Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Sharon Fitzgerald was not an easy target this week when she got the telephone call from the "federal government." The caller wanted information on the Medicare patient in the home. No number registered on her Caller ID. Why, Fitzgerald asked. "Somebody was calling from the federal government wanting Medicare information from me," Fitzgerald said.
Hubbard County's scaled down plan to reallocate space to burgeoning departments has mired down again. Commissioner Cal Johannsen, who sits on the county's Building Committee, said further floor plan work hinges on getting the district court personnel input. So far that input has been mainly a rejection of the current plan, which is to move court functions to the vacant second floor of the Law Enforcement Center. "They don't want anything," Johannsen said.
"Need three things," is Lowell Koebnick's standard greeting to boaters. That means after he sees your current registration, he needs to see a life jacket within reaching distance for everyone on the boat, a floatable cushion or "throwable" and a fire extinguisher if you have an inboard motor or built in fuel tank on a 16 foot or longer craft. Kids 10 and under must wear a life jacket while the boat is in motion. Koebnick is one of Hubbard County's three Boat & Water patrol officers during the summers. He spends 40 hours a week patrolling the lakes, especially the "hot ones" with a lot
Cass County authorities have joined Park Rapids police investigating the similarities between firebombing incidents in both counties. Last month a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a side window of Belle Taine Glass, off Highway 34 in Park Rapids. The cocktail extinguished itself once inside the company's offices, but causes gasoline stains and window damage. Two similar incidents occurred in Cass County, to Spitzack Builders in Walker, said Cass County investigator Robert Stein.
In the dense jungles of Vietnam, fear was everywhere. You heard your enemy before you saw him, and it was often too late. By then you had minor shrapnel wounds if you were lucky, bullet wounds if you weren't. Artillery rounds sounded like a bullwhip cracking over your head. Who were these invisible soldiers shooting at you from the trees, causing your adrenalin to surge at warp speed? Even the Vietnamese civilians recruited to help the U.S.
A committee of city and county officials has begun meeting to continue a long planned and partially begun truck alternate route around Park Rapids to route heavy industrial traffic away from the downtown area. The initial step was to begin the route off U.S. Highway 71 north near the defunct Candle Factory north of Park Rapids in 2006.
Four candidates will run in the August primary for Hubbard County commission District 1, including incumbent Don Carlson. The deadline to file was June 1. Carlson will be opposed by Nevis school board member Sherman Anderson, radio station owner Ed DeLaHunt and businesswoman Kathy McGrane Grell. In Commission District 3, incumbent Greg Larson is running against the man he ousted in 2006, Floyd Frank. Cal Johannsen is running unopposed in District 5. Sheriff Frank Homer is being opposed by Sgt.
Blake Leritz lives in his own world. His four years of life have been punctuated by countless surgeries, trips to the hospital by air flight, ambulance and car. He's on a special diet to control his seizures. And then there are the pills. Lots of them he depends on to keep going.
A Hubbard County man is still at large one week after a shooting incident in Akeley. Joshua Wayne Herdina, 35, left the area after allegedly firing off numerous pistol shots at a man who had come on to his father's rural Akeley property May 21. One shot pierced the man's car windshield and embedded in the dashboard. Assault charges are pending against Herdina. He is driving a 2001 plum colored Plymouth Saturn with Minnesota license plates MZH 702. Sheriff Frank Homer said Herdina has "taken off on us before and left the area for an extended period of time." Herdina has an extensive