Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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The first thing you notice upon starting up a Chevy Volt is how absolutely soundless they are. The minute you put them into gear, they soundlessly move - quickly. For generations of folks used to the puttering, humming, accelerating motions and automotive sounds of a century of vehicles, the Volt could be a bit disconcerting, but it's a silence that's golden. As the first electric car you can drive cross-country, the Volt, actually, a plug-in hybrid, is in line to spawn a whole new generation of drivers, based on the buzz it's generated. Thielen Motors in Park Rapids took delivery of i
A well-known regional developer and businessman has been identified as the victim of a helicopter crash in Ten Mile Lake. Pilot John Zacher 56, of Hackensack, died when his craft went down about 7 p.m. on the east side of the lake in Cass County. His wife, Vicki, 55, managed to swim to shore and was briefly hospitalized for hypothermia. The FAA will be investigating the incident. John Zacher's body was discovered near the submerged wreckage 150 feet from shore in 30 feet of water, the Cass County Sheriff's Department said.
A driver whose car went out of control and into a farm field west of Park Rapids was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon. The 80-year-old woman was complaining of neck and back pain. It was unclear what the cause of the accident was, but the woman's vehicle mowed down a stop sign on the drive leaving the Seventh Day Adventist Church one mile west of town, continued into a ditch and out into the field.
Nevis' liquor commissioner and municipal liquor store were caught in a sting operation last summer for sales of alcohol to an underage decoy. Cammy Catherine Johnson, 52, recently appeared in Hubbard County District Court on a gross misdemeanor charge of Selling Alcohol to a Minor. The charge stems from a routine compliance check in June.
A Big Lake man convicted in a poaching and pot-growing operation one year ago is now charged with threatening the hunters who made the initial complaint. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 61, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Nov.
The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment met Monday, but the important news wasn't on the agenda. It was the announcement by BOA chair Jerry Cole that "we're being sued" by a Grand Forks man who built living quarters above a garage on Deer and Shallow lakes without a permit. The county's Environmental Services Office sent David and Karen Hagert a letter earlier this fall ordering them to tear down the $400,000 structure or move it into compliance. The Hagerts responded by filing suit Sept. 12.
The Park Rapids Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association held its 14th annual show Saturday. Woodcarvers and metal artists brought their best and most colorful wares. The show featured a silent auction and thousands of artistic fish, birds and other creatures. On display outside the Park Rapids American Legion Club was the Community Fish House, which sits on Fish Hook Lake throughout the ice fishing season and is open to the public by prearrangement.
Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Wednesday noon in what the county attorney is calling "one of the most significant" drug busts in recent memory. Darrol Allen Shepersky, 41, and Harold Glenn Hanson, 41, both of Park Rapids, and Joshua Paul Carlson, 31, of Eagan, appeared in connection with a Monday night bust that netted 90 grams of methamphetamine valued at $8,000. Officers also seized $2,528 in cash at the Enterprise Drive address. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said it was a significant amount of drugs and asked Judge Robert Tiffany to set bail accordingly.
A rear-end accident at a major Park Rapids intersection snarled eastbound traffic for a short time Monday afternoon. A semi-truck was struck just after 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and County Road 1. Neither driver was injured. The 2011 Chevrolet Avalon was heavily damaged.
A Big Lake man convicted in a poaching and pot-growing operation one year ago is now charged with threatening the hunters who made the complaint against him and trespassing. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 61, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday on charges of First Degree Witness Tampering, Trespass and Hunter Harassment. Battin and Donald Cook, 61, of Bloomington, were convicted of the crimes last year when DNR Conservation Officers, acting on a tip of deer baiting and found the illegal taking of a deer and a marijuana growing operation on Potlatch Forest land leased by Battin for