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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
"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
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.
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.
The stunning 2½-story structure, wood and beams, overlooks Shallow and Deer Lakes. It cost around $400,000 and compliments the adjacent home. David Hagert's neighbors all gave it rave reviews, noting the "quality work." But the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment gave it the thumbs down Monday because of a yellow piece of paper in the corner of a window on the main floor. The piece of paper was a building permit that states a 30-by-40 foot garage was to be erected on the spot. "The building permit said no living quarters.
As if there wasn't enough road construction in Hubbard County, a section of County Road 40 now has a 30-foot-deep hole in it. Ben Cumber of Cumber Construction explained the asphalt highway was starting to settle because of inadequate fill underneath and caused a dangerous dip for motorists. Cumber Construction began excavation Monday, shutting the road section east of County Road 7 down to one lane. As his crew dug down, they found a mass of tree limbs and branches that had been used as fill decades ago. "They did this when they originally built the road," he said.
A motorcycle passenger on a charity ride was taken by ambulance Saturday to St. Joseph's Area Health Services after the bike she was on tipped west of Park Rapids. And the leader of the group she was in had angry words for the vehicle be-hind the bike that caused the accident at the inter-section of County Road 28. "He had to turn way too fast because that car almost ran him down," Chris Ridley said of the vehicle, which left the scene. The driver did not appear to have been injured, just scraped up a bit.
Bond was set Thursday in the case of a 23-year-old man charged with fleeing from law officers twice in the past month. Michael Benjamin Goodman, who told the court he has a local address, was arraigned on numerous charges one day after officers fanned out through a residential Park Rapids neighborhood and captured him following a brief car and foot chase through town. Goodman, who appeared in Hubbard County District Court in a wheelchair, was charged in two separate fleeing incidents, one Wednesday and another one July 16.
There have been two jet ski incidents on area lakes in the past week causing injuries. Hubbard County authorities remind drivers about using common sense. Friday night, Aug. 5, two juvenile females collided with a Casselton man on Potato Lake, said Hubbard County Chief Dep. Scott Parks. One girl suffered a possible broken leg. The other driver, Ted Chizek, was not injured. Tuesday, St.