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Hubbard County cracked the 20,000 mark. The 2010 Census shows a population of 20,428. That's 2,200 more people than the 2000 census, which measured the county at 18,376, and considerably more than the 14,939 counted in 1990. It is considered an 11.2 percent rate of growth from the millennium. The county has 6.4 percent minority population.
Hubbard County's K-9 officer has been placed on administrative leave. The Hubbard County Board of Commissioners met behind closed doors Wednesday to decide Jeremiah Johnson's future in the department. No details were released at the time. County officials have been tight-lipped about the matter, as they are with personnel issues. Johnson, 33, and a jailer/disatcher are currently under investigation by the Becker County Sheriff's Department for some unspecified financial reasons.
Emergency personnel responded to what they say is one of the saddest accident scenes they've been to lately. An elderly Nevis resident suffered an apparent heart attack as he was heading north out of town on County Road 2. He appeared to have died instantly, ambulance personnel said. Thursday he was identified as Bud Kelsey. His daughter Wendy Holsapple said he turned 78 in December.
Establishing a post-secondary education program in Park Rapids is gaining momentum as fundraising and enrollment campaigns begin for a fall semester at M State. Classes likely would be held in the Frank White Education Center and a possibility of eight fall classes could be offered if enrollment can reach 15 students per class in: n College Writing I n Power & Communications in Human Relations n Intro to Computer n Financial Accounting I n Customer Service n Intro to Business n Business Communications n Intro to Psychology. But those are just among the possibilities M State
A roomful of gravel pit operators spoke to the Hubbard County Board Monday to urge it not to impose regulations on a struggling sector of the economy. The board, in an open work session, took up the issue of whether to regulate the hours of operation of gravel pits after receiving a complaint last summer from a resident bothered by noise from a continuous crushing operation near Kabekona corner, the site of several pits. Gravel pit owners and operators universally said more regulations could kill the business when Minnesota construction seasons are too short to allow operators to even bid
Menahga's annual ode to St. Urho is underway this weekend. Chilly participants saluted their royalty Saturday noon. The usual bar stool races and hilarity ensures Saturday afternoon, including a snow sculpture contest and parade. Saturday night the festival concludes with a dance at 8:30 p.m. at the Menagha VFW. Club. Urho is the fictitious Finnish saint that drove the grasshoppers from the wine crop.
Scott Stewart is fond of his extended family and neighbors but enough is enough, he politely informed the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday. On Valentine's Day his family lost its water supply and began showering elsewhere. Stewart called in a litany of city officials and contractors to the Seventh Street West location. They examined, steamed, examined some more and made suggestions. By Feb. 17, the family had run a hose to the neighbors and was running water to the laundry sink. The next day the hose froze. Then it thawed.
The Park Rapids City Council, in a three-minute public hearing at which no one spoke, approved modifications to the Tax Increment Financing District for the Armory Square project Tuesday noon. In conjunction with that approval, the council, after months of negotiation and discussion, entered a redevelopment agreement with Echopoint Design & Development LLC, the company Alan Zemek has formed to oversee the project. If all goes as planned, a charming sidewalk seating area for dining should grace the building's premier corner by June as part of the first phase of construction. Park Rapids r
The military has a famous phrase for operations that go awry.
Law officers barricaded a downtown Park Rapids grocery store for several hours Thursday after a hoax bomb threat was called in. It may be related to the latest Jamaican scam. According to Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers, a male caller phoned Coborn's about 10:15 a.m. and told the receptionist, "I have some serious news." The caller went on to say a bomb had been placed in "the Western Union box" near the store's courtesy counter. The receptionist said, "Are you serious?" and placed the call on hold. It then went to the store manager, who asked the same thing, Eilers said.