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Amendments to the county's Shoreland Management Ordinance came under scrutiny Wednesday at a public hearing when members of COLA suggested citizens be given the right to view projects requesting a variance or Conditional Use Permit. Citizens have the right to view projects when a quorum of county board members go as a whole to site visitations.
Use an alternate route. That was the mantra state and county engineers repeated over and over Thursday at the weekly project meeting for the Highway 34 construction. But the problem is, the state cannot show the way. As frustration and delays mount on the roadway between Park Rapids and the Dorset corner, highway officials are urging the public to travel north, taking either County Road 18 or County Road 40 to Nevis. "Don't use County 81," Hubbard County engineer Dave Olsonawski urged.
A Laporte man has been found guilty of two felony sex crimes involving a minor child. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was convicted Wednesday evening of two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct by a Hubbard County jury. Even though Judge Paul Rasmussen would not allow videotaped testimony by the child victim to be played in court, the jury found that Beck engaged in sexual contact with the girl between November 2009and March 2010. Prosecutor Erika Randall had asked Rasmussen to remand Beck into immediate custody but the judge denied the request. Beck's sentencing is set for Aug. 15.
The two occupants of a vehicle that collided with a van south of Dorset were airlifted Thursday evening to a Fargo hospital. According to State Patrol officer Dion Pederson's report, Colleen M. Conley, 53, of Sebeka, Minn., was driving a 1992 Honda Accord north on County Road 11 when she failed to stop at a stop sign and broadsided a 1998 GMC Safari driven by Nancy J. Dero, 54, of Menahga, Minn., which was headed west on state Highway 87. Both drivers and a passenger in the Accord - Rachel J. Faulk, 27, of Brainerd - suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
A Fergus Falls woman was arraigned Thursday on five charges in connection with a high speed chase Tuesday, in which a Park Rapids police officer was dragged for nearly two blocks and injured by the fleeing suspect. Marchelle Kim Ceryes (pronounced Sears) faces charges of Fourth Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Fleeing, two counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation and Theft. Three of the charges are felonies. Judge Robert Tiffany set bail at $75,000 unconditional and $50,000 with the conditions that Ceryes must remain law abiding, cannot drive or drink and must keep in contact with a prob
A Laporte man has been found guilty of two felony sex crimes involving a minor child. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was convicted Wednesday evening of two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct by a Hubbard County jury. Even though Judge Paul Rasmussen would not allow videotaped testimony by the child victim to be played in court, the jury found that Beck engaged in sexual contact with the girl between November 2009March 2010. Prosecutor Erika Randall had asked Rasmussen to remand Beck into immediate custody but the judge denied the request. Beck's sentencing is set for Aug. 15.
A Park Rapids police officer was injured trying to detain a shoplifting suspect Tuesday afternoon, who then led police on a high speed chase through Park Rapids.
On a perfect summer Saturday, sunnies, sunburns and smiles filled Lake Garfield. Laporte's first ever "Take a Kid Fishing" outing coincided with a state promotion of the same name. Fifteen young anglers, both boys and girls decked out in lime green T-shirts, went out in boats accompanied by guides that did their best to find the hot spots on the lake. Some succeeded better than others. "C'mon," guide Jan Jones urged husband Gordy when they stopped to take a break.
As work resumes on clearing right-of-way for a high voltage power line in Hubbard County, the Public Utilities Commission will conduct a hearing June 23 to see if buffers around the intersection of County Roads 4 and 18 should be widened to accommodate the lines. "We needed to ask that the route width be expanded to allow us to connect the new switch to the 34.5 kV transmission line," said Great River Energy spokesperson Lori Buffington. "When we were in the design phase we identified the need.
Park Rapids police officer Carrie Parks returned to work at 6 a.m. Wednesday, one day after being dragged two blocks by a fleeing shoplifting suspect. "She's got some road rash," husband Scott Parks said. Parks, chief deputy for the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, said his wife reached into the open door of a car after a shoplifting suspect was uncooperative in the Walmart parking lot while officers were trying to interview her. Parks was trying to pull the keys from the ignition.