Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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You might say that three Bemidji elementary teachers have gone mad as hatters in their retirement. Longtime friends and curling team members Amanda Goplin, Karen Valentine and Kathryn Cyr found retirement lacked creativity so they went back to the classroom. Avid knitters, the three women went to Brainerd to take a class in the newest knitting craze - felting. They'd seen felted mittens in the northland and hatched a simple plan. Up north you need warm hand gear. Felting is a process using natural yarns such as wool, mohair and alpaca.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced to 91 months in prison for the repeated sexual contact with a teenage girl over several years. "The offense you pleaded guilty to is one of the most piercing and crushing offenses that can be committed," Judge Robert Tiffany told Brian Warren Bebensee, 31. "What you have done to this family has rendered them asunder." Bebensee entered into a plea deal that resulted in several felonies being dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea to Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Tiffany sentenced Bebensee to the upper range of the sentencing guidelines.
One man was transported following a three-vehicle accident at a Park Rapids intersection that has seen more than its share of crashes. Two passenger cars and a pickup collided at the intersection of U.S. High-way 71 and County Road 15 at the southern outskirts of Park Rapids around 12:30 p.m. The man transported was a passenger in the pickup.
The first block of Main Avenue businesses have been hooked up to the city's new water main. "It's been going fairly, fairly well," said project manager Jon Olson. Meanwhile removal crews continue to push southward, removing pavement and sidewalk concrete. Because many of the Main Avenue buildings are a century old, crews have found some obstacles as they hook up the water to the main. For instance, the Tin Ceiling's foundation is made of rock. Although Olson said most of the foundations are poured concrete and rock, a couple buildings are sitting on rock bases. "It's not uncommon f
" I hope it's a coincidence and not a trend," said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. "If it's a trend it's alarming," said Hubbard County Chemical Dependency Coordinator Sara Bowles. Four women have been arrested drunk this summer in Hubbard County, driving with their children in the car. All four incidents resulted in a crash. None of the children was seriously injured physically. Bowles said the emotional scarring could take years to heal. n On June 1, Ashlie Marie Jackson, 24, of Dilworth, was northbound on U.S.
It's been a summer of ornery encounters. Whether due to the heat, the humidity, the economy, the alcohol or drugs, cops and deputies in Hubbard County have been involved in several skirmishes this summer arresting suspects. Officers have checked in at the emergency room for stitches and to have welts, bruises and other injuries checked out. "We've been Tasering more people lately," said Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers. "There's a lot of agitation out there," agreed Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. "It's just another one of those, it all depends on who you run into and what t
A gentle soul who belonged to the world was laid to rest today in this small Minnesota town he grew up in. Dr. Thomas L. Grams, 51, was assassinated Aug.
With amber waves of grain waving in the background an annual flag raising and retirement ceremony took place on a bluff north of Ponsford Saturday. The 5th annual All Veterans Tribute was held at Howard Maninga's Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Bunker Hill Road in Becker County.
What has become a polarizing disagreement among 87 Kabekona Lake residents pits progress versus preservation. The upcoming County 37 resurfacing project, slated to begin in 2011, has caused a bitter split among those opposed to widening and those who feel it would be safer to pave and refinish the road surface. County 37 is a Natural Preservation Road that runs along the south shore of Kabekona Lake.
If you've ever imagined what the Garden of Eden must have looked like, there is a living reincarnation of it tucked into a shaded residential neighborhood in north Park Rapids. And the "garden of the month" designation for Renee Wickman's North Street yard almost seems like a slight rather than an acknowledgement of what this diminutive woman has transformed her yard into. From curb to boundary lines, it bursts with vibrant color, charm and tranquility. "I like flowers, even since I was a little kid," Renee said.