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The 2011 whitetail opener got off with a bang as thousands of orange-clad hunters descended on the Hubbard County area. 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 woods rang with the sounds of rifle fire. Relatively high winds had fire officials worried about campfires at deer camps but no serious incidents had been reported as of Saturday morning.
As a half million hunters fan out over the state's wooded areas, news of cougar sightings are growing in the region. Are four-legged predators getting a jump on the deer season? "A lot of those folks think they've seen one or a relative has seen one," said Rob Rabasco, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR. "Those reports have a commonalty to them.
A Park Rapids man appeared in District Court Monday on a felony charge of stalking. Jeffrey Keith Hunt, 52, has previously appeared on other charges relating to an ongoing domestic situation involving his former girlfriend.
The unsuccessful candidate for Hubbard County Attorney is under investigation for voter registration fraud. Perham Attorney Nathaniel Welte and his wife Ann are the subjects of the probe. Nathaniel Welte maintains he knows nothing of the investigation and was a legitimate Hubbard County resident when he mounted his campaign in the summer of 2010 to unseat incumbent Don Dearstyne. Auditor Pam Heeren said all newly registered voters get a card in the mail after the election to check for voting irregularities in addresses. In this case, the Weltes' card came back in the mail. By state l
Several students were cited for underage drinking following a raid on a party at a Nevis home Saturday night. The Enterprise was told the homeowner is connected to the Hubbard County Drug and Alcohol Task Force. The arrests come three weeks after a Park Rapids house party ended in numerous underage drinking citations and the hospitalization of two people for acute alcohol intoxication. To date, no reports have been issued in that case. None will likewise be issued in the Nevis event, said Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. "This is going to be part of an ongoing investigation as far
As the pilgrimage north begins as early as tomorrow, many Hubbard County businesses are gearing up to capitalize on the 2011 deer firearms opener. Only one cabin remains available for rent at Home Bay Camp on Lower Bottle Lake, said owner Lynn Davidson. The other four are spoken for. Most of the hunters are regulars who've come up here for years and have their own hunting spots, Davidson said. Otherwise, "most of he land around here is posted." Homemade caramel and cinnamon rolls will greet hunters at 4 a.m.
PrimeWest Health, a health and social services provider network spanning 13 counties including Hubbard, may be ready to take a larger step into the health care arena - offering health insurance. That was the announcement by Hubbard County commissioner Kathy Grell, who serves on the PrimeWest board. Grell said the network is efficient at delivering providers to the consortium, and would likely do well in the insurance game. PrimeWest officials could not be reached in time for publication for a comment. Hubbard County bought into PrimeWest several years ago and is considered a part owner
Closing two large area businesses in recent years dropped the tonnage of municipal solid waste going to Hubbard County's transfer stations. Along with it went the corresponding income. Potlatch and Pamida kept a steady flow of waste and funds moving along. The waste stream continues to flow these days, but it's a free ride for waste haulers, solid waste superintendent Vern Massie informed the Hubbard County board Wednesday, leaving his department in dire need of a cash infusion. "Right now we're $100,000 in the hole but we need to borrow," Massie said.
Money, eldercare and privacy rights clashed Wednesday in the Hubbard County boardroom when new legislation on screening seniors for assisted living facilities turned into an imbroglio. Commissioner Dick Devine said he'd heard that when seniors recently called the Senior Linkage Line they were asked probing questions about their finances in order to get an access code number to move to an assisted living facility. A new law went into effect Oct.