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Another foreclosed development could become Hubbard County's latest Aquatic Management Area after county commissioners approved the DNR moving forward with its purchase. The 29 acres on Spider and Crow Wing Lakes in a defunct development now owned by Citizen's National Bank in Park Rapids would theoretically be purchased with Legacy funds and converted to public lands with access for shore fishing once an appraisal is completed. DNR Fisheries chief Doug Kingsley said taxpayers might be better off once the property is removed from tax rolls. "The PILT would be two times as much as the tax
Richard Hamilton Smith's life path hung a looie in 1971 when his college roommate couldn't come up with the rent. The pre-med student took his roommate's camera in trade for the rent money. A career was born the minute he picked up the gear. Medicine didn't challenge Smith's artistic side, he admitted. Photography did. In October the U.S.
Gourmet cheeses, pulled pork and exotic cole slaws greeted guests at Park Rapids' Taste of Home Cooking Show and Expo Saturday at Century School. A steady line of guests began filling the expo halls at the school just after the doors opened at 10. They were rewarded with free samples, coupons, entertainment and 42 show booths. The expo runs until 3 today, Saturday.
A 20-year-old Park Rapids man died in a single vehicle crash Sunday morning east of Emmaville. Dale Junior Breitweser's vehicle was discovered in a ditch about 9:30 a.m. The crash was believed to have occurred a couple hours earlier. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said the eastbound vehicle missed a 45-mph curve near the Big Mantrap Lake outlet and plunged into a ditch on the north side of the road. Breitweser died at the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.
Work has begun on both ends of County Road 37 in northern Hubbard County after a petition for eminent domain was dismissed. County Attorney Don Dearstyne said he filed to withdraw the complaint against opponents to the project that widens and straightens a natural environment road. About two-dozen holdouts had initially refused to sell their land for the roadway, but all settled. Most were paid an average of $1,000 per strip of land adjacent to the road.
Two Park Rapids males have died this weekend in separate incidents. One man died in a single vehicle traffic accident Sunday morning on Hubbard County Road 24. The vehicle was discovered in a ditch around 9:30 a.m. Sheriff Cory Aukes said a juvenile died by suicide the same day. The funeral home identified the accident victim as Dale Junior Breitweser, 20.
As Hubbard County embarks on its fourth "no frills" budgetary year, commissioners are starting to ask bolder questions. What if the jail were no longer funded? What if certain programs like Sentence to Service were eliminated?
Just as the region celebrated the opening of Main Avenue, in downtown Park Rapids, folks may want to dance down the center line of Highway 34. Thursday it will open after four years of construction. "Don't you have any other projects we can pave here?" asked Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath when asked if he would miss the area. The St. Cloud general contractor has paved most of the recent projects around the city, including Highway 34 and Highway 71 to Menahga. Next week the rumble strip details will be put on 34 and the striping will be completed.
The tiny hamlet of Osage appeared to have been visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Wednesday evening, judging from the fires, explosions, car accidents and general mayhem around town. A massive and multi-staged disaster drill, including a car wreck, propane inferno, trench collapse and other calamities took place in order to train 125 emergency personnel from 21 agencies. Steven Spielberg would have envied the staging of events, orchestrated by Carsonville Fire & Rescue Chief Roger Wilson, with the aid of a platoon of helpers. The drill was interrupted by two real-life acciden