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MENAHGA, Minn. - Emergency first responders discovered a deceased individual in a burning home Wednesday night, Feb. 13, in Menahga. Wadena County dispatch received a 911 call regarding a house on fire at 10:29 p.m. Feb. 13 in the 600 block of 2nd Street SE in Menahga, according to a Wadena County Sheriff’s Office press release. The Menahga Police Department arrived on scene within minutes and found the residence was fully engulfed in flames.
Editor’s note: This story contains details that readers may find disturbing. LAPORTE, Minn. — “I loved her like a daughter,” Larry Holm said of Janelle Rex, the 33-year-old woman who sliced his throat on July 21, 2018, nearly killing him in his home in northern Minnesota. The criminal complaint filed in Hubbard County stated that his neck wound ran from ear to ear and “narrowly missed his carotid artery,” but Holm, 62, says that’s not accurate. “She got both of them. One was severed altogether and the other was cut halfway through.
LAPORTE, Minn. - An anonymous caller on Thursday morning reported to the Park Rapids DNR Forestry Office and the Enterprise that Hubbard County Highway Department dump trucks were hauling tires and burning them north of Laporte. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, "Burning tires release toxic air pollutants and may generate toxic oils."
MENAHGA, Minn. - Darla Olson’s online request for ice fishing assistance was answered. The Menahga resident has Stage II emphysema and loves to fish, but needed a helping hand. She posted her inquiry on Park Rapids and Menahga/Sebeka “swap and sell” Facebook pages. Her appeal was then shared on Minnesota fishing forums. Tim Schmid, a lifelong Park Rapids resident who founded Walking on Water Outdoors, was called into action.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Eight counties, including Hubbard, are submitting a joint letter to Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto encouraging her to work with them to find "a mutually agreeable solution." In April, Otto deemed fiscal year 2015 audit results by Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson "substandard" and grounds for her office to re-audit the eight counties that hired the Thief River Falls-based private auditing firm. Otto notified counties she also intends to re-audit their fiscal year 2016 audits, even though those haven't been completed.