Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Applause broke out in the county boardroom after the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment granted a controversial variance for a former resort trying to convert to a residential planned unit development. The request by the Dan Schneeman family has been pending for months as it begins the conversion process to renovate an old resort to family owned, larger cabins on Lower Bottle Lake.
The increasingly negative campaigns for Hubbard County attorney and sheriff were forced into a temporary cease-fire Monday night in a candidates forum in Nary by an innocent request from the audience: Say one nice thing about your opponent. Awkward. Four sheepish men grimaced, laughed uncomfortably and squirmed. The youngest candidate led the way, bringing levity to an evening of tense but polite exchanges among the four candidates. "He made a huge commitment to the country serving in Vietnam," attorney Nathaniel Welte said of county attorney Don Dearstyne. "It takes extreme courage
Walter Salo's introduction to Menahga city administration didn't go exactly as planned. Shortly after the city's new administrator started his job last month, deputy city clerk Susie Larson and administrative secretary Joline Floyd abruptly submitted their resignations. That prompted rumors the women were dissatisfied with prospective changes Salo wanted to implement and unhappy with the city council. Council members gave both women raises while they held the municipal ship together after the resignation of former administrator Teri Osterman. But the council voted last month to return
DNR regional director Mike Carroll is the unanimous choice to become Hubbard County's next Land Commissioner. Carroll is the husband of Park Rapids mayor Nancy Carroll and a 32-year employee of the state. A formal job offer will come at next week's county board meeting, but Carroll was the unanimous choice of all five commissioners after interviews Wednesday. Seven finalists out of 17 applicants were interviewed for the position. Carroll, who commutes to DNR offices in Bemidji daily, said he'd welcome a shorter day. If he accepts, Carroll would succeed Bob Hoffman, who is retiring at
Orlan Blanchard has fished the Kabekona River since 1938 for brook trout. These days he's mad as the dickens at the DNR, which will recommend a catch and release regulation for a portion of the river that feeds into Kabekona Lake. The reason, says the DNR, is to stabilize the brookie population and prevent the vast fluctuations in population the agency has seen over the years. Nonsense, counters Blanchard and his neighbors. The riverbanks will be littered with trout carcasses because brookies aren't amenable to catch and release methods.
The omnibus hearing for a Guthrie man charged in a marijuana growing operation is set for Nov. 1 in Hubbard County District Court. 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 appeared with his attorney, Robert Wallner of Bemidji, Monday in court. He is charged with Fifth Degree Possession of more than 42.5 grams of pot. Eddy remains free on $5,000 bond.
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
A Park Rapids man charged with killing his best friend in a drunken fight July 3 will plead self-defense, his attorney said Monday. Public defender Jennifer Nelson announced to the court her client, Luis Candelaria, was defending himself from an attack when he punched Richard Alan Hoskins, 41 on his front lawn, killing Hoskins. Candelaria, 48, was indicted by a Hubbard County grand jury in mid-July on charges stemming from the incident in a residential Park Rapids neighborhood. Grand jurors returned a three-count indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, First Degree Manslaugh
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.
When they last attended basic training, the waist sizes of a group of Park Rapids area Marines was 30 inches or less. During a September trip back to Camp Pendleton in California, the men still stood ramrod straight. But the pants sizes had increased an inch or two. OK, maybe three or four. The Star of the North Detachment from Park Rapids was honored recently at the U.S.