Rabasco, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR. "Those reports have a commonalty to them.
The unsuccessful candidate for Hubbard County Attorney is under investigation for voter registration fraud. Perham Attorney Nathaniel Welte and his wife Ann are the subjects of the probe. Nathaniel Welte maintains he knows nothing of the investigation and was a legitimate Hubbard County resident when he mounted his campaign in the summer of 2010 to unseat incumbent Don Dearstyne. Auditor Pam Heeren said all newly registered voters get a card in the mail after the election to check for voting irregularities in addresses. In this case, the Weltes' card came back in the mail. By state l
Several students were cited for underage drinking following a raid on a party at a Nevis home Saturday night. The Enterprise was told the homeowner is connected to the Hubbard County Drug and Alcohol Task Force. The arrests come three weeks after a Park Rapids house party ended in numerous underage drinking citations and the hospitalization of two people for acute alcohol intoxication. To date, no reports have been issued in that case. None will likewise be issued in the Nevis event, said Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. "This is going to be part of an ongoing investigation as far
As the pilgrimage north begins as early as tomorrow, many Hubbard County businesses are gearing up to capitalize on the 2011 deer firearms opener. Only one cabin remains available for rent at Home Bay Camp on Lower Bottle Lake, said owner Lynn Davidson. The other four are spoken for. Most of the hunters are regulars who've come up here for years and have their own hunting spots, Davidson said. Otherwise, "most of he land around here is posted." Homemade caramel and cinnamon rolls will greet hunters at 4 a.m.