Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A hearing next week in a tiny township hall could turn into a major referendum on whether poor rural counties and a state $6 billion in debt can afford the cost of preserving its natural resources. Hubbard County and Fern Township officials are being asked to ponder how much it will cost taxpayers to set aside nearly 1,000 acres of forest, water and a resort on LaSalle Lake in the northwest tip of the county. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Council, which oversees funding from the 2008 Legacy Amendment, is proposing buying it for an addition onto Itasca State Park, or another DNR scientific and n
More than 100 volunteers made Thanksgiving special for 600 diners Thursday in Park Rapids. The annual community Thank Meal at Riverside United Methodist Church transformed the facility into a hub of activity all week. Volunteers cooked 35 turkeys. "We had 70 to 80 pies but they're still coming in the door," said volunteer Barbara Southward at noon Thursday. A consortium of community churches has put on the meal for 28 years. Two-dozen delivery drivers transported meals to those who couldn't or wouldn't brave the cold and snow to come.
"A security nightmare" is how authorities are reacting to a judge's ruling last week to bring back a convicted murder and a man convicted of numerous assaults to testify at the trial of a Lake George man charged in a domestic assault case. On Nov.
Last Thursday Alan Saar kept his eyes glued to the stock ticker running across the screen of his laptop computer. General Motors was undergoing the largest initial public offering in U.S. history, more than a year after its old stock became worthless, the company went bankrupt and received a $50 billion government bailout. Outside of Thielen Motors in Park Rapids, evidence of the new leaner, meaner General Motors was taking place on the Highway 34 lot.
As seamstresses sewed away in the classroom of Monika's, knitters and crocheters were working around a table in the yarn room, making caps for people going through chemotherapy.
A daring and dangerous rescue mission by a platoon of emergency personnel successfully pulled three people from the frigid waters of Island Lake south of Nevis Saturday noon when their hovercraft broke down and sank. Ambulance personnel immediately began treating the three, 48-year-old Kenneth James Thompson, his 20-year-old son James Patrick Thompson and 19-year-old Justine Renae Christopherson, for hypothermia after the amphibious vehicle they were in broke through the ice several hundred yards from shore.
Park Rapids schools will be closing at 1:45 today due to the weather conditions. Nevis will close at 2:15 p.m. Laporte school district indicated at 12:45 it was still running on time, but that could change. Rapidly deteriorating weather conditions descended on the region about 12:30 p.m. Menahga's district is also running on schedule. If you have a scheduled event that will not occur, please call Sarah at the Enterprise at 732-3364 or e-mail email@example.com
A thick layer of freezing drizzle coated Hubbard County roadways Sunday as drivers who should know better adjusted to winter driving conditions the hard way. Numerous accidents were reported around the area. Hubbard County crews were out sanding and salting roadways early Sunday. The area is under a winter weather advisory. "The causative event is freezing drizzle," said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Barrett. "But that can be worse than a couple inches of snow." Barrett said the conditions should subside by early Sunday afternoon, with about another inch of precipitatio
A daring and dangerous rescue mission by a platoon of EMTs, ambulance personnel, firefighters and a cold water rescue team successfully pulled three people from the frigid waters of Island Lake south of Nevis Saturday noon. Ambulance personnel immediately began treating the three, a 48-year-old man, his 20-year-old son and a 19-year-old woman, for hypothermia after the hovercraft they were in broke through the ice several hundreds yards from shore.
A pending state recount of votes for Minnesota governor drew the ire of Hubbard County officials Wednesday just as GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer sought a recount delay via a court filing. The recount is scheduled to begin locally Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. Emmer wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to look into vote reconciliation during the general election, claiming in some precincts people may have cast more than one ballot. It was unclear by press time if that would delay the statewide recount.