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Three children were injured in a bonfire accident Sept. 29 on 9th Street SE in Menahga. According to the Wadena County Sheriff report, at approximately 8 p.m., the caller reported hearing a loud bang, followed by screaming. Eight-year-old Arionna Matteson sustained third degree burns over at least 75 percent of her body. Her 10-year-old brother, Drake, received second degree burns on the left side of his face and neck. Libby Havnes, a 9-year-old friend of Arionna's, suffered burns on 12 percent of her body, according to the Menahga Police Department report.
Growing up on 11th Crow Wing Lake in Akeley, Dallas Hudson spent his boyhood exploring the surrounding public lands and waters. An outdoorsman all of his life, "I've always been in the outdoors looking at everything," he said. "My escape was the woods, the lake." With the exception of 10 years spent in Michigan as a seasonal worker with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hudson, 52, has lived in Minnesota his entire life.
Hubbard County has agreed to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA). This is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and update the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list prior to the 2020 Census. LUCA is a voluntary, once-a-decade procedure and ensures an accurate count for each participating jurisdiction.
A man, alone in the woods, finds a kidnapped woman in an abandoned car. For three days, he and the woman — and the two kidnappers — wordlessly follow clues to a puzzle out what's actually happening deep in the wilderness. That is the "log line" for an independent film recently shot northwest of Park Rapids, near Two Inlets. "We love Park Rapids," said Megan Huber, producer of "3 Day Weekend." "We are fans of Park Rapids," agreed writer and director Wyatt McDill. McDill didn't have a particular place in mind while writing the script.
Seven days after Hurricane Irma tore through his winter home, Mark Hewitt arrived to assess the damage. "Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes ever, made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sept. 10," said Hewitt, CEO of Northwoods Bank and a Park Rapids Rotary Club member. "Video shows damage to my home, my neighborhood and surrounding area. Winds in our area were clocked at over 110 miles an hour with five- to six-foot storm surge." Hewitt's neighbor, Chris, stayed throughout the storm and shot footage as it swept by.
After some debate, the Hubbard County Board agreed to sell 11 tax-forfeited lots in Hocking's Acres to the Hubbard County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for $1 each. Commissioners discussed HRA's proposal at last week's meeting. Originally, the lots were going to be included in the county's Oct. 13 land sale. HRA plans to develop 11 homes for low- to moderate-income families over a five-year period. They will construct two homes per year, unless the market dictates increased production.
Hubbard County now has the authority to deny the recording of documents that create illegal subdivisions or inaccurate land transfers. "It doesn't happen often, but it does happen a few times per year," said Eric Buitenwerf, Hubbard County environmental services officer (ESO). A new Minnesota Statute (272.162) gives counties the same authority already afforded to municipalities and townships to review land transfers and divisions before they are recorded. Buitenwerf informed the Hubbard County Board of the new legislation at last week's meeting.
The Headwaters Animal Shelter is filled to the brim with felines. "We've got cats galore. We truly need to reduce numbers," says Mary Aho, treasurer. The shelter is presently caring for 90 cats — and losing money as a result. "We just can't continue. We're incurring a lot of medical expenses," Aho explained.
I have to admit, over the course of my nearly 14 years in journalism, I've wondered if I should've chosen a different career. This job is stressful. Deadlines are numerous and the workload intense. I've stayed up until 1 a.m. or awoken at 5 a.m. to finish writing articles for the Enterprise's Wednesday or Saturday editions. There are no standard 8-to-5 hours for staff reporters. We work nights, covering school, township, city or county meetings where you may be the only citizen in attendance. We work weekends, attending community events with perhaps hundreds of people.
In an effort to broaden its free nitrate testing service, the Hubbard County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) offered to conduct tests at Laporte's Fourth of July celebration last summer. Shirley and Dean Schmidt were among the 80 residents who had their private well water examined that day. They were also surprised when their drinking water exceeded the nitrate concentration health limit of 10 milligrams per liter (mg/L).