Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Unexpected occurrences began last year at the Frank and Debra Vogeltanz farm north of Laporte. Jamal, the white ewe, gave birth to twins. No big deal, right? One was pitch black, the other white as last weekend's snow. This year the couple may have set a new record for oddities. Their sheep have not had a single birth all season. If we do a head count, there are Sadie's quadruplets, four sets of triplets and 19 sets of twins. That made 54 lambs in the herd when the quads were born April 29. But then you have to add the five born early Friday morning, the triplets and another se
At least two farmers markets will greet Park Rapids area guests this summer, in addition to the usual produce stands up and down Highway 34. The Farmers Market that has traditionally been downtown has split into two groups, said new manager Carol Ashley. The vendors had differences about what they wanted to sell, who to include and how to price their wares.
Discussion of Hubbard County's upcoming radio needs evolved into some concerns that road deputies are being so overwhelmed by the technology at their disposal it could become a driving hazard. Dashboard computers, GPS technology, cell phones and the addition of numerous new radio channels to the spectrum has the potential to become a major distraction, maintain some Hubbard County commissioners, two of which are former law enforcement agents. "As with all technology out there, there's a lot of overkill," said commissioner Don Carlson. "It becomes prohibitive," said commissioner Dick Devi
Hubbard County's foreclosure rate continues to climb. For the first quarter of 2010, it rose 60 percent over the same quarter last year. The report, issued May 3 by HousingLink, a nonprofit agency that distributes affordable housing information to service agencies, tracks foreclosures by sheriff's sales. Minnesota foreclosures, during the first quarter of 2010, rose 31 percent over the same quarter in 2009 and were up 14 percent over the last quarter of 2009.
The female driver of a car that went off Highway 71 north of Park Rapids and struck a mailbox was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services by ambulance around 11 a.m. Monday. "I think she fell asleep at the wheel," said Mike Timmons, who was heading for a job when he came upon the accident north of Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, the former World of Christmas. Timmons, who works for Long Construction, stopped to render assistance. He donned a fluorescent vest and directed traffic around the crash scene.
Seven people were injured Mother's Day in a three-car head-on crash on Highway 71 north of Wadena. According to the State Patrol a northbound 1997 Ford Ranger driven by Scott Lamont, 48, of Sebeka crossed the center line, striking a 1997 Lincoln Town car, forcing it into the ditch, then colliding with a 1999 Plymouth Town and Country. Both collisions occurred in the south-bound lane of traffic. Lamont was taken to an unknown hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Four occupants of the Town Car received non life-threatening injuries.
A burgeoning number of drug tips has prompted Hubbard County to explore joining the West Central Minnesota Narcotic Task Force. The force is comprised of 26 counties and city police departments. "The drug action is definitely not slowing down," Homer said. "We want to be proactive." Statistics released to the county board would seem to indicate drug cases are on the decline. In 2008, the West Central Task Force investigated 188 cases resulting in 127 arrests.
The driver of an all terrain vehicle that went out of control last weekend, crashed into a tree and killed his female passenger, had a dismal driving record by anyone's measure. Chad Tabaka, 30, of Walker, has racked up 20 traffic and liquor-related infractions in three counties since 1997. There are the four DWIs, one criminal vehicular operation, two minor consumption violations, four speeding tickets, two driving without insurance, two expired registration or license plate charges and one count of driving with an expired driver's license, among other charges. Hubbard County authoritie
Hubbard County Road 90 in Thorpe Township came under the scrutiny of the county board Wednesday and didn't fare well. "It's a disgrace," said board chair Lyle Robinson said of the central Hubbard County road. "There are rocks in there so big you can't hardly drive around them. I can show you minimum maintenance roads that are better than that," he told county engineer Dave Olsonawski. County Road 90 is also Junco Drive on the north side of Big Mantrap Lake. But the problems occur where the road jogs off Junco further north of Mantrap. It becomes hilly and rutted.