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Board approves CUP, dock slips for Upper Bottle resort

Hubbard County VSO Greg Remus holds up his award from the Disabled American Veterans.1 / 2
County 4-H director Mark Haugen is leaving after eight years to become a 4-H regional director.2 / 2

The Hubbard County Board unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit for the former Wambolt's Resort on Upper Bottle Lake with 15 cabins in the first tier of development plus 28 dock slips.

The resort is coming back to life at the hands of some Fargo developers, who have re-roofed the cabins and are in the process of replacing the wood and windows on the aging structures.

It will be rented out seasonally, said Mike Allmendinger of Kilbourne Group, which purchased the two parcels of property in 2007.

Read more about the resort in next Wednesday's Enterprise.

In other action, the board:

n Heard from Veterans Services Officer Greg Remus that the county could be in store to lose $18,000 in transportation funds that is used to ferry veterans to medical appointments at the VA Center in Fargo and other facilities.

Remus said if the funding cannot be restored the county will have to figure out a long-term replacement for those funds.

"The transportation grant may not come," a dejected Remus told the board.

"Make a big stink," commissioner Lyle Robinson told Remus. "We need a 1-day special session to right all the wrongs (of the 2012 legislative session.) We've got a lot of power in this election year for a special session."

Remus said he's already looking to partner with Cass County to transport vets to and from Fargo.

But the board quickly rebounded with news that Remus was the recipient of the Disabled American Veterans' 2012 VSO of the Year award.

n Accepted a bid of $687,959.60 for a bridge replacement on County Road 39 from Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg. Work is scheduled to start next month.

n Learned the county had overlooked paying for a snowmobile ordered in 2010 from a Park Rapids business, so authorized payment of $3,700. The oversight was caught by Auditor Pam Heeren, but had not been detected by the vendor.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department also purchased a snowmobile trailer and a handheld laser for ATV and snowmobile patrols using other grant funds.

n Learned Income Maintenance caseloads had increased in April, but intakes, or requests for assistance, had decreased. Even though, Hubbard County Social Services Director Daryl Bessler said, "it's not a good sign."

The region usually attains fuller employment status in the summer, which reduces the need for public assistance.

n Said goodbye to 4-H director Mark Haugen, who is leaving the county for a regional position in that organization based in St. Cloud.

A search will begin immediately while the office is staffed with an interim director. Regional director Marcia Woeste said 4-H hopes to have a new director by August. Haugen has agreed to help with the transition.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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