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An accused bank robber said he likely would serve as his own attorney because he can't afford to hire one. Edward Joseph Lowen, 53, a rural resident of Hubbard County, has been relatively quiet in the courtroom up until Monday, when he appeared for his scheduled omnibus hearing. He had many concerns and questions for District Judge Paul Rasmussen. "He is unrepresented at this time," said hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne.
Burglars forced open the door of the Osage Country Market during the early morning hours Saturday and absconded with an ATM just inside the door. An unknown amount of cash was in the machine, said store manager Jeff Christlieb. Nothing else was taken. "We have a fairly good idea who it was," Christlieb said. Although the burglars spray-painted the surveillance cameras, images of the thieves were captured before the damage was done, he said. He described the burglars as regulars in the store.
The tick season has arrived in the northland with warm weather, but tick-borne diseases may actually be remnants of 2009, especially in dogs. In the past week, Dr. Mia Long, owner of Ark Animal Hospital outside of Park Rapids, has seen two patients on an emergency basis with tick borne diseases (TBD) caused by bites that likely occurred last fall. Trooper John, an 8½-year old English Springer spaniel, started limping on his hind leg March 22, said owner David Allman of Menahga. By the next night he was critically ill. "He couldn't even get up," Allman recalled.
A Nevis woman charged with causing a serious alcohol-related car accident Feb. 18 appeared Monday in Hubbard County District Court on five charges related to that crash. The criminal complaint states Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, began drinking Blue 100, a high-octane flavored schnapps, at 10 a.m. on the day of the accident, which occurred nearly six hours later. Her blood alcohol content was .208 percent, the complaint states. She has a prior DWI, on Oct.
The sentencing of two brothers in an armed standoff in a residential neighborhood of Park Rapids last December turned instead into a forum on racism and society's failures. Allen Gene Bloom Sr., 39, and Brian Jon Bloom, 31, were sentenced to 216 months in prison for their role in a drunken shooting rampage that ended after a four-hour armed standoff with 20 officers.
A Park Rapids woman at the center of an alleged methamphetamine ring was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail. Kay Marie Peterson, 38, will be eligible for electronic home monitoring after she has served six months of her sentence. She must make restitution of $4,000 to the state for the undercover drug buys that resulted in her arrest and pay a $2,000 fine. "This is a serious offense," Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne told the court.
A man and woman were transported to the Bemidji hospital Wednesday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident south of Bemidji. The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 71 and Hubbard County 9 in the northeast section of Hubbard County shortly after noon. James Oman of Duluth happened to be outside Fugate's Country Store at that intersection when the crash occurred. "I didn't really see anything," he said, adding, "the green car went right through the stop sign. "I wasn't really looking but I heard the boom and saw her spinning around toward me." The State Patrol said Cat