A male mountain lion was struck and killed by a motorist Friday night south of Bemidji, likely confirming what most residents have suspected: big cats roam the area. The 114-pound cougar's remains have been taken to a DNR furbearer specialist in Grand Rapids to determine if the animal is wild or domesticated. Bemidji conservation officer Mike Hruza, who picked up the animal after it was killed on Carr Lake Road, believes it may be a wild animal. Hruza said he gets cougar sightings weekly, but most cannot be confirmed. But lately, more credible sightings have come in, he said. "During
A four-mile stretch of Highway 64 south of Akeley was blocked off early Wednesday morning after a driver carrying hydrochloric acid came over a hill and struck some cows in the road, spilling its load inside the truck bed when it shifted on impact. The highway reopened at 11 a.m. A hazardous materials team was called in from the Moorhead Fire Department to help with the cleanup efforts.
One person 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. Another occupant of the rolled vehicle appeared uninjured. The driver of a GMC Sierra, who identified himself as Lewis Stenerson of Frazee, said he became momentarily distracted looking for a women friend who was parked on 120th Street and looked away as he made a left turn onto 120th.
A male mountain lion was hit and killed by a motorist Friday night south of Bemidji. The 110-pound cat's remains have been taken to a DNR furbearer specialist in Grand Rapids to determine if the animal is wild or domesticated. Conservation officer Mike Hruza, who picked up the animal after it was killed on Carr Lake Road, believes it may be a wild animal. Hruza said he gets "three to four" cougar sightings weekly, but most cannot be confirmed. For more on the story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Park Rapids Enterprise.
Four hundred Park Rapids customers were without power early Sunday morning when a car struck a power pole downtown. The 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 power officials had to take the city off power again around 7 a.m. to complete repairs. Power was fully restored by 7:20 a.m. This is the second traffic accident to cause a downtown power outage this month. On Sept.
The driver of a truck hauling a Bobcat escaped injury Saturday north of Park Rapids when he lost control of the swaying trailer and rolled in a ditch on U.S. Highway 71. The accident occurred just after 3 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol said. The driver, Eldon John Hanfelt, was not injured. The Patrol said the trailer began swaying and Hanfelt lost control trying to correct it. The truck went into a ditch and rolled, the Patrol said.
Evidence that the logging industry is suffering became apparent when only half the usual bidders showed up for a recent Hubbard County timber auction. Fifteen loggers submitted bids to remove 15 parcels of forestland Sept. 8. All parcels except one were auctioned off; county forester Bob Hoffman said the remaining parcel will be sold over the counter. In total, 9,050 cords of wood will be removed.
Hubbard County commissioners will conduct a performance review of the county's Veterans Service Office - and its officer - after hearing a steady drumbeat of complaints about poor service. "These veterans deserve better," wrote Dave Free in a letter to the board.
Hubbard County has a growing weed problem. But the spread of noxious greenery isn't primarily on county and state roadways, said county agriculture inspector Greg Hensel. A spraying campaign to eradicate loosestrife, spotted knapweed, thistle and other voracious migrants that choke out native vegetation is allowing the county to get the upper hand in their spread, he maintains.
Excavation will resume on a Hubbard County hillside after the county commission gave its blessing Wednesday to the unauthorized dig, despite the strenuous objection of environmentalists. The board, voting 4-1 Wednesday, cited safety concerns at the rural intersection of county roads 50 and 7 as the reason for allowing additional removal of materials on the hill.