Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A homegrown son fulfilled his life's ambition Monday morning as Cory Aukes was sworn in as Hubbard County Sheriff. The new sheriff, a Park Rapids native, got a hug from mom Gina Aukes and a "Good job!" salutation.
A Brownton teen has been identified as the victim of a snowmobile accident Thursday night in Hubbard County. Lukas Neubarth's body was recovered from the icy lake Friday noon. Neubarth, 18 and 18-year-old Thomas Plendl, also of Brownton, were towing a fish house back to the shore of Third Crow Wing Lake when they fell through the ice to open water near the mouth of the Crow Wing River. Plendl was taken to St.
Traditional milestones such as 25th anniversaries are usually celebrated with silver, gold if you make it 50 years. But with Minnesota's quarter century of legalized gambling, the celebration will be in copper. Because the state's Gaming Control Board recently issued a report stating charities, the presumed recipients of a $1 billion annual industry, saw a 3-cent return for every dollar spent in fiscal year 2010. And that's if those 1,300 charities got the luck of the draw.
As more lands are purchased for conservation or tax forfeited in a challenging economy, some of Hubbard County's tiniest units of government are feeling the pinch of scarcer tax dollars. But some township supervisors say they can weather the trend by passing skimpier budgets and cutting back services if necessary.
A southern Minnesota teenager died Thursday night when the snowmobile he and a friend were on plunged into open water on the Third Crow Wing Lake south of Nevis. The other teen survived and was taken to St.
Ice and sand trucks are out on Hubbard County roadways, but slow travel, if you have to, is advised. Many travelers have advised the Enterprise that road conditions are "awful." Speed limits of 30 mph were the norm on most county highways early Thursday morning. Fog complicated visibility. Numerous accidents have been reported already with vehicles sliding off icy highways.
A 25-year-old man was transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a Christmas day shooting in Wadena County. The man, identified as Mark Vonada, of Elk River, was allegedly shot by his 15-year-old Park Rapids brother as they were grouse hunting, according to Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr. The accident occurred at 12:30 p.m.
Hubbard County wants out of a lawsuit against it and its variance board, arguing the Board of Adjustment correctly applied the standards for a variance it issued last March to a resort converting to a common interest community. The county's Minneapolis attorney has filed a motion for summary judgment, asking Judge Paul Rasmussen to end the case in its favor. Plaintiffs suing the county maintain the board acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in granting 11 dock slips for the former Eagle's Landing Resort, now Rice Bay Association. The Middle Crow Wing Association and the Coalition of Lake
Little Blake Leritz sat quietly through the lengthy court proceedings Monday, occasionally swinging his legs in his wheelchair. The severely disabled boy was drooping by the time his case was called. He couldn't comprehend the anger his grandmother felt as she was denied the right to speak up in court. Blake's former nurse was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation for possessing his seizure medication. Pills keep Blake alive.