Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Four alleged reports of animal attacks on the Heartland Trail have people on edge, and one victim sounding a warning. Paul Ludwinski ended up in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Area Health Services last Thursday night, Sept. 22, after he was bitten in the calf while walking on the trail. The rural Park Rapids resident figures he'd gone 1.5 miles northeast from the trail's inception in Heartland Park. He was east of County Road 1, he recalls. "These are just vicious dogs out there looking for prey," Ludwinski said. "They were actually hunting, I believe.
The annual pumpkin parties at Carter's Red Wagon Farms in Park Rapids attracted hordes of kids and parents last weekend. The duck pond, complete with real carved pumpkin boats, was a big attraction. Heather Coughlin, 8, of Webster, got pretty good at paddling her pumpkin around the pond. But there was help available for the boaters who were a bit squeamish about riding in the giant gourds. "These are real pumpkins, Grandma!" said 6-year-old Karissa Coughlin. Nineteen-month-old Kaiden Garner got his jollies in a three-foot tunnel. Next year he'll definitely be too tall to run through it.
Rectifying the effect of continued development on the region's lakes isn't about playing the blame game. It's about grabbing a shovel and digging in. That's Steve Hall's philosophy.
It was a chance for the public to taste, smell and feel the works of area artists last weekend as they embarked on an open studio tour that spanned three counties. Artists invited many guests into their homes and studios, showcased their work, demonstrated how they made their various pieces and even served hors d'oeuvres. Akeley wood sculptor Paul Albright explains a custom piece of work that will eventually be a part of a waterfall for a garden. Below left, his sculpture of "Thor" was headed to the Norwegian Hostfest in Minot, N.D., Monday morning.
Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren was suspended without pay for 20 workdays Wednesday afternoon. Although the suspension was to take effect Sept.
Fifth Crow Wing Lake was again in the spotlight Wednesday as the Hubbard County board allowed the expansion of Shady Lawns RV Estates, over the objections of lake activists. "The last time you were here you traded 9 (RV) spots for boat slips," commissioner Lyle Robinson reminded resort owner Scott Forbes.
Remember that groundswell of change voters emphatically wanted in 2010? Be careful what you wish for.
Art Leap 2011 features a perfect fall day to showcase the dozens of artists and their works. Downtown at Moose Creek Village in Park Rap-ids, art hounds dined on hot dogs and got to meet and greet with the artists. One was Fargo water-color artist Ellen Jean Diederich, whose greeting cards are sold in the store and in other locations around Park Rapids. Diederich is a well-known painter in the Midwest.
Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren was suspended without pay for 20 calendar days Wednesday afternoon. Although the suspension was to take effect Sept.
Erosion issues are causing Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment to cut lakeshore property owners some slack as to what they can remove or fill on lakefront lots. But the board has no tolerance for homeowners who, through their actions, exacerbate the potential for runoff into area lakes. In three cases the board considered issues of altering the landscape near the lake frontage.