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Sgt. Cory Aukes' quest to become Hubbard County's next sheriff has launched into cyberspace. Aukes has set up a Facebook page for his run against Sheriff Frank Homer in the fall election. He already has numerous fans, 352 to date, some of which may not be able to carry the day for him. John Snelling wrote: "You are the man for the job.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment is under new leadership. Longtime member Lou Schwindt has resumed chairmanship, taking over from Charles "Chick" Knight. Board member Jerry Cole has assumed the vice chair duties.
A vacant rural home southwest of Park Rapids was engulfed in flames when Park Rapids firefighters arrived on the scene at 10 p.m. Monday. Assistant fire chief Terry Long said he does not know who owns the home, but was told it had been recently occupied. The fire destroyed an addition to the wood shingle home and caused extensive damage to the interior. The state fire marshal was on the scene Tuesday morning and called firefighters back. "It had rekindled along the roof line," Long said. In all, 22 firefighters responded.
Edward Joseph Lowen, a suspect in the Feb. 26 robbery of an Akeley branch bank, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne moved to dismiss local charges against Lowen Tuesday morning as the federal indictment was unsealed. Dearstyne said federal marshals picked Lowen up from the Hubbard County Correctional Center and transported him to Bemidji where he was scheduled to make a first appearance on the federal bank robbery charge. For more on the story see Wednesday's Park Rapids Enterprise.
A warm spring has meant boat owners want to get on the water sooner. "This is the earliest I can remember" people wanting their boats out of storage, said Charlie Kellner, owner of Charlie's Boats & Marine in Park Rapids. "Put it this way, we're off to a very good start," said Julie Tabbert, secretary of Johnson's on the Water in Dorset. Johnson's schedule of customers wishing to pick up their boats or have them delivered is full to the end of the month, she said. That could change. 'The snowbirds aren't back yet," Kellner said. "With the fishing opener pushed back a week this year
Hubbard County has fewer delinquent taxpayers for its 2009 payable taxes, but those amounts are slightly higher than past years. Delinquent taxpayers on a list published this spring include a high figure of $82,285.20 past due on property in Farden Township to as little as $2.20 owed by a Lakeport Township widow. Taxpayers are forking over the money to pay their taxes because the county sees relatively few actual forfeitures and none last year. "I don't foresee a lot of forfeitures this year either because most of the people on our list have contacted us and one way or the other are maki
Sheriff Frank Homer made his formal announcement Thursday that he intends to seek election to the post he was appointed to a year ago. Homer has 25 years in law enforcement. He was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Hubbard County in 1978. He attained a bachelor's degree from BSU and got his police skills training in Hibbing. He began his law enforcement training in college as a security guard.
One person was transported to the Park Rapids hospital following a rear-end collision six miles south of town that snarled traffic along U.S. Highway 71. Both vehicles were heading north when the collision occurred.
At a recent legislative conference put on by the Association of Minnesota Counties, some startling revelations came to light. The AMC has been under fire from counties for unveiling a surprise proposal designed to save Minnesota $945 million, a proposal that would shift many state responsibilities to counties without the funding to carry out the programs. Commissioner Don Carlson attended the conference last week.