Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sept. 13 plea hearing is set for a Hubbard County man who fled the county for two months following a shooting incident May 21 near Akeley. Joshua Wayne Herdina, 35, formerly of Akeley, was arrested by Cass County authorities about a month ago, Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said. Herdina may enter into a plea bargain in the case, according to the court docket. He is charged with Second Degree Assault and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the criminal complaint.
Hubbard County commissioners approved a radio participation plan and the Sheriff's Department seeking grant funds as the county joins a statewide radio conversion that is massive in scope and expensive to taxpayers. The conversion to digital frequencies is mandated to occur by Jan. 1, 2013.
If the "Big 3" are any indication, Hubbard County department heads will once again offer meager budgets for 2011. County commissioners met with the heads of the Highway Department, Social Services and Law Enforcement Wednesday to begin the budgeting process.