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Geff Cooper met the “climax of his military career” at the age of 50 as a Marine Corps battalion commander in Iraq. The commanding officer of 2nd Battalion 23rd Marines played a key role in the 1st Marine Division’s invasion of Baghdad in March 2003. The George W.
Hubbard County’s solid waste and recyclables will soon be heading north to the Polk County Resource Recovery Facility in Fosston. And a new $4 million transfer station is expected to be constructed in Park Rapids, possibly as early as next year. A Capital Assistance Program grant will fund 75 percent of the facility. The county will absorb approximately $1 million of the cost for the 16,000- to 17,000-square-foot building with a large tipping area and three personal vehicle lanes, similar to the current express lane.
House DFL Leader Paul Thissen made a stop in Park Rapids this week, visiting outstate locations to discuss issues to be addressed in the upcoming legislative session. The Minneapolis legislator said high-speed Internet access is a subject he hopes to address in the session, noting Hubbard County ranks 28 out of 87 counties for its broadband infrastructure. “The availability of high-speed Internet has become a critical issue of economic vitality and quality of life for all Minnesotans,” he said.
An additional elementary teacher is on board at Nevis School. Angela Ahrendt has been hired on a part-time basis to accommodate the burgeoning third grade enrollment, now at 55 students. Principal John Strom explained this is not due to capriciously accepting too many open enrolled students, as had been assumed. Ten of the 13 students over the 42-student cap live within the Nevis school district, he said. Only 24 of the 55 third grade students are open enrolled.
Minnesota’s municipal liquor operations are reporting a 19th consecutive year of record sales, totaling nearly $336 million in 2014, up $2.8 million from a year earlier. Profits going into city coffers amounted to more than $19 million, up 2.8 percent from a year ago. The city’s Rapids Spirits ranked 28th in the state in a comparison of liquor store operations, with gross sales of $3,356,957, and a net profit of $323,876 in 2014.
Tom Sandberg, current supervisor of Brown County Child and Family Services, has accepted the position of Hubbard County Community Social Services director, replacing retiring Daryl Bessler. The recommendation met unanimous approval from the hiring committee and county commission. He will begin duties Thursday, Nov. 12, county board chair Dan Stacey to act as interim director in the meantime.
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s proposal to acquire land for habitat protection in the Crow Wing River Watershed, including Hubbard County - has received preliminary funding approval for $5.5 million-plus from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. “It’s progressing on its journey,” said MDHA executive Craig Engwall.
Hubbard County bids farewell to a governmental pillar this week, Social Services director Daryl Bessler moving on to pursue “things I haven’t had time to do.” “I’ll be busy,” he said with conviction. That entails revisiting his “dream occupation” – farming, heading to a second home in Florida, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, reconstructing his deer stand, gardening, fishing and tackling a “honey do” list. He will retain his various board positions.
Love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service. Mother Teresa “It’s time to shop – shop – shop,” Julie Hudek, the “Downtown Diva,” directed clientele last week via advertising. In a spirit of appreciation for her experience at CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Hudek hosted her second annual holiday shopping sale. “I started buying in July,” Hudek said of her fundraising mission for St. Joseph’s Auxiliary.
Hubbard County Commissioners heard an update on the proposed Heartland Spur this week, the trail, if funded, sending bikers, hikers and snowmobilers on an approximately 25-mile jaunt from CSAH 4 just east of Park Rapids to Itasca State Park. The trail corridor is considered a destination trail, Timothy Williamson of the Department of Natural Resources explained. This designation is the “highest level of investment and use.” The master plan gained approval last year.