Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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What has become a controversial variance and conditional use request by a Hubbard County family has turned into a rallying cry for lakeshore stewards. And it stuns the family of Dan and Mary Jeanne Schneeman, who have proposed to turn the resort they bought 40 years ago into a small planned unit development so they could upgrade the cabins, a proposal they repeatedly termed modest. A room full of opponents gathered at Monday's Board of Adjustment meeting, one holding protest signs that read, "Save our loons from Hubbard County." It was standing room only. In the end the board tabled the
The omnibus hearing for a Park Rapids man charged with Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter and Assault, has been continued until Sept 13. Attorneys on both sides of the Luis Candelaria case have requested grand jury transcripts of the witnesses that testified July 14 before a Hubbard County panel that indicted Candelaria on the three charges. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne and public defender Jennifer Nelson agreed the police officers, medical personnel and eyewitnesses are crucial to the case, so they decided to split the cost of the transcript that will take three weeks to prepare.
A den of Mother Nature's earthmovers has been wreaking havoc on an area lake. Their days are numbered. A chronic beaver problem damming up the freshwater inlet to Peysenske Lake has prompted Hubbard County DNR conservation officer Samantha Hunter to issue a special nuisance 10-day trapping season. It's been a four decades long struggle for the small lake association, numbering less than 30 homeowners.
With the frequent moisture we've been having this summer, it's easy to build up mold in your bird feeders, which can be toxic to our feathered friends. So a good rainy day chore is to bring them indoors, dump the seed and scrub them all down. Real birders have a recipe for a water to Clorox mixture but since we're amateurs and we ignore them even for cooking, here's a common sense approach. Put a small glug of Clorox in a sink full of water. If it smells like a swimming pool, add a bit more water. Generally you can't soak off the mold unless you're patient.
It was Shadow's incessant barking that alerted Nicole Moore Wednesday night. The black Lab mix has a tendency to woof at strangers in the driveway, but she was carrying on and on. Nicole poked her head out the door of her Lower Bottle Lake home to shush the dog when she heard sounds from the lake. "Mrs. Naylor was yelling 'Help, help, help me,'" Nicole recalled. She told daughter Bailey to call 911 and headed down to the lake, which is northeast of Park Rapids. It was 7:38 p.m. Bailey, the goalie for the Park Rapids Area High School girls hockey team, was right on her tail.
A Willmar man apparently drowned on Lower Bottle Lake Wednesday night. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, 75-year-old William Naylor was working on his boat when he fell off the lift into the water shortly after 7:30 p.m. Naylor's wife and a neighbor tried to resuscitate him, the sheriff's department said. Nevis First Responders took over but were unable to revive him. His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office to determine a cause of death. Lower Bottle Lake is northeast of Park Rapids. The accident remains under investigation.
We can all relate to the day Caroline Drury was having Saturday - you know, one of those days when you wished you'd stayed in bed. Dressed to the nines in her aqua plaid suit with ruffles, wearing her sensibly flat ballet style slip-ons and a matching plaid flowered headband, 10-year-old Caroline Drury looked like she was headed to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in Madison Square Garden. The Park Rapids girl was about to get her comeuppance at the hands of a black Lab that easily outweighed her. When Caroline showed him last weekend at the 4-H dog competition, Stormy the Lab had a