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Thursday's rain was a welcome respite for dusty Hubbard County. But in many areas, especially in town, that rain simply runs down into groundwater off parking lots and directly into the Fish Hook River untreated. Tuesday Park Rapids joined a legion of cities around the state establishing a storm water utility fund. Council members passed a first reading allowing formation of the fund and the collection of fees. The second and final reading will be next month. "The days of it running to the river and streams are gone," said council member Dave W. Konshok.
Park Rapids' geriatric system of shallow wells could topple like dominos in the coming years, much like senior citizens on wobbly walkers. Nitrate levels continue to creep to dangerous levels in two more wells. Tuesday, Park Rapids City Council members, less than a year after taking a well out of service, learned a second one has failed a quarterly test of nitrate levels.
The crosswind runway at Park Rapids Municipal Airport is unusable much of the year due to snow buildup. It's unsafe for landing at night because it's not lighted and not long enough. The airport's apron is a safety hazard because vehicles are currently able to drive right out into air traffic. A long-range proposal for ameliorating those concerns was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday by the Park Rapids City Council. John Peterson of TKDA, the St.
A Park Rapids teenager involved in a fatal accident one year ago was given a choice Friday: seven days in jail or 120 hours of community service, 40 of which will be spent educating drivers ed students about making mistakes that take a life. A tearful Brittany Ann Sayler, 19, chose the public service. She was driving a car on County Road 15 that pulled onto County Road 6 April 17, 2009. Motorcyclist John Kisner,42, struck her vehicle broadside. He died at the scene. Sayler was sentenced for the second time Friday on a failure to yield the right-of-way charge.
The attorney representing two lake associations explained a lawsuit filed recently against Hubbard County and its variance board in simple terms: why bother to have ordinances if public officials won't follow them? Chuck Diessner, a Potato Lake resident and attorney for Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
The 23 miniature horses on Keith and Sue Swanson's ranch are docile, gentle creatures. They don't snort, jump or rear their heads, unless a new mother feels her colt is being threatened. Mostly, they're a soothing presence on the farm northeast of Park Rapids. "They were my antidepressants, my therapy," Sue said. Sue's lifelong love of horses began as a kid. Her family owned a riding stable on Long Lake for many years. She's always had horses, but she and Keith laugh at how they've "downsized" their herd. Not in numbers, mind you, but in actual size.
Larry Harsha would have taken special delight in the fact that his obituary photo featured him wearing a shirt that read, "In dog years I'm dead." He was unapologetically politically incorrect.
Hometown heroes aren't always those who march off to war on foreign soil. They frequently live among us, coming to our needs in our most desperate hours. Sunday Laporte honored its hometown heroes in a uniquely Minnesota nice way: a feast of meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy. The community came together to hold a fundraiser for the Lakeport Area First Responders. The lure?
The second of two Hubbard County men charged in an animal cruelty case last fall has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. Dustin Lee Kako, 22, pled guilty to Third Degree Criminal Damage to Property Monday for shooting a yellow Lab through the torso last fall with a bow and arrow. The Lab, owned by Robert and Kristin Evavold, who live in a rural subdivision near Menahga, underwent emergency surgery at The Ark Animal Hospital to save his life. Co-defendant Andrew Eugene Leece James, 23, entered a plea April 5 to Fourth Degree Damage to Property in the firearm shooting of another Lab belongi
Tom Carew has spent a lifetime with flowers. And the reluctant subject of this story apologizes for the brown tones throughout his flowerbeds - in early April. Who among us has blooming flora in early spring? But if 2010 is anything like 2009, those beds surrounding the back entry of Tom and Rita Carew's home on Long Lake will come alive with vibrant color and an elegant but casual appearance, one he spends about two hours daily to achieve. "Really, I'm not a gardener," he protests. His home seems like an appendage to the stunning flower gardens filled with annuals and perennials.