Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A weeping family clad in matching T-shirts mourned the loss of a loved one, forgave the man who killed her and said the system failed them. A remorseful Jesse Dahl, 30, apologized for the drunken July 3 accident that took the life of his vehicle passenger, Brooke Rosemore, 28, of Floodwood. Dahl was driving Rosemore's Volkswagon when he lost control south of Becida, swerved off County Road 3 and hit an approach head on. Rosemore died at the scene. Dahl suffered minor injuries. Rosemore's family gave victim impact statements just before Dahl was sentenced to 68 months in prison.
A Park Rapids surveyor was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of theft of computer secrets from his former employer. Tom Miller, 64, is free on his own recognizance until the case against him can be sorted out. He's accused of downloading a database of proprietary trade information from his former employer Arro of Park Rapids, LLC, and taking it with him when he began work at Lindow Surveying & Mapping, LLC, where he works as a consultant. His attorney, Aaron Morrison, said he would be filing for a protective order to prevent sensitive company information from being included in the op
Under a benign-looking lush green hill in Hubbard County lurks a growing toxic concern. The 9-acre former Pickett Landfill, which borders the Heartland Trail and is west of County Road 4, is about to become a household word once again. It now is a massive area of groundwater contamination that stretches from 204th Street on the north, then south and east of Ferndale Loop. It once held 93,269 cubic yards of municipal solid waste. It opened in 1973 and closed in 1987.
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Hubbard County passed a "social host" ordinance Wednesday, what authorities call one more tool in the arsenal to curb underage drinking. It would make the adult host of a party at which alcohol is knowingly served to minors criminally responsible for allowing that party to take place. Hubbard joined a raft of other counties in passing such an ordinance, which would not make parents liable for allowing their children to drink at home with their permission. Hubbard County chemical dependency coordinator Sara Bowles thanked the county board. The ordinance will be enforceable upon publicat
A garage on Spider Lake burned to the ground Thursday afternoon, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air visible for miles around Nevis. The Nevis Fire Department brought all its trucks and called for mutual aid from Akeley but the structure on Glenhaven Drive was a total loss. The homeowners called in the blaze. There were no injuries. The garage was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived moments later.
Ty and Kate Aukes were right alongside dad Cory last spring to start putting up the campaign signs. They've attended parades, forums and open houses. They even dunked Sheriff Frank Homer at a departmental open house last summer, then gave Aukes a high five afterward. They're typical kids, 8 and 6, who still have time to be kids on the campaign trail.
Little Ayden Homer still hasn't gotten the hang of campaigning with his grandpa. He's a trooper when it comes to throwing out candy at parades, but that doesn't stop him from being frisked at the end of the parade route. "We've found plenty of candy in his pockets by the end of the parade," says grandpa and Sheriff Frank Homer, laughing at the temptation.
As the race for Hubbard County Sheriff enters its final month, both candidates admit to some mix of both fatigue and euphoria. It has been a hard fought, expensive campaign for both Frank Homer, the temporary incumbent, and Sgt. Cory Aukes. Aukes got a head start, blanketing the county with signs even before the primaries.