Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Bail for a Hubbard County man charged in the Feb. 26 robbery of an Akeley branch bank has been raised. Friday Hubbard County District Judge Robert Tiffany ordered the bail increase following recommendations of the county probation department.
Some members of the Hubbard County commission took their own variance board to task for a quirky decision the Board of Adjustment made Monday that was contrary to procedures and without the factual basis to support granting a variance. "This is one of the worst decisions ever by that variance committee," said board member Don Carlson.
Pooling risk, spreading it as widely as possible, is the basic theory behind how insurance companies survive and thrive. Government insurers are no different, even though company representatives insist they have no incentive to raise rates, but are simply trying to maintain the status quo. The Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust is reassessing whether it can continue to insure community action agencies profitably, a decision that worries the local Mahube Community Council, Inc. Formerly called the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, the entity insures 411 groups including 81 of Mi
One of every nine people in Hubbard County is in need of public assistance, according to the steadily rising figures released by Social Services personnel. Of the county's official population of 18,861 people, by last month, 2,213 residents had active case files seeking income maintenance benefits of cash, food stamps and medical assistance. But that actually may be lower than the nation's poverty measure, which hovers between 13 and 17 percent of the population, using income and welfare statistics to base those figures on. It is, however, a source of concern to Social Services Director
A Laporte man has been convicted by a Hubbard County jury of a Felony Violation of a Protection Order from an incident Oct. 5, 2009. The jury found Casey Donald Christiansen, 30, guilty March 18 following a daylong trial. Christiansen was charged with a felony because he has two prior domestic violence convictions within the last 10 years.
Without the factual basis to support a variance, a confused Board of Adjustment nevertheless did just that, granting a resort-turned-PUD more than three times the recommended boat slips. A deeply divided board OK'd the request for eight additional boat parking spots at Eagles Landing Resort on 5th Crow Wing Lake, over the objection of DNR Fisheries supervisor Doug Kingsley. Resort owners Dan and Donna Rehkamp were previously granted permission to convert the resort to a Planned Unit Development that entails a four-tier residential plan in the southwest corner of the lake.
A Virginia-based telecommunications giant is proposing a Chicago to Seattle broadband network that would traverse Hubbard County. "We're proposing actually building what's called a broadband backbone," said Kristin Shulman, XO Communications Inc.'s vice president for external affairs. "Right now as we understand it, the fiber optics in the ground along that route are pretty old, essentially running out of capacity, and even if the companies that own that wanted to upgrade it, the glass that's in the ground isn't really capable of handling the latest electronics," Shulman said.
Saints usually evoke benevolent thoughts of Mother Theresa surrounded by lepers. But every March, Menahga hosts a boisterous weekend to celebrate a giant sainted Finn with an even more ginormous grasshopper impaled on a pitchfork. All hail the festival of St. Urho, underway this weekend. His saintness is alleged, in Finnish folklore, to have eradicated a locust of grasshoppers feasting on the country's sparse grape crop. This year's royalty, anointed honorary Urho and spouse, were Bobby and Janis Hillstrom. "We got crowned," Bobby said Saturda.
Hubbard County law enforcement agencies have once again been asked to stop using the Intoxilyzer machine to breath test suspected drunken drivers. That's because defense attorneys continue to demand access to the instrument's source code, which explains how the machine is programmed. "I see this simply as a delay tactic by the defense and have every confidence the Intoxilyzer accurately measures a person's BAC (blood alcohol content)," said a memo sent out last week by Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. "I cannot let the defense dictate public safety." Dearstyne's memo followed a r
Plans to cut 200 full-time positions from a mental health direct care program may not adversely affect Hubbard County. But in going leaner and meaner, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has exposed itself to questions of how a well-intentioned program became mired in bureaucracy, which torpedoed the facilities built to deliver that mental health care. It all began in 2006, with lofty plans to restructure how mental health services were delivered.