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Hubbard County's beleaguered Board of Adjustment came under fire again Monday as the attorney for the Coalition of Lake Associations accused members of illegal conduct. Going on site visitations as a group to determine whether variances should be granted is a violation of Minnesota's Open Meeting Law, attorney Chuck Diessner alleged at the board's monthly meeting. Board members denied discussing requests for variances or other county business on those trips, but Diessner said that's beside the point. If a quorum of board members gathers in any one place it's an open meeting, he asserts,
Courthouse security was a subject Hubbard County Commissioner Dick Devine brought up just days before a mass shooting in Arizona that claimed six lives and gravely wounded a U.S. Congresswoman. "I have some misgivings about the other end of the courthouse," Devine said to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes at Wednesday's county board meeting. Public shootings at governmental meetings have occurred in Minnesota counties and across the nation.
A tiny dynamo left a Rochester hospital one week after undergoing a kidney transplant last Saturday. And if Katrina Olafson's miraculous recovery continues, she will finally be able to meet the Century School kindergarten class she's heard so much about but hasn't been able to meet this school year. She's been at the Mayo Clinic since March 2010 undergoing dialysis until a matching kidney was finally located last Friday. Saturday morning bright and early she was on the operating table.
A rural Sebeka woman suffered a possible broken leg jumping out of her burning home Saturday morning. Sebeka firefighters and emergency medical responders were called to the home of Dereck Stockman at 9 a.m. Saturday north of Nimrod. The home was fully engulfed in flames and is a total loss, authorities said. The family, including three children, all suffered smoke inhalation.
If you're reading this you've already made the decision to get out of bed and face the day, unless you have your laptop tucked under the covers with you. It hit 40 below around 4 a.m.
A group of fiber artists gathered Saturday to see if the bark was worse than the bite. It was probably a tie. "Does it taste like lutefisk?" "Mine tastes like chamomile!" The Twisted Stitchers Fiber Guild embarked, if you'll pardon the pun, on the Native American art form of bark biting Saturday, making intricate patterns in birch bark. "Some will peel off," said Kathy Belt, about harvesting bark to work on. "You can take a knife and score the tree to get (sections of) bark off." "Don't score the tree all the way around," she cautioned.
There were only minor injuries when a semi collided with a pickup truck southeast of Park Rapids Tuesday afternoon. The passenger in the pickup refused medical attention although he appeared to have a broken nose. His beard was streaked with blood where he said his sunglasses gouged his nose. "He just came out of the farmyard," he said of the Johanning Farms semi. "We couldn't stop" on the icy roads. "I braced myself for the impact because I knew it was coming," he said. Neither driver required medical attention.
A Big Lake man faces a litany of hunting violations after DNR conservation officers raided a hunting camp weeks before deer season opened. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 60, also faces a Third Degree Controlled Substance charge when the officers found 42 pounds of pot growing adjacent to the camp. He is scheduled for an omnibus hearing this winter in Hubbard County District Court. The investigation began in October when CO Sam Hunter requested a DNR plane to take her up in the air to look into a tip that a suspected deer baiting operation had been set up on Potlatch-leased forestland near Ba
A Park Rapids man has filed a medical malpractice suit against Innovis Health and one of its physicians, claiming improper administration of medications that claimed the life of his wife in 2008. Robert Kaufman, on behalf of the late Marjorie Kaufman, claims Dr. Rae Keashly administered seven times the amount of methotrexate to his wife for a month in late 2008, allegedly causing a toxicity that eventually caused numerous side effects and from which she died one month later. Innovis and Keashly admit treating Mrs.
In the hotly contested legal battle against Hubbard County and its variance board, both sides came to an accord of sorts Thursday at a packed hearing in District Court: What are we doing here? And they agree the lawsuit and Thursday's summary judgment hearing isn't just about three dock slips versus 11 at a 5th Crow Wing resort that obtained a variance last year as it converted to a planned unit development. Attorneys Thursday would like precedents set as to how variances are handled, what types of variances require what kinds of analysis and who can sue over a variance. James Reichert,