A Park Rapids man with a two-page rap sheet spanning 16 years had been released on his own recognizance by a Hubbard County District judge last month on a car theft charge. He and his brother were involved in a lengthy armed standoff with nearly two dozen law officers Wednesday morning. Allen Gene Bloom Sr., 39, and brother Brian Jon Bloom, 31 were each arraigned in a heavily guarded courtroom Thursday on charges stemming from that incident in a residential neighborhood the day before. Each man faces three separate counts of First Degree Assault.
Paul Solberg stared at the charred remains of his race car and struggled to keep his composure. "This was $10,000," he said of the burned out hulk he used to drag race in.
Embattled Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer Dave W. Konshok abruptly submitted his resignation to the county board Wednesday afternoon. This comes after months of wrangling over staffing of the part-time position. He also serves as the county's Emergency Management Director and he resigned from that post as well. His resignation is effective Jan. 15, 2010. The board wished him well and thanked him for his service. He is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in July with his Air Force Reserve unit.
The first day or week of a new job is always stressful. But Chris Malecka was under more strain than most new employees when he began his job Dec. 7 as the new manager of Park Rapids Walmart. Home in Rochester, where he'd moved from, wife Joanie was nine months pregnant with a blizzard bearing down on the city. Malecka was hoping the call didn't come during the height of last week's snowstorm and that if it did, her labor was lengthy enough to allow him commuting time. Joanie obliged and didn't go into labor.
If a glass ceiling of gender inequality still exists, five Nevis moms have taken a pickaxe to it, shattering it to smithereens. Lorraine Johnson, Sue Annexstad, Colleen Clemen, Heather Umthun and Lisa Kamrowski make up 30 percent of the Nevis Fire Department, also known as Fire & Rescue. No other volunteer fire department in the region has such a showing of gender equality.
Hubbard County will recapture an astounding $93.5 million of taxable property next year under a state program being phased out that gave tax breaks to property owners during inflationary times. Called Limited Market Value, the program, which courts have ruled unconstitutional, then constitutional, has been around three decades.
Two Hubbard County brothers with lengthy criminal records face a litany of charges in connection with an armed standoff that ended early Wednesday morning when authorities teargassed the home they were holed up in. Brian Jon Bloom, 31, and Allen Gene Bloom, 39, will be arraigned Thursday in Hubbard County District Court. Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers said the incident began at 8 p.m. with complaints of shots being fired downtown on Main Avenue.
The July suicide of a Park Rapids woman, which her family links to an internationally known self-help guru, was catapulted into national prominence Tuesday night when ABC's Nightline and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 programs both featured lengthy segments on Colleen Conaway's death. Her mysterious passing has been hard to grasp for her family and former co-workers at NorthStar Orthodontic Studio in Park Rapids.
DNA testing continues on a young male cougar killed by a car Sept. 18 in Bemidji, but early indications may be that a stranger was in our midst. "The DNA did not match any other cougar in the database so all that tells us is it's not a cougar somebody else already detected as part of a study," said DNR furbearer specialist John Erb.
Hubbard County commissioners want a status report on the environmental violations they have voted to send to the county attorney for prosecution. "We vote on these things and never hear" how the cases come out, said commissioner Dick Devine. "It doesn't have to be intricate stuff but I'd just like to know" where the cases are. "Courts are like that," said commissioner Lyle Robinson, "You write 'em a letter and they don't respond.