Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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Two separate incidents in the Hubbard County Correctional facility have resulted in charges against two inmates. In the case of the "jail ale," Tyler Maurice Roy is scheduled for an omnibus hearing Jan. 31 in which Hubbard County jail personnel found five bottles fermenting in Roy's cell Nov.
In the hotly contested legal battle against Hubbard County and its variance board, both sides came to an accord of sorts Thursday at a packed hearing in District Court: What are we doing here? And they agree the lawsuit and Thursday's summary judgment hearing isn't just about three dock slips versus 11 at a 5th Crow Wing resort that obtained a variance last year as it converted to a planned unit development. Attorneys Thursday would like precedents set as to how variances are handled, what types of variances require what kinds of analysis and who can sue over a variance. James Reichert,
A Big Lake man faces a litany of hunting violations after DNR conservation officers raided a hunting camp weeks before deer season opened. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 60, also faces a Third Degree Controlled Substance charge when the officers found 42 pounds of pot growing adjacent to the camp. He is scheduled for an omnibus hearing this winter in Hubbard County District Court. The investigation began in October when CO Sam Hunter requested a DNR plane to take her up in the air to look into a tip that a suspected deer baiting operation had been set up on Potlatch-leased forestland near Ba
A Park Rapids man has filed a medical malpractice suit against Innovis Health and one of its physicians, claiming improper administration of medications that claimed the life of his wife in 2008. Robert Kaufman, on behalf of the late Marjorie Kaufman, claims Dr. Rae Keashly administered seven times the amount of methotrexate to his wife for a month in late 2008, allegedly causing a toxicity that eventually caused numerous side effects and from which she died one month later. Innovis and Keashly admit treating Mrs.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 31 in the case of a Guthrie man who pled guilty last week to a single count of growing marijuana. Drug agents raided two properties belonging to Perry Raymond Eddy, 51, on Sept. 14 and found more than 200 growing marijuana plants at both locations, along with baggies of processed marijuana, according to the criminal complaint. Eddy entered the plea Jan. 5 to the Fifth Degree Possession charge. He was accused of having more than 42.5 grams of pot when his residence was raided. Eddy remains free on $5,000 bond.
Opponents of a high voltage power line were denied a rehearing into the matter last week and some say their fight to prevent the 115 kV line from being placed along a stretch of Hubbard County 18 is likely over. On Jan. 6, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met to consider a petition filed by Sandra Stugelmeyer, whose parents reside on the affected stretch of roadway. Stugelmeyer was seeking reconsideration of the PUC's Nov. 17, 2010 decision granting the power line route from a new substation to be built on U.S.
COLA members are sounding the clarion call to environmentalists to fill up a Hubbard County courtroom tomorrow when a district judge will conduct a hearing on its lawsuit against Hubbard County. The county, which is being sued over a variance issued last winter, filed a motion to end the case in its favor because, essentially, the Board of Adjustment acted within its purview when it granted a variance for extra docks to Eagle's Nest Landing, which is converting to a Planned Unit Development on 5th Crow Wing Lake. Attorneys for the Coalition of Lake Associations filed briefs last week in op
After a lengthy hearing in which Judge Robert Tiffany denied a litany of defense motions to dismiss two convictions against a Lake George man in a 2009 domestic assault case, Tiffany then postponed Monday's sentencing to hear additional arguments. John Wesley Defatte, 70, was found guilty by a Hubbard County jury in late 2010 in the domestic beating of his ex-wife Diana. He was convicted of First Degree Burglary, for breaking into her rural Lake George home and Third Degree Assault, for hitting her repeatedly with an ax handle. Defatte's attorney Jake Erickson filed numerous motions to o
Nearly two years after the door quietly closed, the Emmaville Store's brand spanking new front door reopened. Many times over. Mike and Melinda Spry were stocked with food, beer and essentials late last week. All but gas. The gas tanks may arrive this week. "We just decided to open the door" since a steady stream of traffic, including snowmobiles, stopped this past weekend. "Oh yeah, they've been coming in," Mike Spry said Saturday.
A former Hubbard First Responder will spend 90 days in jail for embezzling public funds meant for the emergency squad. Valerie Kimball, 45, Park Rapids, was given a year and a day in jail for the crime, but the sentence will be stayed for 10 years while she is on probation. She must write a letter of apology to the public and make restitution of more than $32,000. A lengthy investigation found that Kimball, the group's former bookkeeper, misappropriated the funds over a two-year period.