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As if there wasn't enough road construction in Hubbard County, a section of County Road 40 now has a 30-foot-deep hole in it. Ben Cumber of Cumber Construction explained the asphalt highway was starting to settle because of inadequate fill underneath and caused a dangerous dip for motorists. Cumber Construction began excavation Monday, shutting the road section east of County Road 7 down to one lane. As his crew dug down, they found a mass of tree limbs and branches that had been used as fill decades ago. "They did this when they originally built the road," he said.
The stunning 2½-story structure, wood and beams, overlooks Shallow and Deer Lakes. It cost around $400,000 and compliments the adjacent home. David Hagert's neighbors all gave it rave reviews, noting the "quality work." But the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment gave it the thumbs down Monday because of a yellow piece of paper in the corner of a window on the main floor. The piece of paper was a building permit that states a 30-by-40 foot garage was to be erected on the spot. "The building permit said no living quarters.
A motorcycle passenger on a charity ride was taken by ambulance Saturday to St. Joseph's Area Health Services after the bike she was on tipped west of Park Rapids. And the leader of the group she was in had angry words for the vehicle be-hind the bike that caused the accident at the inter-section of County Road 28. "He had to turn way too fast because that car almost ran him down," Chris Ridley said of the vehicle, which left the scene. The driver did not appear to have been injured, just scraped up a bit.
The Highway 34 project continues to cause some inconveniences while workers speed toward an early finish to the major highway construction project from Park Rapids to Akeley. General contractor superintendent Allan Minnerath said if the weather holds out, most of the paving should be done by the end of next week. "They're trying to get through a project that's gonna benefit everybody," said Department of Transportation spokesperson Karen Bedeau, who attends the weekly progress meetings in Nevis. Two paving crews are working, one paving the mainline of the highway; the second paving the s
A district judge chastised a Fergus Falls woman Thursday for her role in a high-speed pursuit and crash in June that injured a Park Rapids police officer and a seasonal resident. "Your attorney indicates you're taking this seriously," Judge Robert Tiffany told Marchelle Kim Ceryes, 44. "I hope that's the case. "At a minimum your actions speak louder than words," Tiffany continued.
Bond was set Thursday in the case of a 23-year-old man charged with fleeing from law officers twice in the past month. Michael Benjamin Goodman, who told the court he has a local address, was arraigned on numerous charges one day after officers fanned out through a residential Park Rapids neighborhood and captured him following a brief car and foot chase through town. Goodman, who appeared in Hubbard County District Court in a wheelchair, was charged in two separate fleeing incidents, one Wednesday and another one July 16.
There have been two jet ski incidents on area lakes in the past week causing injuries. Hubbard County authorities remind drivers about using common sense. Friday night, Aug. 5, two juvenile females collided with a Casselton man on Potato Lake, said Hubbard County Chief Dep. Scott Parks. One girl suffered a possible broken leg. The other driver, Ted Chizek, was not injured. Tuesday, St.
The condemnation proceeding against several County 37 landowners has been continued until Sept.
A Sebeka teen has died as a result of an ATV crash Tuesday in Wadena County. According to the Wadena County Sheriff's Department, 16-year-old Alec Dale Davy was fatally injured around 1:30 p.m. in Red Eye Township. He was airlifted to the trauma wing of North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he died of his injuries. The Sheriff's Department was assisted by Menahga police, Sebeka First Responders and Tri County Ambulance. No other information was released.