Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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The suspect in a July 3 fight-related death in Park Rapids has been indicted on more serious charges by a grand jury. One week after Luis Candelaria, 48, was arraigned on a First Degree Manslaughter charge in the death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 41, a Hubbard County grand jury convened all day Wednesday. It returned an indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, Manslaughter and Third Degree Assault. The homicide charge is more serious than manslaughter, carrying a maximum of 40 years in prison instead of 15. Authorities say the men got into an argument while drinking and Hoski
A Park Rapids man was injured Tuesday afternoon when then the motorcycle he was driving was rear-ended by a semi-truck near Kabekona Corner. John J, Hurla, 67, was struck on Highway 200 Tuesday at 2:45. His medical condition is unknown although the Minnesota State Patrol characterized his injuries as serious. Sheriff Frank Homer said Hurla was not hospitalized in Bemidji, but said he would check to see if the injured man was brought to Park Rapids. The driver of the International straight truck was uninjured. The accident occurred at the junction of Highways 71 and 200. Dylan M.
A Park Rapids man was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail as a predatory sex offender.
The Hubbard County Fair's signature event attracted thousands and didn't disappoint. But it was the human drama going on in the drivers' seats that captured the demolition derby's compact heat - and the audience's hearts. It was a show of sportsmanship that adds to the legacy of an event. Behind the wheel of a red Chevy Lumina, numbered 22, sat 20-year-old Andrew Carmichael. Fourteen-year-old Lucas Pritchett, driving in his first race, was behind the wheel of a red orange car called "73 Jr.," a reference to his demolition derby veteran father Lance. The Nissan Sentra had been custom
Hubbard County Fair Board members were optimistically assessing this year's fair attendance and believe the five-day event did well despite competition throughout the region. "It was a pretty good week," said board president Howard Warmbold, despite events such as Menahga Midsummer, the Menahga Mud Run, the Century craft sale and the pig races in Nevis all being held the same weekend. But fair board vice president Bert Hill said members noticed new phenomenon this year. "People came earlier but they left earlier," he said. That left some grandstand events less than 100 percent full, wh
A Ponsford man was sentenced to 79 months in prison for his 12th DWI conviction. "This is a tale of tragedy," Judge Robert Tiffany told William Lawrence Butcher, 48. "Thankfully you did not kill yourself or your passenger on the roadways." Tiffany reminded Butcher that DWI laws were passed to avoid "mayhem" on public roads, and told Butcher his driving history indicated a "total disregard" for those statutes. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said "the defendant has been in the system for the past 20 years.
A Hubbard County man has been convicted in federal court of robbing an Akeley branch bank in February. Edward Joseph Lowen's case was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota this spring because the federal penalties are stiffer for bank robbery. He faced a single count of bank robbery. A grand jury indicted him April 13. That resulted in the dismissal of the state charges he was facing. Lowen, 54, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. He was found guilty late Tuesday following a two-day trial in Duluth. He was charged with entering the State Bank of Walker Feb.
An ATV rider was killed in Beltrami County Saturday morning. The accident is believed to have occurred near County Road 36 across the Hubbard/Beltrami county line. Beltrami County said no news release is contemplated at the present time because the family has not been notified of the death.
For Don Wilkins, preservation of an endangered violet blue bird has been a retirement obsession. The 200+ adults and 450 chicks make up the largest purple martin population in the state. Thursday was banding day. Chicks of the right age, not too small or large, received a silver U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service band on the right leg. On the left, a red band identifying the babies as Minnesota born and raised, along with some local identifiers.