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The Hubbard County board unanimously approved the sale of 1,000 acres of privately owned lake and forestland to the Department of Natural Resources Wednesday with the caveat that the governmental taxing units affected be made whole after the sale. The sale takes a significant portion of land off the county's tax rolls. The La Salle Lake plan envisions a state-owned recreation area managed by Itasca State Park in northwestern Hubbard County. The lake is 10 miles northeast of the park.
Three internal candidates have applied to fill the position vacated by retired Hubbard County coordinator Jack Paul. Those three include his longtime assistant Debbie Thompson, county recorder Nicole Lueth and Mikal Boettcher, a sign technician/maintenance worker at the county's highway department. The three will be interviewed by county commissioners at the Dec. 15 board meeting. A decision is expected shortly after that. Paul retired Nov. 30 after 11 years.
A Bloomington businessman plucked from icy Island Lake two weeks ago met with his rescuers Wednesday night, thanked them and showered them with donations of equipment including the hovercraft that sank south of Nevis. "I certainly appreciate all your efforts," said Ken "Kenny" Thompson to the two-dozen rescuers assembled at the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center. "That two minutes really made a difference." The two minutes he referred to were the estimated remaining time to pull Thompson, his son and son's girlfriend out alive.
A Bloomington businessman plucked from icy Island Lake in Hubbard County two weeks ago met with his rescuers Wednesday night, thanked them and showered them with donations of equipment including the hovercraft that sank. "I certainly appreciate all your efforts," said Ken "Kenny" Thompson to the two dozen rescuers assembled at the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center. "That two minutes really made a difference." The two minutes he referred to were the estimated time left to pull Thompson, his son and son's girlfriend out alive. "Their body temperatures were 89 degrees," said Hubbard F
Edward Joseph Lowen, the Hubbard County man accused of robbing the First National Bank of Walker last winter, will spend 71 months in prison. Lowen, 54, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Duluth. He was convicted of taking $2,525 in cash from the Akeley branch bank on Feb. 26, 2010. He was indicted on one count of bank robbery in April and convicted of the single count by a federal jury July 13.
Treacherous driving conditions descended on the Hubbard County region Monday, one giant snowflake at a time. By mid-afternoon Monday authorities had responded to numerous reports of cars in ditches and one rollover near Akeley that caused minor injuries. Highway 34 was snow-packed with low visibility. "You'll get a load of snow," said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Barrett.
Hubbard County's gubernatorial recount got under way precisely at 9 a.m.
A hearing next week in a tiny township hall could turn into a major referendum on whether poor rural counties and a state $6 billion in debt can afford the cost of preserving its natural resources. Hubbard County and Fern Township officials are being asked to ponder how much it will cost taxpayers to set aside nearly 1,000 acres of forest, water and a resort on LaSalle Lake in the northwest tip of the county. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Council, which oversees funding from the 2008 Legacy Amendment, is proposing buying it for an addition onto Itasca State Park, or another DNR scientific and n
More than 100 volunteers made Thanksgiving special for 600 diners Thursday in Park Rapids. The annual community Thank Meal at Riverside United Methodist Church transformed the facility into a hub of activity all week. Volunteers cooked 35 turkeys. "We had 70 to 80 pies but they're still coming in the door," said volunteer Barbara Southward at noon Thursday. A consortium of community churches has put on the meal for 28 years. Two-dozen delivery drivers transported meals to those who couldn't or wouldn't brave the cold and snow to come.
"A security nightmare" is how authorities are reacting to a judge's ruling last week to bring back a convicted murder and a man convicted of numerous assaults to testify at the trial of a Lake George man charged in a domestic assault case. On Nov.