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Redistricting, annexation, ballot secrecy and the cost of holding elections have become fairly familiar themes for the Hubbard County board. To date, county board districts have not been redrawn, but that could change. "I might run for mayor," county board chair Dick Devine recently joked. If a proposed annexation of the Discovery Circle neighborhood into Park Rapids takes place, Dist. 2 Rep. Devine could wind up in District 3, currently represented by Greg Larson. "Annexation was supposed to have been done by May 1," Devine said.
A 90-minute power outage brought most of Park Rapids to its knees Saturday morning. Power went off before 10 a.m. near Charlie’s Boats & Marine when some insulators on the pole off Highway 34 cracked. "We saw the pole sizzling and fizzing and then it just popped,” said proprietor Charlie Kellner. Flames shot out of the top.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Too much of Hubbard County’s population is made up of obese, poor heavy drinkers. But public health officials have no thought about giving up and throwing in the towel. Instead, they’re declaring war. In January a Community Benefit team met to identify and prioritize community health needs based on a 2012 assessment that didn’t rate the county very kindly. The survey encompassed online comments, community focus groups and questionnaires.
Unconditional bond in the amount of $1 million has been set in the case of a former Lake George pastor facing 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a teenager. Darwin Frederick Schauer, 70, the longtime pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake George, was arraigned Tuesday on the charges in Hubbard County District Court. He served in Lake George from 1998, when the church merged with Immanuel in Cass Lake, until about six years ago. The conduct, including sexual intercourse, is alleged to have begun in 2009, years after he left Trinity, according to the criminal complaint.
Whether escalating gas prices will affect Hubbard County's summer tourism is unknown, but as more consumers scream over prices at the pump, the dollars per gallon issue is becoming a political hot potato in an election year. "Certainly everybody has a budget that they work on and with what we've seen in the past, it's hard to say if we'll see it today, any additional expenses cut into your overall discretionary spending," said Katie Magozzi, executive director of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. As tensions with Syria and Iran continue, gas prices have seemingly jumped a dim
A Park Rapids man pled guilty to three of seven charges Monday in connection with the sexual abuse of a teenager over a lengthy period of time. About 10 family members attended the plea hearing. Andrew Clair Tracy, 47, was charged with numerous acts of inappropriate behavior with the teen from 2010 until May 2011, when a Hubbard County social worker reported the conduct.
A Hermantown man has agreed to make more than $17,000 in restitution to numerous people who pre-paid for vacations at a northern Hubbard County resort that closed. Christopher Lee Dunker, 29, pleaded guilty in Hubbard County District Court Monday to theft, for taking guest deposits meant for Big Wolf Resort last spring. Big Wolf Resort in northeastern Hubbard County advertised on its website for summer rentals while it was being foreclosed on. When Hubbard County launched its investigation, the website urged guests to pay in full up front to receive a discount. Dunker actually entered
A man charged in a botched suicide attempt Dec. 27 in which two local officers were injured is to undergo a mental evaluation. "He's competent now," said public defender Jennifer Nelson of her client, Bradley James Ellison, 52. "I don't believe he was competent at the time of the offense," she told Judge Robert Tiffany last week.
"I just love Park Rapids." With that sentiment, Cavalier, N.D., businessman Bert Olson embarked on another venture in his adopted Minnesota town. Olson recently purchased the Red Bridge Inn and hopes to have it operating as a bed and breakfast by sometime this summer. Monday night the Park Rapids Planning Commission gave approval for the plan. The Conditional Use Permit now heads to the Park Rapids City Council for final approval. The inn has been closed since 2010. It is in an area zoned for commercial use.
Martha Vaerst waited until she'd attained just the right age of senior citizenship before moving into assisted living last July. She was 99. Sunday she returned to her hometown to celebrate her 100th birthday in near blizzard conditions. She and eight family members came up to Park Rapids the day before. "It's great to be here," she said, looking around the parish hall at Trinity Church filled with food, well-wishers and a pastel birthday cake almost as large as its recipient, topped by two "Happy 50th birthday" balloons.