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A 4-year-old Akeley boy died after being accidentally struck by his father in a skid steer loader Thursday. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes described the incident as a tragic accident. Kyle Vredenburg was accidentally backed over while his father Ron was plowing snow, Aukes said.
Dawn Anderson feared for her life. The Park Rapids woman's heart-wrenching Order For Protection details a husband with alcohol problems, spiraling out of control, blaming her and the couple's sons for his failures. Greg Anderson could not stay sober, Dawn Anderson wrote in her petition for the restraining order. He was increasingly erratic and out of control.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment continues to grant variances to lakeshore residents upgrading their properties, especially if they are moving structures further from the water's edge. And temporary board chair Jerry Cole issued a plea to the public gathered at Monday's meeting that "if you see these things (potential shoreland violations) please bring them to our attention.
Call it leftovers from the hippie movement, a return to the simple life or the partial renunciation of a fast-paced modern world. Whatever you call it, more diverse groups are embracing folk art traditions of self-reliance. Saturday, one such pioneer related her efforts in the Bemidji area to members of the Twisted Stitchers Fiber Guild, who are working as a Park Rapids group to revive turn-of-the-century fiber-related skills. Jessica Saucedo, one of three founders of the Rail River Folk School, spoke of harnessing all the independent movements into a cohesive revival of living off the l
A family tragedy unfolded Tuesday night as a husband and wife died in a murder suicide in Park Rapids. Police said Gregory Duane Anderson, 45, shot his wife Dawn at their home on Birch Briar Lane, then turned a high powered rifle on himself. Both bodies were found on the front porch. Police Chief Terry Eilers said the couple's youngest son was in the home at the time and was threatened also. The young man ran for help screaming to the neighbors. "He heard shots and turned around to see his mother in the doorway," Eilers said. Numerous officers converged on the scene; Eilers said t
Hubbard County is in line to get 15 inches of snow, preceded by a layer of freezing rain. "With this storm system moving across the Plains rain will be heading into Park Rapids," said National Weather Service meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski.
The Hubbard County board voted 4-1 Wednesday to authorize the filing of an appeal in an environmental case it lost last month. District Judge Paul Rasmussen ruled against Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment, which granted a variance for a Fifth Crow Wing resort converting to a Planned Unit Development. The variance board had allowed the PUD to have eight more dock slips than the ordnance allowed. Rasmussen ruled in doing so, the board violated the shoreland ordinance. "It's a statewide issue," said county attorney Don Dearstyne.
If the clouds clear away tonight, Hubbard County skywatchers will see a "perigee moon"- the biggest in almost 20 years. According to NASA, the last one occurred in March 1933 when the moon's or-bit brought it the closest to planet Earth. According to NASA: "Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee. Nearby perigee moons are about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon's orbit.
Hubbard County cracked the 20,000 mark. The 2010 Census shows a population of 20,428. That's 2,200 more people than the 2000 census, which measured the county at 18,376, and considerably more than the 14,939 counted in 1990. It is considered an 11.2 percent rate of growth from the millennium. The county has 6.4 percent minority population.
Hubbard County's K-9 officer has been placed on administrative leave. The Hubbard County Board of Commissioners met behind closed doors Wednesday to decide Jeremiah Johnson's future in the department. No details were released at the time. County officials have been tight-lipped about the matter, as they are with personnel issues. Johnson, 33, and a jailer/disatcher are currently under investigation by the Becker County Sheriff's Department for some unspecified financial reasons.