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An ice fishing holiday turned tragic Thursday night when two teens pulling their fish house with a snowmobile plunged into open water on the 3rd Crow Wing Lake south of Nevis. One teen died; the other tried in vain to rescue his friend and was overcome by exertion and the cold. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Lukas Neubarth of Brownton. After the search for his body was called off late Thursday, the Lakes Area Dive Team returned to the scene off Chokecherry Drive Friday morning.
A former Park Rapids student died of exposure Monday or Tuesday in Sioux Falls when he walked home from a bar. According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, a two-day-long search by ground and air located the body of Andrew Douglas Hahn, 21, in a slough in the Harmodon Park area. The police search was aided by a helicopter, bloodhounds, snowmobiles and ATVs. According to the Argus Leader, Hahn had hitched a ride home from a bar at 2 a.m. Monday, but left the vehicle after an argument with the driver. A search team using dogs found his body at 5 p.m.
A homegrown son fulfilled his life's ambition Monday morning as Cory Aukes was sworn in as Hubbard County Sheriff. The new sheriff, a Park Rapids native, got a hug from mom Gina Aukes and a "Good job!" salutation.
A Brownton teen has been identified as the victim of a snowmobile accident Thursday night in Hubbard County. Lukas Neubarth's body was recovered from the icy lake Friday noon. Neubarth, 18 and 18-year-old Thomas Plendl, also of Brownton, were towing a fish house back to the shore of Third Crow Wing Lake when they fell through the ice to open water near the mouth of the Crow Wing River. Plendl was taken to St.
As more lands are purchased for conservation or tax forfeited in a challenging economy, some of Hubbard County's tiniest units of government are feeling the pinch of scarcer tax dollars. But some township supervisors say they can weather the trend by passing skimpier budgets and cutting back services if necessary.
Traditional milestones such as 25th anniversaries are usually celebrated with silver, gold if you make it 50 years. But with Minnesota's quarter century of legalized gambling, the celebration will be in copper. Because the state's Gaming Control Board recently issued a report stating charities, the presumed recipients of a $1 billion annual industry, saw a 3-cent return for every dollar spent in fiscal year 2010. And that's if those 1,300 charities got the luck of the draw.
A southern Minnesota teenager died Thursday night when the snowmobile he and a friend were on plunged into open water on the Third Crow Wing Lake south of Nevis. The other teen survived and was taken to St.
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.
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