Four percent or less. That's the message Hubbard County commissioners gave to their department heads Wednesday at a special board meeting to start the budget process. They limited "growth increases" to 4 percent and repeatedly cautioned against calling them "budget cuts." Although many departments asked for less, "the big three" asked for considerably more. Sheriff Gary Mills, Social Services Director Daryl Bessler and Dave Olsonawski, county engineer and public works coordinator, were all summoned to the board meeting to hear the bad news, which some took better than others. "To keep
Park Rapids city leaders gave tentative approval Monday for engineers to draw up a proposal for a scaled down infrastructure replacement plan. The revamped proposal would shave $900,000 off the original $5.245 million price tag to replace streets, sewer, water and sidewalks on Main Avenue. "It's fair to say there was some sticker shock" at the initial proposal, consulting engineer Gary Nansen told the city council. His first presentation to the council Aug.
If you've had one of those white-knuckle encounters with a deer on the road lately, you're not alone. They're everywhere. And, as prime deer-vehicle collision season occurs, authorities are warning of the obvious: Drive carefully and keep a lookout. "Deer are literally falling off the trees up there," said Pat Hahn, a communications specialist with Minnesota's Department of Public Safety (DPS). What troubles Hahn and other traffic safety experts is the increasing number of car-motorcycle collisions they're seeing. "The deer herd is at record levels right now," Hahn said.
In a time when most young adults consider themselves environmentally conscious, a local conservation club wonders who will step up to carry on its legacy. The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club was incorporated in 1953 by Tom Bell and some of his friends. "Now we're old here," said Ray Rosenberg, an early club member. "We have no young members." Bell, club members and some members of the public gathered Saturday for a turkey shoot at the club grounds on Highways 24 and 104 (Jewel Drive.) A "turkey shoot" is simply a target shoot in which a frozen turkey goes to the winner.
Longtime Hubbard County commissioner Lyle Robinson easily breezed through Tuesday's primary to the general election. The Dist. 4 representative garnered 195 votes in the race. He will face advertising executive and business owner Marty Steffel in the November election. Steffel was the second highest vote getter, collecting 80 votes. Cynthia McGrath received 77 votes and George M. Taylor Jr. received 50 votes. The vote counts are considered preliminary until the canvassing board meets Thursday to certify the totals. Dist. 4 is in rural northeast Hubbard County.
A Robbinsdale man was injured Saturday afternoon in an ATV accident in Badoura Township. David Gary Goodrich, 34, was riding with friends when he went missing, the Hubbard County Sheriffs Department said. He was later found unconscious laying beside his ATV. The accident occurred on County Road 109, west of County Road 110. The sheriff's department indicated Goodrich became responsive shortly after being located, but that he could not recall what had happened. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
When a 911 call comes in, an electrician, a cook, a carpenter, a plumber, a parts manager, two excavators and a handful of city employees rush to the fire station. Their average response time is 4 minutes, getting from their day jobs to the fire hall. There they suit up while backing the trucks out of the garage. Will they need a ladder truck, a pumper or a tanker? They make a split second decision and race to a fire.
When the Minnesota Legislature's session ended last spring and lawmakers imposed levy limits, counties were warned they'd have to do some dire belt tightening. A nearly $1 billion state deficit caused legislators to pass the 3.9 percent levy limit, allowing counties only inflationary increases over the previous year's levy. The limits are in effect for taxes payable between 2009 and 2011.
One of the few contested races on Tuesday's primary ballot will be for the Hubbard County Commission. Three candidates are opposing incumbent Lyle Robinson, who has served on the board since 1987. Robinson is a plumbing contractor from Benedict. He is being opposed by Cynthia Rohlf McGrath, who grew up in Laporte. Now living in Akeley, McGrath is a night auditor at the Chase Hotel in Walker. This is her first run for office. The third candidate is George M. Taylor Jr., who is an employee of Bemidji State University.
A poignant tale of a Minnesota man's rash promise to educate a group of Central Asian children has become a nationwide best seller and a continuing quest for the book's main character. Greg Mortenson's story is called "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time." Written by journalist David Relin, it chronicles Mortenson's humanitarian campaign to educate Pakistani and Afghani girls.