Cleo Williams knew there was a downturn in the construction business. He and son, Mike, felt it deeply. The small business west of Park Rapids needed work. When Cleo learned of a federal stimulus project for the Park Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority, making kitchen and bathroom cabinets, he acted. "There just wasn't a lot of work out there," he said. The criteria for obtaining Recovery Act loan and grant money is simple: Buy American, make American. Cleo littered his workshop with notes from questions he asked about the program.
They're out there. Law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota, Hubbard County and Park Rapids made a visible show of force by Wednesday afternoon, ticketing speeders and on the prowl for drunk drivers. The Department of Public Safety says impaired drivers caused more than half of the Thanksgiving weekend fatalities during the past three years.
The county's scaled back plan to eliminate overcrowding is only feasible with a rock-bottom interest rate on bonds. But as the county's Social Services department continues to see growing requests for assistance and less room to operate in, the need to expand is starting to become crucial. Hubbard County board chair Lyle Robinson suggested the commission start shopping for interest rates below 2 percent, getting stimulus money or grant money other counties can't use and have turned back in to agencies doling out low-interest financing. "It could be a $600,000 to $700,000 difference" in t
Pat Olson has dozens of pen pals, of the literal variety. The Hubbard County Correctional Center chaplain has seen inmates of all types in her long tenure - she's on her fourth sheriff. "That's where all this came from," she said, pointing to the snowy white hair. But she's also seen the Lord work in mysterious ways. And some not so mysterious. There was the meth addict, being sentenced for yet another crime. "Maybe if I'd listened to you six years ago I wouldn't be here now," he admitted to the judge.
When legions of emergency workers descended on the I-35 bridge collapse scene Aug.
If you're traveling to Grandmother's house for Thanksgiving, a late start may not be a bad idea. At 7 a.m. roads in Hubbard County were slippery with an accumulation of snow, making travel slow. Authorities responded to numerous accidents caused by poor road conditions. Hubbard County road crews were out shortly after 8 a.m.
Hubbard County emergency personnel responded to their fifth rollover accident of November this morning. But the crash, 12 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, was likely caused by a drowsy driver, not icy roads. The accident, just after 10:30 a.m., resulted in only minor injuries to the southbound driver, emergency personnel on the scene said.
Cuts to the police forces in Nevis and Akeley will mean the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department will have to spread its services thinner throughout the region. "We are obligated as a county to serve the people and municipalities," Sheriff Frank Homer said. "It's definitely going to add to our duties." But as the county prepares to re-negotiate its contract with the city of Nevis to share the cost of a deputy, Hubbard County commissioners are worried about the inequities of one town paying for services, while Akeley, Laporte, Lake George and other communities don't. "I'm nervous about t
The tide of discontent may be turning for Hubbard County's beleaguered Veterans Service Office. A Park Rapids veteran appeared before the county board first thing Wednesday to praise Veterans Service Office Dave W. Konshok's knowledge and assistance with his claims. Last month a legion of vets came to complain about poor service. "He resolved some conflicts very, very quickly," Richard Crow told the board. "Most people who complain about VSOs don't realize the monoliths they're dealing with in the military. It's easy to find naysayers that aren't willing to do their part.
Flu cases, of all varieties and strains, are on the wane throughout the state and in Hubbard County. "We are seeing fewer sick people," community health director Chris Broeker told the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. She said there have been fewer school outbreaks, or no outbreaks by the official classifications, fewer people visiting local clinics and fewer patients hospitalized with the flu.