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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.
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.
Motorists can expect a five to ten minute delay on Highway 34 east of Park Rapids starting today. Crews from Central Specialties, Inc., have begun milling off the asphalt pavement and grinding it during traffic. Traffic Monday was inching along as flaggers and a pace car were used to keep it moving. Crews are hoping to get caught up on work delayed last week when telecommunications companies did not get their lines and cables moved before the milling work was to begin last week. Stay tuned to the Enterprise for the latest developments on the $7 million project.
A dubious distinction achieved in 2010 appears to be perpetuating itself in Hubbard County - adults being pulled over for suspected drunken driving with kids in the vehicle. Last summer, four mothers were arrested in the county. All were legally drunk. Some even registered twice the legal alcohol limits on breath tests. All were convicted. At least two were still working with Social Services to get their children back months later. One little boy was injured when his mom was involved in a drunken crash south of Bemidji last summer.
"We aren't 100 percent sure at this point but it's probably going to be a combination of red pine and white pine" to replace the forest lost, said Mark Carlstrom, DNR Forestry supervisor. "You look at this block and anything with big trees on it is ours. We have 13 acres." But Carlstrom said storm damage isn't unusual any summer. "We have enough land, I've always got to deal with this. For us, it just happened close to our office.
If the imbroglio at Tuesday's Planning Commission plays out to its final act, stay tuned for COLA versus Hubbard County, version 2.0, coming soon to a courtroom near you. Coalition of Lake Association members, already embroiled with the county over a Planned Unit Development on 5th Crow Wing Lake, are outraged over the Planning Commission's approval of a similar common interest community on Little Sand Lake and about the way they were treated at the public hearing, The Enterprise did not attend the meeting.
One week into the Highway 34 reconstruction project from Park Rapids to Akeley, work is already one week behind. That was the assessment of general contractor Central Specialties, Inc., Thursday. The reason is that two telecommunications companies missed the deadline to complete their work. "It's causing extensive delays," said CSI superintendent Allan Minnerath.
Hubbard County has prevailed in the appeal of a drug dealer-turned informant arrested for selling meth who claimed he was denied a speedy trial. Derek Alan Anderson, 38, was "hiding out in his home," the Minnesota Court of Appeals noted.
A Friday morning fire believed to have started from the ember of a Weber grill caused extensive damage to a Hubbard home. Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said grills "have no place" on house decks. It's just too unsafe. "He would have been OK but the wind probably sparked one of the embers," Hoffman said. The fire extensively damaged the home's vinyl siding, then crept up into the eaves, where it did more damage. "You just don't know what's beneath your deck," Hoffman said.