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Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren was suspended without pay for 20 calendar days Wednesday afternoon. Although the suspension was to take effect Sept.
The. Most. Awesome. Corn. Maze. Ever. Will open to visitors Saturday morning off Hubbard County 115 at Carter's Red Wagon Farm. The 4.5-acre cutting features unique Minnesota factoids, its state bird and a lot of fun. The brainchild of Tony Carter, the maze is the culmination of months of planning and picking. Tony Carter has always designed the sunflower and corn mazes at the Park Rapids Market outlet on Highway 34.
Erosion issues are causing Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment to cut lakeshore property owners some slack as to what they can remove or fill on lakefront lots. But the board has no tolerance for homeowners who, through their actions, exacerbate the potential for runoff into area lakes. In three cases the board considered issues of altering the landscape near the lake frontage.
A Park Rapids man seriously injured last weekend in an attack on a coalition base in Afghanistan is back in the U.S. Andy Boos, 20, a 2009 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, suffered a lacerated spleen, broken tailbone, a cracked pelvis and numerous shrapnel wounds when the building he was in collapsed, his mother Jolene said. But his most serious injury is a hematoma on his backside that has already undergone two surgeries and likely will require more, she said. Damaged tissue must be removed, the bleeding contained and the infection kept under control. He can't stand or put an
As Bemidji recently rousted a homeless encampment, evicting three, the issue of long-term homelessness is being tackled by a local agency reaching out to others in the region. The hope is that the homeless population will not become one of squatters or tent cities. Mahube Community Council, Inc., has applied for a $594,000 grant in Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program funding for 2012-13 to serve the homeless population.
Oakley will run with the big dogs next week. Hubbard County's new K-9 will compete in the United States Police Canine Association national trials next week in Detroit Lakes. The Belgian Malinois, a smaller version of a German shepherd, Oakley has already been involved in searches for drugs, missing persons and illegal aliens in his short tenure on the job. He's performed at gigs in Lake George, Laporte and all over the county, showing off his skills. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department purchased him from a Minnesota breeder. Oakley was fully trained.
A safety feature on area highways is causing bicyclists some concerns, even though they are among the intended groups being protected. Rumble strips were placed along Highway 71 north of Park Rapids this past summer and now grace the shoulders and centerline strip of the newly renovated Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Walker. According to Department of Transportation traffic engineer Bill Pirkl, the 4-foot wide paved shoulders now have an 8-inch wide rumble strip 2 inches off the fog line. That leaves a good 3 feet of bicycling room on the shoulder and warns motorists they are encroac
The Red Bridge's reflection was even shinier Saturday after St. Johns Lutheran Church parishoners gave it a fresh coat of paint. Dozens of parishoners fanned out throughout Park Rapids in a day of community service. "Blitz Park Rapids" volunteers re-painted the bridge, the playground equipment at several parks, visited residents at Heritage Living Center, picked up garbage at the transfer station and spruced the town up. At right, from left, Matt Kaufenberg, Jerry Eischens and Dustin Bethel applied their paintbrushes to the playground equipment at Deane Point.
A self-described "gadget guy" entertained nearly 700 food fans Saturday afternoon in Park Rapids as he whipped up pumpkin whoopee pies, pizza and a garlic-stuffed pork roast. Taste of Home Cooking School culinary specialist Guy Klinzing even got in a few ribald jokes and a country western song during his nearly three-hour presentation. But the professional chef offered common sense techniques as he showed his audience the "scoop and sweep" method of sifting flour, a crucial key to cooking, he maintained. Nearly 2,000 people attended the cooking school and expo at Century School, most to