Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Hubbard County is looking into a new ordinance that would make the adult hosts of a party that supplied underage kids alcohol criminally liable. The social host ordinance would foist criminal liability on adults who host minors at functions in which alcohol is knowingly being served. "It's just an additional tool we could use when we get these calls," said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. What the proposed ordinance would not do is make parents criminally liable when they serve their own children alcohol.
Hubbard County Coordinator Jack Paul has been suspended without pay for a month. The suspension, actually 20 compensable working days, begins Aug. 5. Paul met behind closed doors for several hours Wednesday afternoon with the county board. An outside investigator found violations of the state's data privacy act. Paul allegedly leaked information about Auditor Pam Heeren's private evaluation to her staff while she was on vacation. Heeren filed a grievance, prompting the investigation. Because it is a personnel matter, county personnel declined further comment.
Six dozen young anglers caught a whopping 512 fish Saturday in a two-hour stretch, probably a record. That was the 10th annual Park Rapids Youth Fishing Derby, which took place along the tree-lined shores of the Fish Hook River. The Red Bridge's scenic tree line became a Charlie Brown menace as little tykes cast bobbers into overhanging foliage and parents patiently extricated the lures they could reach. Seventy-five anglers ages 5-12 competed, with the grand prize going to "veteran angler" Jake Eischens, who caught 5.59 pounds of fish. In the 9-12 age category first place went to Came
The beleaguered Intoxilyzer machine, under constant legal attack for nearly five years, is being mothballed statewide for use in drunken driving arrests. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Monday it has entered into a contract to purchase a new fleet of breath-testing instruments for use by Minnesota criminal justice agencies.
Engineers have studied a deadly intersection in northeastern Hubbard County and recommended perpendicular rumble strips to warn traffic of the impending crossroad. On Dec. 3, 2009, two men, including a Hubbard County employee, were killed when their cars collided at the intersection of County Roads 9 and 45 in Farden Township. A third was injured when a northbound car driven by Laird Hensel rolled through the stop sign and broadsided an eastbound vehicle on County 45.
A floatplane with mechanical problems dropped into Petit Lake Monday evening. The pilot swam away from the crash, which heavily damaged the plane. He was identified as 70-year-old Lawrence Larson of Fargo, who has a seasonal cabin in the region.The plane was a home built model constructed from a "Fox Kit Float Plane." "All we know is he was having mechanical problems," Sheriff Frank Homer said.
To call the rope challenge course near Eagle Beach Resort in Hubbard County an aerial adventure park would be selling it short. For many, it will be a life-changing experience. The course opens tomorrow off County Road 40, the brainchild of Travis and Sarah Coumbe-Guida. It is the fruition of years of teaching, motivating and conquering fears and phobias the Guidas want to share with others. The couple and parents of four bought the land adjacent to the resort, which is owned by Sarah's parents.
The Highway 34 resurfacing project from Park Rapids to Akeley is 10 months away and already drawing concerns about delays and detours. But it is what the project won't do that has irked local residents. A platoon of Minnesota Department of Transportation officials met with residents Tuesday evening to lay out the proposal that will reclaim much of the asphalt surface and repave the heavily used state highway next summer. The project's tentative dates are May 23 to Sept.
At barely 10 minutes after 10 a.m. Saturday, Carol Hadrava made the dutiful trip out to the roadway to take down the "pie sale" sign. Lake George's 40 blueberry pies, baked to benefit the Senior Citizens Center, were gone. Blueberry shakes filled many a warm tummy as Una Bessler just kept on tapping her ice cream machine. "I've never kept track of how many we sell," she said.
When Hubbard County Land Commissioner Bob Hoffman retires in late October after 34 years of service, commissioners will be faced with the dilemma of whether to replace him. Hoffman is one of 15 land commissioners in Minnesota.