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A 20-year-old man has died from severe head trauma suffered in an ATV accident Sunday evening in Hubbard County. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said Corey Benedix rolled his westbound ATV on County Road 93 in Hendrickson Township in the northeast section of the county. He died at the scene after being ejected onto the road. The accident was reported just after 6:30 p.m. His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The death was the first this year in Hubbard County due to an ATV accident. The accident remains under investigation.
Hubbard County is in a frost advisory that stretches from most of North Dakota through northwest and central Minnesota. According to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, a high pressure system will build across the Red River Valley tonight into tomorrow morning. Windy conditions will gradually diminish today and temperatures will drop to around the freezing range by Tuesday morning. The Weather Services advises covering sensitive outdoor plants, or bringing them indoors if possible. The weekend brought an abrupt end to unseasonably mild temperatures.
A pipeline worker was formally sentenced to 499 months in prison for the 2008 asphyxiation death of a Park rapids woman. Richard Derek Wright, 42, was taken earlier this summer to the Minnesota Correctional Facility - St. Cloud to begin serving his sentence in the death of 40-year-old Sonya Hennagir. Wright pled guilty Aug.
The 2009 Minnesota Legislative session, difficult by anyone's measure, will seem like a piece of cake compared with 2010. There will be more budget cuts, the outgoing governor just predicted he will leave the state a $7 billion budget shortfall by 2012 and partisan food fights will break out on the chamber floors with all the candidates vying to replace Tim Pawlenty. "We made some very painful decisions," said Sen.
A 4-mile stretch of Highway 64 south of Akeley was blocked off early Wednesday morning after a truck driver carrying a vat of hydrochloric acid, oils and industrial parts came over a hill, struck a herd of cows in the road and sent vats of the fluids and pallets of parts crashing inside the truck bed. A hazardous materials team was called in from the Moorhead Fire Department to help with the cleanup efforts. The northbound semi truck was carrying parts destined for the Polaris Industries plant in Roseau.
The young male cougar killed by a motorist south of Bemidji last weekend has ignited a collective "I told you so!" among the region's populace certain that mountain lions roam the countryside. But local residents are also vilifying Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers who, in the past, have been cautious in acknowledging a continuous presence of cougars or a breeding population in the state despite hundreds of unconfirmed sightings. "We anticipated that," said Park Rapids DNR wildlife officer Rob Radasco.
Four hundred Park Rapids customers were without power early Sunday morning when a car struck a power pole downtown. It is the second traffic mishap this month that caused Minnesota Power customers to be left in the dark. The Sunday outage began shortly before 1:30 a.m., said Minnesota Power spokesperson Kelley Eldien. Power was restored to 90 percent of the customers after an hour, but linemen had to take the city off power again around 7 a.m. to complete repairs. Power was fully restored by 7:20 a.m. On Sept.
Inch by inch, the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment is convincing - or forcing - lakeshore homeowners to move renovated or rebuilt structures further away from area lakes. Board members count them as small victories in their duty to uphold strict shoreland ordinances designed to protect the region's lake environment, member Lou Schwindt told a member of the audience Monday at the board's monthly meeting. After a lengthy discussion Monday, the board convinced Big Sand property owners Don and Jo Kilander to build a new home away from a bluff impact zone at Interlachen Resort, pulling their
Replacing Hubbard County's steadily dwindling workforce came up once again at last week's Board of Commissioners meeting. This time it was a public works maintenance operator, someone who would plow roadways in the winter. County Engineer Dave Olsonawski asked the board for permission to start the search process so he has someone in place when winter sets in. "The problem is we told the assessor he couldn't hire and we held the county attorney off until the seventh," said board chair Lyle Robinson, in rejecting the hire. On Oct.
A Menahga man was transported to the Park Rapids hospital Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle rollover accident south of town on Highway 71. The victim was complaining of neck and back pain, but a Hubbard County Sheriff's deputy on the scene said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Manual Ramirez, 68, of Menahga, was speaking to paramedics on the scene as he sat on a gurney. Fifteen-year-old Anthony P.