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Hubbard First Response & Rescue has completed an 14-by-28-foot expansion of their 1100 Birch Street headquarters. The facility now boasts a new kitchen, classroom, office and two bathrooms. Members celebrated the grand opening July 25 with a brat dinner and training on how to prepare a helicopter landing zone. Hubbard First Response & Rescue's mission is "to provide emergency care to victims of sudden illness or injury on a 24-hour basis."
Vacationaire Resort has applied for an after-the-fact variance for a 4,040-square-foot vehicle parking lot that does not comply with Hubbard County's shoreland management ordinance. Owners Tim and Nikki Clancy removed trees, graded a buffer bump and dumped approximately 4 cubic yards of class V gravel within the 100-foot setback area on Island Lake and within the 10-foot setback from their side lot line. The new parking lot also causes the property to exceed the 25 percent impervious surface area threshold.
Bargains, family fun draws crowd downtown
According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, they received a report of a body in Lake Bemidji, near the Bemidji Tourist Information Center, at 12:18 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Sheriff’s deputies, Bemidji Police and Fire, along with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers responded to the scene and recovered the body of a female. The body was transferred to the Beltrami County Coroner’s Office pending an autopsy and identification.
After reviewing Hubbard County's 2015 and 2016 audit reports with Colleen Hoffman of Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson, the county board opted to terminate their contract with the private accounting firm. County commissioners then authorized County Auditor-Treasurer Kay Rave to engage the Office of the State Auditor to work on the 2017 audit.
An instant friendship formed on the open plains of Kenya. Adventuresome travelers, Damon and Carol Sierk booked a three-week safari to Kenya in February of this year. "It was just on our bucket list," Damon said of their desire to see and photograph Africa's most iconic creatures, like the elephant, lion, wildebeest, leopard, cheetah and black rhino. The Sierks are longtime residents of Big Mantrap Lake.
An administrative law judge has extended the amount of time the public has to submit written input on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig issued the order to leave the comment period open until 4:30 p.m. Aug.15, or approximately two weeks longer than originally scheduled.
The local farmers market is introducing a free, healthy incentive program for children called The Power of Produce (PoP) Club. Each week, kids ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers. The Park Rapids PoP Club is funded through a $1,000 grant from CHI St. Joseph's Health and a $1,000 grant from the University of Minnesota Extension.
Michael Dagen is resigning as executive director of the Nemeth Art Center, effective Sept. 1. In a news release, NAC Board Chair Dawn Rossbach said, "In the last four years, Michael brought forth a vision to include contemporary art, local and regional artists and artists from both coasts to our community. These artists challenged our viewpoints to look at life, cultures and history with new perspectives, not to mention the artwork created experiences for us to savor and enjoy."
The City of Menahga was one of 35 communities to be awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED awarded 35 grants totaling more than $19 million for rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in Greater Minnesota. Menahga was approved for $236,700.