Thousands of people descended on four small Minnesota towns Labor Day weekend to bid farewell to summer and the summer festival season. Nevis' 5th annual Uff Da days was an uproarious salute to all things Scandinavian - minus the lutefisk, unless it was concealed in the smoked bratwurst. Event organizers said they had no idea how many people turned out Saturday - hundreds, perhaps a thousand - but vowed to plan the event next year over the Labor Day holiday. The festival is traditionally scheduled for the last weekend in August, which fell on Labor Day this year.
A Staples driver suffered minor injuries at the Menahga Mud Run Saturday afternoon. Just after 3 p.m. John Allen headed down the mud track outside Menhga for the Labor Day 4X4 event. He'd nearly ended his run when his Jeep CJ-7 up-ended on two wheels, skidded briefly as he fought to regain control, and rolled end over end. Allen suffered minor injuries to his hand, and major damage to the Jeep.
Don't drive like knuckleheads this weekend! In a less politically correct world, that would be the message public safety officials might really want to issue. The actual missive, more diplomatically worded, is caution laced with realism. "On these major holiday breaks, we often see six or seven deaths a weekend," said Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) communications officer Nathan Bowie.
Cows have animal magnetism. Or so concluded a team of European scientists that studied satellite photos of cattle herds around the world.
Roadwork on several construction projects is heading toward the finish line - much to the relief of Hubbard County residents and their summer guests. Pleasant Avenue is on target to open Sept. 19, unless contractors encounter unforeseen circumstances, said assistant county engineer Jed Nordin. Work began Thursday on Second and Fourth streets, which will be paved when Pleasant Avenue is resurfaced. Nordin said the underground work will start on the two side streets next week.
Park Rapids city leaders heard a detailed proposal Tuesday night about plans to overhaul Main Avenue's geriatric infrastructure, starting next summer. But it wasn't the prospect of another year of construction that made some city council members wince. It was the $5.245 million price tag. And even though the plan is just in the preliminary stages and wasn't approved by the Park Rapids City Council, it calls for estimated special assessments of the benefited property owners that would range from roughly $13,000 to $16,000 per 50-foot lot.
A Buffalo woman was injured Saturday in an ATV crash along Highway 64 north of Akeley. Barbara Anderley, 48, was airlifted to Innovis Hospital in Fargo after being transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said the accident happened just after 3 p.m. when Anderley's Polaris struck a slight embankment and veered into some trees. As the ATV struck the trees, a branch lacerated her right arm, the Hubbard County statement indicated. A nursing supervisor at Innovis Hospital said Anderley was discharged Monday.
Wayne Devore's career path is becoming extinct. If he eventually has that going-out-of-business sale, no one will have to use a cattle prod on him. He'll probably just mosey on down the road with his cows. Devore is a cattle rancher in the heart of resort country. And three out of four tough years is taking a toll on his livelihood. His 175 head of cattle are scattered among three pastures.
Hubbard County home foreclosures have risen 100 percent since 2005. That's a number that concerns county recorder Nicole Lueth. And it's a number that doesn't need to keep rising, Lueth and two Park Rapids lenders agree. "The last thing we want is property back, believe me," said Mark Hewitt, CEO of Northwoods Bank. "We're not in the real estate business, we're in the lending business. We definitely work very hard with people trying to establish whether there's a plan or way that can make those mortgage payments. "If it's a temporary setback, those are easy to work through," he said.
Hubbard County warrants may get some additional scrutiny after drug charges were dismissed earlier this month against a Park Rapids family. The dismissal of charges against Clifford James, Penny James, Cody James and Emily Johnson Aug.1 triggered some heated comments on the Enterprise Web site.