Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A Park Rapids woman has been charged with embezzling more than $37,000 from Hubbard First Responders. Valerie Ione Kimball, 44, faces two felony charges in connection with the missing funds, which were first discovered in February. The criminal complaint states an audit of the funds revealed, from April 2007 to December 2009, numerous unauthorized checks, credit purchases and payments were allegedly made to Kimball or her personal accounts while she was the group's treasurer. In all, the complaint states, 70 unauthorized purchases, 18 unauthorized checks and 25 payments have come under s
On the day he was supposed to be sentenced for his 12th DWI, William Lawrence Butcher was in the Park Rapids hospital. "My understanding is that he was hoarding pills and took an overdose," said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. Sheriff Frank Homer said the incident is under investigation. "It may have been that (a suicide attempt) but he may have been doing this to get maybe a little added high. "I don't know what he was taking," Homer said of Butcher's medications.
Knife making is an art form struggling in a tough economy. Handcrafted works of ebony, ivory, antlers and steel simply command prices higher than would-be collectors can afford for discretionary items these days. Such seemed to be the attitude last weekend as vendors displayed pocketknives, bowie knives, carving knives, filet knives, steak knives, camp knives and their matching sheaths at the Northern Cutlery Collectors Club show in Park Rapids. Sales were a bit slow. "Yeah, the economy has taken a toll" on the hobby, said Hopkins vendor Jeff Hebeisen. "People don't like to spend a l
Shirley Cordahl submitted a doozy of a question. "I live on Lower Bottle Lake," she writes. "On Saturday the 12th, I looked out my window & couldn't believe my eyes, there was a blue heron on my deck. I went to get my camera & when I came back I could see it was stalking something. I was thinking frogs. Right after I took the second picture, real quick, he poked his head under the deck and came out with my chipmunk in his beak. He had the chipmunk around the neck. He walked over towards the woods, and was shaking the chipmunk, I could see the chipmunk was still alive.
Vern Massie believes his cell phone saved his life, along with a guardian angel giving him a strong signal. But watching daytime TV just might do him in worse than the injuries he's recovering from. Hubbard County's Solid Waste Superintendent was pinned underneath his tractor on the afternoon of June 13.
Quail Lane (it runs the wrong way or it could be titled Quail Trail) was a road in legal limbo for years. Now it's a road mired in a lawsuit against Hart Lake Township, Hubbard County, a defunct developer, Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative and numerous individuals. It's eight-tenths of a mile long, a typical county gravel road that dead-ends in a tiny cul-de-sac.
A Nevis woman will spend 90 days in jail this fall for the February drunken driving accident that seriously injured her best friend. Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, was sentenced Monday in Hubbard County District Court. She will be on supervised probation for three years. She must pay restitution of $1,100 to the mother of a teenage girl who collided with her vehicle, which had pulled out onto County Road 18 into traffic. She told deputies that arrived on the scene she and Tammy Basswood had been drinking since 10 a.m.
The omnibus hearings for two Park Rapids men charged in a slew of cabin burglaries has been reset for June 28 due to the "voluminous discovery" provided their public attorneys. Mitchell Raymond Bugge, 37, and Michael Gene Moorhouse, 29, have been incarcerated since their arrests in late May.
Sins of the fathers, mothers and sellers dominated the Board of Adjustment agenda Monday as homeowners went before the board to try to explain what they'd inherited or bought into. Grace Lake homeowner Judy DeMers, who lives in Grand Forks, led off the agenda with a request for permission to build an addition and deck onto her nonconforming structure.