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A Virginia-based telecommunications giant is proposing a Chicago to Seattle broadband network that would traverse Hubbard County. "We're proposing actually building what's called a broadband backbone," said Kristin Shulman, XO Communications Inc.'s vice president for external affairs. "Right now as we understand it, the fiber optics in the ground along that route are pretty old, essentially running out of capacity, and even if the companies that own that wanted to upgrade it, the glass that's in the ground isn't really capable of handling the latest electronics," Shulman said.
Without the factual basis to support a variance, a confused Board of Adjustment nevertheless did just that, granting a resort-turned-PUD more than three times the recommended boat slips. A deeply divided board OK'd the request for eight additional boat parking spots at Eagles Landing Resort on 5th Crow Wing Lake, over the objection of DNR Fisheries supervisor Doug Kingsley. Resort owners Dan and Donna Rehkamp were previously granted permission to convert the resort to a Planned Unit Development that entails a four-tier residential plan in the southwest corner of the lake.
Saints usually evoke benevolent thoughts of Mother Theresa surrounded by lepers. But every March, Menahga hosts a boisterous weekend to celebrate a giant sainted Finn with an even more ginormous grasshopper impaled on a pitchfork. All hail the festival of St. Urho, underway this weekend. His saintness is alleged, in Finnish folklore, to have eradicated a locust of grasshoppers feasting on the country's sparse grape crop. This year's royalty, anointed honorary Urho and spouse, were Bobby and Janis Hillstrom. "We got crowned," Bobby said Saturda.
Plans to cut 200 full-time positions from a mental health direct care program may not adversely affect Hubbard County. But in going leaner and meaner, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has exposed itself to questions of how a well-intentioned program became mired in bureaucracy, which torpedoed the facilities built to deliver that mental health care. It all began in 2006, with lofty plans to restructure how mental health services were delivered.
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.
Hubbard County law enforcement agencies have once again been asked to stop using the Intoxilyzer machine to breath test suspected drunken drivers. That's because defense attorneys continue to demand access to the instrument's source code, which explains how the machine is programmed. "I see this simply as a delay tactic by the defense and have every confidence the Intoxilyzer accurately measures a person's BAC (blood alcohol content)," said a memo sent out last week by Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. "I cannot let the defense dictate public safety." Dearstyne's memo followed a r
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.