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Hubbard County's favorite ghost town is slowly being resurrected. The Emmaville Store, abandoned and vacant since April 2009, has been purchased. New owners Mike and Melinda Spry are making massive repairs to the neglected building and hope to open the store and gas pumps in time for the snowmobiling season this winter. The rest will come in time, Mike Spry said this week. The re-opening of the self-professed "Biggest Little Town in the World" has created a buzz in the woods around the tiny town, which once boasted a population of four. It's also creating a buzz in cyberspace on a ne
Each trip outside the Armory building reaffirms to Alan Zemek he's embarked on a meaningful mission to save the geriatric structure from the wrecking ball. He's turning the 1928 structure into Park Rapids' crown jewel. "If I'm standing out in front of the Armory talking to a contractor, everybody who walks down the street, people I don't even know, will say, 'Oh I'm so happy to see something happening here. I played basketball here when I went to school... I went to sixth grade here in the classrooms...
It was a beautiful weekend to set up deer camp. Above normal November temperatures made Minnesota's firearm deer opener positively balmy. And how was the hunting? It was a beautiful weekend to set up deer camp. Actually, hunters reported mixed success during an opening weekend that only saw a few minor accidents throughout the state. "There aren't as many standing cornfields as last year," said Richard Klemz optimistically. The Maple Lake man's brother Jerry bagged a 6-point buck south of Osage Saturday morning. "Evenings are always better," Richard Klemz said.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has issued a permit for a bitterly contested 115 kV power line through the heart of Hubbard County. The PUC granted Great River Energy's application for a 7.25 mile high voltage line that would run from a proposed new substation on U.S.
As thousands of deer hunters fanned out across Minnesota's woods Saturday, the buzz in tiny Wolf Lake was of a cougar captured on a trail camera two weeks ago. Scott Koskela set up the Bushnell trail cam near an alfalfa field on his father, Leroy's property east of Wolf Lake. Scott, who lives in Coon Rapids, didn't check the images on the camera until about a week ago. On Oct. 18 at 6:48 a.m.
DNR regional supervisor Mike Carroll has turned down the Hubbard County Land Commissioner job. Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson said Carroll called him Monday to say due to entanglements over DNR land acquisitions Carroll is heading up, his presence would be required until June 2011 at the state agency. Robinson said the county couldn't wait that long, so Wednesday the board offered the position to Mark Lohmeier, Becker County's Land Commissioner and a former employee of Hubbard County. Robinson also dispatched commissioners Dick Devine and Cal Johannsen to "bring me back a body,
The crimson tsunami of discontent that washed over the country Tuesday claimed local Democrats and even non-partisan incumbents, including Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. Rep. Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids) and Sen. Mary Olson (DFL - Bemidji) were among the casualties, as was Dist. 1 Commissioner Don Carlson, who were all swept out of office along with 8th Dist. Rep.
A two-year investigation has resulted in 11 charges of pornography being filed against a Park Rapids man. Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 45. Was the subject of a lengthy undercover investigation that began in 2008 involving child pornography on various computers allegedly owned by Dirkes. He was arraigned on the felonies Tuesday in Becker County Court. Assistant Becker County Attorney Tammy Merkins said the case took two years to get to court. "Part of the case involved the forensic analysis of the computers by the BCA and basically that's what took so long," she said.