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A Big Lake man convicted in a poaching and pot-growing operation one year ago is now charged with threatening the hunters who made the complaint against him and trespassing. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 61, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday on charges of First Degree Witness Tampering, Trespass and Hunter Harassment. Battin and Donald Cook, 61, of Bloomington, were convicted of the crimes last year when DNR Conservation Officers, acting on a tip of deer baiting and found the illegal taking of a deer and a marijuana growing operation on Potlatch Forest land leased by Battin for
A tax abatement policy to lure new business to Hubbard County should be a tool handy in the county's arsenal, board members agreed Wednesday. Under a proposed policy, the county, township, city or school district could abate all or a portion of a property owner's taxes or reallocate them to pay for infrastructure to spur development. "We want it there in case an opportunity" arises, commissioner Kathy Grell said. But any new business must meet certain criteria, she was quick to point out. Primarily, the business must not be in competition with any existing business, Grell said. It is
The Heritage community campus board is looking far into the future, envisioning how it can meet the rapidly changing needs of nursing home patients and the reimbursement rates those services bring in. Among the suggestions are a traumatic brain injury facility or a rehabilitation wing. "We've been ahead of the game," Hubbard County commissioner Dick Devine said at Wednesday's meeting. "No one's sure where long-term care is going.
As the nationwide craze for knitting shows no sign of cooling off, many knitters are now exploring the art of spinning their own yarns to enhance their creations. But if you don't have an antique spinning wheel or your name isn't Cinderella, (who used a saxony wheel in her dusky attic) a drop spindle might just suffice. On the second Thursday of every month, fiber artist Kathy Belt teaches the art of hand spinning at Monika's in downtown Park Rapids. It's an art form that's been around for 8,000 years, she said.
It is the news people don't want to read but are nevertheless eagerly anticipating. Truth in Taxation statements for 2012 will go into the mail Thursday, according to Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren.
OK, we got taken. Two pranksters brought in their iPhone with a photo of an 18-point buck last week. The Enterprise ran it in the annual fall shooting gallery. Oops. It was a deer shot in Texas in 2007, a downloaded Internet hoax. Red flags, horns and lights started sounding the minute the paper went to press. Read more about the story in Saturday's Outdoors page, where we will feature authentic hunting photos taken locally.
The numbers tell an economic tale of woe: the Lake George post office had annual total expenses of $88,378 last year and revenues of $25,500, a net loss of $62,878. "We lose money every day we open the Lake George post office," said manager of post office operations Marty Brumbaugh, who oversees 170 post offices. At most, there are only two hours of actual work each day, but contractually employees must be paid for eight hours. And that's being generous. The U.S.
In a rapidly changing world of technological innovations, the quaint Lake George Post Office may become a relic of a bygone era. But it won't go down without a fight. Thursday night, residents and postal patrons will meet with federal postal officials to save the tiny log cabin that houses 110 mailboxes and has served the region since 1936. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.
Hunters throughout the Hubbard County and adjoining regions reported mixed success after the weekend's firearms deer opener. But it was the youth who stole the show - and the deer - locally. n Convenience stores and grocery stores reported brisk sales that started Thursday. "We've sold hunting licenses, pop, chips and cigarettes," said a clerk at Ortons in Park Rapids, pausing for a breather. The DNR estimates deer hunters add $458 million to the state's economy annually with $260 million of that in retail sales. Because hunters can now report deer taken via interactive phone respon