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Zebra mussels are heading our way and they're not exactly moving at a snail's pace. The invasive mussels have been found in Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County and most recently in Rose Lake near Vergas. That relentless march north prompted members of Hubbard County COLA to sound the alarm Wednesday, hoping to forge a partnership with county officials, other governmental agencies and citizens to formulate a battle plan before the invasion reaches any of the local destination lakes. Thursday the DNR added the pesticide copper sulfate to the infested area of Rose Lake, where juvenile zebra m
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
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.
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.
Firefighers are hoping to make it through the weekend without the countryside burning. Days of red flag warnings, tinder dry conditions and gale force winds have made each spark a cause for concern. The fire danger is very high to extreme right now," said Brad Witkin, DNR fire program forester. Wednesday two grass fires were reported, one near Two Inlets that burned eight acres and a hay loft and another near Nevis that burned a tenth of an acre. The Two Inlets fire briefly re-ignited in high winds Thursday. "It was threatening structures but pretty much the wind took it the other wa
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.