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An ACTION Park Rapids team focused on making the community more dementia-friendly recently engaged in a unique training session. The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) is designed to give participants "an up-close, hands-on experience that provides critical insight to those caring for people with dementia," according to its brochure. VDT was created by geriatrics specialist P. K. Beville.
The Hubbard County Board adopted amendments to three county ordinances and approved a new animal control ordinance at their April 3 meeting. Commissioners questioned a provision in the shoreland management ordinance which prohibits home-based businesses to have employees. A new portion of the ordinance limited "home occupations" and "home extended businesses" to only the person(s) residing on the premises. The new language states, "No person other than the residents of the premises shall be employed or engaged."
A design for the new county transfer station is emerging. Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte updated the Hubbard County Board at their April 3 meeting. Holte is working with consultant Wenck Associates, Inc. of Fargo to design the building. It will replace the existing transfer station at the south site, which was constructed in 1987. "We've picked the layout we feel is going to work the best," he said, showing preliminary sketches with the county board.
Hubbard County officials are investigating a complaint regarding Vacationaire Resort's sign — and fear a potential domino effect. The matter was discussed at Tuesday's county board meeting. The resort sign is located within County Highway 89's right-of-way. Both Hubbard County's sign ordinance and Minnesota Statute prohibit private signs within rights-of-ways. Public Works Coordinator/County Engineer Jed Nordin said the sign is also on a platted road, Icon Drive. "There is no ownership on that road. It is just dedicated to the public," he explained.
The Park Rapids Police Department is offering a $400 reward for information that leads to successful prosecution of persons responsible for threats written on bathroom walls within Century School in Park Rapids. Written threats were discovered inside bathrooms on the following dates: 12/19/17 ICR #17106416 – Threats in two bathrooms. 03/20/18 ICR #18101397 – Threats in bathroom.
CASS LAKE, Minn. -- The victim of a house fire has been identified as Hubert Braman, 79, of Cass Lake, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation.
Drug investigations culminated in the arrest of nearly 30 individuals in Hubbard County. Sixteen suspects were arrested in one day alone, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. He issued a news release Monday stating that investigators from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office and Park Rapids Police Department assigned to the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the Headwaters Safe Trails Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force focused their investigation on people who sell and/or distribute methamphetamine and prescription drugs.
About 650 Century Elementary students roared their approval Tuesday morning as Rich Wieber, a professional bike stunt rider from St. Paul, performed tricks in the gym. Wieber delivered a message of perseverance, anti-bullying and goal-setting. In the afternoon, he met with about 500 Century Middle School students. Over the past 15 years, Wieber has performed at hundreds of schools, SeaWorld, Mall of America and NBA halftimes.
Hubbard County, City Sanitary Service, Dale Anderson and Nick Davis — defendants in a lawsuit by a Hinds Lake resident to stop the garbage-hauling business from operating on the lakeshore — have asked the Ninth Judicial District Court judge to amend his "findings of fact, conclusion of law, order and judgement." Their motion was filed Feb. 8 and a hearing held March 26 at the Hubbard County Courthouse. County 'fails to perform duty'
The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to be prepared for difficult travel conditions over Easter weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for portions eastern North Dakota, west central and northwest Minnesota. Total snowfall predictions vary, but forecasted winds gusting to 45 mph can lead to dangerous travel conditions.