On Aug. 14, Hubbard County Social Services employees overwhelmingly voted to authorize a labor strike if county administration did not resolve its outstanding issues through state-facilitated mediation. According to a press release from Teamsters Local 320, the negotiators for Hubbard County failed to put forward a consistent contract offer for Social Services employees during two days of mediation. The only county employees affected by these negotiations are the 53 social services employees covered by the social services union contract, who are Teamsters Local 320 members.
At Monday night's regular Nevis School Board meeting, Superintendent Gregg Parks discussed the school's 2018-2027 long-term facility maintenance plan with the board members. "Two years ago, it was enacted and this is our plan over the next 10 years and we need to take a look at the revenues that we could potentially generate over the next 10 years and this year we've added 2027 onto the plan itself," Parks said.
The City of Park Rapids has come up with a plan for the construction of bathrooms in Pioneer Park downtown, drawn by an architect that had been sent out to seven contractors to submit bids and a completion date. The Pioneer Park restrooms were put on the city's 2017 Capital Improvement Plan, after the Parks & Beautification Board pushed back all other projects in order to make the installation of bathrooms within Pioneer Park a priority this year.
The origins of wine predate any written records, however the oldest evidence of wine consumption were found on sites in Iran, Greece and Armenia. The altered state produced from consuming wine has been considered religious since its origin. The Greeks use to worship Dionysus, the god of wine; however, modern archaeologists are still uncertain about the first cultivation of wild grapevines.
The Park Rapids Area High School Choral Department will present in Cabaret style their Spring Choir Concert under the direction of LouAnn Dierkhising, which will be her final performance directing. The concert titled “Life is a Highway” will be on Wednesday, May 17 (today) at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.
Congressman Rick Nolan held a listening session at the Hubbard County Government Center Wednesday afternoon to discuss health care, budget priorities and infrastructure and to hear questions and concerns from his constituents. Congressman Nolan said the two foremost topics of concern for voters have been the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and the 2017 proposed budget and the 2018 budget. According to Nolan, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act came up time after time under the closed rule with no amendments.
Hospice of the Red River Valley, as well as CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care and several other sponsors, will be hosting a free film screening and discussion of "Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End," a documentary based on the book "Being Mortal" written by Dr. Atul Gawande. The event will take place Thursday, May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. Terry Kemmer, who will be part of the discussion, was first introduced to the book "Being Mortal" at a book study hosted by his local church in Detroit Lakes.
The Hubbard County Commissioners have appointed Assistant County Attorney Jonathan Frieden as the new County Attorney effective Friday, April 7. Frieden will be sworn in as Hubbard County Attorney following the retirement of Don Dearstyne. Interested applicants, Erika Randall and Frieden, both addressed the commissioners separately about their interest in being considered for the vacant position of County Attorney at the regular Hubbard County Board meeting on Tuesday.
There was quite a bit of contention at the Park Rapids City Council meeting Tuesday night regarding the proposed amendment to the city ordinance concerning the use of motorized golf carts within city limits. The amendment would no longer allow the operation of golf carts on city streets, alleys, sidewalks or other public property.
At last week's regular Hubbard County Board meeting, the commissioners reviewed the recommended revisions for Amendment No. 1 to Ordinance No. 42 to address the new legislative actions regarding Sunday liquor sales presented by County Attorney Don Dearstyne.