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Two Park Rapids men were arraigned on a litany of burglary charges Monday after being arrested in connection with a recent rash of cabin break-ins. Michael Gene Moorhouse, 29, and Mitchell Raymond Bugge, 37, each face more than 20 counts of burglary. Deputies executed a search warrant at Bugge's home Thursday evening that produced "several thousand dollars worth of stolen property, including deer stands, televisions, propane tanks and heaters, chainsaws, tools, ammunition, an air compressor, trolling motors, fishing tackle/poles, a generator, one rifle, and many other miscellaneous items,"
A Hubbard County man at the center of a rural shooting incident Friday remains at large and is being sought by authorities. Assault charges are pending against Joshua Herdina, 35. The incident began around 2:20 p.m,.
The race for two Hubbard County commission seats is heating up with late filings Friday. So far, Cal Johannsen is the only unopposed incumbent running. He serves in District 5. In District 1 incumbent Don Carlson is now being opposed by Nevis school board member Sherman Anderson. In District 3, incumbent Greg Larson has two opponents, former board member Floyd Frank and a new challenger, V.C. Sam Spaeth. Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer is opposed by Sgt.
Summer storm buffs will get a chance to learn tornado basics and the intricacies of dealing with severe weather at an upcoming seminar. Hubbard County Emergency Management Director Brian Halbasch will hold a three-hour course for HAM radio operators or others interested in joining a community service network June 2, two years after EF-3 tornados ripped through the region. The SKYWARN® course will last from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is offered through the cooperation of the National Weather Service. It will be held in the Law Enforcement Center conference room.
When Minnesota lawmakers rushed home from the capitol Monday they left looming political and societal questions: Who should pay the health care costs of the state's poorest citizens? Hospital emergency rooms could experience a new influx of indigent, mentally ill patients seeking care because legislators and the governor left them few options, especially in outstate Minnesota. The compromise The healthcare compromise hammered out Monday to end the Legislative session provided no concrete answers for outstate providers and agencies charged with the care of 39,000 General Assistance Medical
Hubbard County authorities have made an arrest or arrests in a recent rash of cabin burglaries around the Big Mantrap Lake area. Break-ins were reported in at least eight cabins recently as summer residents opened their cabins for the Minnesota walleye opener last weekend. Deputies investigated several calls around the County Road 4 area throughout the weekend. Thursday morning Sheriff Frank Homer said items taken were anything of value - consumer electronics, jewelry and other valuable objects. Thursday night deputies surrounded a rural Park Rapids home conducting an investigation.
Park Rapids police are investigating an incident of vandalism in which a Molotov cocktail was lobbed through the window of Belle Taine Glass off Highway 34 sometime overnight. Shortly after 11 a.m., officers stopped a car that may or may not be connected to the incident. Owner Gerry Naylor said her staff discovered the damage when the business opened Thursday morning at 8. Naylor described the would-be bomb as a mason jar with a cloth wick full of gasoline. The cocktail extinguished itself after it went through a side office window. Naylor and employees removed a large rectangle of g
"I jumped off and got the hell out of the way," Hubbard County commissioner Dick Devine said after his riding mower burst into flames Wednesday. Devine was able to steer the mower away from his residence to the middle of End of Day Drive off High-way 71 north of Park Rapids. A mini inferno had engulfed the machine by the time firefighters arrived on the scene just after 2:30 p.m. The commission had held its twice-monthly meeting until nearly 1 p.m. Devine stood holding a small canister fire extinguisher.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment, defendants in a recently filed lawsuit, tiptoed delicately Monday on procedural matters during the monthly meeting. Frequently the five-member board consulted Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf before granting or denying variances to make sure the powerful board was on solid ground first. It is an alleged procedural lapse in granting dock slips to a residential Planned Unit Development this winter that is the subject of the suit filed by Fifth Crow Wing Lake residents and supporters. The power the board wields was evident Monday as the
The attorneys for Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment, the DNR and the owners of a Nevis resort turned PUD are asking that a recently filed lawsuit against their clients be dismissed.