Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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For Don Wilkins, preservation of an endangered violet blue bird has been a retirement obsession. The 200+ adults and 450 chicks make up the largest purple martin population in the state. Thursday was banding day. Chicks of the right age, not too small or large, received a silver U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service band on the right leg. On the left, a red band identifying the babies as Minnesota born and raised, along with some local identifiers.
Two months ago Michael Plante appeared before the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners to tell them he was job hunting if members wouldn't elevate his position to full-time. The promising young attorney, fresh out of law school with loans to pay back, found work - in Wabasha County after Hubbard County invested an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 training him for his new job.
Across the street from one of Park Rapids' busiest commercial enterprises is a small oasis of lush flowering trees, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruits. You would never know it's there. Bonny Disselbrett's home is right across the street from J&B Foods, a block east of U.S.
A Morris nurse was arraigned on four charges after she allegedly rear-ended a Park Rapids city councilor while under the influence with two children in her car. Shannon Marie Gray Boettcher, 41, was arrested after council member Pat Mikesh reported her weaving on U.S. Highway 71 July 2 shortly after 2:30 p.m.
A former Grand Rapids man was arraigned Tuesday on five charges in connection with a weekend rollover that caused the death of his passenger. Jesse Philip Dahl, 29, appeared in Hubbard County District Court with his head shaved and with numerous abrasions and cuts. The criminal complaint states his blood alcohol level was .16 percent when the Volkswagon Passat he was driving southbound in County Road 3 left the roadway, struck an approach and rolled about 12:30 a.m.
The weekend death of a Park Rapids man at the hands of another was a tragic accident brought on by alcohol abuse, say the family of the man charged. "He's a good man when he's not drinking," said a tearful Karen Candelaria, the estranged wife of Luis Candelaria, who was arraigned Tuesday on manslaughter charges in the beating death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 41. A remorseful Luis Candelaria, clad in orange jail scrubs, politely answered Hubbard County District Court Judge Robert Tiffany's questions about obtaining a public defender. "They shouldn't have been arguing, especially when they
A Floodwood woman has been identified as the victim of a one-vehicle rollover in northern Hubbard County early Saturday. Brooke Rosemore, 28, died at the scene.