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Ice and sand trucks are out on Hubbard County roadways, but slow travel, if you have to, is advised. Many travelers have advised the Enterprise that road conditions are "awful." Speed limits of 30 mph were the norm on most county highways early Thursday morning. Fog complicated visibility. Numerous accidents have been reported already with vehicles sliding off icy highways.
A 25-year-old man was transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a Christmas day shooting in Wadena County. The man, identified as Mark Vonada, of Elk River, was allegedly shot by his 15-year-old Park Rapids brother as they were grouse hunting, according to Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr. The accident occurred at 12:30 p.m.
Hubbard County wants out of a lawsuit against it and its variance board, arguing the Board of Adjustment correctly applied the standards for a variance it issued last March to a resort converting to a common interest community. The county's Minneapolis attorney has filed a motion for summary judgment, asking Judge Paul Rasmussen to end the case in its favor. Plaintiffs suing the county maintain the board acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in granting 11 dock slips for the former Eagle's Landing Resort, now Rice Bay Association. The Middle Crow Wing Association and the Coalition of Lake
Little Blake Leritz sat quietly through the lengthy court proceedings Monday, occasionally swinging his legs in his wheelchair. The severely disabled boy was drooping by the time his case was called. He couldn't comprehend the anger his grandmother felt as she was denied the right to speak up in court. Blake's former nurse was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation for possessing his seizure medication. Pills keep Blake alive.
A 35-year-old Sebeka man was killed Thursday after he was struck by a tree that he was apparently cutting down in the Pillsbury Forest in Pillager. The Cass County Sheriff's Department said Daren Rathcke was killed when the tree he was cutting toppled on him. The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. First Responders and firefighters on the scene said the man was in grave condition when they arrived to lift the tree off him. He later died, reported the Cass County Sheriff's Office. The victim was taken to Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
A 25-year-old man was transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a Christmas day shooting in Wadena County. The man apparently suffered multiple BB injuries to the face from a rifle shot, Wadena County authorities said. None of the estimated 10 BBs struck the man's eyes. The man's father dialed 911 to alert authorities. Wadena County and Sebeka First Responders were on the scene. The victim was conscious and able to walk to the ambulance. The shooting occurred at 12:30 p.m. No other information was immediately available
A half-foot blanket of new snow will put the Park Rapids area back into the running for tourists on sleds. "Well it looks as if we are going to have a very nice white Christmas," stated the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club's first trail report of the year. "The groomers have been out at least once through the trail system and have started again today with the additional new 5-8 inches of snow that we have received," wrote Lou Eischens.
The star of the annual Christmas Bird Count was appropriately one well represented in holiday décor. "A cardinal!" exclaimed the dozen volunteers who came to Itasca State Park Sunday for the annual National Audubon Society's 111th census that tracks bird populations and trends throughout the United States. The count runs from midnight to midnight on that single day.
The Helga Township board voted Tuesday to approve a new Land Use Ordinance, ending a two-year moratorium on commercial development along the busy U.S.