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Remember that groundswell of change voters emphatically wanted in 2010? Be careful what you wish for.
Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren was suspended without pay for 20 workdays Wednesday afternoon. Although the suspension was to take effect Sept.
Fifth Crow Wing Lake was again in the spotlight Wednesday as the Hubbard County board allowed the expansion of Shady Lawns RV Estates, over the objections of lake activists. "The last time you were here you traded 9 (RV) spots for boat slips," commissioner Lyle Robinson reminded resort owner Scott Forbes.
Art Leap 2011 features a perfect fall day to showcase the dozens of artists and their works. Downtown at Moose Creek Village in Park Rap-ids, art hounds dined on hot dogs and got to meet and greet with the artists. One was Fargo water-color artist Ellen Jean Diederich, whose greeting cards are sold in the store and in other locations around Park Rapids. Diederich is a well-known painter in the Midwest.
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.
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.
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.
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