Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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One week into the Highway 34 reconstruction project from Park Rapids to Akeley, work is already one week behind. That was the assessment of general contractor Central Specialties, Inc., Thursday. The reason is that two telecommunications companies missed the deadline to complete their work. "It's causing extensive delays," said CSI superintendent Allan Minnerath.
Last week Hubbard County commissioners approved a resolution to promote active living as a cornerstone to enhancing the overall community. Active Living is a region-wide approach developed in Bemidji in 2008 through the Headwaters Regional Development Commission. A Strategic Plan was developed in partnership with the North Country Health Board through the Statewide Health Improvement Plan. The plan entailed a list of goals Hubbard County health officials are embracing as keys to community survival and growth. Community Health Director Rae Ann Mayer outlined the benefits, primarily SHIP
A Friday morning fire believed to have started from the ember of a Weber grill caused extensive damage to a Hubbard home. Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said grills "have no place" on house decks. It's just too unsafe. "He would have been OK but the wind probably sparked one of the embers," Hoffman said. The fire extensively damaged the home's vinyl siding, then crept up into the eaves, where it did more damage. "You just don't know what's beneath your deck," Hoffman said.
Hubbard County has prevailed in the appeal of a drug dealer-turned informant arrested for selling meth who claimed he was denied a speedy trial. Derek Alan Anderson, 38, was "hiding out in his home," the Minnesota Court of Appeals noted.
The proprietors of downtown's newest retail venture are as comfy in their surroundings as their merchandise. You'd never guess the Lazy One Etc., is Brett and Heidi Behnken's first retail experience. But Brett had a leg up. The Elk River man is a manufacturing representative with local ties. He's been selling loungewear and other items to merchants in the Hubbard County region for years.
An 18-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services Wednesday morning following a one-vehicle accident just west of Hubbard. The accident occurred around 10:35 a.m. The eastbound vehicle either swerved to miss something on Highway 87 or officers at the scene questioned whether the driver had turned around to check on a baby in the back seat. The woman suffered facial injuries from the air bag deploying, and possibly striking the rear view mirror, authorities at the scene said. She was not wearing a seat belt.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department will soon resemble most area motorists, drivers of pickup trucks. The county board approved the purchase Wednesday of two pickups and a new squad car. Sheriff Cory Aukes said with the winters the region has seen lately, "four-wheel drives are invaluable." On numerous occasions last winter, Aukes said squad cars and deputies behind the wheel had to be rescued by larger departmental vehicles in heavy snow. Pickups are a better deal than SUVs or cars, the department has concluded, with a higher potential resale value. Commissioner Dick Devine, a f
Two additions to Hubbard County's revised variance ordinance, one concerning county access to private property, could raise some hackles at the upcoming public hearing June 15. They did with the county board Wednesday. One provision gives county employees access to private property "for the purposes of administering and enforcing the pertinent (shoreland) ordinances." "I don't want someone on my property without permission," objected commissioner Cal Johannsen. Trespassing issues have frequently arisen when county employees such as appraisers have stepped on private land to fulfill a p
Eminent domain proceedings have begun against six landowners with 10 parcels of property along Hubbard County 37, but bids will still be let for the project June 14. The legal proceedings will only slow access to those properties, said Hubbard County engineer Dave Olsonawski. The plan is to begin grading the natural resource road after the July 4th holiday.