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Next year it will be one-stop shopping in the flu shot department as manufacturers combine seasonal flu serum with H1N1 prevention in the same inoculation. Meanwhile, Hubbard County will continue to administer H1N1 flu vaccines throughout the summer in case the region experiences a third wave of the illness. To date, 4,500 vaccines have been given to Hubbard County residents, a rate of nearly 30 percent of the total population. Those were the figures community health director Chris Broeker gave to the Hubbard County Board Wednesday. "As long as we're directed to by the State Health Dep
A discussion of upcoming property tax appeal and equalization meetings throughout Hubbard County in the next month led county commissioners to the subject of the loss of $200,000 to a Michigan-based tax assessing software developer. It began with Hubbard County Assessor Bob Hansen presenting visual aids he will carry to those township halls explaining the differences between how parcels of land are taxed. Hansen meticulously compiled a tax comparison of 33 different parcels of property, classified as seasonal, homesteaded residential, agricultural, commercial and rural vacant land to show
The Henrietta Township Board will consult its legal counsel and possibly schedule a special meeting later this month after it came under fire for a January resolution banning the sale of hard liquor at special events. Randy and Denese Jokela appeared before the board Thursday night with numerous supporters asking the township to rescind the decision, saying the sale of stronger alcoholic beverages was necessary to the success of the "family friendly" rodeo event that will be held July 1-3. The resolution "drastically changed" the status of the PBR bull ride event, Denese Jokela told the bo
Sgt. Cory Aukes announced Friday he would run for the office of Hubbard County Sheriff against incumbent Frank Homer. Homer told the county board Wednesday he intended to seek election to the post he was appointed to in March 2009. The two men were considered for the post after former Sheriff Gary Mills resigned one year ago due to chronic health problems. The Hubbard County board appointed Homer to fill out Mills' term. But both candidates gave presentations that impressed board members. Aukes is a 20-year veteran of the department.
More than 600 kids, in a crowd of 2,000 people, lined the sidewalk along Nevis' Muskie Park Saturday in an Easter egg hunt that would rival another one held out east in a big White House. A block-long, knee-high wave of pre-school humanity surged through the rope lines at 1 p.m.
When the Developmental Achievement Center's Salvage Depot opens next month, it is anticipated the new business will co-exist with the Henrietta Mall, not compete with it. The "mall" is the euphemism given to the South Transfer Station's solid waste repository, off Henrietta Avenue in Park Rapids.
Nevis firefighters doused a grass fire Tuesday afternoon caused by a homeowner who'd dumped the ashes from his wood stove on a debris pile hours earlier. "I guess there must have been some cinders still in there," said Romke Zylstra, who lives off Highway 34 east of Nevis. "When I got home I saw the smoke and thought my barn was on fire," Zylstra said.
There's a military adage that when the going gets rough, you send in the Marines to do the heavy lifting. An injured trumpeter swan unable to make the winter migration from Lake Hattie, northwest of Pine River, owes his new life to those brave men. For purposes of this story, we've dubbed him Jarhead. The male cynget was shot by a hunter last fall and began to deteriorate.
Hubbard County residents lag significantly behind the state, the nation and neighboring counties in returning U.S. Census forms. County residents are also well behind Park Rapids city residents in Census compliance. The county, as of Thursday, had returned 43 percent of forms delivered door to door last month. Park Rapids residents had returned 61 percent, which is closer to the state compliance rate of 60 percent. The national return rate is at 52 percent. Neighboring counties also did better than Hubbard County.
Hubbard County may not be able to recoup the $200,000 it paid for a tax recording and billing software program two years ago that it eventually abandoned. As the county researched suing the Michigan-based company called Manatron, it encountered some obstacles, said county coordinator Jack Paul. "We're not doing anything with them," Paul said this week.