Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A small parade of Hubbard County department heads appeared before the county board Thursday afternoon to plead their cases for overstepping their budget limits while a smaller parade of property owners appeared the same night to bemoan their taxes. Some department heads went to great lengths to reduce their budgets to the numbers assigned to them by the board earlier this fall in a no new spending command. Veterans Service Officer Greg Remus sought to successfully cut $1,400 from his tiny staff by cutting and shifting phone services. Assistant County Attorney Erika Randall has cut all el
Ice houses began appearing on the south shore of Long Lake this week. Tuesday morning's low temperatures near zero helped the ice formation but the DNR still urges anglers to use caution. Here are the agency's guidelines for new, clear ice. The guidelines recommend staying off of ice that is 2 inches or less thick. In addition, the DNR issued these safety guidelines for ice travel: - 4 inches: ice fishing or other activities on foot - 5 inches: snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle - 8-12 inches: car or small pickup - 12-15 inches: medium truck
Six thousand holiday cookies disappeared seemingly in a blink Saturday morning as Akeley United Methodist's 10th annual Cookie Walk turned into a sprint. Or maybe a spritz. (Those went like lightning, too.) The annual church fundraiser featured tray upon tray of cookies, tables laden with breads, rolls, Scandinavian treats and bars. Gone, gone, gone. One need only look to the streets of Akeley to see why. Late arrivals had to park a country mile away to get there. Crowds began lining up well before the 10 a.m.
A convicted sex offender who left behind a list of amends found during his latest arrest is still trying to reform. But a Hubbard County District Judge remains skeptical based on Joshua Joe Dexter's track record. Monday Dexter was sentenced on his latest charged, Receiving Stolen Property and a probation violation. "He would like the court to consider 90 days," not 120 days, public defender Jennifer Nelson implored Judge Robert Tiffany. "He would like to change his life and not be before this court," Nelson said.
A semi driver was not seriously injured Monday morning after his truck overturned on a corner in Hubbard, but was transported for observation. The accident south of Park Rapids occurred just after 8 a.m. on Hubbard County 6, where a sharp curve turns into the burg near Long Lake Theater. The truck full of wood chips spilled its load when it overturned. The driver was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to St.
A bitter business dispute has been simmering between two surveying companies and it threatens to sully the stellar reputations of everyone involved. It began with a defection and the formation of a rival company as parent and offspring now find themselves battling for business in a tough building economy. It has escalated into a high-stakes, expensive legal battle where there could be no winners.
A driver believed to be from Nevis led Park Rapids police and Hubbard County deputies on chase this morning that reached speeds of 110 mph. A county squad car was slightly damaged, said Sheriff Cory Aukes. Park Rapids Police began the pursuit near Century School in a residential neighborhood of Park Rap-ids. It continued into Becker County as Hubbard County deputies joined the pursuit and radioed for assistance from Becker County. Aukes said the suspect got away in Becker County, but the case is under investigation.
Park Rapids firefighters quickly doused an attic fire at a house near downtown Park Rapids Thursday morning. Crews were called to 611 No. Park Street around 11:30 a.m.
Five people were transported to the Park Rapids hospital Wednesday night when two vehicles collided head-on east of Park Rapids just before 5:30 p.m. There were no serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. All five were treated and released from St. Joseph's Area Health Services. Highway 34 was icy with a coat of snow and sleet when an eastbound 1999 Jeep driven by Julie Karl, 27, of Akeley, "fishtailed, went into the westbound lane, hitting Vehicle 2 head-on," said State Patrol Sgt.
Park Rapids' downtown came alive Friday night with the lighting of a magnificent tree, the sounds of Christmas carols and the lowing of cattle at a live Nativity. Merchants stayed open late to serve gourmet nibbles and start ringing cash registers as brisk sales began. At midnight, the new start to Black Friday, the Walmart parking lot was a mob scene as shoppers hurried to get the best deals on home electronics. Saturday morning weary clerks came back to work and did it all over again, especially downtown, where many businesses were catering to the second annual celebration of the natio