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A request to purchase three new squad cars for the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department and auction older models brought up a familiar sob story: How poor is the county? At last Wednesday's meeting of the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners, issues of safety and high mileage were discussed as reasons to replace the law enforcement department's aging fleet. "I know these are tough times and I know it's an unfortunate time to come in and ask for new squads," Sheriff Frank Homer said. The department was asking for two new squad vehicles, which typically have been Ford Crown Victorias, and
A Park Rapids woman with a history of impaired driving offenses faces four serious felonies in connection with a head-on crash east of Akeley July 1 that caused serious injuries to another Park Rapids woman. Brenda Lee Olson, 42, was allegedly driving without headlights late at night and veered into opposing traffic on Highway 34 when her Pontiac Grand Prix struck a Plymouth Voyager van driven by 60-year-old Betty Dunker. Dunker was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital for multiple fractures.
By dawn Saturday hundreds of orange-clad men and women had fanned out over the fields and forests of Hubbard County in search of deer. The firearms opener got off to its usual bang even though deer counts are down and permit restrictions mean only getting one deer in the Park Rapids and Osage areas. Further south in Becker County a five-deer limit was in effect. Steve Wolsztyniak, a Chicago resident who has a seasonal home on Pickerel Lake in Hubbard County, was already searching for the buck he'd shot around 7:30 Saturday morning. "I'm hoping it didn't run onto private property or I m
The female passenger of a minivan that rolled on icy roads Monday morning escaped serious injury. Hubbard County and authorities in adjoining counties responded to numerous reports of rollovers caused by heavy frost and rain Sunday that turned area highways into skating rinks. The accident north of the intersections of County Roads 4 and 40 was such an accident. "She's not seriously injured," Hubbard County Chief Deputy Jerry Tatro said of the trapped passenger. The woman's husband was also trapped in the vehicle.
Rain, snow, go away Come again some other day - Or not. That could be Herb McCormick's mantra these days. He only wishes his probationary period as Hubbard County's new road maintenance superintendent was trial by fire. He might welcome it. But four sunny days have buoyed his spirits.
A volunteer committee will recommend to the Park Rapids City Council next week that Main Avenue merchants and homeowners pay 100 percent of the assessments on water mains, water service and sanitary sewer improvements to replace the city's aging infrastructure. Work on the $4.5 million revitalization project is slated to begin in 2010.
By dawn Saturday hundreds of orange-clad men and women had fanned out over the fields and forests of Hubbard County in search of deer. The firearms opener got off ton its usual bang even though deer counts are down and permit restrictions mean only getting one deer in the Park Rapids and Osage areas. Further south in Becker County a five-deer limit was in effect. Steve Wolsztyniak, a Chicago resident who has a seasonal home on Pickerel Lake in Hubbard County, was already searching for the buck he'd shot around 7:30 Saturday morning. "I'm hoping it didn't run onto private property or I
Law enforcement patches, the ones worn on uniform shirts, are hot commodities among collectors and eBay enthusiasts. "There's lots of collectors out there," Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers said. Patches purportedly from his department are currently selling on eBay for $3.25. "Are you kidding?" he asked. "We pay $6 for them. Maybe I should do some online shopping." Eilers said he gets weekly e-mail requests from collectors, possible scam artists and other officers for the patches.
In the end it took five ballots, but Rev. Doyle Turner withdrew his name after the third ballot Saturday afternoon. Turner's name was submitted to be the ninth Episcopal bishop of Minnesota. The former tribal chair of the White Earth Indian Reservation lives on Tulaby Lake near Waubun. Turner said he didn't acquiesce when his parishioners at Trinity Church in Park Rapids submitted his name as a groundbreaking candidate, just to break new ground. The diocese has never had a Native American bishop. His reasons were simpler.
It is no secret newspapers nationwide have declined in circulation and ad revenues. The industry was once even briefly considered for a federal bailout. But a tiny publication operating out of Lake George is bucking the trend. Circulation, roughly 100, has remained steady since inception of the "Forest Issue" in May 1991.