Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A gentle soul who belonged to the world was laid to rest today in this small Minnesota town he grew up in. Dr. Thomas L. Grams, 51, was assassinated Aug.
What has become a polarizing disagreement among 87 Kabekona Lake residents pits progress versus preservation. The upcoming County 37 resurfacing project, slated to begin in 2011, has caused a bitter split among those opposed to widening and those who feel it would be safer to pave and refinish the road surface. County 37 is a Natural Preservation Road that runs along the south shore of Kabekona Lake.
With amber waves of grain waving in the background an annual flag raising and retirement ceremony took place on a bluff north of Ponsford Saturday. The 5th annual All Veterans Tribute was held at Howard Maninga's Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Bunker Hill Road in Becker County.
Two candidates for Menahga city offices withdrew last week during the allowed time. Interim clerk/treasurer Susie Larson said longtime council member Dennis Komulainen and mayoral candidate Kurt Clark Sr, both withdrew their names for consideration on the November ballot. In Henrietta Township, the correct filings are as follows: Supervisor B: Brenda Carpenter; Supervisor C: Edward "Ed" DeLaHunt, Dacle L.
If you've ever imagined what the Garden of Eden must have looked like, there is a living reincarnation of it tucked into a shaded residential neighborhood in north Park Rapids. And the "garden of the month" designation for Renee Wickman's North Street yard almost seems like a slight rather than an acknowledgement of what this diminutive woman has transformed her yard into. From curb to boundary lines, it bursts with vibrant color, charm and tranquility. "I like flowers, even since I was a little kid," Renee said.
The recount of a third Menahga referendum took three hours Monday with no changes. Opponents of a measure to allow Menahga School District 821 to issue general obligation school building bonds of $4.35 million have prevailed in squelching the project by a razor thin margin of victory. Menahga voters went to the polls Aug. 10. The final vote count was 695 no votes and 692 yes votes. The recounted results are not final until canvassing tonight. For more on the story see Wednesday's Enterprise.
Deep in the woods north of Akeley, 120 dirt bike riders tested their endurance Sunday on a grueling path no wider than a foot in places. The 50-mile ride is one of two annually sponsored by ARMCA, the acronym for the nonprofit Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association. It is chartered as District 23 (Minnesota) of the American Motorcyclist Association. ARMCA promotes dirt bike riding and the development of public trails. Of the two annual Minnesota rides, one run is east of Highway 64, the other west.
There may be a civics lesson in a case that appeared before the Board of Adjustment Monday: If you demand an answer, be prepared when it's not what you came to hear. In a contentious 50-minute hearing, Eleventh Crow Wing homeowner Jodi Gilyard, a Twin Cities woman who owns a lot on Pine Ridge Shores, was not happy when the board tried to table her after-the-fact request to leave a home in a bluff impact zone.
A tearful Chad Tabaka testified that he'd consumed numerous beers and mixed drinks May 1 when he lost control of his speeding ATV, crashed into a tree and killed his passenger. Under a plea deal entered into Thursday, Tabaka, 31, of Walker, could spend a year in jail for the death of Jessica Lynn Christopherson, 31, of Benedict, on a roadway in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. But strong family opposition came to light in Cass County District Court during the plea hearing that could threaten to derail the plea deal. Under the plea agreement reached between Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearst