Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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The rising need for public assistance is on a collision course with program funds dwindling too rapidly to keep pace. And what will happen to society when government at all levels has fostered a dependence on programs and assistance that will either suffer cuts or sunset clauses, rendering them obsolete? Those are among the massive worries Daryl Bessler carries on his shoulders these days. It began Wednesday with the report on income maintenance, which continues to rise at an alarming pace. Requests for food subsidies and other help has risen by 85 cases since October. "It's not good
Kay Peterson's mug shot doesn't do her justice. The 38-year-old Park Rapids woman looks like someone you'd see standing on the sidelines of a kids' soccer game, or working at the church bake sale. Instead, Peterson went on trial Tuesday, charged with being a meth dealer.
It could cost Hubbard County up to $9,000 to finalize floor plans for moving the District Courts to the Law Enforcement Center, but commissioners are already hesitating at what they say is a politically unpopular plan. Discussion of the matter was tabled Wednesday but not before commissioners weighed in on whether they should proceed. "It's not a good time to be saddling taxpayers with a big bill," said commissioner Dick Devine, who said he has heard negative comments from his constituents about the county's space reallocation plan. Commissioner Don Carlson said he agreed but "if we're g
Hubbard County received 81 applications for the position of Veterans Service Officer. Commissioners will winnow down the field to six candidates who will be interviewed publicly March 10. The board hopes to have someone on the job by April. "We are going to have some extremely good people in that group," Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson predicted. "There are some well-qualified candidates," agreed county coordinator Jack Paul. Commissioners will each read through the applications and submit a list of interviewees they feel are the best candidates.
One person was airlifted to an unknown hospital Thursday following a two-vehicle accident outside of Nevis. Two others were taken by ground ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids with lacerations. One was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the crash. She was initially unconscious. The crash occurred just before 4 p.m.
The Kids Championship Power Racing Organization held snowmobile races for children ages 4-14 last weekend. KC PRO is a nonprofit organization that promotes safe riding practices and friendship. Kids participated in nine different classes of races in Park Rapids. While moms screamed "Go!" dads lifted the hoods and tinkered on the sidelines with engines that sputtered. The riders at left were heading into the pit.
Seventy years ago Ken Felt lugged his 4-foot saw onto the ice of Lake Itasca and began cutting. Like a stonemason, he made precise blocks of ice, 16-by-16 inches, 16-by-20 and other sizes if custom ordered. The harvest continued through the winter until the ice went out on the lake. "The 16-by-16s fit in ice boxes," Felt recalled, watching some Baby Boomers struggle with their ice tongs to heave a 16-inch cube of ice out onto the surface Saturday.
The perceived astronomical costs of a statewide emergency radio conversion came down to real dollars and cents for Hubbard County last week, and the end result was stunning. The county may be able to install either the VHF digital or 800 megahertz (MHz) radio systems for $500,000 to $780,000, well below the ballpark figures of $1 million to $2 million that have been tossed around.
Small town politics can always be dicey and a long-simmering dispute in Menahga, between city leaders and the city-owned nursing home, is "Exhibit A." At the heart of the dispute is what constitutes a conflict of interest and nepotism. Conflicts of this nature are often unavoidable in towns where a limited number of people are related, live together, work together and govern each other. But the city vs.
An economic boom is noisily taking place throughout the region each weekend as dozens of snowmobilers flock to Hubbard County trails. It doesn't rival the gold rush of a decade ago, but if Mother Nature cooperates and the economy slowly improves, local businesses are hopeful it will rebound. This comes at a time when the U.S. Commerce Department announced weather affects one-third of the nation's economy.