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Bruce M. Johnson, president of the Itasca Moraine chapter of the North Country Trail Association, stops for a tree that was mowed over by an ATV last month on the north Country Trail. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Scenic hiking trail damaged by riders

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When North Country Trail hikers discovered ATV and horse damage to a section of trails northwest of Emmaville in mid-August, they had some powerful evidence to turn over to authorities.

Parts of one of the ATVs that caused the damage, carving new trails, knocking over trees and mowing down underbrush, were left behind on the national scenic trail.

Those parts are in the possession of the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department. The vandalism is under investigation.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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