Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.
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The beleaguered Hubbard County Board of Adjustment denied four variances that would have allowed encroachment on three of the county's most populated lakes, but COLA members are nevertheless pressuring the group to deny more. The board is being sued by the Coalition of Lake Associations for a variance it granted last winter in a resort-turned residential planned unit development on Fifth Crow Wing Lake. But COLA members and their attorney, who have monitored board meetings since the lawsuit was filed this summer, are pressuring the board to get stricter on homeowners who want to make lakes
The driver of a mid-sized sedan was taken to the Park Rapids hospital after rear-ending a pickup pulling a horse trailer east of Nevis Monday afternoon. The accident, just before 4 p.m., snarled traffic both ways on the busy Highway 34 as Nevis buses and students were hitting the road. The pickup driver said she and her two horses were not injured. She said she was turning into a friend's driveway off the highway when the vehicle behind her struck the back of the trailer. "I'd just about pulled all the way into the driveway," she said. She had come from Park Rapids.
The county's social host ordinance making it a crime to knowingly serve minors alcohol at a party will have its first public hearing Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Advocates such as Hubbard County Chemical Dependency Coordinator Sara Bowles are urging its passage. "As a community member and as a Dad, I am in favor of this ordinance," Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said in introducing Ordinance No.
Where Jesse Dahl was drinking on the night of his fatal rollover is an unsolved mystery and likely beyond perjury charges. Dahl, 30, of Brainerd, testified under oath Monday that he left the Becida Bar and Grill at closing time July 3 after drinking four spiced rum drinks. Absolutely not, said bar owner Jane Miller. "He's lying.
A well-known Park Rapids surveyor faces felony theft charges in a case that has elements of competitive espionage to it. Thomas Michael Miller, 64, has been charged with downloading the database of Arro Land Surveyors, LLC, his former employer, and taking it, a client list and other information to Lindow Surveying & Mapping LLC, where he is now employed as a consultant.
Calling Hubbard County's 2011 budget a "zero growth" one is a misnomer, but it's awfully darned sparse. So what term does one give to a county asked to scrape by for another year with less money? Hubbard County commissioners set the estimated 2011 net levy at $11.66 million Wednesday, only $293,473 more than last year's despite an overall 3 percent pay increase for employees. Although the figure is $200,000 above what the state allows the county to levy, that can be remedied by designating expenses such as the jail bonds a special levy. Proposed 2011 total revenues in the "Lyle/Cal" bu
Fishers and flickers have been spotted in the region. "This morning, when I opened the blinds on the picture window, something big and furry ran away from the feeder and jumped onto the big jack pine like a squirrel," e-mailed Stan Gardinich of Becida. "It was not shaped like a coon. It had shorter legs and was much sleeker. It had a smaller head. It got off the tree and ran behind the woodshed and jumped onto another tree and climbed a few feet up. I have seen marten and this was bigger than that. I do not think it was a wolverine because I do not think they climb like that.
A well-known Park Rapids surveyor and developer faces felony theft charges in a case that has elements of competitive espionage to it. Thomas Miller, 64, has been charged with downloading the proprietary database of Arro Land Surveyors LLC, his former employer, and taking it and a client list to Lindow Surveying and Mapping, where he is now employed. Miller is a fixture at Hubbard County Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission meetings, where his projects and clients are frequently presented.
Two families filled a Hubbard County courtroom with tears late Monday as the son of one was sentenced to a year in jail for killing the daughter of the other in an ATV crash. "I apologize for the wrong decisions I made May 1," a tearful Chad Tabaka told the family of Jessica Christopherson. "I can't take it back.