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Engineers have studied a deadly intersection in northeastern Hubbard County and recommended perpendicular rumble strips to warn traffic of the impending crossroad. On Dec. 3, 2009, two men, including a Hubbard County employee, were killed when their cars collided at the intersection of County Roads 9 and 45 in Farden Township. A third was injured when a northbound car driven by Laird Hensel rolled through the stop sign and broadsided an eastbound vehicle on County 45.
The beleaguered Intoxilyzer machine, under constant legal attack for nearly five years, is being mothballed statewide for use in drunken driving arrests. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Monday it has entered into a contract to purchase a new fleet of breath-testing instruments for use by Minnesota criminal justice agencies.
A floatplane with mechanical problems dropped into Petit Lake Monday evening. The pilot swam away from the crash, which heavily damaged the plane. He was identified as 70-year-old Lawrence Larson of Fargo, who has a seasonal cabin in the region.The plane was a home built model constructed from a "Fox Kit Float Plane." "All we know is he was having mechanical problems," Sheriff Frank Homer said.
To call the rope challenge course near Eagle Beach Resort in Hubbard County an aerial adventure park would be selling it short. For many, it will be a life-changing experience. The course opens tomorrow off County Road 40, the brainchild of Travis and Sarah Coumbe-Guida. It is the fruition of years of teaching, motivating and conquering fears and phobias the Guidas want to share with others. The couple and parents of four bought the land adjacent to the resort, which is owned by Sarah's parents.
The Highway 34 resurfacing project from Park Rapids to Akeley is 10 months away and already drawing concerns about delays and detours. But it is what the project won't do that has irked local residents. A platoon of Minnesota Department of Transportation officials met with residents Tuesday evening to lay out the proposal that will reclaim much of the asphalt surface and repave the heavily used state highway next summer. The project's tentative dates are May 23 to Sept.
At barely 10 minutes after 10 a.m. Saturday, Carol Hadrava made the dutiful trip out to the roadway to take down the "pie sale" sign. Lake George's 40 blueberry pies, baked to benefit the Senior Citizens Center, were gone. Blueberry shakes filled many a warm tummy as Una Bessler just kept on tapping her ice cream machine. "I've never kept track of how many we sell," she said.
When Hubbard County Land Commissioner Bob Hoffman retires in late October after 34 years of service, commissioners will be faced with the dilemma of whether to replace him. Hoffman is one of 15 land commissioners in Minnesota.
Blueberries were the theme but wrestling stole the show Saturday in Lake George as a troupe of "professional" wrestlers took to the mats. The festival continues tonight with the firefighters bean feed tonight, followed by a raffle and karaoke. Sunday have blueberry pancakes at the fire hall, join the sawdust money pit at 10 a.m. and the parade at 1. Or read more about the festival in Wednesday's Enterprise.
Two years of back to back job losses in the nation are being felt locally with ever increasing requests for public assistance. Monthly income maintenance caseloads jumped from 2,245 in May to 2,296 in June. Summer is usually the time Hubbard County Social Services gets a reprieve in requests for assistance, director Daryl Bessler told the Hubbard County board Wednesday. Although monthly intakes declined from May to June, from 245 to 193, the caseload trend continues upward. In June 2000, the department's eight case workers had an average case load of 146 files. In June 2010, 10 worke