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A Park Rapids logging company asked that Hubbard County change the way it's running timber sales because strict adherence to policies are hurting the company's bottom line. "I'm out $3,000" on a recent timber sale, said Robin Walsh of Walsh Forest Products. Under a longstanding policy, loggers must complete one sale before they can harvest another.
Work resumed Thursday on the second phase of reconstruction on a stretch of Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Akeley, which will entail an unpopular 30-mile detour around Nevis. Workers began setting up the detour from Dorset Corner to Akeley as soon as the Minnesota shutdown ended, said Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath, The detour runs south of Dorset corner on County Road 11, then east on state Highway 87, then north to Akeley on Highway 64. Crews need to finish the shoulder work on the 3-mile stretch east of Park Rapids.
She did it! The loon on our bay of Lower Bottle Lake successfully birthed her second batch of eggs, twins. They're pretty little at this late stage of the summer, so they will need to grow significantly or be left behind. They're still brown fluff balls. Her first nest of eggs was raided by a bald eagle, we think, that perches just above the loon nest on water's edge. I'll try to get pictures of the twins this weekend. n Betty Norlin reports seeing an indigo bunting near Nevis last week. It was singing for all it was worth.
It's back to work today for construction workers on the Highway 34 project between Park Rapids and Akeley. Workers will begin setting up the detour from Dorset Corner to Akeley this afternoon, said Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath. The detour runs south of Dorset corner on Highway 11, then east on State Highway 87, then north to Akeley on Highway 64. Work on the remaining stretch between Dorset and Akeley will begin Friday morning, Minnerath said.
Late Thursday afternoon Amy Yerkes was headed home to Nevis. A maroon Windstar pulled onto Highway 34 from the Walmart parking lot in Park Rapids. Yerkes was at L&M Fleet buying lighting for the house she's purchasing. The two vehicles headed east, the Windstar ahead of Yerkes' car. "It was one of those fluke things," Yerkes, still shaken, recalled. "In a flash" the vehicle in front of her was involved in a head-on crash near the Dorset Corner. "As the two vehicles collided they split apart and I went right through at 62 miles an hour," Yerkes said.
The steadily rising waters of Lake Belle Taine gave Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment pause Monday morning as it tabled a variance request to build a new home on the lakeshore. A request by Ardeth and Everett Duthoy to improve and build on a Belle Taine lot involved several shoreland ordinances that could not be complied with and the board, after a lengthy discussion, tabled the matter to re-visit the site and take additional measurements. The board viewed the lot last Thursday in preparation for the Monday meeting. A 1993 variance was granted for a previous owner to build on the lot
Two Boy Scouts were taken to area hospitals with medical conditions suffered Tuesday at Camp Wilderness. One with chest pains was airlifted to a Fargo hospital for further evaluation, said Brad Olson, camp director. "We had somebody complaining of chest pains so we called the ambulance and after those guys got here they reevaluated and they decided the person probably should be taken to Fargo so they got a helicopter to take him in," Olson said. Another Scout was taken to St, Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids for evaluation of back and leg spasms.
A determined little tomboy is defying the odds and delighting her doctors just months after undergoing a successful kidney transplant. Six-year-old Katrina Olafson returned to her Century School kindergarten class in mid-February and is headed for first grade in the fall. Meanwhile, dad Justin said she's "moving at 100 miles an hour." She and twin sister Kayla went to the Hubbard County fair recently.
A bevy of bicyclists rode through the region this week raising funds for Habitat for Humanity, including through the closed Itasca State Park. Local authorities gave special permission for the Habitat 500 Bike Riders, all 125 cyclists, to tour the park, which had been part of the planned route for more than a year. The 500-mile bike ride also stopped at Lake Garfield's Pine Beach Resort Thursday morning for nourishment. "They kinda had their hearts set on the Headwaters," said volunteer Sara Thompson of Virginia. Each rider pledges a minimum of $900 toward the Habitat for Humanity proj