Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Hubbard County received 81 applications for the position of Veterans Service Officer. Commissioners will winnow down the field to six candidates who will be interviewed publicly March 10. The board hopes to have someone on the job by April. "We are going to have some extremely good people in that group," Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson predicted. "There are some well-qualified candidates," agreed county coordinator Jack Paul. Commissioners will each read through the applications and submit a list of interviewees they feel are the best candidates.
One person was airlifted to an unknown hospital Thursday following a two-vehicle accident outside of Nevis. Two others were taken by ground ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids with lacerations. One was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the crash. She was initially unconscious. The crash occurred just before 4 p.m.
The Kids Championship Power Racing Organization held snowmobile races for children ages 4-14 last weekend. KC PRO is a nonprofit organization that promotes safe riding practices and friendship. Kids participated in nine different classes of races in Park Rapids. While moms screamed "Go!" dads lifted the hoods and tinkered on the sidelines with engines that sputtered. The riders at left were heading into the pit.
The perceived astronomical costs of a statewide emergency radio conversion came down to real dollars and cents for Hubbard County last week, and the end result was stunning. The county may be able to install either the VHF digital or 800 megahertz (MHz) radio systems for $500,000 to $780,000, well below the ballpark figures of $1 million to $2 million that have been tossed around.
Seventy years ago Ken Felt lugged his 4-foot saw onto the ice of Lake Itasca and began cutting. Like a stonemason, he made precise blocks of ice, 16-by-16 inches, 16-by-20 and other sizes if custom ordered. The harvest continued through the winter until the ice went out on the lake. "The 16-by-16s fit in ice boxes," Felt recalled, watching some Baby Boomers struggle with their ice tongs to heave a 16-inch cube of ice out onto the surface Saturday.
Small town politics can always be dicey and a long-simmering dispute in Menahga, between city leaders and the city-owned nursing home, is "Exhibit A." At the heart of the dispute is what constitutes a conflict of interest and nepotism. Conflicts of this nature are often unavoidable in towns where a limited number of people are related, live together, work together and govern each other. But the city vs.
An economic boom is noisily taking place throughout the region each weekend as dozens of snowmobilers flock to Hubbard County trails. It doesn't rival the gold rush of a decade ago, but if Mother Nature cooperates and the economy slowly improves, local businesses are hopeful it will rebound. This comes at a time when the U.S. Commerce Department announced weather affects one-third of the nation's economy.
A snowmobiler who struck a tree in southeast Clearwater County was taken by ambulance to the Clearwater County Memorial Hospital in Bagley. A dispatcher said the unidentified man was conscious when emergency crews reached him Thursday afternoon and "he was wearing a helmet." The dispatcher said the man was still being treated late Thursday and more information would be provided when it became available. It was unclear if the man was riding alone or was in a group. A Hubbard County deputy assisted in the man's rescue.
Rep. Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids) has registered a campaign committee with the state to run for re-election to the Minnesota Legislature in 2010. In District 2B, Darrell Auginash of Bemidji, a minister and a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, has also registered to run. He is a member of the Independence Party.
An Osage man who battled cancer of the nervous system on and off throughout his life has died. Erik Ludwinski's CaringBridge site indicated he passed away Tuesday night. He was diagnosed, at age 6, with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, then went into remission for 13 years after successful treatment. In May 2005 when he was 20, Erik was diagnosed with recurrent neuroblastoma in his bone marrow. That year he was the first patient in the world to successfully undergo total bone marrow irradiation.