Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A den of Mother Nature's earthmovers has been wreaking havoc on an area lake. Their days are numbered. A chronic beaver problem damming up the freshwater inlet to Peysenske Lake has prompted Hubbard County DNR conservation officer Samantha Hunter to issue a special nuisance 10-day trapping season. It's been a four decades long struggle for the small lake association, numbering less than 30 homeowners.
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.
It was Shadow's incessant barking that alerted Nicole Moore Wednesday night. The black Lab mix has a tendency to woof at strangers in the driveway, but she was carrying on and on. Nicole poked her head out the door of her Lower Bottle Lake home to shush the dog when she heard sounds from the lake. "Mrs. Naylor was yelling 'Help, help, help me,'" Nicole recalled. She told daughter Bailey to call 911 and headed down to the lake, which is northeast of Park Rapids. It was 7:38 p.m. Bailey, the goalie for the Park Rapids Area High School girls hockey team, was right on her tail.
A Willmar man apparently drowned on Lower Bottle Lake Wednesday night. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, 75-year-old William Naylor was working on his boat when he fell off the lift into the water shortly after 7:30 p.m. Naylor's wife and a neighbor tried to resuscitate him, the sheriff's department said. Nevis First Responders took over but were unable to revive him. His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office to determine a cause of death. Lower Bottle Lake is northeast of Park Rapids. The accident remains under investigation.
Tractor aficionados gathered over the weekend to bring yesteryear back. And history was relived noisily, sputtering, smoking, choking and clanging. "I remember coming here when there were just a few tractors," said Duane Fast of Valley City, referring to the 18th annual Field Days in Park Rapids. "Look at this now!
The murder of a Park Rapids graduate who left a flourishing dental practice to help people in impoverished countries has been heart wrenching for his family and the small community he attended school in. "He was just a great person," said a choked up Tim Grams, identical twin brother of Dr. Thomas Grams, 51.
Nevis city officials will ask the state Department of Transportation to conduct a speed survey on Highway 34 through the city, after DOT officials said an upcoming resurfacing project would not fix a dangerous intersection. The aim is to lower the 50 mph speed limit on the highway that bisects the burg and has been the site of numerous accidents. Resident and Highway 34 business owner Justin Isaacson took on DOT engineers at a pre-construction meeting last week, criticizing them for failing to address the safety aspects of the project.
We can all relate to the day Caroline Drury was having Saturday - you know, one of those days when you wished you'd stayed in bed. Dressed to the nines in her aqua plaid suit with ruffles, wearing her sensibly flat ballet style slip-ons and a matching plaid flowered headband, 10-year-old Caroline Drury looked like she was headed to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in Madison Square Garden. The Park Rapids girl was about to get her comeuppance at the hands of a black Lab that easily outweighed her. When Caroline showed him last weekend at the 4-H dog competition, Stormy the Lab had a
Kathy McGrane Grell and Don Carlson will face off in the Nov. 2 election for the Hubbard County Dist. 1 commission seat. They were the two top vote getters out of four candidates in Tuesday's primary. Candidate Sherman Anderson was in last place while Ed DeLaHunt showed a strong third place finish. Voter turnout was running around 30 percent in the three townships en-compassed by District 1, but lower in the townships that did not have a primary election. However, many new voters registered throughout the county Tuesday.