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The Hubbard County commission's meeting times and the way the board conducts business were dissected Wednesday as board members sent a clear message they won't change the meeting dates or conduct business via e-mail. For the third time, a move by county coordinator Jack Paul, auditor Pam Heeren and engineer Dave Olsonawski to change the bi-weekly meetings to Tuesdays failed. Heeren and Olsonawski maintain they periodically have to miss board meetings or training meetings because the two conflict.
The attorney for a teenager who pled guilty last week in the 2009 death of a Park Rapids motorcyclist has filed a motion to withdraw his client's plea, saying she did not deserve a week in jail. Brittany Ann Sayler, 19, pled guilty to failing to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of Hubbard County Roads 6 and 15. Her vehicle collided with a motorcycle driven by 42-year-old John Kisner. He died at the scene.
The Forest Riders Snowmobile Club is responsible for grooming all 257 miles of grant-in-aid trails in the region. Grooming begins Monday mornings and continues through the week, usually stopping Thursdays to get the trails ready for the weekends. The club is compensated by the mile. Club president, Andy Nagel said that usually works out to $420 per mile by the end of the season. The club has been in existence since the 1970s.
Hubbard County will see nearly continuous snowfall through Monday, with totals ranging up to a possible 6-10 inches of new snow. "You'll get 1-2 inches today; 1-2 inches tonight, 1-2 inches Saturday, 1-3 inches Sunday and another couple of inches Monday," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Kellenbenz. "It's going to pile up over the next three days." But snows will be intermittent, not continuous, he added. But Kellenbenz said temperatures should remain in the 20s and winds won't blow the snow around until Monday, if it does pick up. Friday morning authorities had respond
At least half a dozen Hubbard County icehouses have been broken into so far, and more may have gone unreported. "They take fishing tackle, poles, spears, augers and even stoves and propane tanks," said Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon issued a public warning last week after a rash of break-ins in his county were reported following the weekend ice storm. Homer said there could be several unreported thefts here because many anglers usually don't use their shacks regularly. And he said it's a tough call to advise people to lock down their houses every t
As Duane and Vickie Murray preside over the gradual closing of their Main Avenue jewelry business in Park Rapids, one segment of the market for their merchandise has seen an upturn in a recession - scrap gold sales. "Oh yes, people are selling more old jewelry," Duane Murray said last week. He mostly deals in gold because "silver isn't worth very much." The couple has owned the store for 23 years; it's been in existence 57 years. When they sell off the inventory and the building, Duane will enjoy his second retirement.
Classes on the art and science of beekeeping were a sweet success, judging from the 60+ people crammed into the Laporte fire hall last weekend. Many came as hobbyists, to brush up on the latest trends. Some were professional beekeepers continuing their education. Some, like 12-year-old Fritz Anderson of Shevlin, were there to learn a new pastime. "I just thought it would be interesting," the youngster said.
Park Rapids firefighters quickly doused a chimney fire at a rural Osage mobile home Tuesday morning with help from Straight Lake. The home on Washington Drive suffered minimal damage, firefighters said. They replenished their trucks with water from the nearby lake, using an auger to drill below the thick ice. Carsonville firefighters arrived on the scene but were sent home when it was clear they were not needed. "Anything that's close like that, we usually call in mutual aid," said assistant fire chief Terry Long. The fire, on an attached porch, had been contained before 7 a.m. Lon
The condition of a Hubbard County man critically injured in a carbon monoxide poisoning in Beltrami County has been upgraded. Christopher Crew, 30 is hospitalized at the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was airlifted after becoming poisoned in a Beltrami County township home early Saturday. HCMC has a hyperbaric chamber that detoxifies the effects of carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide caused the death of 50-year-old Coleen Jennings at her home in Frohn Township.
The vexing problem of animal control - specifically dogs - will see another chapter written Monday in Hubbard County District Court. That's when a rural resident, Russell Patrick Olson, 44, will enter into a plea agreement in a dog shooting case. Initially facing a felony charge of cruelty to animals, Olson likely will plead to a misdemeanor charge of criminal property damage. The felony will be dismissed. "I would prefer the county having some dog control" ordinances, said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne.