Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A rural Nevis home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene about 11:15 p.m. Monday. "There were propane tanks exploding and it was fully engulfed," said Nevis firefighter Ron Leyba. Nevis firefighters called in Akeley on a mutual aid request. Seventeen firefighters remained through the night. The cause of the fire, at 25538 Hillview Road, is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office. Leyba and several firefighters got two hours of sleep and returned to the scene early Tuesday morning to put more water on the smoldering ruins.
Firefighters rushing to the scene of a rural Nevis fire late Monday night were startled to see a car in East Crooked Lake off County Road 2. They called the Hubbard County Sheriff. They had too much on their hands already. Their 11:20 p.m.
Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne has announced he will seek a second term. So far, no challengers have announced their intentions. "The office has accomplished a great deal in the way of added revenue, efficiency and effectiveness," Dearstyne said in his announcement. "In 2008, the office took over the prosecution for the City of Park Rapids misdemeanor cases providing almost $40,000 in annual revenue to Hubbard County.
Discussion of Hubbard County's upcoming radio needs evolved into some concerns that road deputies are being so overwhelmed by the technology at their disposal it could become a driving hazard. Dashboard computers, GPS technology, cell phones and the addition of numerous new radio channels to the spectrum has the potential to become a major distraction, maintain some Hubbard County commissioners, two of which are former law enforcement agents. "As with all technology out there, there's a lot of overkill," said commissioner Don Carlson. "It becomes prohibitive," said commissioner Dick Devi
Unexpected occurrences began last year at the Frank and Debra Vogeltanz farm north of Laporte. Jamal, the white ewe, gave birth to twins. No big deal, right? One was pitch black, the other white as last weekend's snow. This year the couple may have set a new record for oddities. Their sheep have not had a single birth all season. If we do a head count, there are Sadie's quadruplets, four sets of triplets and 19 sets of twins. That made 54 lambs in the herd when the quads were born April 29. But then you have to add the five born early Friday morning, the triplets and another se
At least two farmers markets will greet Park Rapids area guests this summer, in addition to the usual produce stands up and down Highway 34. The Farmers Market that has traditionally been downtown has split into two groups, said new manager Carol Ashley. The vendors had differences about what they wanted to sell, who to include and how to price their wares.
Hubbard County's foreclosure rate continues to climb. For the first quarter of 2010, it rose 60 percent over the same quarter last year. The report, issued May 3 by HousingLink, a nonprofit agency that distributes affordable housing information to service agencies, tracks foreclosures by sheriff's sales. Minnesota foreclosures, during the first quarter of 2010, rose 31 percent over the same quarter in 2009 and were up 14 percent over the last quarter of 2009.
The female driver of a car that went off Highway 71 north of Park Rapids and struck a mailbox was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services by ambulance around 11 a.m. Monday. "I think she fell asleep at the wheel," said Mike Timmons, who was heading for a job when he came upon the accident north of Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, the former World of Christmas. Timmons, who works for Long Construction, stopped to render assistance. He donned a fluorescent vest and directed traffic around the crash scene.
Seven people were injured Mother's Day in a three-car head-on crash on Highway 71 north of Wadena. According to the State Patrol a northbound 1997 Ford Ranger driven by Scott Lamont, 48, of Sebeka crossed the center line, striking a 1997 Lincoln Town car, forcing it into the ditch, then colliding with a 1999 Plymouth Town and Country. Both collisions occurred in the south-bound lane of traffic. Lamont was taken to an unknown hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Four occupants of the Town Car received non life-threatening injuries.
A burgeoning number of drug tips has prompted Hubbard County to explore joining the West Central Minnesota Narcotic Task Force. The force is comprised of 26 counties and city police departments. "The drug action is definitely not slowing down," Homer said. "We want to be proactive." Statistics released to the county board would seem to indicate drug cases are on the decline. In 2008, the West Central Task Force investigated 188 cases resulting in 127 arrests.