Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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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
Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson frequently jokes that his district in the sparsely populated northeast region of the county doesn't need highway maintenance funds. All District 4 needs is a good lawnmower to shave the stripes of grass down the centerlines of the gravel roads. As county engineer Dave Olsonawski unveiled a five-year road improvement plan in Nary Monday night, those grass centers are looking like they won't be paved over any time soon. In 2009, which may have been the zenith of road and bridge projects, Hubbard County got federal and state funding to complete 13 jo
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
Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources will be dismissed from a lawsuit filed over a docking variance granted this past winter. The DNR was named as a defendant in a suit filed by Fifth Crow Wing resident Ed Mutsch, the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations and the Middle Crow Wing Lake Association. The case was filed after the Board of Adjustment, another named defendant, granted the former Eagles Landing Resort permission for 11 dock slips, when the plaintiffs say only three are allowed by ordinance. DNR Fisheries supervisor Doug Kingsley actually spoke out against the ex
Hubbard County's scaled down plan to reallocate space to burgeoning departments has mired down again. Commissioner Cal Johannsen, who sits on the county's Building Committee, said further floor plan work hinges on getting the district court personnel input. So far that input has been mainly a rejection of the current plan, which is to move court functions to the vacant second floor of the Law Enforcement Center. "They don't want anything," Johannsen said.
Sharon Fitzgerald was not an easy target this week when she got the telephone call from the "federal government." The caller wanted information on the Medicare patient in the home. No number registered on her Caller ID. Why, Fitzgerald asked. "Somebody was calling from the federal government wanting Medicare information from me," Fitzgerald said.
Hubbard County's E-911 system is a step above a tin can telephone. It's a 10-year-old computer running Windows 95. In computer terms, it's on life support. Wednesday the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners voted to spend nearly $132,000 to overhaul the system. "At some point soon they will not be supplying parts to fix it," said E-911 administrator Sherri Klasen. "If the computer fails we cannot replace it because you cannot get Windows 95 computers anymore," she said. "It's old.
"Need three things," is Lowell Koebnick's standard greeting to boaters. That means after he sees your current registration, he needs to see a life jacket within reaching distance for everyone on the boat, a floatable cushion or "throwable" and a fire extinguisher if you have an inboard motor or built in fuel tank on a 16 foot or longer craft. Kids 10 and under must wear a life jacket while the boat is in motion. Koebnick is one of Hubbard County's three Boat & Water patrol officers during the summers. He spends 40 hours a week patrolling the lakes, especially the "hot ones" with a lot