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Twenty-five Snyders Drug Stores' pharmacies in Minnesota have been sold to Walgreens. Employees in Park Rapids and Menahga were told of the sale Tuesday night. The Park Rapids pharmacy will remain open; Menahga's will close. "The sale was finalized on Tuesday night," said Michael Morin, a Detroit-based public relations spokesman handling publicity surroun- ding the sale. "There are some regulatory things that have to happen but there shouldn't be a problem with that," he said. "We expect that next Thursday (Jan.
Credit card companies aren't the only ones accumulating bad debt. Hubbard County transfer stations will soon take some delinquent debtors to court to collect overdue fees, and may have to write other debts off. As the local economy continues to take a toll on the building trades industry, construction companies are leaving trails of debt in their wake. Solid Waste Manager Vern Massie received permission to take two companies to court for past due debts.
Hubbard County employees, despite a recession, will continue to get 3 percent annual raises through the end of 2011. County board members voted last month to give union, non-union and elected employees cost of living increases that amount to a 3 percent increase. In so doing, it puts many county employees above the U.S. Census Bureau median income levels in both the state and Hubbard County.
A press release issued by Hubbard County attorneys Tuesday indicates an Akeley woman who sued over an alleged sexual assault by a former deputy may have received only a fraction of the $640,000 settlement. "Two hundred fifty thousand dollars was paid to purchase an annuity" for Kristy Barsch, the release states. No additional payments were to be made on behalf of the county and Greg Siera, the deputy who resigned under pressure one year ago, the county's press release indicates. Barsch accused Siera of sexually assaulting her while he was on duty in late 2008.
Hubbard County will pay an Akeley woman a structured settlement worth $640,000 to settle a lawsuit against it and a former deputy sheriff accused of sexually assaulting her while on duty. The Hubbard County Board went into closed session Tuesday afternoon with its attorney and voted to allow the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust to pay Kristy Barsch to settle her civil rights lawsuit. Barsch, a mother of two, alleged former deputy Greg Siera sexually assaulted her in the fall of 2008. Siera resigned one year ago under pressure after being placed on paid administrative leave following th
In the ongoing soap opera that has become Hubbard County's Veterans Service Office, a starring character whose face was missed will likely reprise his role, just as they do on daytime TV. John Lombard, who retired two years ago, said he would be willing to help the county through a vacancy in the office if the price is right and it doesn't affect his retirement benefits. But he said the county asked him for help months ago, before current VSO Dave W. Konshok tendered his surprise resignation in December. Konshok, who is leaving to pursue other interests, is done Jan.
Hubbard County commissioners voted Tuesday to immediately suspend their agreement with the Michigan maker of defective tax assessing software; the board will probably stiff the company for money it owes for 2010. That won't make a dent in the $200,000+ the county has already lost purchasing and trying to implement the once vaunted Manatron billing, assessing and recording program that never lived up to expectations. "We cannot do our taxes with the Manatron system as it is, pure and simple," said Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren, who had suggested with other department heads the county sw
The drivers of two vehicles that collided on County Road 7 Saturday morning were not injured although both the car and SUV sustained heavy damage. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department said one vehicle slid into the highway from the approach on 250th Street around 11 a.m. The northbound car struck the SUV in the intersection north of Dorset. Crews from Nevis Fire & Rescue and two county deputies responded to control traffic until wreckers could separate the vehicles and tow them away.
The victim of a pedestrian-train accident near Detroit Lakes last month has been identified as a Park Rapids man. Norman Lee Maunu, 54, was believed to have left Park Rapids Dec. 17 for Detroit Lakes. The following evening, he was struck and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train near Detroit Lakes, Sheriff Tim Gordon said. Maunu was identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office. The eastbound train struck Maunu as he was walking about 400 yards east of the Becker County Road 54 railroad crossing, Gordon said.
Ninety percent of Hubbard County's eligible voters went to the polls on Election Day. That exceeded the state voter turnout, which was just under 80 percent. Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren said there were no problems, and other than the large number of votes cast, the day went smoothly at all the precincts. More than 11,000 votes were cast - 11,706 to be exact.