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A Hubbard County man is still at large one week after a shooting incident in Akeley. Joshua Wayne Herdina, 35, left the area after allegedly firing off numerous pistol shots at a man who had come on to his father's rural Akeley property May 21. One shot pierced the man's car windshield and embedded in the dashboard. Assault charges are pending against Herdina. He is driving a 2001 plum colored Plymouth Saturn with Minnesota license plates MZH 702. Sheriff Frank Homer said Herdina has "taken off on us before and left the area for an extended period of time." Herdina has an extensive
A switch gear that shorted out near U.S. Highway 71 caused a 2½ hour power outage for much of Park Rapids Friday morning. Minnesota Power spokes person Amy Rutlage said power went off around 9:20 a.m., affecting the whole town. Power was briefly restored shortly after 10 a.m. but the gear tripped again 15 minutes later. Rutlage said residential power was restored to customers at 11:10 when a fuse blew at Sixth Avenue South half a block off Highway 71.
A Nevis woman entered into a plea deal Wednesday in a February accident that severely injured her best friend while the women were drinking. She faces a minimum of 90 days in jail under the plea agreement. Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, entered a guilty plea to a revised charged of Criminal Vehicular Operation causing "substantial bodily injury" to her passenger Tammy Basswood instead of the original count that alleged she caused "great bodily harm." Basswood, 36, was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital following the crash.
A Hubbard County District Court jury didn't deliberate long before finding a Ponsford man guilty of his 12th drunken driving offense Wednesday. William Lawrence Butcher, 48, was found guilty of two counts of First Degree DWI and Driving After Cancellation Inimical to Public Safety. Butcher was ordered to undergo a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing will be June 28. Under state sentencing guidelines he faces 57-79 months behind bars.
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Former Hubbard County commissioner and perennial candidate Ed DeLaHunt filed for the District 1 Hubbard County commission seat Monday. Nevis school board member Sherman Anderson filed for the seat Friday now occupied by Don Carlson, who is seeking a second term. And candidate V.C. Sam Spaeth, who filed Friday for District 3 commission, said Monday he would not run after all for personal reasons.
A Park Rapids woman who injured another Park Rapids woman and her daughter last summer in a head-on collision on Highway 34 was sentenced to 36 months in prison Monday. Brenda Lee Olson, 42, must spend at least two-thirds of that time behind bars. If she earns good time, she may spend the remaining year on supervised probation. Olson's blood alcohol content was in excess of .22 percent July 1, 2009, when she veered into opposing traffic. The criminal complaint states she was driving without headlights at 10:30 p.m. She struck a minivan driven by Betty Dunker, 60.
With barely a quorum to meet Monday night, the Menahga City Council faced criticism from citizens and bickering within the three members who did show up. The city's administrative staff is short-handed in the wake of administrator Teri Osterman's resignation earlier this month and council members seem divided on how to proceed - and how quickly to begin the replacement process. City employees Susie Larson and Joline Floyd were given 30 to 40 percent raises for stepping in to fill the interim vacancy.
The rugged conditions in the Paul Bunyan State Forest became apparent Monday afternoon when emergency crews struggled to rescue an injured ATV driver. It took more than an hour to pull Raymond Aube, 63, of Faribault, to a waiting ambulance. Hubbard County and Nevis First Responders, along with North Memorial Ambulance and DNR conservation personnel, con-verged on County Road 91 north of Nevis in an area commonly referred to as "The Gulch." Aube and a small group were on a state forest trail when he said he rounded a corner, applied his brakes and fell over the side of the four-wheeler.
Two Park Rapids men were arraigned on a litany of burglary charges Monday after being arrested in connection with a recent rash of cabin break-ins. Michael Gene Moorhouse, 29, and Mitchell Raymond Bugge, 37, each face more than 20 counts of burglary. Deputies executed a search warrant at Bugge's home Thursday evening that produced "several thousand dollars worth of stolen property, including deer stands, televisions, propane tanks and heaters, chainsaws, tools, ammunition, an air compressor, trolling motors, fishing tackle/poles, a generator, one rifle, and many other miscellaneous items,"