Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A Park Rapids surveyor was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of theft of computer secrets from his former employer. Tom Miller, 64, is free on his own recognizance until the case against him can be sorted out. He's accused of downloading a database of proprietary trade information from his former employer Arro of Park Rapids, LLC, and taking it with him when he began work at Lindow Surveying & Mapping, LLC, where he works as a consultant. His attorney, Aaron Morrison, said he would be filing for a protective order to prevent sensitive company information from being included in the op
Under a benign-looking lush green hill in Hubbard County lurks a growing toxic concern. The 9-acre former Pickett Landfill, which borders the Heartland Trail and is west of County Road 4, is about to become a household word once again. It now is a massive area of groundwater contamination that stretches from 204th Street on the north, then south and east of Ferndale Loop. It once held 93,269 cubic yards of municipal solid waste. It opened in 1973 and closed in 1987.
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Hubbard County passed a "social host" ordinance Wednesday, what authorities call one more tool in the arsenal to curb underage drinking. It would make the adult host of a party at which alcohol is knowingly served to minors criminally responsible for allowing that party to take place. Hubbard joined a raft of other counties in passing such an ordinance, which would not make parents liable for allowing their children to drink at home with their permission. Hubbard County chemical dependency coordinator Sara Bowles thanked the county board. The ordinance will be enforceable upon publicat
A garage on Spider Lake burned to the ground Thursday afternoon, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air visible for miles around Nevis. The Nevis Fire Department brought all its trucks and called for mutual aid from Akeley but the structure on Glenhaven Drive was a total loss. The homeowners called in the blaze. There were no injuries. The garage was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived moments later.
Little Ayden Homer still hasn't gotten the hang of campaigning with his grandpa. He's a trooper when it comes to throwing out candy at parades, but that doesn't stop him from being frisked at the end of the parade route. "We've found plenty of candy in his pockets by the end of the parade," says grandpa and Sheriff Frank Homer, laughing at the temptation.
As the race for Hubbard County Sheriff enters its final month, both candidates admit to some mix of both fatigue and euphoria. It has been a hard fought, expensive campaign for both Frank Homer, the temporary incumbent, and Sgt. Cory Aukes. Aukes got a head start, blanketing the county with signs even before the primaries.
Ty and Kate Aukes were right alongside dad Cory last spring to start putting up the campaign signs. They've attended parades, forums and open houses. They even dunked Sheriff Frank Homer at a departmental open house last summer, then gave Aukes a high five afterward. They're typical kids, 8 and 6, who still have time to be kids on the campaign trail.
A 17-year-old boy was taken to the Park Rapids emergency room Sunday afternoon after striking a bear cub on his ATV near Two Inlets. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said DNR officers responded to the crash. The victim was traveling in a group of four juveniles, all from the St. Michael area, when one hit the cub on the Hungry Man trail. Gordon said all the boys were wearing helmets. The victim's father brought the boy to St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
The former owner of a Park Rapids glass company has been arraigned in two counties on firebombing charges in what authorities have characterized as long-simmering grudges against his ex-wife and his former workplace. Leon Dewaine Jenkauski, 50, appeared Monday in Hubbard County District Court on felony charges of arson and manufacturing an incendiary or explosive device. He was arraigned last week in Cass County on similar charges. Jenkauski owns a Bemidji glass company called Pane Relief. On May 20 Park Rapids police officers responded to Belle Taine Glass on Highway 34 after someone