Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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A Laporte man was arraigned Monday on two felony charges in connection with the death of his ATV passenger May 1. Chad Robert Tabaka, 31, formerly of Walker, was released on his own recognizance by Judge Robert Tiffany, who placed several conditions on him. He faces two counts of criminal vehicular operation in the death of Jessica Lynn Christopherson, 31.
If a resort ownership changes its business model, should the resort's taxable valuation change as well? That's the issue the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners, acting as the county Board of (tax) Equalization, was asked to decide Monday.
Akeley's Garden Club members experienced the rush of customers Saturday at its annual sale. Member Bonnie Benham said the group uses the proceeds to enhance Akeley's charming downtown area. The club purchased the benches that flank the town's Paul Bunyan sculpture, planted a memorial flower bed nearby and plant all the barrels that line the downtown area. Each club member take a two-week turn at watering. Akeley resident Georgie Barnett looks over the plant selection. She was buying phlox and lupine, but said she was open to other selections.
Opposition to a proposed electrical substation and high voltage transmission lines to serve the Potato Lake area seems to be gaining momentum. Whether it can kill the project is unclear. Angry Hubbard County residents affected by the proposal faced off with officials from Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative and Great River Energy Wednesday night in what is becoming a bruising battle to stop the project. Seventeen residents living along Hubbard County 18, where 3 miles of the power lines would go, have retained a St. Cloud attorney to represent their interests.
To serve or not to serve? It's the thorny question alcohol servers and liquor store clerks face daily.
Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer faced a room of savvy senior citizens Wednesday when he tried to educate them about scam artists. Many were already experienced victims - and near victims who were quick enough to ward off, or hang up on, a deal that was too good to be true. Some even brought their mail scams with them, including the "winner" of a chunk of money who needed to send a wire transfer fee and sign a waiver to recoup his winnings.
Once a week Ron Jensen hops on his Mule (4-wheeled, not 4-legged) and runs his route through Park Rapids. He checks the 44 bluebird houses he has scattered throughout the city. Forty-nine babies and counting. And that's not including the chickadees. "Gee there must be 25 or 30 of the little buggers," Jensen said. "They have seven, eight, nine" at a time. Chickadees have nested in the bluebird houses.
A 9-year-old boy died Friday afternoon when the ATV he was riding on rolled and pinned him underneath. His 12-year-old brother was taken by ambulance to North Region Hospital in Bemidji for observation. The boys were identified as Dale Robert Besser, who died, and his brother Ben, who was driving the ATV. The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. west of Lake Plantagenet. "We were cutting wood and I saw this kid running around the neighbor's yard," said Mark Jaycox, who was helping a friends father cut wood on Thistle Drive nearby. "He came running and dropped to his knees 40 feet away.
A Walker man faces three felonies in connection with the death of his ATV passenger May 1 in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Chad Robert Tabaka, 31, is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and Third Degree DWI in the death of Jessica Lynn Chrstopherson, 31, of Cass Lake. According to the criminal complaint, Tabaka was legally drunk when his ATV, traveling between 50 and 55 mph, lost control, went sideways into a ditch and collided with a tree on East Steamboat Forest Road. The deputy responding determined "if he went faster than 20 to 25 mph on the Forest Road his patrol
It could be called "The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Fish) Poles." Eighty expert anglers fanned out across Fish Hook Lake early Saturday for the 33rd annual Women Anglers of Minnesota multi-species tournament. Fierce competitors and fiercer friends, the woman fished, laughed and fished some more. Strict rules made Saturday mayhem at the Loon's Nest Resort. WAM doesn't allow anglers to keep any more than two fish of any species in a live well, so boats constantly landed, weighed and re-launched. Resort owners Ricki and Louie Anania were on hand to help the women load fish sacks for we