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Some Park Rapids residents claim to have seen a UFO Friday night south of the city. It might be an explainable phenomenon, a Hubbard County amateur astronomer believes. The residents said it appeared as a bright yellow-orange ball that flitted briefly in the sky and seemed to become brighter as if someone had turned on a light switch. One woman said there appeared to be aircraft following or tracking it.
The Hubbard County Correctional Center has housed 141 female inmates this year. More than half were charged with felonies. Sheriff Gary Mills presented the Hubbard County board with those statistics after commissioners questioned whether the jail was overstaffed last week at a special budget meeting. Minnesota's Department of Corrections has very specific inmate-to-correctional officer ratios for jails. "Eliminating female inmates will not reduce staffing numbers," the report stated.
A Hubbard County grand jury has indicted a pipeline worker on charges of first-degree murder stemming from a domestic case last winter in Park Rapids. Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne announced the indictments Friday. He declined further comment on the case. Richard Derek Wright, 41, is charged in the strangulation death of Sonya Marie Hennagir, 40. Police arrived at her Discovery Circle home to find her deceased in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2008. She had called a friend to visit her before dying. Wright was arraigned Thursday night before Judge John P.
The Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center was cordoned off Thursday afternoon when a well- meaning citizen brought a grenade in, wondering what she should do with it. It was in her purse. "We suggested she take it right back outside," said Chief Deputy Frank Homer, describing the startled reaction from law enforcement staff. The woman deposited the grenade outside the front door, where deputies quickly smothered it with sand bags. "The pin was in it, but the top was loose," said Hubbard County Sheriff Gary Mills, shaking his head at the close call. They called in the nearest bomb squ
A Hubbard County grand jury has indicted a pipeline worker on charges of first-degree murder stemming from a domestic case last winter in Park Rapids. Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne announced the indictments Friday. He declined further comment on the case. Richard Derek Wright, 41, is charged in the strangulation death of Sonya Marie Hennagir, 40. Police arrived at her Discovery Circle home to find her deceased in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2008. Wright was arraigned Thursday night before Judge John P.
The Crow Wing County bomb squad successfully removed a military grenade that a citizen brought into the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday afternoon. The unwanted arrival resulted in authorities cordoning off the building for the afternoon until the deputies from Brainerd could arrive on scene.
County engineer Dave Olsonawski is back crunching numbers after the Hubbard County board gave him an unwelcome gift on his 31st anniversary last week. After congratulating him - or maybe his wife - on a wonderful union, the board broke the bad news - cut 10 percent off your levy request. Olsonawski was in the hot seat at a special board budget meeting as one of "the big three," the biggest departments in the county. He had asked for nearly an $11 million budget - 35 percent more than 2008. In levy terms, he was asking for a bit over 14 percent, which was 10 percent more than commission
A daily parade of destitute - and desperate - people is coming through the doors of Hubbard County Social Services wondering how they will heat their homes this winter. And that's why director Daryl Bessler would like to tuck some money away in his reserve fund. Tough times are here. He wants to ensure that all the people who need his department's help will get it this winter. Bessler heads up one of "the big three" departments in Hubbard County - those with the largest budgets.
Numerous sightings of cougars in the Park Rapids area have the DNR wondering if the tales are urban myths - or if one or more big cats are truly on the prowl. JoAnn Leek had a large cat come through her yard in May. She hasn't seen one since. "My neighbor showed me a picture of a mountain lion tail and it looked exactly like one," she said of the cat. "It had a long, long tail. I couldn't believe how long his tail was. It looked the same size all the way back. It was pretty amazing." Leek's neighbor, Kent Fritze, was jogging in July when he saw a large cat cross the road near him.
A free meal program offered this past summer in the Park Rapids schools attracted more than just hungry children. "A lot of families came," said Food Services Director Pat Stearns in a report to the Park Rapids School Board Monday night. Stearns reported that the district served 1,225 free breakfasts, 1,818 free lunches and 420 snacks. "It was a benefit to the food shelf," which reported a decreased need during the six weeks the school program ran, Stearns said. The program ran between June 16 and July 24.