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Mabel Catharine Wilson Bixby will celebrate her 105th birthday Jan. 27. “But don’t ever call her Mabel,” her family cautions of their “very, very independent” matriarch. “She’s feisty.” She’s Katie, her given names originating from the two midwives who orchestrated her arrival on the planet. “Everyone calls her ‘great’ for two reasons,” granddaughter Diane Gack said of Bixby, who lived on her own until she was 102. “She’s an inspiration to all of us,” Julie Hurlburt said of her 4-foot,10-inch, 89-pound grandmother.
Last year, at Gov. Mark Dayton’s direction, a legislative task force on child protection was created to “expand the efforts into related areas of the child welfare system.” This fall, with funding from the state, Hubbard County Social Services welcomed Deb Vizecky on board as supervisor for children’s services, as well as an additional child protection worker. All counties across the state added workers to address this, explained Social Services Director Tom Sandberg of the governor’s initiative.
By definition, Kinship of the Park Rapids Area is a community-based preventive and proactive mentoring program for youth ages 6 to 18. That’s the grown-up version. Kids will tell you, it’s just darn good fun, opening opportunities previously unimaginable. Carol Ford was serving on Kinship’s board of directors when the mentor match for Chris Edwardson, now 11 and a fifth grader at Century, had come to a close.
As winter winds howl, it’s time to fire up the stove. There’s no garden to weed, lawn to mow or a beach beckoning. Might as well cook.
The Department of Natural Resources and petitioners Toxic Tators, Land Stewardship Project and Pesticide Action Network have reached a “mutally agreed upon” 30-day extension to continue conversation on RD Offutt’s proposed expansion in the Pineland Sands Aquifer. The petition originates from the potato producer’s proposed irrigation sites above the aquifer spanning Hubbard, Cass, Becker and Wadena counties. This raised concerns from the environmental groups on contaminants being drawn into the groundwater.
When the Environmental Protection Agency tightened regulations on fireplace carbon emission levels last year, a second-generation entrepreneurial spirit ignited at the Wilkening Fireplace Company outside of Walker. An EPA standard...
In a possibly unprecedented move, the Nevis Council agreed to table the annual appointments of council members to commissions Monday night, in the absence of mayor Chris Norton. “The mayor did not discus this with us,” council member Heidi Raduenz said in making the motion. Bill Rice, who was named as assistant mayor in the proposed resolution for 2016, presided at the meeting.
It’s the new year, time to try a bit of the unusual – inebriated chicken and intoxicated beans - with a pot of traditional bean soup thrown in for the teetotalers.
Hubbard County Commissioners opened the new year with election of Matt Dotta, District 2, as chair and Vern Massie, District 1, vice chair and the introduction of Deb Vizecky, Social Services Child and Family Services Supervisor. Vizecky arrives from Lincoln County-based Southwest Health and Human Services. “This is great, a wonderful opportunity,” she told commissioners. She formally began her duties Nov. 18. In other action, commissioners: n Accepted the Park Rapids Enterprise’s low bid as legal newspaper for 2016.
Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District’s increased workload – specifically AIS watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) program and the new state mandated buffer initiative –has led to district manager Julie Kingsley’s request to transfer WID duties. In a letter to AIS Task Force chair Ken Grob in late December, Kingsley explained the request is based both on office space availability – the new facility will accommodate just three people – and the WID workload. Forty-two watercraft inspectors were on 39 lakes this summer.