Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Applause broke out in the county boardroom after the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment granted a controversial variance for a former resort trying to convert to a residential planned unit development. The request by the Dan Schneeman family has been pending for months as it begins the conversion process to renovate an old resort to family owned, larger cabins on Lower Bottle Lake.
Walter Salo's introduction to Menahga city administration didn't go exactly as planned. Shortly after the city's new administrator started his job last month, deputy city clerk Susie Larson and administrative secretary Joline Floyd abruptly submitted their resignations. That prompted rumors the women were dissatisfied with prospective changes Salo wanted to implement and unhappy with the city council. Council members gave both women raises while they held the municipal ship together after the resignation of former administrator Teri Osterman. But the council voted last month to return
Orlan Blanchard has fished the Kabekona River since 1938 for brook trout. These days he's mad as the dickens at the DNR, which will recommend a catch and release regulation for a portion of the river that feeds into Kabekona Lake. The reason, says the DNR, is to stabilize the brookie population and prevent the vast fluctuations in population the agency has seen over the years. Nonsense, counters Blanchard and his neighbors. The riverbanks will be littered with trout carcasses because brookies aren't amenable to catch and release methods.
DNR regional director Mike Carroll is the unanimous choice to become Hubbard County's next Land Commissioner. Carroll is the husband of Park Rapids mayor Nancy Carroll and a 32-year employee of the state. A formal job offer will come at next week's county board meeting, but Carroll was the unanimous choice of all five commissioners after interviews Wednesday. Seven finalists out of 17 applicants were interviewed for the position. Carroll, who commutes to DNR offices in Bemidji daily, said he'd welcome a shorter day. If he accepts, Carroll would succeed Bob Hoffman, who is retiring at
The omnibus hearing for a Guthrie man charged in a marijuana growing operation is set for Nov. 1 in Hubbard County District Court. 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 appeared with his attorney, Robert Wallner of Bemidji, Monday in court. He is charged with Fifth Degree Possession of more than 42.5 grams of pot. Eddy remains free on $5,000 bond.
A Park Rapids man will spend 33 months behind bars for a string of cabin burglaries committed last spring throughout Hubbard County. Michael Moorhouse, 30, pleaded guilty last month to four counts of Second Degree Burglary in connection with the break-ins. Moorhouse must also make restitution for all of the two dozen burglaries he and co-conspirator Mitchell Bugge, 38, were initially charged with. Bugge was supposed to have been sentenced Monday, too, but he requested an early transfer to prison last month and was not transported from the St.
A Park Rapids man charged with killing his best friend in a drunken fight July 3 will plead self-defense, his attorney said Monday. Public defender Jennifer Nelson announced to the court her client, Luis Candelaria, was defending himself from an attack when he punched Richard Alan Hoskins, 41 on his front lawn, killing Hoskins. Candelaria, 48, was indicted by a Hubbard County grand jury in mid-July on charges stemming from the incident in a residential Park Rapids neighborhood. Grand jurors returned a three-count indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, First Degree Manslaugh
In the race for Hubbard County sheriff, leading up to the August primaries, Cory Aukes had out-raised and outspent opponent Frank Homer by a large margin. By primary time, Aukes had spent nearly $14,000 to get his name throughout the county. Homer had spent less than $1,000. The two men automatically advanced to the general election. Financial disclosure filings in the Hubbard County Auditor's office reveal thousands of dollars being spent on the sheriff and county attorney's races in the early stages, while incumbent Dist.
When they last attended basic training, the waist sizes of a group of Park Rapids area Marines was 30 inches or less. During a September trip back to Camp Pendleton in California, the men still stood ramrod straight. But the pants sizes had increased an inch or two. OK, maybe three or four. The Star of the North Detachment from Park Rapids was honored recently at the U.S.