Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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If the "Big 3" are any indication, Hubbard County department heads will once again offer meager budgets for 2011. County commissioners met with the heads of the Highway Department, Social Services and Law Enforcement Wednesday to begin the budgeting process.
Hubbard County commissioners approved a radio participation plan and the Sheriff's Department seeking grant funds as the county joins a statewide radio conversion that is massive in scope and expensive to taxpayers. The conversion to digital frequencies is mandated to occur by Jan. 1, 2013.
A Sept. 13 plea hearing is set for a Hubbard County man who fled the county for two months following a shooting incident May 21 near Akeley. Joshua Wayne Herdina, 35, formerly of Akeley, was arrested by Cass County authorities about a month ago, Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said. Herdina may enter into a plea bargain in the case, according to the court docket. He is charged with Second Degree Assault and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the criminal complaint.
The omnibus hearing for a Park Rapids man charged with Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter and Assault, has been continued until Sept 13. Attorneys on both sides of the Luis Candelaria case have requested grand jury transcripts of the witnesses that testified July 14 before a Hubbard County panel that indicted Candelaria on the three charges. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne and public defender Jennifer Nelson agreed the police officers, medical personnel and eyewitnesses are crucial to the case, so they decided to split the cost of the transcript that will take three weeks to prepare.
Nicole Guida overlooks her wondrous garden and lets out a moan. "Other people have red tomatoes," she said. "I don't have red tomatoes." She's alternately thrilled and insecure about her "square foot garden," grown from a book of the same title by Mel Bartholomew. "Truly this is my gardening bible here," she said, displaying her well-thumbed copy of the book. She's tried traditional gardening at her rural Hubbard County home.
What has become a controversial variance and conditional use request by a Hubbard County family has turned into a rallying cry for lakeshore stewards. And it stuns the family of Dan and Mary Jeanne Schneeman, who have proposed to turn the resort they bought 40 years ago into a small planned unit development so they could upgrade the cabins, a proposal they repeatedly termed modest. A room full of opponents gathered at Monday's Board of Adjustment meeting, one holding protest signs that read, "Save our loons from Hubbard County." It was standing room only. In the end the board tabled the
With the frequent moisture we've been having this summer, it's easy to build up mold in your bird feeders, which can be toxic to our feathered friends. So a good rainy day chore is to bring them indoors, dump the seed and scrub them all down. Real birders have a recipe for a water to Clorox mixture but since we're amateurs and we ignore them even for cooking, here's a common sense approach. Put a small glug of Clorox in a sink full of water. If it smells like a swimming pool, add a bit more water. Generally you can't soak off the mold unless you're patient.