Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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The Park Rapids region got a glimpse of its rich past and a peek into its equally wealthy future this past weekend, both celebrated in sounds, songs and applause. The 36th annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers show featured the usual pops, sparks and chugs. The 3rd annual Youth Music and Art Showcase featured sounds with a slightly different resonance. The Pioneer Farmers It began with a poignant remembrance of the man who was the inspiration and soul behind the show, its first president. Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers and show attendees remembered Bob A.
A trailhead park with gazebos and a picnic area is a wonderful idea for Laporte, but just not in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. That was the consensus of the Hubbard County board Wednesday when Laporte Mayor Craig Mackey and Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Director David Collins asked the board to move the project forward from a conceptual drawing. At the present time, the DNR owns the property in downtown Laporte and built a $60,000 parking lot for Paul Bunyan Trail users this summer. "The partnerships we've had with the state come back to b
A Laporte man will spend 180 days in jail for engaging in a "significant relationship" with a 9-year-old girl that lasted five months. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was sentenced Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court on two felony counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He will be on supervised probation 25 years and must register with the state of Minnesota as a predatory offender.
The plight of publicly owned nursing homes is so dire, you may want to start clearing out the spare bedroom for Grandma. It could be a long-term arrangement. "Nursing homes are in jeopardy," Hubbard County commissioner Dick Devine said at Wednesday's county board meeting. "Most won't survive." Heritage Community, owned by the county, will be hit with an 11.7 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements. Devine said Heritage is under-funded by $27 per day on elderly waiver rooms; Director Kurt Hansen said it's losing $25 dollars a day on private pay rooms.
"It's just a remarkable day!" And with those euphoric words Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll and assistant mayor Sue Tomte cut the bright red ribbon across Main Avenue, ending a decade of planning, sacrifice, and hard work to make downtown a modern and charming showpiece. The geriatric sewer system is history, but the center parking remains, along with new accoutrements that will become signature pieces such as the sidewalk cornerstones featuring area lakes in granite inlays. The flowers were in full bloom and it was a time to celebrate a day, by Carroll's own admission, some thought woul
Central Specialties, Inc., the Alexandria general contractor on the Highway 34 project, will receive a $120,000 incentive check if the project is completed by Sept. 1. Make that $120,000 minus the cost of a mailbox. The contractor finished paving the mainline stretch of the highway between Dorset Corner and Akeley Friday. The shoulder paving should be done by Monday. Rumble strips and striping will be applied Aug.
A Ponsford man appealing his 12th DWI conviction in Hubbard County has lost his case. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the conviction of William Lawrence Butcher, 49, of drunken driving and Driving After Revocation in July 2010. Further, the court rules there was no "prosecutorial misconduct" during the trial that prejudiced the outcome of the case. Because he failed to lodge an objection to County Attorney Don Dearstyne's statements at trial, Butcher has no grounds to appeal, the court states in the unpublished opinion. Butcher'
A Laporte man will spend 180 days in jail for engaging in a "significant relationship" with a 9-year-old girl in 2009 that continued into 2010. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was sentenced Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court on two felony counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Read more about the sentence and the tearful family testimony in Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise.