Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Under a benign-looking lush green hill in Hubbard County lurks a growing toxic concern. The 9-acre former Pickett Landfill, which borders the Heartland Trail and is west of County Road 4, is about to become a household word once again. It now is a massive area of groundwater contamination that stretches from 204th Street on the north, then south and east of Ferndale Loop. It once held 93,269 cubic yards of municipal solid waste. It opened in 1973 and closed in 1987.
A garage on Spider Lake burned to the ground Thursday afternoon, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air visible for miles around Nevis. The Nevis Fire Department brought all its trucks and called for mutual aid from Akeley but the structure on Glenhaven Drive was a total loss. The homeowners called in the blaze. There were no injuries. The garage was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived moments later.
As the race for Hubbard County Sheriff enters its final month, both candidates admit to some mix of both fatigue and euphoria. It has been a hard fought, expensive campaign for both Frank Homer, the temporary incumbent, and Sgt. Cory Aukes. Aukes got a head start, blanketing the county with signs even before the primaries.
The former owner of a Park Rapids glass company has been arraigned in two counties on firebombing charges in what authorities have characterized as long-simmering grudges against his ex-wife and his former workplace. Leon Dewaine Jenkauski, 50, appeared Monday in Hubbard County District Court on felony charges of arson and manufacturing an incendiary or explosive device. He was arraigned last week in Cass County on similar charges. Jenkauski owns a Bemidji glass company called Pane Relief. On May 20 Park Rapids police officers responded to Belle Taine Glass on Highway 34 after someone
A 17-year-old boy was taken to the Park Rapids emergency room Sunday afternoon after striking a bear cub on his ATV near Two Inlets. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said DNR officers responded to the crash. The victim was traveling in a group of four juveniles, all from the St. Michael area, when one hit the cub on the Hungry Man trail. Gordon said all the boys were wearing helmets. The victim's father brought the boy to St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
Ty and Kate Aukes were right alongside dad Cory last spring to start putting up the campaign signs. They've attended parades, forums and open houses. They even dunked Sheriff Frank Homer at a departmental open house last summer, then gave Aukes a high five afterward. They're typical kids, 8 and 6, who still have time to be kids on the campaign trail.
Little Ayden Homer still hasn't gotten the hang of campaigning with his grandpa. He's a trooper when it comes to throwing out candy at parades, but that doesn't stop him from being frisked at the end of the parade route. "We've found plenty of candy in his pockets by the end of the parade," says grandpa and Sheriff Frank Homer, laughing at the temptation.
An elderly man was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Service following a one-car rollover on Highway 34 in Park Rapids. The accident, near Thielen Motors, occurred when the westbound vehicle struck a light pole after going over the curb, then rolled. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Thielen sales consultant Brent Trauger was on the scene just as the vehicle tipped up on its side. "He may have had a medical condition," Trauger speculated.