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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,"
A Hubbard County man at the center of a rural shooting incident Friday remains at large and is being sought by authorities. Assault charges are pending against Joshua Herdina, 35. The incident began around 2:20 p.m,.
The race for two Hubbard County commission seats is heating up with late filings Friday. So far, Cal Johannsen is the only unopposed incumbent running. He serves in District 5. In District 1 incumbent Don Carlson is now being opposed by Nevis school board member Sherman Anderson. In District 3, incumbent Greg Larson has two opponents, former board member Floyd Frank and a new challenger, V.C. Sam Spaeth. Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer is opposed by Sgt.
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