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A Hubbard County jury deliberated for less than hour before acquitting Jessiah Hoeg of Maple Grove, 33, of failure to stop and render aid following an Aug. 25, 2016 boat collision on Fishhook Lake. "As far as we know, we're not aware that this crime has ever been charged in the history of the state of Minnesota," Marsh Halberg, Hoeg's defense attorney, said in a phone interview. "It's a very unique charge." Most crimes are listed in a jury instruction guide (JIG), but there wasn't a JIG for this case.
"Here's the age-old problem we've got in solid waste: our out-of-county waste," County Solid Waste Administrator Jed Nordin told county commissioners last week. A "significant" amount of that waste is ending up in the Hubbard County landfill, and the issue needs to be addressed, Nordin said.
Due to the government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s (Congressional District 8) farm forums scheduled this Monday and Tuesday in Park Rapids, Wadena, Little Falls and Isanti have been cancelled. Nolan is staying in Washington, D.C. to work on reopening the federal government.
Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes presented a county animal ordinance to county commissioners Tuesday. Its purpose is "the control of nuisance, potentially dangerous and dangerous animals," whether mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish or bird. Board Chair Cal Johannsen noted that an animal ordinance has been on the county's agenda for nearly 16 years.
The Hubbard County Board held a public hearing Jan. 16 about removing a prescriptive easement in section 3 of the Schoolcraft Township Game Refuge. A private individual is interested in buying property, but the Schoolcraft ATV/OHV Trail runs straight through the center of the parcel. The 29-mile Schoolcraft Trail connects Lake George to the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The trail is a combination of forest and township roads as well as county and state road rights-of-way. The trail is provided by Hubbard County and maintained by the Northwoods Riders OHV Club.
The Minnesota State High School League 24A Sub-section One-Act Play Competition is Saturday, Jan. 27 in the Park Rapids Area High School (PRAHS) auditorium. The first play begins at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 am. The entire day of five one-act plays is free to the public. The five high schools involved are Park Rapids, Nevis, Verndale, Menahga and Frazee. First- and second-place winners advance to the Section 6A contest, which will also be held in Park Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 3. PRAHS holds the state record for taking one acts to state competition.
SnoDaze royalty was announced. The king and queen will be crowned during the Monday, Jan. 29 coronation at 9 a.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School. Front row: Kenton Klein and Cassidy Bera. Middle row: Peter Van Batavia, Seth Breitweser, Landen Burlingame, Jacob Berg. Back row: Olivia McDonald, Tara Johanning, Jordan Klemmer, Kinley Nordin and Kayleah Breitweser.
A Hinds Lake resident successfully concluded a 40-year battle to stop a garbage-hauling business from operating on the lakeshore. The case went to trial in September in Hubbard County District Court. In a decision filed on Dec. 30, Judge Paul Rasmussen concluded that Hubbard County "negligently and incorrectly" took the position that the business predated the county's own shoreland management ordinance (SMO) and "failed to perform its duty" of enforcing the rules.
New equipment to help find drowning victims
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has enacted a no travel advisory in the following counties due to dangerous driving conditions. Kittson Marshall Norman Pennington Polk Red Lake High winds and blowing snow are causing whiteout conditions and snowplows have been pulled off their routes.