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A vastly scaled down plan to reapportion Hubbard County's office space is coming before the county board today. But at least one commissioner is questioning whether the county should be looking into leasing vacant real estate downtown to solve its overcrowding. The proposal, put on the agenda by county coordinator Jack Paul and estimated to cost around $2 million, would entail moving the courts and court administration to the vacant second floor of the Law Enforcement Center and shuffling some county offices into the present court administrator's area to give Social Services more room in t
A shrinking deer population, combined with a local one-deer limit, could pack a one-two punch to the region's deer-fueled economy this weekend. Hunters may be tempted to go elsewhere. Or stay home Nov.
As the H1N1 virus continues to spread nationwide, local schools continue to experience absences eclipsing the 100 mark and Halloween events are canceled, community health director Chris Broeker worries that the fatalities reported have overshadowed the fact that many people are successfully recovering from the virus. "The things you see on the news are scary," she said. "A lot of people have H1N1. It's widespread. And most people are recovering from this but what we hear about are the people that don't recover, that are having trouble with it.
A Park Rapids business owner is miffed that his bid for new signs at the municipal liquor store was passed over on what he says is a technicality. Larry Engel, owner of Engel Sign Company, maintains he would have been the successful bidder if the vendors had been on a level playing field. City officials say they advertised for bids, provided specifications and awarded the low bid to Fargo-based Indigo Signs at a cost of $27,667.80. Engel's bid was $29,353.20.
Hubbard County seniors routinely get annual flu shots, but they seem blasé about contracting the H1N1 virus. "I've been exposed to just about everything," is how 87-year-old Clayton Severtson sums it up. "I had six brothers.
It was a dismal year for purple martins. Starvation and hypothermia claimed the lives of one-third of Minnesota's largest colony, located in Hubbard County. "There were a lot of people who lost everything," said Don Wilkins, whose Long Lake beachfront houses the colony. "It just was bad news." Wilkins said two cold snaps and rain are to blame. Although his colony escaped the first wave, the second was catastrophic for his 100+ homes, most of them occupied. "I probably lost 200 young birds. The hatch was around 600," he said.
Plans to light 14 Hubbard County intersections are not sitting well with some rural residents. "They like the solitude of dark nights," Hubbard County commissioner Don Carlson told assistant county engineer Jed Nordin at last week's board meeting. "Nobody I've talked to think it's going to save any lives." "It might," Nordin replied. "We're trying to take a proactive approach." The intersections were chosen for as variety of factors, including accident rates, visibility and traffic counts.
Hubbard County Social Services is experiencing an up tick in, for lack of a better term, food stamp fraud. Although actual food stamps haven't been issued in a decade and have given way to EBT cards, those Electronic Benefit Transfers have been abused. And investigators are delving into the problem, which local social service personnel would like to see changed legislatively. Some beneficiaries have sold their EBT cards and PIN numbers for cash. "Is fraud on the upswing?
Jacob the Lab bounded into The Ark Animal Hospital Monday morning for his post-shooting checkup, tail wagging, tongue licking everything in sight. "Hi sweetheart," said a vet to the clinic's now-famous patient. The arrow wound through his body still leaking fluid and blood, Jake wore a T-shirt over his bandage to prevent him from tearing off the sterile wrap and licking his wounds. Jake kept heading back to the clinic's surgery room. "He knows the biscuits are in there," observed a woman who brought in an animal shelter dog named Jerid that Jake took an instant liking to. "He's afrai
Nurses at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids began administering doses of the H1N1 FluMist vaccine to their fellow employees on the front lines of patient care Thursday morning. "We're offering it; we're encouraging it," said community health director Chris Broeker.