Hubbard County Commissioners have appointed Assistant County Attorney Jonathan Frieden as the new county attorney, effective Friday, April 7 following the retirement of Don Dearstyne. Interested applicants, Erika Randall, who served as the Assistant Hubbard County Attorney for 12½ years and Frieden, both addressed the commissioners separately about their interest in being considered for the vacant position at the regular Hubbard County Board meeting on Tuesday.
Spring has sprung and calving season is off to an exciting start on LeRoy and Sandra Paulson's farm located west of Park Rapids. Although she was not the first cow to give birth on the farm, their black angus cow, Number 72, delivered a perfectly healthy set of triplets around 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. The two bull calves and one heifer are a rarity. The Paulsons quoted the odds as one set of triplets being born in every 150,000 births and they have never seen triplets throughout the many years on their farm.
The Park Rapids Fire Department responded to a fire Wednesday afternoon at A&C Lumber Inc., owned by Jon Cordahl, located on County Road 18, just east of County Road 4. The PRFD received mutual aid from the Nevis Fire Department, the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department and Hubbard First Response and Rescue. DNR Forestry also responded to the scene. There were no injuries sustained in the incident, but there was significant property damage as well as damage to some equipment.
The old brick building along Highway 34, which was once a schoolhouse, has been standing for over 100 years and soon will be sold. According to Leo Hensel, owner of Park Rapids Seed House, an agreement is in place to sell the building and the property to an undisclosed buyer. Hensel, who bought the business in August 2001 with his business partner Kathie Borg, said a purchase agreement was signed in November after he placed a "For Sale" sign in his window in August 2016, 15 years after he purchased it.
The Park Rapids and Hubbard County community 2017 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Event was held Monday night at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Nicole Kovar, with the northwest region of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, discussed new challenges the region is facing with AIS and how various lake associations and individuals can help with prevention. According to Kovar, there are several infestations in close proximity to Hubbard County.
Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne addressed the Nevis City Council at their regular meeting, held Monday regarding their outdated liquor ordinances. He told the council he was asked to draft a social host ordinance for Nevis, while he did that, he looked at all of the city's ordinances concerning liquor. "Several of them were outdated," Dearstyne said. "I felt that to do this properly we should rewrite some of them." Dearstyne explained that Ordinance No. 1, which deals with liquor sales at the Nevis Municipal Liquor Store, didn't require any changes.
The Hubbard County Board of Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement last week to allow the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to apply for a planning grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) in order to implement the One Watershed, One Plan within Hubbard County.
Heritage Living Center Director Kurt Hansen presented the board of commissioners with an update on the progress of the nursing home building project during the regular Hubbard County Board meeting held Tuesday morning. Hansen explained that construction on the second wing has begun. Currently, the steel studs and drywall are going in and the first floor is nearly completed with the sheetrocking. The mechanical systems are being installed and the contractors have begun pressure-testing the pipes. The siding is scheduled to go on later in March.
St. Patrick's Day has become a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17, meant to pay tribute to Saint Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints. Here are a few traditional recipes to serve at your table in celebration of the Irish. Shepherd's Pie
Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne submitted his letter of retirement, effective April 7, to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. "I'm going to be 69 and it seems that I go to more funerals now than I do reunions," Dearstyne said about his decision. "It's been a very successful career. I'm very pleased with the accomplishments that I've done over the years." Dearstyne served in the United States Air Force after high school, prior to being drafted.