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Park Rapids' most distinguishable characteristic is in need of repair. The Red Bridge will likely be lifted, one end at a time, this summer, to replace the cracking crossbeams on the pilings that support the structure. A winter inspection by a state highway department structural engineer revealed the structural defects, said Hubbard County Parks and Recreation superintendent Greg Hensel. He is working with the city Public Works Department to formulate estimates and a plan of action. Because the bridge is on both city and county property,the repair costs will be evenly split.
The Henrietta Township Board will consult its legal counsel and possibly schedule a special meeting later this month after it came under fire for a January resolution banning the sale of hard liquor at special events. Randy and Denese Jokela appeared before the board Thursday night with numerous supporters asking the township to rescind the decision, saying the sale of stronger alcoholic beverages was necessary to the success of the "family friendly" rodeo event that will be held July 1-3. The resolution "drastically changed" the status of the PBR bull ride event, Denese Jokela told the bo
Next year it will be one-stop shopping in the flu shot department as manufacturers combine seasonal flu serum with H1N1 prevention in the same inoculation. Meanwhile, Hubbard County will continue to administer H1N1 flu vaccines throughout the summer in case the region experiences a third wave of the illness. To date, 4,500 vaccines have been given to Hubbard County residents, a rate of nearly 30 percent of the total population. Those were the figures community health director Chris Broeker gave to the Hubbard County Board Wednesday. "As long as we're directed to by the State Health Dep
Sgt. Cory Aukes announced Friday he would run for the office of Hubbard County Sheriff against incumbent Frank Homer. Homer told the county board Wednesday he intended to seek election to the post he was appointed to in March 2009. The two men were considered for the post after former Sheriff Gary Mills resigned one year ago due to chronic health problems. The Hubbard County board appointed Homer to fill out Mills' term. But both candidates gave presentations that impressed board members. Aukes is a 20-year veteran of the department.
When the Developmental Achievement Center's Salvage Depot opens next month, it is anticipated the new business will co-exist with the Henrietta Mall, not compete with it. The "mall" is the euphemism given to the South Transfer Station's solid waste repository, off Henrietta Avenue in Park Rapids.
More than 600 kids, in a crowd of 2,000 people, lined the sidewalk along Nevis' Muskie Park Saturday in an Easter egg hunt that would rival another one held out east in a big White House. A block-long, knee-high wave of pre-school humanity surged through the rope lines at 1 p.m.
Nevis firefighters doused a grass fire Tuesday afternoon caused by a homeowner who'd dumped the ashes from his wood stove on a debris pile hours earlier. "I guess there must have been some cinders still in there," said Romke Zylstra, who lives off Highway 34 east of Nevis. "When I got home I saw the smoke and thought my barn was on fire," Zylstra said.
Hubbard County residents lag significantly behind the state, the nation and neighboring counties in returning U.S. Census forms. County residents are also well behind Park Rapids city residents in Census compliance. The county, as of Thursday, had returned 43 percent of forms delivered door to door last month. Park Rapids residents had returned 61 percent, which is closer to the state compliance rate of 60 percent. The national return rate is at 52 percent. Neighboring counties also did better than Hubbard County.
There's a military adage that when the going gets rough, you send in the Marines to do the heavy lifting. An injured trumpeter swan unable to make the winter migration from Lake Hattie, northwest of Pine River, owes his new life to those brave men. For purposes of this story, we've dubbed him Jarhead. The male cynget was shot by a hunter last fall and began to deteriorate.
Nearly a year after a Park Rapids motorcyclist was killed at a rural intersection the legal process started all over for the teenager driving the car that collided with him. For the family of John Kisner, 42, who was killed when his motorcycle struck the side of Brittany Ann Sayler's car April 17, 2009, the legal developments have taken a frustrating turn. "He we go again," one family member whispered in court Thursday during the proceedings. Sayler, 19, pled guilty in January to failing to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of County Roads 6 and 15. The plea agreement called f