Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A Park Rapids man charged with killing his best friend in a drunken fight July 3 will plead self-defense, his attorney said Monday. Public defender Jennifer Nelson announced to the court her client, Luis Candelaria, was defending himself from an attack when he punched Richard Alan Hoskins, 41 on his front lawn, killing Hoskins. Candelaria, 48, was indicted by a Hubbard County grand jury in mid-July on charges stemming from the incident in a residential Park Rapids neighborhood. Grand jurors returned a three-count indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, First Degree Manslaugh
A Park Rapids man will spend 33 months behind bars for a string of cabin burglaries committed last spring throughout Hubbard County. Michael Moorhouse, 30, pleaded guilty last month to four counts of Second Degree Burglary in connection with the break-ins. Moorhouse must also make restitution for all of the two dozen burglaries he and co-conspirator Mitchell Bugge, 38, were initially charged with. Bugge was supposed to have been sentenced Monday, too, but he requested an early transfer to prison last month and was not transported from the St.
Hubbard County passed a "social host" ordinance Wednesday, what authorities call one more tool in the arsenal to curb underage drinking. It would make the adult host of a party at which alcohol is knowingly served to minors criminally responsible for allowing that party to take place. Hubbard joined a raft of other counties in passing such an ordinance, which would not make parents liable for allowing their children to drink at home with their permission. Hubbard County chemical dependency coordinator Sara Bowles thanked the county board. The ordinance will be enforceable upon publicat
He ain't heavy.
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.
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.