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If a new business tried to relocate on the site of the Park Rapids post office, it wouldn't get a permit. Not enough parking. And with the completion of West Third Street and the addition of a turn lane on the side street adjoining the post office, postmaster Denice Phillips-Kunze is getting an earful. "I know" people are pretty upset "but I have no control over that," Phillips-Kunze acknowledged. "That's all I can tell them (the complainers) is to go to the city because I have no control over that," she repeated.
Changes in the way Hubbard County delivers service to taxpayers was the focus of a three-pronged discussion Wednesday at the county board meeting. It began with a request by Dep.
COLA has recognized two men instrumental in helping the group achieve its mission. Jerry Knoblich and Shane Foley, former director of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservatuon District, were recognized for their contribution to the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species and other efforts on COLA's behalf. Foley was recognized for the technical support and assistance he has provided COLA for the past four years, said Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations president Dan Kittilson. Knoblich was commended for his many years of service as the Chairperson of COLA's government Liais
A dog suspected of attacking people on the Heartland Trail has been impounded. Charges could be pending against the owner, said Sheriff Cory Aukes. The White German shepherd weighs about 50 pounds. Its companion remains with its owner. The second dog was not taken into custody because the victims all reported it was the white dog that bit at least two people. Two other complainants called the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department this week to report attacks on the trail.
A community notification meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, for a Level 3 sex offender who moved to Akeley one month ago. The meeting is at 5 p.m. at City Hall to alert the public to the presence of Joshua Joe Dexter, 30. Dexter, according to the state sex offenders registry, "has a history of sexual contact with juvenile female victims (age 13-14). Contact has included penetration. Offender was known to victims." Dexter is the third Level 3 offender to move to Hubbard County.
Two ATV accidents and a fire kept Hubbard County authorities busy Saturday afternoon. Chief Dep. Scott Parks said one of the ATV accidents, a rollover on Highway 64 north of Akeley, was never located by emergency crews. North Memorial Ambulance personnel pulled onto the side of the highway awaiting directions about 2:15 p.m. Saturday. "I don't know if we ever found that because I don't have any details," Parks said. About 2:30, Parks said the call was canceled. Around 2:45 p.m.
A second Level III sex offender will be moving to Park Rapids next month. Mark Anthony Rehm, 27, is due to be released from prison Oct.
Hubbard County Dep. Dan Kruchowski and Oakley did well last week in the 2011 United States Police Canine Association national trials, winning 13th in the nation. Dan and Oakley's 4-man team received top honors in the team competition held in Detroit Lakes, said Sheriff Cory Aukes. "And a member of Dan's team was the National Champion, who happens to be Oakley's brother. He is from the Austin Police Deptartment," Aukes said. "Oakley's first two categories were nearly flawless with scores of 59 out of a possible of 60 and then a 68 out of 70, Aukes added.