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A GRE worker hooks the power line to the new pole. Work has begun on Itasca-Mantrap Co-op's new Potato Lake Substation on Highway 71 north. Crews there are awaiting the steel. Company officials say the power line will be energized by mid to late December in what Itasca-Mantrap promises will be "a seamless transition."
A Park Rapids man has been charged with three separate counts of assault stemming from a stabbing outside a downtown bar Monday. Joseph Dean Vessey, 21, allegedly stabbed a man in the forehead around 11 p.m. Monday in an argument over money, a criminal complaint states. The altercation took place outside A Better Place bar, reports said. Police were called to the St. Joseph's Area Health Services Emergency Room to find a man with a four-inch gash in his forehead. The victim, who also had scrapes on his back, told officers a fight had broken out in a dispute over money.
Hubbard County took preliminary steps to solve its space crunch Thursday, voting to move forward with Requests for Proposals that would eventually plan the relocation of Social Services above the jail. That will free up the third floor of the courthouse building and much of the second floor for office space and the county boardroom, which will move out of the basement. The unused space above the jail is 11,500 square feet.
A Park Rapids man has been charged with three separate counts of assault stemming from a stabbing outside a downtown bar Monday. Joseph Dean Vessey, 21, allegedly stabbed a man in the forehead around 11 p.m. in an argument over money, a criminal complaint states. He appeared in Hubbard County District Court Thursday. He is charged with First, Second and Third Degree Assault in the case. The victim's head wound was stitched up at St. Joseph's emergency room. Vessey has a number of criminal and alcohol-related convictions in Hubbard County since 2008.
Mushroom hunting can be a dangerous dabble for the unaware. Take this comment from a mushroom website: "Many mushrooms are toxic to the liver and can destroy the liver. Some are lethal and you might as well be looking for rattlesnakes. Don't do it. It's dumb. You not only open yourself to poisoning but there are spiritual entities that you can be opening yourself to that will be embedded in your spirit. Most if not all are malevolent.... "Leave it for witchdoctors of pagan religions to screw with it and not you.
A weekend party following Park Rapids Area High School's homecoming festivities saw two teens admitted to the hospital for acute alcohol intoxication, one male arrested and several juveniles charged. The activities on Discovery Circle come amid a new $1 million alcohol prevention grant to stem underage drinking and a Safe & Sober campaign being conducted by law enforcement officers statewide. "There was nobody in custody," said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne Monday afternoon.
An omnibus hearing has been set for Oct. 31 in the case of a former Hubbard County resort manager accused of theft. Christopher Lee Dunker, 29, no known address, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday with his attorney Bill Thompson, who is from Duluth. Dunker has ties to the Duluth area and is actually under investigation there in a contractor case in which two Duluth homeowners paid $40,000 for a remodeling job two years ago that was never completed.
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
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.