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Hubbard County's survey department alternately finds employees chasing satellites and delving into the moldy archives of history. Depends on the day. Primarily formed to "re-monument" a federal survey of the county done in 1860, the department finds it's increasingly called into service to settle or head off boundary disputes. "We'd rather not," said Mike Branstrom, who's been with the survey department 35 years. But as the Natural Resource Department, otherwise known as forestry, logs further into the county's forestlands, a quick survey can head off a lengthy lawsuit over
A Hubbard County farmer will get his ruined 2009 crop field reimbursed by the career criminal who led a posse of squad cars on a high speed chase through it early one summer morning. Duane Bessler, wife Kristi and family were jolted out of bed at 2:30 a.m.
A suspect charged in the assault of three peace officers seems to find humor in his situation as voiced on his Facebook page. Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, of Akeley, was arrested Oct. 22 following a high speed chase, in which he allegedly assaulted a state trooper with her own Taser gun when she tried to cuff him, beating her on the head several times. Minnesota State Trooper Darcy Gagnon required staples to treat the gash on her head.
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.