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Sentencing in BWCAW exempt permit case

James Schmidt of Grand Marais appeared in Duluth Federal District Court on Oct. 16. Schmidt pleaded guilty to providing false information to a Forest Service Officer. Schmidt was fined $250, sentenced to one year court probation and excluded from...

James Schmidt of Grand Marais appeared in Duluth Federal District Court on Oct. 16. Schmidt pleaded guilty to providing false information to a Forest Service Officer. Schmidt was fined $250, sentenced to one year court probation and excluded from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) for one year.

The charges in this case relate to false statements provided on June 16 by Schmidt when he obtained an exempt day use motor permit for use on Saganaga Lake in the BWCAW. Exempt day use motor permits (those not counted against the day use motor quota) are issued to overnight guests of private homes and resorts on specific lakes named in the 1978 BWCAW legislation. Follow-up information revealed that Schmidt did not stay overnight at a resort or residence and, therefore, could not legally obtain an exempt permit.

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