Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Minnesota State Patrol officers said it was "a miracle" no one was injured when two vehicles collided east of Snellman Monday afternoon. Officers on the scene were trying to piece together how the accident occurred just before 3 p.m. on Highway 34. The vehicles ended up more than one-eighth of a mile apart on the north shoulder, both facing east. Firefighters from Carsonville, North Memorial Ambulance personnel and troopers from Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes responded.
A town of anglers 2,000 strong materialized on Fish Hook Lake Saturday as Park Rapids' 13th annual Community Fishing Derby kicked off. Funny hats, minnow swallowing and yes, fishing, characterized the massive annual event that gives away more than $100,000 in prizes. Platoons of cheerful volunteers, it seemed like one for every participant, drove school buses, served pancakes, acted as parking lot attendants and shuttle drivers as the annual event ran smoothly. Kids and adults stood in line to register puny and respectable sized fish. For more, and a complete list of prizewinners, pick
Brian Halik shudders to think what might have happened if he hadn't gone bowling Tuesday night. After arriving home, he heard his fireplace crackling. Only it wasn't the fireplace. It was the walls of his Lake Peysenske home. The fireplace had ignited them. Three-dozen firefighters and trucks from Park Rapids and Nevis descended on the home at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures were 20 below zero with wind chills nearly 40 below. The home, at the intersection of Evening Drive and Evening Lane in south central Hubbard County, was totally engulfed.
Hubbard County commissioners and county department heads are increasingly scrutinizing how money is spent and business is conducted - and finding areas of disagreement that could bring about change. The microscopic inspection began Wednesday with the first presentation of a monthly overtime report at the request of new commissioner Kathy Grell. The Sheriff's Department, including the jail and dispatch center, accounted for 245 of the 247 hours reported for January.
An irrigation clinic Thursday in Park Rapids illustrated how far beyond a sprinkler system the practice has evolved. Irrigators learned about global markets, maximizing yield, protecting water resources, minimizing adverse impact on the environment, how to leverage crop insurance and how to survive in the volatile futures market. The long and short of it is that agriculture is a booming business that farmers can thrive in, provided they use technology to their advantage. "You have to keep up on everything going on," said Wes Benjamin, a Hubbard County organic farmer voted Irrigator of th
A Guthrie man who pled guilty to growing marijuana will spend eight days in jail and 180 hours building homes for charity. Perry Raymond Eddy, 51, was found to have 200 growing marijuana plants at two locations in northeast Hubbard County. Judge Paul Rasmussen sentenced Eddy Monday to 10 days in jail with credit for two days served and 180 hours of community service, which Eddy will spend at Habitat for Humanity. The organization builds homes for needy residents. Sentencing will be stayed for five years while Eddy remains on probation. He was arrested last fall.
A faulty electrical baseboard heater is being looked at as the cause of the December fire that destroyed much of the Whitetail Tavern on Highway 34. And owner Mike Erickson said he's still not sure if the restaurant and tavern will be rebuilt.
Platoons of firefighters and trucks battled a Peysenske Lake blaze in sub-zero conditions early Wednesday morning. The home, at the intersection of Evening Drive and Evening Lane in south central Hubbard County, was a total loss. "Everybody got out safely," said Hubbard County Sgt. Shane Plautz. "They even got the pets out." The call at the Brian Halik home came in around 12:25 a.m. as a chimney fire, said Hubbard County Chief Dep. Scott Parks.
A decision in a recent court challenge to Hubbard County property valuations may give homeowners pause before they race to the courthouse. A Stillwater attorney with a summer home on Spider Lake said he is still deciding whether to appeal the local court decision ruling against him in a challenge of his property's valuations. "It's a very anomalous decision," said Duane E. Arndt of the Jan. 14 court ruling that significantly raised his estimated market value and property taxes two out of three years. "Well, it raises the assessments when assessments were going down.