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When Minnesota lawmakers rushed home from the capitol Monday they left looming political and societal questions: Who should pay the health care costs of the state's poorest citizens? Hospital emergency rooms could experience a new influx of indigent, mentally ill patients seeking care because legislators and the governor left them few options, especially in outstate Minnesota. The compromise The healthcare compromise hammered out Monday to end the Legislative session provided no concrete answers for outstate providers and agencies charged with the care of 39,000 General Assistance Medical
Summer storm buffs will get a chance to learn tornado basics and the intricacies of dealing with severe weather at an upcoming seminar. Hubbard County Emergency Management Director Brian Halbasch will hold a three-hour course for HAM radio operators or others interested in joining a community service network June 2, two years after EF-3 tornados ripped through the region. The SKYWARN® course will last from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is offered through the cooperation of the National Weather Service. It will be held in the Law Enforcement Center conference room.
Hubbard County authorities have made an arrest or arrests in a recent rash of cabin burglaries around the Big Mantrap Lake area. Break-ins were reported in at least eight cabins recently as summer residents opened their cabins for the Minnesota walleye opener last weekend. Deputies investigated several calls around the County Road 4 area throughout the weekend. Thursday morning Sheriff Frank Homer said items taken were anything of value - consumer electronics, jewelry and other valuable objects. Thursday night deputies surrounded a rural Park Rapids home conducting an investigation.
Park Rapids police are investigating an incident of vandalism in which a Molotov cocktail was lobbed through the window of Belle Taine Glass off Highway 34 sometime overnight. Shortly after 11 a.m., officers stopped a car that may or may not be connected to the incident. Owner Gerry Naylor said her staff discovered the damage when the business opened Thursday morning at 8. Naylor described the would-be bomb as a mason jar with a cloth wick full of gasoline. The cocktail extinguished itself after it went through a side office window. Naylor and employees removed a large rectangle of g
"I jumped off and got the hell out of the way," Hubbard County commissioner Dick Devine said after his riding mower burst into flames Wednesday. Devine was able to steer the mower away from his residence to the middle of End of Day Drive off High-way 71 north of Park Rapids. A mini inferno had engulfed the machine by the time firefighters arrived on the scene just after 2:30 p.m. The commission had held its twice-monthly meeting until nearly 1 p.m. Devine stood holding a small canister fire extinguisher.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment, defendants in a recently filed lawsuit, tiptoed delicately Monday on procedural matters during the monthly meeting. Frequently the five-member board consulted Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf before granting or denying variances to make sure the powerful board was on solid ground first. It is an alleged procedural lapse in granting dock slips to a residential Planned Unit Development this winter that is the subject of the suit filed by Fifth Crow Wing Lake residents and supporters. The power the board wields was evident Monday as the
The attorneys for Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment, the DNR and the owners of a Nevis resort turned PUD are asking that a recently filed lawsuit against their clients be dismissed.
Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne has announced he will seek a second term. So far, no challengers have announced their intentions. "The office has accomplished a great deal in the way of added revenue, efficiency and effectiveness," Dearstyne said in his announcement. "In 2008, the office took over the prosecution for the City of Park Rapids misdemeanor cases providing almost $40,000 in annual revenue to Hubbard County.
A rural Nevis home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene about 11:15 p.m. Monday. "There were propane tanks exploding and it was fully engulfed," said Nevis firefighter Ron Leyba. Nevis firefighters called in Akeley on a mutual aid request. Seventeen firefighters remained through the night. The cause of the fire, at 25538 Hillview Road, is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office. Leyba and several firefighters got two hours of sleep and returned to the scene early Tuesday morning to put more water on the smoldering ruins.
Firefighters rushing to the scene of a rural Nevis fire late Monday night were startled to see a car in East Crooked Lake off County Road 2. They called the Hubbard County Sheriff. They had too much on their hands already. Their 11:20 p.m.