Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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If you're reading this you've already made the decision to get out of bed and face the day, unless you have your laptop tucked under the covers with you. It hit 40 below around 4 a.m.
A group of fiber artists gathered Saturday to see if the bark was worse than the bite. It was probably a tie. "Does it taste like lutefisk?" "Mine tastes like chamomile!" The Twisted Stitchers Fiber Guild embarked, if you'll pardon the pun, on the Native American art form of bark biting Saturday, making intricate patterns in birch bark. "Some will peel off," said Kathy Belt, about harvesting bark to work on. "You can take a knife and score the tree to get (sections of) bark off." "Don't score the tree all the way around," she cautioned.
There were only minor injuries when a semi collided with a pickup truck southeast of Park Rapids Tuesday afternoon. The passenger in the pickup refused medical attention although he appeared to have a broken nose. His beard was streaked with blood where he said his sunglasses gouged his nose. "He just came out of the farmyard," he said of the Johanning Farms semi. "We couldn't stop" on the icy roads. "I braced myself for the impact because I knew it was coming," he said. Neither driver required medical attention.
Two separate incidents in the Hubbard County Correctional facility have resulted in charges against two inmates. In the case of the "jail ale," Tyler Maurice Roy is scheduled for an omnibus hearing Jan. 31 in which Hubbard County jail personnel found five bottles fermenting in Roy's cell Nov.
In the hotly contested legal battle against Hubbard County and its variance board, both sides came to an accord of sorts Thursday at a packed hearing in District Court: What are we doing here? And they agree the lawsuit and Thursday's summary judgment hearing isn't just about three dock slips versus 11 at a 5th Crow Wing resort that obtained a variance last year as it converted to a planned unit development. Attorneys Thursday would like precedents set as to how variances are handled, what types of variances require what kinds of analysis and who can sue over a variance. James Reichert,
A Big Lake man faces a litany of hunting violations after DNR conservation officers raided a hunting camp weeks before deer season opened. Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 60, also faces a Third Degree Controlled Substance charge when the officers found 42 pounds of pot growing adjacent to the camp. He is scheduled for an omnibus hearing this winter in Hubbard County District Court. The investigation began in October when CO Sam Hunter requested a DNR plane to take her up in the air to look into a tip that a suspected deer baiting operation had been set up on Potlatch-leased forestland near Ba
A Park Rapids man has filed a medical malpractice suit against Innovis Health and one of its physicians, claiming improper administration of medications that claimed the life of his wife in 2008. Robert Kaufman, on behalf of the late Marjorie Kaufman, claims Dr. Rae Keashly administered seven times the amount of methotrexate to his wife for a month in late 2008, allegedly causing a toxicity that eventually caused numerous side effects and from which she died one month later. Innovis and Keashly admit treating Mrs.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 31 in the case of a Guthrie man who pled guilty last week to a single count of growing marijuana. 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 entered the plea Jan. 5 to the Fifth Degree Possession charge. He was accused of having more than 42.5 grams of pot when his residence was raided. Eddy remains free on $5,000 bond.
After a lengthy hearing in which Judge Robert Tiffany denied a litany of defense motions to dismiss two convictions against a Lake George man in a 2009 domestic assault case, Tiffany then postponed Monday's sentencing to hear additional arguments. John Wesley Defatte, 70, was found guilty by a Hubbard County jury in late 2010 in the domestic beating of his ex-wife Diana. He was convicted of First Degree Burglary, for breaking into her rural Lake George home and Third Degree Assault, for hitting her repeatedly with an ax handle. Defatte's attorney Jake Erickson filed numerous motions to o
COLA members are sounding the clarion call to environmentalists to fill up a Hubbard County courtroom tomorrow when a district judge will conduct a hearing on its lawsuit against Hubbard County. The county, which is being sued over a variance issued last winter, filed a motion to end the case in its favor because, essentially, the Board of Adjustment acted within its purview when it granted a variance for extra docks to Eagle's Nest Landing, which is converting to a Planned Unit Development on 5th Crow Wing Lake. Attorneys for the Coalition of Lake Associations filed briefs last week in op