Labor analysts don't want Hubbard County to become a population of slackers. Last week's increase in the minimum wage law had little impact on the county since most employers already pay above it. But other workplace issues could potentially pose a real threat - a looming labor shortage and too many people not joining the workforce. Labor analysts predict that in three years, when Baby Boomers start retiring, the regional workforce could be so depleted that if people aren't trained immediately to begin assuming those jobs, counties, including Hubbard, will be forced to import workers.
For Hubbard County it was déja vu all over again. Residents near Emmaville were startled to hear tornado sirens blaring from Camp Wilderness, the Boy Scout camp. The sirens started just before 3 a.m. Tuesday and sounded continuously for 30 minutes. Rural Osage residents in northern Becker County woke to the sound of a freight train around 2:30 a.m., the tell-tale sound of a tornado. "I was petrified," said Warren Paulson, who was sleeping in his camper trailer near Osage.
If you thought gas prices were outrageous, a $12 cheeseburger will really get your blood boiling. An increase in the federal minimum wage Thursday may be much ado about nothing. Or it could cause a cascade of rising food and beverage prices. And it could be the beginning of yet another groundswell to raise Minnesota's minimum wage, which has now fallen behind the federal rate for the first time. A similar push for higher state minimum wages by the Legislature last spring ended with Gov.
The County Road 4 corridor is becoming clogged with rush hour traffic. Early mornings and late afternoons, a steady stream of vehicles commutes back and forth to Park Rapids from lake or rural homes. The same is true for state Highway 34, on either side of Park Rapids. With gas hovering at the $4 per gallon mark, Hubbard County officials and area businesses are looking more seriously at a mass transit system, but it could be awhile before the buses are off and running. July 15 a human resources roundtable was convened in Park Rapids to look at a number of issues that affect area employ
Brinn Krabbenhoft is living a fairy tale. Well, that's if you overlook the 16-hour days, occasionally squabbling kids, being surrounded by divas and wearing a hot itchy wig. But she gets to vent in a way that would make any overworked mom envious. She transforms into a crazed psycho, screaming and wandering around. Typical Grimm's fairy tale.
Hubbard County commissioner Lyle Robinson will face a primary run-off Sept. 9. Three candidates have filed to oppose the longtime county board member while fellow commissioner Dick Devine is running unopposed. Robinson, who has served on the board since 1987, will face Cynthia McGrath from Akeley, Martin "Marty" Steffel, rural Nevis, and George M. Taylor Jr., Laporte. Robinson represents Dist.
You cheapskate. See you in court. That was the gist of an e-mail sent to county administrators this week by the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), which suggested suing the state over cuts to the public defender system. AMC maintains costs in child protection cases should be incurred by the state, not cash-starved counties. The organization said it will sue to prove its point and to get counties out from under an estimated $5 million to $8 million in legal fees that could come due.
Tornados have stimulated the local economy. Aside from the obvious, shingles, building materials and logging, a vital sector of Hubbard County is in dire need of repair - its boats. Enter Izzy and Shawn Mahowald. The father-son welding team has a yard full of boats, awning supports, lifts and aluminum pieces unrecognizable as marine parts in their twisted condition.
By any measure, Dick Devine may be a tough opponent for anyone trying to unseat him from the Hubbard County Board. July 1 Devine played a round of golf, then attended a three-hour county meeting. Afterwards, he returned to Eagle View Golf Course for his second round that day. "I was walking out to putt and the next thing I knew I was looking up from the grass," he recalled. He went to St. Joseph's Area Health Services, then to a Fargo hospital for an angiogram. Two days later he filed to retain his Dist. 2 seat on the county board. "I'm feeling pretty good," Devine said.
If you ask Paul Bunyan, Mother Nature deserves a swift lumberjack kick in the keester. Mom drizzled on Paul's turtle races, doused the fishing contest and drenched his vendors. The only thing she didn't rain on was Paul's parade. Oh - and she let up both Friday and Saturday nights just in time for the dances to begin under the pavilion. But Paul Bunyan didn't get to be a legendary lumberjack being a wuss. And like the giant who overlooks their town, Akeley organizers of Paul Bunyan Days soldiered on despite the soggy weekend. Some events were moved to the fire hall.