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An emotional three-decade-old argument against paving County Road 37 along the south side of Kabekona Lake, took voice again Wednesday. Members of an extended family, most of them seasonal residents, have been fighting the proposal to widen and eventually pave the natural preservation road.
Deep cuts to a growth industry about to see a wave of Baby Boomers has nursing home administrators concerned for their futures: Who will take care of Gramma? Gov.
Law officers barricaded a downtown Park Rapids grocery store for several hours Thursday after a hoax bomb threat was called in. It may be related to the latest Jamaican scam. According to Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers, a male caller phoned Coborn's about 10:15 a.m. and told the receptionist, "I have some serious news." The caller went on to say a bomb had been placed in "the Western Union box" near the store's courtesy counter. The receptionist said, "Are you serious?" and placed the call on hold. It then went to the store manager, who asked the same thing, Eilers said.
Don't be surprised if you have a roadside encounter with Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. Two months on the job, he's been quietly fulfilling a campaign promise to take his turn on road patrol, night shifts and traffic duty. He's surprised that people even notice. "I'm no better or worse than the guys that work with me and I can get out there and do it as well," he said Tuesday afternoon after stopping a motorist on the Becker County line and running a records check. Last month he worked a weekend of night shifts on patrol, pulling over drunken drivers. It's a subtle nudge to the e
A 45-year-old Menahga man pled guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to possessing more than 300 images of child pornography. Brent Michael Freeman pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Freeman was indicted on March 18, 2010. In his plea agreement, Freeman admitted that on July 9, 2007, he knowingly possessed "visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, those images having been transported via a computer," according to the criminal complaint. Freeman faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Judge John R.
Hubbard County lake activists have won a lawsuit challenging a variance granted for a Crow Wing Lake planned unit development. District Judge Paul Rasmussen ruled Feb. 23 the county's Board of Adjustment did not correctly or completely assess the factors for granting 11 boat slips to Eagles Landing Resort, which is converting to a PUD on 5th Crow Wing Lake.
A former Park Rapids schoolteacher made his initial appearance Monday in court on a charge of bringing a hunting rifle onto school grounds. Scott Eischens, 38, Ponsford, was released on his own recognizance on the felony charge. He told Hubbard County District Judge Paul Rasmussen he was in the process of retaining private counsel. Eischens resigned under pressure in December after an internal investigation into the incident was sent to the County Attorney's office for prosecution. A student reported seeing an uncased rifle in the back seat of Eischens' Volkswagon on Nov.
The saga of two best friends who couldn't handle their alcohol ended July 3, 2010 with one going to the grave; the other to jail. Monday Luis Candelaria, 48, was formally sentenced to 18 months in jail in the death of Richard Allen Hoskins of Park Rapids. Hoskins' funeral program said he passed away at "41 years, 6 months & 11 days." The men had spent the holiday drinking, boating and sunning, Candelaria testified in January. Their alcohol-fueled argument escalated like tinder by nightfall. Punches were exchanged. Hoskins lay dead in Candelaria's Park Rapids lawn with a head injury.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment granted two variances Tuesday and kept itself from compounding its miseries. The board, a defendant in a lawsuit filed by lake activists, decided against conditioning a variance on a landowner's promise never to subdivide her property. Misreading the site plan and under the assumption there was only 66 feet of lake frontage, interim board chair Jerry Cole asked Island Lake landowner Gae Veit for a promise not to put more pressure on her natural environment lake by subdividing.
A former Park Rapids teacher who resigned under pressure late last year makes his initial appearance on a charge of bringing a weapon onto school grounds. Scott Christopher Eischens, 38, was an industrial education teacher at Park Rapids Area High School for 12 years. He was placed on paid administrative leave when school officials found a hunting rifle in the bed of his pickup late last year. He resigned in December 2010. He is set to appear Feb. 28 in Hubbard County District Court. He faces a felony charge of possessing a gun on school property.