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As the filing deadline looms for municipal and school offices some small towns are wondering who will step forward, and whether they should advertise for candidates via a "help wanted" classified. Nevis Mayor Dave McCurnin, who is undecided on a second term, is questioning whether a combined city management system for rural towns and school districts is the way to proceed in the future. "Half the people in town have already done it and don't want to again," he said of Nevis' council and mayoral seats open. To date Vern Wolff has filed for one of two open Nevis council seats and he was he
Minnesotans will go to the polls tomorrow to narrow down the choices for governor, secretary of state, auditor and attorney general. In Hubbard County, the only primary race is in the District 1 county commission race. Where four candidates have squared off to be the two finalists that will run in the November general election. Those candidates are Sherman Anderson, Don Carlson, Kathy Grell and Ed DeLaHunt. In the Hubbard County voting region, only the state representative Dist. 4A will be on the primary, when DFL candidates John Persell and Mark Thorson will face off.
Like a gambler dealt a bad poker hand, Hubbard County left $200,000 on the table Tuesday and walked away from its new property recording, billing and tax assessment software. County board members will discuss suing Manatron, the Michigan-based company that promised to streamline its tax assessment records and never delivered on promises, county coordinator Jack Paul said. The county has become increasingly frustrated with the company, which has not responded to numerous Enterprise inquiries about its program - or to county officials who paid Manatron $200,000 to get the program up and runn
Two men with long histories of drunken driving convictions were arrested over the New Year's weekend by Park Rapids police, one for the 12th time, the other for the seventh. William Lawrence Butcher, 48, Ponsford, has a two-page long rap sheet of alcohol-related offenses. He was arraigned in Hubbard County District Court Monday on his 12th drunken driving arrest. David Abiel Fraki, 66, Park Rapids, also appeared in the same court proceeding, charged with his 7th DWI offense. Fraki was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan.
Hubbard County will pay an Akeley woman a structured settlement worth $640,000 to settle a lawsuit against it and a former deputy sheriff accused of sexually assaulting her. The Hubbard County Board went into closed session Tuesday afternoon with its attorney and voted to allow the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust to pay Kristy Barsch to settle her civil rights lawsuit. "Hers is closer to $500,000 than the total settlement," said her attorney, Bob Bennett of Minneapolis.
Like a gambler dealt a bad poker hand, Hubbard County will leave $200,000 on the table Tuesday and walk away from its new property recording, billing and tax assessment software. County board members will discuss suing Manatron, the Michigan-based company that promised to streamline its tax assessment records and never delivered on promises, county coordinator Jack Paul said. The county has become increasingly frustrated with the company, which has not responded to numerous Enterprise inquiries about its program - or to county officials who paid Manatron $200,000 to get the software up and
Two Menahga residents were taken by ambulance Monday afternoon to a Park Rapids hospital following a one-vehicle accident on Highway 34 west of Osage. Both received minor injuries, said emergency personnel on the scene. The State Patrol said driver Dianne Robertson, 65, was distracted by an object on the floor of the vehicle, ran off the road and struck a guardrail near the Shell River two miles west of Osage. Passenger Mark Pietila, 55, also received minor injuries. They were the sole occupants of the Chevrolet GMT-400 pickup truck that ended up on a steep drop-off in deep snow. It
A Park Rapids man's wheels went up in flames Monday noon when the portable heater he was using to warm the car ignited it instead. "It's been pretty cold and it hasn't started for a couple days," Karl Hamblin said. "The heater must have caught fire." Hamblin's car was a total loss, but the fire was extinguished within seconds by Park Rapids firefighters. Hamblin lives off 190th Street northwest of Park Rapids. His car was parked near his garage.
A Becker County man was arrested by Park Rapids police minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve for his 12th DWI offense. William Lawrence Butcher, 48, has a two-page long rap sheet of alcohol-related offenses. He appears today in Hubbard County District Court on a First Degree felony DWI charge. Court records indicate Butcher was arrested three other times in 2009 for drunken driving offenses and a fourth time for drug possession.
Hubbard County could miss a mid-week snow event, or get slammed. "It's going to be a wait-and-see thing," said National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Grafenauer. "The potential is there to hit Hubbard County, but right now we think the significant accumulations will go west and south of you." The storm right now is forecast to begin over western North Dakota Tuesday morning head east by Tuesday night. Grafenauer said if it keeps its easterly trajectory, it could hit Hubbard County Wednesday. Meanwhile, frigid temperatures continued in the region.