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Tempers flared Thursday at the weekly construction meeting on the Highway 34 project with complaints about the inconvenience of the project stalled by a three-week state shutdown. "We're down 75 percent" in box office revenues, Fred Rogers said of the Minnesota Folklore Theater on Akeley's main thoroughfare. "I want to know who to come to for money" to offset losses, Rogers angrily told DOT personnel and the general contractor.
A public hearing to raise some Hubbard County fees quickly turned into a referendum on policing shoreland violations. The issue of raising fees has been a difficult one that commissioners have grappled with for years. The county board doesn't want to make money off fees, especially in hard times, commissioners have said repeatedly in the past.
A resort in the northeastern corner of Hubbard County that has been the subject of environmental issues is now under criminal investigation for alleged fraud. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said his office is investigating "seven or eight" complaints that potential guests at Big Wolf Lake Resort sent thousands of dollars in deposits for cabin rentals while the resort was being foreclosed on. The resort on Wolf Lake is closed, Dearstyne said.
As a contentious lawsuit over the number of docks allowed on residential developments winds through the Minnesota appeals court system, the defendants are now asking Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment for fewer moorings than are at the center of the litigation. The lawsuit over docks at the former Eagle's Landing Resort on 5th Crow Wing Lake has now mushroomed, with the parties asking the Appeals Court to decide issues such as who can appeal a variance decision they don't agree with. At the outset, the fight was whether the BOA had a reasonable basis to grant the 11 docks and what factor
It got a little hairy Monday at midnight when a 65-foot Norway pine was sucked out of the ground at Jerry and Ann Charley's place. Their fear turned to relief when they saw the tree neatly lined up near the house on Hay Creek Drive, nine miles north of Park Rapids. It did no damage. Down the road, Ruby Hensel said "a heck of a wind" took the roof off her pole barn and tossed it 200 yards, over her house and van, down on the banks of Hay Creek.
Two Dassel motorcyclists were taken to the Detroit Lakes hospital after they collided with a deer in Becker County Monday noon. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Department, the unnamed man and woman struck the deer on Becker County 39, about two miles north of Highway 34 near Ponsford. The 47-year-old male driver and 49-year-old female passenger "sustained serious injuries and were transported to area hospitals, the Becker County Sheriffs Department said in a news release. The woman was airlifted to Essentia in Fargo.
A Park Rapids woman was transported to the hospital following a one-vehicle rollover south of Park Rapids Sunday night. According to the State Patrol, Candace Eskelson, 24, was westbound on Highway 87 when she "crossed the centerline on the curve and overcorrected." She lost control of the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving and it rolled near the intersection of County Road 6. The accident occurred just after 8 p.m. The accident, which the Patrol said was alcohol-related, remains under investigation. Eskelson was taken to St.
The quaint Lake George post office, the town's most identifiable landmark, is one of 88 Minnesota Postal Services outlets targeted to close or be converted to a "village outlet." The U.S.
As the work on Highway 34 resumes full-tilt between Dorset and Park Rapids, motorists, events and businesses are beginning to feel the weight of the work and workers trying to make up for lost time. The inconvenience factor is rising daily after Central Specialties, Inc., resumed work on the major east-west tourist artery through lake country, delayed by the 20-day Minnesota shutdown. "We've got a lot of things going on out there to get this done," CSI superintendent Allan Minnerath said Thursday. He said the company would try to complete the paving and bituminous reclamation by the end