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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
A weeping family clad in matching T-shirts mourned the loss of a loved one, forgave the man who killed her and said the system failed them. A remorseful Jesse Dahl, 30, apologized for the drunken July 3 accident that took the life of his vehicle passenger, Brooke Rosemore, 28, of Floodwood. Dahl was driving Rosemore's Volkswagon when he lost control south of Becida, swerved off County Road 3 and hit an approach head on. Rosemore died at the scene. Dahl suffered minor injuries. Rosemore's family gave victim impact statements just before Dahl was sentenced to 68 months in prison.
A Park Rapids man will spend 33 months behind bars for a string of cabin burglaries committed last spring throughout Hubbard County. Michael Moorhouse, 30, pleaded guilty last month to four counts of Second Degree Burglary in connection with the break-ins. Moorhouse must also make restitution for all of the two dozen burglaries he and co-conspirator Mitchell Bugge, 38, were initially charged with. Bugge was supposed to have been sentenced Monday, too, but he requested an early transfer to prison last month and was not transported from the St.
A Park Rapids man charged with killing his best friend in a drunken fight July 3 will plead self-defense, his attorney said Monday. Public defender Jennifer Nelson announced to the court her client, Luis Candelaria, was defending himself from an attack when he punched Richard Alan Hoskins, 41 on his front lawn, killing Hoskins. Candelaria, 48, was indicted by a Hubbard County grand jury in mid-July on charges stemming from the incident in a residential Park Rapids neighborhood. Grand jurors returned a three-count indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, First Degree Manslaugh
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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
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.
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.
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
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.