Hubbard County government's space needs were solved Wednesday.
Privacy rights and property inspections clashed Monday at Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment meeting. If a homeowner applies for a variance, does he or she give up a right to privacy, a Park Rapids attorney questioned.
Minnesotans have a peculiar penchant for oddball sports, critter racing in particular. Take your wood tick races,,, please. Then there's your cockroach races, your pigs, turtles and frogs. Enter the earthworm, or, more precisely, the night crawler. Aug.
Deep in the woods of east central Minnesota, 108 exotic cats are living out their golden years. They're permanent residents of The Wildcat Sanctuary, the only accredited facility of its kind in the state, located outside of Sandstone. It turned away another 200+ cats last year; hundreds more are awaiting room and board. Each of the lucky ocelots, lions, Bengal tigers, lynxes, cougars, leopards and hybrids has a story to tell. None of them are good. They arrive malnourished, mistreated, neglected, abused and sometimes tortured.
Casey Davis and Randy George got the call to come to work at 10:30 Friday night, while vicious thunderstorms were still passing through Hubbard County. It would be the beginning of a very long day for the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative electrical linemen. "I told my wife I'd see her in the morning and she didn't believe me," Davis said Saturday afternoon. Would he be home by Saturday evening? "If I'm lucky," he answered. "We had a lot of wind and lightning damage," George said.
When three suspects accused in a Hubbard County marijuana growing operation showed up Tuesday for their omnibus hearings, they were euphoric when County Attorney Don Dearstyne unexpectedly dropped all charges pending against them. James B. Young, 67, Talora A. Smith, 62 and Tyler C. Englund, 47, of Park Rapids all faced felony drug charges in the May bust of a sophisticated operation near Two Inlets.
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A Michigan pipeline worker admitted to the sexual strangulation of a Park Rapids woman last year and accepted a plea agreement that will result in a 41½ year prison term. Richard Derek Wright, 42, will be transported immediately to St. Cloud prison to begin serving his term in the Jan. 29, 2008 death of Sonya Hennagir, 40, in her Park Rapids home.
The case of the missing funds from Grace Community Church of Osage is likely one involving a modern day apostolic parable - taking from Peter to pay Paul. Last week Becker County authorities closed a criminal investigation, finding no reason to press charges against former pastor Bill Ullom. Church members, after considerable discussion, contacted Becker County authorities in early May after discovering an estimated $350,000 of unaccounted for expenses. Some church members did not "want to report it to authorities and get the church's name cast in a negative way," according to the Becker
Dien Huenink walks up to the #4 tee box and whacks her neon yellow golf ball. Her drive lands pin high a few yards off the green on the long par 3 hole. Her team grimaces when they miss the birdie putt. Don't ever call this determined lady, on the cusp of turning 92, one of the "old gals." She puts 20-year-olds to shame. Dien and husband Bud are regular fixtures at Eagle View Golf Course north of Park Rapids, where they play sometimes up to four times a week. Dien shoots in the 40s on the front nine, so her 18-hole score is well below her age. She turns 92 Aug.