Hubbard County authorities responded to the fourth rollover accident on frosted highways in two weeks; this one Friday morning near Headwaters Country Club. The driver lost control on a frosty curve of Highway 1. He was not injured, like the drivers and vehicle occupants in the other rollovers. But all the vehicles, including the pickup involved in Friday's crash, were likely totaled. "You just have to drive to the conditions of the road," Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said.
As the Hubbard County board signed off on the finalized agreement for the Schoolcraft Off Highway Vehicle trail and accepted funding to groom the trails, chairman Lyle Robinson expressed some frustration at the lengthy and controversial approval process. The county received $16,232 from the DNR that will go toward signs and upkeep of the trails through the Schoolcraft State Game Refuge. When told the trail had been approved by the DNR as proposed two years ago, Robinson said he had hoped the county could conduct a public hearing on the matter. "There was a public comment period," said co
A Park Rapids couple was burned out of their rented mobile home early Friday morning when a chimney fire ignited the ceiling and eventually destroyed the trailer. Nathan Lehmann and Lorraine Maninga lived at the Westwind Mobile Home Park northwest of Park Rapids on 190th Street. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, the single-wide home was "fully engulfed with flames" when emergency crews arrived on the scene shortly after 1:30 a.m. The couple told firefighters they arrived home at 11 p.m., ate and went to bed.
As Hubbard County lakeshore development continues, albeit at a much slower pace than a decade ago, existing property owners are nonetheless sensitive to changes in the status quo, and increasingly voicing those concerns to the Board of Adjustment. At Monday's monthly meeting, the board heard continued objections to a 33-foot easement request on Big Mantrap Lake, and new objections to a proposal to build a two-story home on Little Wolf Lake because lights from the glass-fronted structure would shine out on the lake at night, disturbing the wilderness atmosphere. And, increasingly, the board
By the time Mike Branham and Ryan Miller finish their quest, they will know every inch of Hubbard County. They've embarked on the Herculean task of surveying the county, bit by bit, stake by stake, monument by monument, restoring a government survey conducted between 1868 and the 1870s. "When I started we chained everything," said Branham, Hubbard County deputy surveyor, referring to the practice of surveyors dragging a heavy metal measuring chain through hostile terrain and some not so hostile. "Can you imagine pulling that chain through 3½ miles of swamp?" Instead he and Miller are u
The driver of a pickup truck that rolled east of Nevis on frosty roads Tuesday morning was not seriously injured, authorities said. The female driver, identified as 26-year-old Cassie Leigh Novak of Akeley, was traveling too fast on an icy curve when she lost control of her Ford Ranger Supercab pickup and rolled it in the south ditch of Hubbard County 33, east of the intersection of County 13, Dep. Jeff Stacey indicated in his report. Emergency crews called for a highway sanding crew and urged motorists to slow down.
Swede Nelson's legacy may not be what he accomplished in eight years on the Hubbard County board, but in how he dealt with a diagnosis that would have made lesser men afraid, angry or withdrawn. His indomitable spirit shone through his one-year, almost to the day, battle with pancreatic cancer. "It was Nov. 14 (2008) when he got the diagnosis," his wife Carol recalled. Then came the chemotherapy, the intense radiation and the setbacks. "I told him he was the bravest man I knew," Carol said.
Widespread tales of illegal deer baiting throughout Minnesota and especially in the northwestern counties have not been present locally, although Hubbard County has seen some illegal baiting. DNR conservation officers in the northwest areas of the state reported numerous confiscations of weapons for deer baiting.
A rural Akeley woman lost her home in a fire Wednesday afternoon that spewed black smoke into the air that was visible for miles. Jody Burnet Dunham said she didn't know how the fire started shortly after 2:30 in White Oak Township in eastern Hubbard County. "I hope they find out," she said.
When Logan Carmichael returned from Iraq for a surprise visit with his Park Rapids family last Tuesday, he had no way of knowing the base he was initially deployed from would be a more dangerous place than the war zone he left. Logan, an Army combat medic and 2002 Park Rapids Area High School graduate, was in the same processing center in April that was the scene of a mass shooting Nov.