Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Three fire departments rushed south of Itasca State Park Saturday morning to control a grass fire that broke out west of State Highway 71 north of Park Rapids. Park Rapids Fire, the DNR and Lake George firefighters brought in the heavy artillery, containing the fore in an hour.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com Fire struck a house just south of Park Rapids Thursday night, causing extensive damage to the structure. The home, at the intersection of County Road 6 (Henrietta Avenue) and County Road 15, burned around 10 p.m. Thursday. Park Rapids firefighters, under regular procedures, called for mutual aid from the Menahga Fire Department, but canceled that department’s help when it looked like the Park Rapids firefighters had it under control. The cause is still under investigation.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org A former Hubbard County jailer has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct after allegedly having an affair with an inmate. Emily Louise Yliniemi, 36, Ponsford, left the department under pressure in late February.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com A Nevis husband and wife have been found guilty of possessing 3.5 pounds of marijuana and conspiracy to sell it. Scott and Cathy Cameron were found guilty Thursday following a two-day jury trial prosecuted by Erika Randall, assistant Hubbard County Attorney.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Care-Age Country Home has been sold, but the service remains top-notch as Chris and Lynn Niemeyer move slowly toward semi-retirement. Equity Exchange Partners, owned by Mike and Mox Gunderson of Detroit Lakes, purchased the facility off Highway 34 as of March 31. Avinity Senior Living of Minneapolis will manage the facility, tucked in the woods behind Up North Storage, which Niemeyers still own. Niemeyers wanted to make sure any sale would be a good fit after owning the assisted living facility 27 years, so they looked long and hard to find
BY Sarah smith email@example.com “Stupid is as stupid does,” was the comment of a frustrated Park Rapids fire chief Donn Hoffman as his department responded to two fires caused by careless acts Monday night. Wild fires moved by stout winds continue to keep area fire departments scrambling.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org A recent Nevis graduate is hoping to make mixed martial arts history April 18. Collin Huckbody, a 2013 graduate, will fight two three-minute rounds April 18...
BY Sarah smith email@example.com The father of a Hubbard County murder suspect has himself been arrested for murder. Norman Allen Bachman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Toni Ann Bachman. He is the father of Fredrick Bachman, accused in a 2013 Lake Hattie murder.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Tax preparer Carrie Robbins is finding lots of uninsured Minnesotans this season. Health care insurance was required in 2014, or tax filers face a penalty or exemption. Robbins is seeing lots of both.