Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Edward Joseph Lowen, a suspect in the Feb. 26 robbery of an Akeley branch bank, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne moved to dismiss local charges against Lowen Tuesday morning as the federal indictment was unsealed. Dearstyne said federal marshals picked Lowen up from the Hubbard County Correctional Center and transported him to Bemidji where he was scheduled to make a first appearance on the federal bank robbery charge. For more on the story see Wednesday's Park Rapids Enterprise.
A warm spring has meant boat owners want to get on the water sooner. "This is the earliest I can remember" people wanting their boats out of storage, said Charlie Kellner, owner of Charlie's Boats & Marine in Park Rapids. "Put it this way, we're off to a very good start," said Julie Tabbert, secretary of Johnson's on the Water in Dorset. Johnson's schedule of customers wishing to pick up their boats or have them delivered is full to the end of the month, she said. That could change. 'The snowbirds aren't back yet," Kellner said. "With the fishing opener pushed back a week this year
Sheriff Frank Homer made his formal announcement Thursday that he intends to seek election to the post he was appointed to a year ago. Homer has 25 years in law enforcement. He was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Hubbard County in 1978. He attained a bachelor's degree from BSU and got his police skills training in Hibbing. He began his law enforcement training in college as a security guard.
Hubbard County has fewer delinquent taxpayers for its 2009 payable taxes, but those amounts are slightly higher than past years. Delinquent taxpayers on a list published this spring include a high figure of $82,285.20 past due on property in Farden Township to as little as $2.20 owed by a Lakeport Township widow. Taxpayers are forking over the money to pay their taxes because the county sees relatively few actual forfeitures and none last year. "I don't foresee a lot of forfeitures this year either because most of the people on our list have contacted us and one way or the other are maki
One person was transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a rear-end collision six miles south of town that snarled traffic along U.S. Highway 71. Both vehicles were heading north when the collision occurred.
The newly retained attorney for accused bank robber Edward Joseph Lowen is asking for his client to be released on his own recognizance due to a possible case of mistaken identity. Joe Majors, who initially appeared with Lowen at his arraignment last month but said he didn't know if he would represent Lowen, is back on the case after apparently coming to a fee arrangement with the defendant. Lowen is charged with robbing an Akeley branch bank of $2,500 Feb. 26 at gunpoint, It was later determined the weapon was an air pistol.
A low-interest loan program for Hubbard County residents to replace failing septic systems is underused, according to the Environmental Services Office. Every year about "a dozen to a dozen and a half" people participate in the 3 percent interest program that helps homeowners replace noncompliant treatment systems, Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf said. "I couldn't tell you exactly why the numbers aren't greater as far as people that make use of it but it certainly is a good program and a good option for folks to use because the cost of a system is significant enough that a l
Ben Kimball was heading down Highway 34 near Osage Monday afternoon when he saw thick black smoke bellowing into the sky. "It looked like it was coming from Marvin Swenson's so I did a screwey (U-turn) and headed here," he said. By the time he called firefighters from the Swensons' home, flames were visible for miles above the tree line. The rural Osage house and surrounding lawn were engulfed in flames. "The whole wall blew out, glass flew everywhere," Kimball said.
At a recent legislative conference put on by the Association of Minnesota Counties, some startling revelations came to light. The AMC has been under fire from counties for unveiling a surprise proposal designed to save Minnesota $945 million, a proposal that would shift many state responsibilities to counties without the funding to carry out the programs. Commissioner Don Carlson attended the conference last week.