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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A two-day manhunt finally turned up a Park Rapids man considered dangerous and possibly armed in northern Wadena County who had apparently been hiding in a deer stand. Hubbard County's canine Oakley was instrumental in the capture. Numerous officers in Hubbard and Wadena counties set up a perimeter to catch Nathan Allen Moorhouse, 33, of Park Rapids, last Thursday.
PARK RAPIDS -- Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne has sued Hubbard County to take a second look at his 2015 budget requests. And, because budget review is not a service the county’s insurer provides, Hubbard County taxpayers will be footing the bill for the legal costs. “We have an exclusion for budget appeals,” said Jen Wolf of the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust. “We don’t do that type of legal work.” Dearstyne wants a fourth attorney, mainly to handle Social Services cases, and a half-time plus office assistant, less than 30 hours per week.
PARK RAPIDS -- A Laporte man who was charged in the 2013 murder of a Lake Hattie Township man has been re-indicted by a grand jury after murder charges were previously dismissed. Fredrick William Bachman, 28, was charged in the death of Lake Hattie resort owner James Schwartzbauer, 57, whose body was found in the burned out rubble of his home on Beauty Lake in May 2013.
PARK RAPIDS -- The Hubbard County Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to ask Enbridge to route the proposed Sandpiper pipeline around the county. The commissioners signed -- to loud applause -- a resolution in support of the Friends of the Headwaters group asking the Canadian company to reroute the Sandpiper pipeline around the county’s lakes and streams. The board appeared divided 2-2 until commissioner Dan Stacey sided with the “yes” group.
PARK RAPIDS -- Hubbard County authorities are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man who was found in the Fish Hook River late Saturday afternoon. The man was apparently pulled alive from the river near Hubbard and transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died. Sheriff Cory Aukes was in Cook County Monday and not available for phone calls due to poor cell reception. All Aukes would say was that “it’s an interesting case.” He would not characterize it as foul play, but the man was apparently well-known to authorities. Monday afternoon Hubbard County inv
HUBBARD COUNTY -- A vacant log residence off County Road 81 in Hubbard County was an inferno Thursday morning that required three fire departments to respond to. Park Rapids called in Nevis and Menahga under mutual aid agreements around 9 a.m..
By Sarah Smith Forum News Service
The blizzard that wasn't left Hubbard County wind, but little snow. "You're not alone," laughed National Weather Service meteorologist Al Voelker. "From right around Sioux Falls into eastern Nebraska and Kansas we had a huge system of thunderstorms and those storms took a lot of moisture from the (your) system. The precipitation band, instead of being widespread, was more confined to a smaller area around the surface low.
Two Dassel motorcyclists were taken to the Detroit Lakes hospital after they collided with a deer in Becker County Monday noon. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Department, the unnamed man and woman struck the deer on Becker County 39, about two miles north of Highway 34 near Ponsford. The 47-year-old male driver and 49-year-old female passenger "sustained serious injuries and were transported to area hospitals, the Becker County Sheriffs Department said in a news release. The woman was airlifted to Essentia in Fargo.
Two officers proved how essential they were when a Fish Hook Lake resident suffered a heart attack Saturday evening in the water. State Trooper Nick Tabbert and Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette performed CPR on the man, saving his life. He was identified as 79-year-old Walter "Jim" Kimble. According to Hubbard County Chief Deputy Scott Parks, family members pulled Kimble from the water.