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Wednesday was a day of hellos and goodbyes at the Hubbard County board meeting. Commissioners consoled Sheriff Frank Homer on his election loss earlier this month. Homer seemed in good spirits and told the board he will take some time to do some "soul searching" while putting out feelers on a new job. His appointment with Hubbard County ends Dec. 31. His chief deputy Jerry Tatro also leaves office that day. Tatro was hired in March 1985.
Hubbard County Sheriff-elect Cory Aukes has tapped Park Rapids police officer Scott Parks to be his new chief deputy when he takes office in January. That was one of two moves Aukes made Thursday. He also said the department will pursue grants for the state radio system called ARMER that Sheriff Frank Homer had rejected. Most of the counties in Minnesota are going with ARMER except a bloc of counties in the northwest section of the state.
Joe Peterson's work life is spent with the most serious criminals Hubbard County produces, yet he still wakes up every day looking for the good in people. "It's challenging," said the state corrections agent who is stationed in Park Rapids. "You don't get to see the day-to-day. Like somebody building a house. You can see the progress.
A former nurse entered a plea of guilty Monday to possessing her disabled patient's pills. In return, a count of theft of those medications was dismissed against Celeste Anne Kruft, 31. The Menahga woman has moved to South Dakota since her arrest March 14 for taking pills that were prescribed for a severely disabled boy she was the caregiver for. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine upon conviction.
An environmental association suing Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment formally asked that body to change its procedures Monday to include internal recommendations from the county's Environmental Services Offices in the public meetings. Attorney Chuck Diessner, one of the lawyers representing the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations, made the request during an application for a home addition variance, maintaining in his research, the Board frequently votes counter to the ESO's recommendations. "My request goes beyond this particular application," Diessner said.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has issued a permit for a bitterly contested high voltage power line through the heart of Hubbard County. The PUC granted Great River Energy's application for a 7.25-mile line that would eventually transmit 115 kV of power from a proposed new substation on U.S.
Brinn Krabbenhoft and her family learned the hard way it's better to give than receive. When the family home and Brinn's home daycare was gutted by fire Sept.
Hubbard County's favorite ghost town is slowly being resurrected. The Emmaville Store, abandoned and vacant since April 2009, has been purchased. New owners Mike and Melinda Spry are making massive repairs to the neglected building and hope to open the store and gas pumps in time for the snowmobiling season this winter. The rest will come in time, Mike Spry said this week. The re-opening of the self-professed "Biggest Little Town in the World" has created a buzz in the woods around the tiny town, which once boasted a population of four. It's also creating a buzz in cyberspace on a ne
Each trip outside the Armory building reaffirms to Alan Zemek he's embarked on a meaningful mission to save the geriatric structure from the wrecking ball. He's turning the 1928 structure into Park Rapids' crown jewel. "If I'm standing out in front of the Armory talking to a contractor, everybody who walks down the street, people I don't even know, will say, 'Oh I'm so happy to see something happening here. I played basketball here when I went to school... I went to sixth grade here in the classrooms...
It was a beautiful weekend to set up deer camp. Above normal November temperatures made Minnesota's firearm deer opener positively balmy. And how was the hunting? It was a beautiful weekend to set up deer camp. Actually, hunters reported mixed success during an opening weekend that only saw a few minor accidents throughout the state. "There aren't as many standing cornfields as last year," said Richard Klemz optimistically. The Maple Lake man's brother Jerry bagged a 6-point buck south of Osage Saturday morning. "Evenings are always better," Richard Klemz said.