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When a Hubbard County farmer had his fields torn up last summer during the high-speed pursuit of a stolen pickup truck, the three damaged squad cars that limped away from the farm told their own story - pursuits are risky business. "It's probably the most dangerous thing a police officer can do, the most dangerous thing that can occur to endanger society," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. "However if we get a call of someone traveling 100 going into a populated area at rush hour, does it warrant using all measures available?
2010 began with mind-numbing cold temperatures. At 8 a.m. Jan.
A blue moon will reign over tonight's New Year's festivities. The celestial rarity occurs when a second full moon beams during the month. And since full moons only occur every 29.5 days, blue moons generally happen during months with 31 days.
Park Rapids and Carsonville firefighters responded to a cabin fire in Osage Township Sunday evening that caused mostly smoke damage when a chair ignited. Although the cause of the fire is unknown presently, Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said the blaze was not of a suspicious origin and was confined to a downstairs sitting room. "There was damage only to the chair and smoke damage throughout the structure," he said. The Park Rapids department has contracts with a few townships in Becker County but some of those will end next spring when the Carsonville department assumes responsibil
The 911 dispatch center is the lifeblood of emergency operations in Hubbard County, so when Sheriff Frank Homer announced last week the state is funding studies to determine whether it should move toward regional dispatch centers, the concept got a cool reception. Two Hubbard County commissioners are former road officers, one a state trooper and the other a deputy.
When Audrey Lorentzen got sick and tired of raccoons raiding her suet feeders every night, a short honey-do list was hatched. Make me a better birdfeeder, she told husband Richard. The rural Laporte man retreated to his barn workshop and fashioned a critter-proof feeder. As with all good ideas, a cottage industry was born, called Chickadee Farm. Friends and relatives were his first customers.
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a two-vehicle accident west of Osage Thursday evening that resulted in six injuries. Two ambulances responded to the crash on Highway 34, the second in that vicinity within minutes. A second vehicle went into the ditch, but there were no injuries. Both accidents occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. in eastern Becker County. Emergency personnel from Becker and Hubbard counties and the Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash site.
When Hubbard County retained the services of architects last spring to design a space plan for future growth, the architects spent much of their time with Hubbard County District Court personnel assessing their needs.
After a year of penny pinching, a hiring freeze and self-deprivation, Hubbard County officials finally loosened up the purse strings Wednesday. But not by much. A burgeoning caseload persists for Hubbard County Social Services, necessitating the hiring of another financial caseworker that will process requests for public assistance. In 2000, caseworkers shouldered an average of 147 cases each; in 2009 that number had risen to 235.
Embattled Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer Dave W. Konshok abruptly submitted his resignation to the county board Wednesday afternoon and then was praised for a job well done. His resignation came after months of wrangling over staffing of the part-time position. He also serves as the county's part-time Emergency Management Director and resigned from that position as well. His resignation is effective Jan.