Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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A complicated proposal to convert a resort on a peninsula between Lower Bottle and Emma lakes to a family co-op met opposition at the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners Wednesday, but not for the conversion itself. It was the circuitous route the proposal is taking through three separate county boards simultaneously, led by Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf that drew fire. Essentially Buitenwerf asked the Planning Commission July 13 to give the proposal a preliminary thumbs up or down without findings of fact as guidance to the county board; he then asked the county board W
As Hubbard County's population ages, how much should the geriatric set be accommodated to remain in their lakeshore residences? And who makes that determination? That was the weighty issue confronting the Board of Adjustment as two Gilmore Lake homeowners applied for an after-the-fact variance for a lakeshore shed they built last year well within the shore impact zone. They built it because homeowner Andrew Schneider suffered a back injury and is undergoing rehabilitation. He said he could no longer carry his 5-horse Johnson motor up and down the hill, so he needs a shed to store it in
The case of a Lake George man accused of nearly killing his estranged wife during a domestic dispute one year ago is set for a pretrial conference Aug. 16. John Wesley Defatte Sr., 70, is free on bail and was allowed to leave the state to visit an ailing son in California.
One of the neatest programs around getting kids interested in nature is at Itasca State Park Wednesday mornings. Called "Circle Time Under the Pines," the program is targeted to the pre-school set, but babies and school kids can still come and learn something in a fun atmosphere. Naturalist Sandra Lichter does a terrific job teaching kids about nature's wonders. They play games, read stories, sing songs, color and make projects. It's a hoot. Especially Wednesday's program, "O is for Owls." Kids colored pictures of owls, learned about owl (and other bird) feathers, hugged a stuffed
What may have been a hoax call tied up three law enforcement agencies unnecessarily Thursday night in Park Rapids and startled a residential neighborhood that has seen its share of pain lately. Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers said sometime after 6:30 p.m.
The suspect in a July 3 fight-related death in Park Rapids has been indicted on more serious charges by a grand jury. One week after Luis Candelaria, 48, was arraigned on a First Degree Manslaughter charge in the death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 41, a Hubbard County grand jury convened all day Wednesday. It returned an indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, Manslaughter and Third Degree Assault. The homicide charge is more serious than manslaughter, carrying a maximum of 40 years in prison instead of 15. Authorities say the men got into an argument while drinking and Hoski
A Park Rapids man was injured Tuesday afternoon when then the motorcycle he was driving was rear-ended by a semi-truck near Kabekona Corner. John J, Hurla, 67, was struck on Highway 200 Tuesday at 2:45. His medical condition is unknown although the Minnesota State Patrol characterized his injuries as serious. Sheriff Frank Homer said Hurla was not hospitalized in Bemidji, but said he would check to see if the injured man was brought to Park Rapids. The driver of the International straight truck was uninjured. The accident occurred at the junction of Highways 71 and 200. Dylan M.
A Park Rapids man was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail as a predatory sex offender.
The Hubbard County Fair's signature event attracted thousands and didn't disappoint. But it was the human drama going on in the drivers' seats that captured the demolition derby's compact heat - and the audience's hearts. It was a show of sportsmanship that adds to the legacy of an event. Behind the wheel of a red Chevy Lumina, numbered 22, sat 20-year-old Andrew Carmichael. Fourteen-year-old Lucas Pritchett, driving in his first race, was behind the wheel of a red orange car called "73 Jr.," a reference to his demolition derby veteran father Lance. The Nissan Sentra had been custom