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A Fargo veterans advocate was offered the Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer position Wednesday afternoon following a full day of interviews. He accepted the position that same day. Gregory Remus spent 22 years in the Army as a military police officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He works with the Disabled American Veterans organization through the Fargo Veterans Administration assisting veterans obtain benefits.
A Fargo veterans advocate was offered the Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer position Wednesday afternoon following a full day of interviews. Greg Remus spent 22 years in the Army as a military police officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne requested a higher bail amount for the suspect in the Feb. 26 robbery of an Akeley bank, maintaining the man has a more troubled past than he revealed in court last week. Dearstyne told District Judge Robert Tiffany the $75,000 unconditional bail or $25,000 conditional amount were insufficient to ensure public safety if Edward Joseph Lowen were to post them. Lowen, 53, was arrested last week on three felony charges in connection with the robbery of First National Bank of Walker's Akeley branch.
A fire last month at the Hubbard County Public Works garage caused an estimated $20,000 in damage. It occurred in the mechanic's bay, possibly caused by a spark from a grinder or combustion that ignited the ceiling. "They tore down half the roof," said county engineer Dave Olsonawski. "We really don't know what caused it." The facility had a false wall in it that will be removed. Fire chief Donn Hoffman said crews used an infrared device that detects heat sources to try to pinpoint the source of the fire. The ceiling will need replacing.
Hubbard County will spend up to $7,000 to have architects and structural, electrical and mechanical engineers draw up floor plans for a prospective move of the District Courts, even though two of the five county board members strenuously disapproved. The county has already spent $16,800 to retain architects that conducted extensive interviews with county departments that would ultimately tell them how best to allocate the county's current and future space needs.
At a time when American consumerism is at an all-time low, one would think repair businesses would be flourishing. Yes and no. "If someone comes in with a project I'm usually three to four days out but now I'm standing here waiting for people to walk in the door," said Shawn Mahowald, co-owner of Izzy's Machine & Welding Shop in Park Rapids. He hopes the lull is temporary. Come spring, he plans to be up to his eyeballs repairing docks, boatlifts, boat trailers and farm equipment. There are signs people are hanging on to what they own, repairing stoves, appliances, furnishings and equ
After nearly three years of meetings and study, Hubbard County voted Wednesday to move forward on the purchase of VHF digital radio equipment for emergency personnel, not align itself with the expensive state radio system called ARMER. Sheriff Frank Homer said the VHF digital equipment makes the best fiscal sense for the county.
Hubbard County's Sentence to Service program looks like it will become a victim of state budget woes. Cuts to many state programs mean lawmakers will no longer fund community service programs for inmates after 2010, which could mean $23,800 locally. But Hubbard County's program, with an annual budget of $140,000, may still survive financially, thanks to township and public contributions for the popular services it offers. Over the past decade, the STS and the Community Work Services programs have completed an estimated $1.8 million in public projects, said director Randy Griess.
Hubbard County will flush its new septic system ordinance and return to its old one. Uncertainty as to what the state would do to the rules, and what affect it would have on the local building trades prompted the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners to suspend the Feb. 4 implementation of the ordinance. The board will set another public hearing. When it's all said and done, County Ordinance No. 38 will be kaput. "We acted in good faith based on the promises of the state" that all county ordinances governing septic systems should be enacted by the Feb.
Hubbard County received so many qualified applicants for the position of Veterans Service Officer it will interview the top eight candidates next week, not six as previously planned. "I just couldn't get it down to six," admitted Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson, in rating the 81 applicants. Interviews will begin at 8 a.m. March 10 in the county boardroom and are open to the public. The interviewees are Clinton Danielson, Kevin Litzau, Janette Long, Randal Lundborg, Gregory Remus, Gregory Skogen, Trevor Thompson and Timothy Weeks.