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The case of a Lake George man accused of nearly killing his estranged wife during a domestic dispute one year ago is set for a pretrial conference Aug. 16. John Wesley Defatte Sr., 70, is free on bail and was allowed to leave the state to visit an ailing son in California.
As Hubbard County's population ages, how much should the geriatric set be accommodated to remain in their lakeshore residences? And who makes that determination? That was the weighty issue confronting the Board of Adjustment as two Gilmore Lake homeowners applied for an after-the-fact variance for a lakeshore shed they built last year well within the shore impact zone. They built it because homeowner Andrew Schneider suffered a back injury and is undergoing rehabilitation. He said he could no longer carry his 5-horse Johnson motor up and down the hill, so he needs a shed to store it in
What may have been a hoax call tied up three law enforcement agencies unnecessarily Thursday night in Park Rapids and startled a residential neighborhood that has seen its share of pain lately. Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers said sometime after 6:30 p.m.
One of the neatest programs around getting kids interested in nature is at Itasca State Park Wednesday mornings. Called "Circle Time Under the Pines," the program is targeted to the pre-school set, but babies and school kids can still come and learn something in a fun atmosphere. Naturalist Sandra Lichter does a terrific job teaching kids about nature's wonders. They play games, read stories, sing songs, color and make projects. It's a hoot. Especially Wednesday's program, "O is for Owls." Kids colored pictures of owls, learned about owl (and other bird) feathers, hugged a stuffed
The suspect in a July 3 fight-related death in Park Rapids has been indicted on more serious charges by a grand jury. One week after Luis Candelaria, 48, was arraigned on a First Degree Manslaughter charge in the death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 41, a Hubbard County grand jury convened all day Wednesday. It returned an indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, Manslaughter and Third Degree Assault. The homicide charge is more serious than manslaughter, carrying a maximum of 40 years in prison instead of 15. Authorities say the men got into an argument while drinking and Hoski
A Park Rapids man was injured Tuesday afternoon when then the motorcycle he was driving was rear-ended by a semi-truck near Kabekona Corner. John J, Hurla, 67, was struck on Highway 200 Tuesday at 2:45. His medical condition is unknown although the Minnesota State Patrol characterized his injuries as serious. Sheriff Frank Homer said Hurla was not hospitalized in Bemidji, but said he would check to see if the injured man was brought to Park Rapids. The driver of the International straight truck was uninjured. The accident occurred at the junction of Highways 71 and 200. Dylan M.
A Park Rapids man was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail as a predatory sex offender.
Hubbard County Fair Board members were optimistically assessing this year's fair attendance and believe the five-day event did well despite competition throughout the region. "It was a pretty good week," said board president Howard Warmbold, despite events such as Menahga Midsummer, the Menahga Mud Run, the Century craft sale and the pig races in Nevis all being held the same weekend. But fair board vice president Bert Hill said members noticed new phenomenon this year. "People came earlier but they left earlier," he said. That left some grandstand events less than 100 percent full, wh
A Ponsford man was sentenced to 79 months in prison for his 12th DWI conviction. "This is a tale of tragedy," Judge Robert Tiffany told William Lawrence Butcher, 48. "Thankfully you did not kill yourself or your passenger on the roadways." Tiffany reminded Butcher that DWI laws were passed to avoid "mayhem" on public roads, and told Butcher his driving history indicated a "total disregard" for those statutes. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said "the defendant has been in the system for the past 20 years.