Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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Deep in the woods north of Akeley, 120 dirt bike riders tested their endurance Sunday on a grueling path no wider than a foot in places. The 50-mile ride is one of two annually sponsored by ARMCA, the acronym for the nonprofit Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association. It is chartered as District 23 (Minnesota) of the American Motorcyclist Association. ARMCA promotes dirt bike riding and the development of public trails. Of the two annual Minnesota rides, one run is east of Highway 64, the other west.
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.
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.
Nicole Guida overlooks her wondrous garden and lets out a moan. "Other people have red tomatoes," she said. "I don't have red tomatoes." She's alternately thrilled and insecure about her "square foot garden," grown from a book of the same title by Mel Bartholomew. "Truly this is my gardening bible here," she said, displaying her well-thumbed copy of the book. She's tried traditional gardening at her rural Hubbard County home.
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 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.