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Quail Lane (it runs the wrong way or it could be titled Quail Trail) was a road in legal limbo for years. Now it's a road mired in a lawsuit against Hart Lake Township, Hubbard County, a defunct developer, Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative and numerous individuals. It's eight-tenths of a mile long, a typical county gravel road that dead-ends in a tiny cul-de-sac.
Architects working to reallocate space for Hubbard County offices unveiled drawings for the District Courts Wednesday. The plan, costing in excess of $2 million, moves all court functions to the vacant second floor of the Law Enforcement Center. Two of four options were presented.
Non-union Hubbard County employees are projected to get a 3 percent wage hike for 2011, but department heads may find their salaries frozen. As various departments begin the budgeting process, county commissioners want to treat employees, union or otherwise, fairly. Because union workers are in the last year of a three-year contract guaranteeing them 3 percent salary hikes, county board members don't want non-union employees to be treated differently. But county board chair Lyle Robinson said at the end of this contract, he doesn't envision more annual wage hikes as given out in the past
The campaign for Hubbard County attorney got off on a somewhat confusing note Wednesday. Introducing himself to the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners, Perham attorney and candidate Nathaniel Welte maintained he could do a better job than the current prosecutor. However, Welte's opening remarks, due to the poor acoustics in the room, were heard differently by different people. Welte actually said he was not before the board "to say that Don (Dearstyne, county attorney) is doing a horrible job." But all the audience heard was the last part of the comment, making it sound like Welte h
"Dick and June Axelson here. On Little Mantrap Lake, we have blackbirds, chickadees, and orioles, all feeding on the grape jelly feeder. We've never seen this before. Are they hungry!" That seemed intriguing so I put out my grape jelly feeder, which I hadn't had an opportunity to do this spring, when the orioles were here. (You will begin to see why this is called the amateur's guide.) Bupkis. But maybe something will find the grape jelly attractive, like a bear.
Hubbard County and many surrounding counties, is in a tornado watch until 9 p.m. this evening. The National Weather Service out of Grand Forks issued the warning at 12:45 p.m. A rotating system of thunderstorms was centered above Jamestown, N.D.
A 41-year-old Lake Park man was airlifted Wednesday afternoon to a Twin Cities hospital with serious injuries suffered in an ATV accident near Two Inlets. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said Mark Scheffner was ejected from his 800 cc Can-Am ATV, which rolled. The man was riding with another ATV operator, Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said, "We don't know exactly what happened, but my understanding from Becker County is that the man's pelvic area and maybe his back were injured." Gordon said alcohol was not a factor.
A Laporte man was arraigned Monday on two felony charges in connection with the death of his ATV passenger May 1. Chad Robert Tabaka, 31, formerly of Walker, was released on his own recognizance by Judge Robert Tiffany, who placed several conditions on him. He faces two counts of criminal vehicular operation in the death of Jessica Lynn Christopherson, 31.
Akeley's Garden Club members experienced the rush of customers Saturday at its annual sale. Member Bonnie Benham said the group uses the proceeds to enhance Akeley's charming downtown area. The club purchased the benches that flank the town's Paul Bunyan sculpture, planted a memorial flower bed nearby and plant all the barrels that line the downtown area. Each club member take a two-week turn at watering. Akeley resident Georgie Barnett looks over the plant selection. She was buying phlox and lupine, but said she was open to other selections.
If a resort ownership changes its business model, should the resort's taxable valuation change as well? That's the issue the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners, acting as the county Board of (tax) Equalization, was asked to decide Monday.