Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org A briskly moving grass fire threatened much of White Oak Township Saturday afternoon, driven by stout southerly winds and fed by fields of dried grasses.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com As the clock ticks and energy prices remain low, need for the Sandpiper pipeline seems to be even more hotly contested than first proposed. So an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) opinion April 13 is anxiously awaited on Enbridge’s Certificate of Need. That administrative judge assigned is Eric L. Lipman. The bifurcated proceedings do not concern the route of the pipeline at this time. It’s all about whether consumers need this pipeline.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org As the motorcycle season gets roaring, a picture making the rounds on Facebook shows what a truly scary proposition it is to be a biker. Limited visibility and blind spots, especially around large vehicles and semis, can put a motorcyclist at risk. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes, who used to own a motorcycle, has many tips for beginning and experienced motorcyclists, and the motoring public. “Don’t buy a motorcycle too big to handle,” he suggests.
Laporte School will hold its spring Early Childhood Screening day on Tuesday, April 14, with appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m. This screening is for children who will be at least...
With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily. “The spring thaw leads to soft soils, which may be susceptible to damage,” said Scott Kelling, northeast regional manager for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com Milton Hanson has been a music buff his whole life. “I play everything,” he said. “If you can blow through it, I can fix it.” So...
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org The eye stopping and eye popping display at last weekend’s Energy & Wellness Expo was a giant blow-up colon in the hallway of Century School, warning of polyps that can lead to cancer. It was creepy and fascinating at the same time.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com Plans are under way in Park Rapids for nine acres of canine heaven. The Tawny Dog Park, brainchild of Angie Walther, is slated to tentatively open next fall. Walther has launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, an online fundraising venture. The park is behind Angie’s Groom ‘n Board on Western Avenue South in Park Rapids. Tawny died in January of bone cancer.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Don and Yvonne Goodmanson knew from an early age their daughter Danette wanted to be a Christian missionary. Danette was 11 when she first voiced her desire, Yvonne recalls. She met a like-minded fellow in college and Neal and Danette Childs have now been in Niger, Africa, since 1997. Niger is one of the three poorest countries in the world and famine is widespread. Tuesday, the Threads of Love quilters met at Hubbard United Methodist Church to help the Long Lake couple’s daughter.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com On Sunday at 6 p.m. it was like Mother Nature mischievously picked up a burning ember and dabbed several grass spots in Hubbard County, leaving three town fire departments scrambling. Fires broke out in Nevis and Park Rapids, leaving those fire departments and Akeley’s running to hot spots. All fires were quickly extinguished.