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Vern Massie believes his cell phone saved his life, along with a guardian angel giving him a strong signal. But watching daytime TV just might do him in worse than the injuries he's recovering from. Hubbard County's Solid Waste Superintendent was pinned underneath his tractor on the afternoon of June 13.
Shirley Cordahl submitted a doozy of a question. "I live on Lower Bottle Lake," she writes. "On Saturday the 12th, I looked out my window & couldn't believe my eyes, there was a blue heron on my deck. I went to get my camera & when I came back I could see it was stalking something. I was thinking frogs. Right after I took the second picture, real quick, he poked his head under the deck and came out with my chipmunk in his beak. He had the chipmunk around the neck. He walked over towards the woods, and was shaking the chipmunk, I could see the chipmunk was still alive.
Quail Lane (it runs the wrong way or it could be titled Quail Trail) was a road in legal limbo for years. Now it's a road mired in a lawsuit against Hart Lake Township, Hubbard County, a defunct developer, Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative and numerous individuals. It's eight-tenths of a mile long, a typical county gravel road that dead-ends in a tiny cul-de-sac.
A Nevis woman will spend 90 days in jail this fall for the February drunken driving accident that seriously injured her best friend. Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, was sentenced Monday in Hubbard County District Court. She will be on supervised probation for three years. She must pay restitution of $1,100 to the mother of a teenage girl who collided with her vehicle, which had pulled out onto County Road 18 into traffic. She told deputies that arrived on the scene she and Tammy Basswood had been drinking since 10 a.m.
The omnibus hearings for two Park Rapids men charged in a slew of cabin burglaries has been reset for June 28 due to the "voluminous discovery" provided their public attorneys. Mitchell Raymond Bugge, 37, and Michael Gene Moorhouse, 29, have been incarcerated since their arrests in late May.
Sins of the fathers, mothers and sellers dominated the Board of Adjustment agenda Monday as homeowners went before the board to try to explain what they'd inherited or bought into. Grace Lake homeowner Judy DeMers, who lives in Grand Forks, led off the agenda with a request for permission to build an addition and deck onto her nonconforming structure.
It takes a lifetime to master the art of calf wrangling, said the mother of two 4-H'ers learning the ropes. Weekend classes have been taking place under the tutelage of Keith Swanson, who's been teaching riding and roping skills for nine years. The classes he teaches 4-H kids in his Western Heritage program mainly revolve around patience and repetition - doing the same thing over and over until you get it right. It's no different than the kid shooting basket after basket nights in his driveway. The hand-eye skills required are just one component of the sport. For 14-year-old Hannah A
The campaign for Hubbard County attorney got off on a somewhat confusing note Wednesday. Introducing himself to the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners, Perham attorney and candidate Nathaniel Welte maintained he could do a better job than the current prosecutor. However, Welte's opening remarks, due to the poor acoustics in the room, were heard differently by different people. Welte actually said he was not before the board "to say that Don (Dearstyne, county attorney) is doing a horrible job." But all the audience heard was the last part of the comment, making it sound like Welte h
"Dick and June Axelson here. On Little Mantrap Lake, we have blackbirds, chickadees, and orioles, all feeding on the grape jelly feeder. We've never seen this before. Are they hungry!" That seemed intriguing so I put out my grape jelly feeder, which I hadn't had an opportunity to do this spring, when the orioles were here. (You will begin to see why this is called the amateur's guide.) Bupkis. But maybe something will find the grape jelly attractive, like a bear.