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Found: Lab on the lam. That's the way the testimonial ad might read for Izzie, the yellow lab missing a month in Hubbard County. Izzie was found three days after her distraught owners turned to a newspaper ad to find her after she ran away from her Big Sand Lake cabin Sept. 7. Fargo residents Doug and Sarah Andrews Herman had spent the month peppering the area with flyers.
A 300-mile, $300 million crude oil pipeline that snakes through central Minnesota will begin transporting oil to Twin Cities refineries later this fall. The exact date the pipeline will go on line, and its exact location through 13 Minnesota counties, including western Hubbard, are not being disclosed for security reasons, a pipeline spokesperson said. Known as the MinnCan Project, the pipeline will transport crude oil from Canadian oil sands to the Minneapolis area.
Water from heavy rains last weekend washed over Highway 34, prompting some citizen concerns that storm sewers were overflowing on the two-year project through the heart of Park Rapids.
The stars glistened inside and out Friday on a crisp fall evening that showcased local operatic talent. Dozens of opera buffs congregated at the stunning log and stone home of Kevin and Renee Brauer to raise money for the Northern Light Opera Company. The spacious Potato Lake residence served as perfect host for the opera singers who performed in the scenic living room to invited guests, and at poolside in the lower level. "This home provides a wonderful venue for the talented soloists to perform," said Park Rapids opera supporter Bob Light.
Greg Larson is surprised that more bicyclists aren't killed or seriously injured whizzing across the Heartland Trail into oncoming traffic. That's because he almost became a statistic in 2005, when he rode off the trail on his bike into the side of a car crossing on a gravel road that intersected the trail. "I'd crossed that intersection hundreds of times," he said. On this evening, over the July 4th holiday, he just sped on by, not thinking. "A vehicle came, I slammed on my brakes and without time to cushion the fall or put my arms up I was on the pavement," he recalled.
Park Rapids has been "cougarized." That's the phenomenon Robert Rabasco assigns to the numerous alleged sightings of big cats in the Hubbard County region. Rabasco is assistant area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Park Rapids. Despite more reported sightings, the DNR still "has no confirmations," Rabasco said. "There is no photographic evidence, no prints, no dead cougar," he said. The most recent sighting was Sept. 27 on the Headwaters County Club just north of Park Rapids.
A 17-year-old girl died of an accidental drug overdose at the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival last summer. That's the conclusion of medical examiners that performed an autopsy on Ashley Marie McCoy of Wisconsin. She died in her sleep July 25 at the Soo Pass Ranch outside of Detroit Lakes, where the four-day music festival was held. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said it's possible McCoy experienced an adverse drug interaction by combining Oxycodone with Methadone.
ATV traffic in ditches is getting out of control. That's the message a group of frustrated property owners brought to the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners Wednesday at the board's regular meeting. It was the group's third appearance before the board, and they didn't mince words. "Where does this go?" questioned resident Marsha Lavine.
The grand jury that indicted a pipeline worker for first-degree murder Sept. 18 was the first convened in Hubbard County since Don Dearstyne took office 18 months ago. Dearstyne, the county attorney, convened the grand jury because, by law, prosecutors in Minnesota can only file second-degree murder charges against a suspect.
A Laporte student was apprehended Thursday after he allegedly made terroristic threats about harming students and faculty with a weapon. The boy was pursued by authorities after he fled from his home. He's been placed on a 36-hour hold pending formal criminal charges of making threats, fleeing officers and obstructing the legal process. The Laporte drama began shortly after 8:30 a.m. when the school alerted authorities that the boy had indicated he was bringing a weapon to class.