Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A Park Rapids woman at the center of an alleged methamphetamine ring was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail. Kay Marie Peterson, 38, will be eligible for electronic home monitoring after she has served six months of her sentence. She must make restitution of $4,000 to the state for the undercover drug buys that resulted in her arrest and pay a $2,000 fine. "This is a serious offense," Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne told the court.
A man and woman were transported to the Bemidji hospital Wednesday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident south of Bemidji. The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 71 and Hubbard County 9 in the northeast section of Hubbard County shortly after noon. James Oman of Duluth happened to be outside Fugate's Country Store at that intersection when the crash occurred. "I didn't really see anything," he said, adding, "the green car went right through the stop sign. "I wasn't really looking but I heard the boom and saw her spinning around toward me." The State Patrol said Cat
A proposal to streamline state government by shifting responsibilities for many functions to counties continues to roil Hubbard County commissioners. The 10-point plan was proposed last month by the Association of Minnesota Counties and came as a surprise to counties in the region, which reacted angrily to suggestions counties could take over road maintenance of state highways, state patrol duties of those same highways and localize functions such as the courts and jails to save the state $945 million. "The AMC just stabbed us in the back," said commissioner Dick Devine at the board's Marc
Four members of the Hubbard County Historical Society board have resigned amid differences as to how the group should function and how it can raise the money to operate. Museum director Karen Danks also resigned, citing economic reasons. The resignations took place last week, according to vice president Frank Mitchell, who said he was not given a meeting notice to attend. Mitchell and two board members remaining on the seven-member steering group plan to meet April 12 at 7 p.m.
Hubbard County is gradually rehiring its workforce, temporary seasonal workers and part-time help, and for the third time in a year the Hubbard County Attorney approached the board to say: My turn. County Attorney Don Dearstyne requested elevating his part-time prosecutor to a full-time position. Assistant County Attorney Sharon Marten retired almost a year ago. She was the third attorney in the prosecutor's office.
The vernal equinox was a sunny day, but one that struggled to get above the freezing mark. That brisk weather didn't stop kids of all ages from participating in a Spring Activity Day at Itasca State Park. The park featured Do It Yourself nature projects at affordable prices. Kids smeared peanut butter on pinecones - and themselves - then rolled them in birdseed to make tiny but charming feeders for chickadees and nuthatches. Volunteer Don Norwood was in charge of this project, and the cleanup.
Bail for a Hubbard County man charged in the Feb. 26 robbery of an Akeley branch bank has been raised. Friday Hubbard County District Judge Robert Tiffany ordered the bail increase following recommendations of the county probation department.
One of every nine people in Hubbard County is in need of public assistance, according to the steadily rising figures released by Social Services personnel. Of the county's official population of 18,861 people, by last month, 2,213 residents had active case files seeking income maintenance benefits of cash, food stamps and medical assistance. But that actually may be lower than the nation's poverty measure, which hovers between 13 and 17 percent of the population, using income and welfare statistics to base those figures on. It is, however, a source of concern to Social Services Director