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Stan from Becida photographed this caterpillar last month and since then, many have been spotted. "I have always heard that woolly worms predict the severity of the winter," he wrote. That may be an urban myth, theorizing that the wider the middle band is on the woolly bears, as they are called, the milder the winter. They're also referred to as "black-ended bears." According to scientists, mature woolly bears search for over-wintering sites under foliage, bark or inside cavities of rocks or logs.
An Akeley man convicted of assaulting a state trooper last fall was sentenced to 44 months in prison, with a lengthy probationary period and the chance of an immediate extra 12 months if he makes even a minor misstep. Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, angered Judge John Smith when he said he thought he was going to be shot during a DUI arrest last fall, so he fled at a high rate of speed leading a posse of officers through Nevis and other high traffic areas. "You're a lucky man," Smith said from the bench. "You're still alive. All officers used complete restraint.
As the clock ticks down on a disputed variance for a $400,000 garage addition in Hubbard County, both sides remain entrenched in a legal battle over who should blink first. David and Karen Hagert of Emerado, N.D., have appealed the denial of a variance last August to the Hubbard County District Court. That case is pending before Judge Paul Rasmussen, but the county has ordered the structure to be moved or torn down by today, Feb.
A former Hubbard County dispatcher/jailer pled guilty Monday to a felony charge of Financial Transaction Card Fraud in Hubbard County District Court. Two other felony counts were dismissed against Lana-Jo Lynn O'Bannon, 44, in a plea deal. Those charges were Check Forgery and Theft of Property. O'Bannon's ex-husband filed a complaint in 2010 when he returned from three months of work in Alaska to discover several thousand dollars missing from his bank account.
A Sebeka man left a three-mile trail of scorched earth when the hay wagon he was hauling caught fire Thursday afternoon, dumping burning hay along Highway 227 between Sebeka and Nimrod. The State Patrol said Ardell Horton, 65, was westbound on the highway three miles east of Sebeka Horton noticed the blazing bales falling off the trailer around 2 p.m. The Patrol said Horton then turned around and headed east, presumably to head back home.
Hubbard County commissioners took an incremental step toward a $1 million building project Wednesday but stopped short or authorizing the second phase of the work. Commissioners asked Scott Fettig, president of a St.
A Hubbard County deputy was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a fleeing suspect turned his two pit bulls on the officer after a high- speed chase. Dan May was one of numerous officers involved in the chase that started around 2:30 p.m.
A Hubbard County deputy was taken to a Bemidji hospital Wednesday afternoon for injuries suffered making an arrest in a high-speed chase. Dan May was one of numerous officers involved in the chase that started around 2:30 pm.
It's the credit card conundrum. Paper or plastic? Cash, checks and credit/debit cards all have a price. In Park Rapids, it starts at about 3 percent and goes up. "It's killing us," said John Lutz, owner of Park Rapids' Ben Franklin Store. "It's the cost of doing business," said Summerhill Farm owner Eileen Reish. Lutz relays the story of the customer who parks free in front of the store, runs in and buys a $1 greeting card. If that customer throws out a debit card, Lutz has just lost 18 cents upon swiping the card, plus a percentage paid to the bank.