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A Ponsford man was arrested Wednesday morning following a brief high speed chase and crash through a residential Park Rapids neighborhood. Michael Benjamin Goodman, 23, was arrested after a brief ground search. Charges are pending, but he had an active search warrant out for him at the time. Goodman was allegedly involved in a high-speed pursuit last month leaving Zorbaz pizzeria in Dorset, County Attorney Don Dearstyne said. Charges are pending in that incident as well.
A Nevis area farmer was airlifted to a Fargo hospital Monday night with serious injuries after being caught in a swather. According to the Hubbard County's Sheriff's Department, James Krause, 57, was injured just before 7:30 p.m. near 240th Street northeast of Park Rapids. The report states the swather "engaged into gear and sucked him into the saw.
Five minors were transported to St, Joseph's Area Health Services by ambulance Friday night following a two-vehicle collision at Four Mile Corner. According to the State Patrol: A 2001 Honda minivan was eastbound on County Road 14 south of Park Rapids at the junction of Highways 71 and 87. The minivan failed to yield to a northbound 2005 Nissan Sentra, which then T-boned the minivan. The driver of the minivan was cited for failure to yield. Three passengers in the minivan and the two occupants of the Sentra were taken by ambulance to the Park Rapids hospital. The minivan driver was t
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.
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.
Hubbard County Assessor Bob Hansen's mantra is best told in pie charts: Value doesn't always equate to tax. But it can come pretty darned close. At a presentation Wednesday to the county board, Hansen reiterated the value of lake property to the county coffers, but said those values don't always contribute a commensurate amount of tax dollars to the county. Still, the "lake effect" carries significant economic clout in property valuations and tax dollars contributed to the region.
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.