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The Hubbard County Board held a public hearing Jan. 16 about removing a prescriptive easement in section 3 of the Schoolcraft Township Game Refuge. A private individual is interested in buying property, but the Schoolcraft ATV/OHV Trail runs straight through the center of the parcel. The 29-mile Schoolcraft Trail connects Lake George to the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The trail is a combination of forest and township roads as well as county and state road rights-of-way. The trail is provided by Hubbard County and maintained by the Northwoods Riders OHV Club.
The Minnesota State High School League 24A Sub-section One-Act Play Competition is Saturday, Jan. 27 in the Park Rapids Area High School (PRAHS) auditorium. The first play begins at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 am. The entire day of five one-act plays is free to the public. The five high schools involved are Park Rapids, Nevis, Verndale, Menahga and Frazee. First- and second-place winners advance to the Section 6A contest, which will also be held in Park Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 3. PRAHS holds the state record for taking one acts to state competition.
SnoDaze royalty was announced. The king and queen will be crowned during the Monday, Jan. 29 coronation at 9 a.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School. Front row: Kenton Klein and Cassidy Bera. Middle row: Peter Van Batavia, Seth Breitweser, Landen Burlingame, Jacob Berg. Back row: Olivia McDonald, Tara Johanning, Jordan Klemmer, Kinley Nordin and Kayleah Breitweser.
A Hinds Lake resident successfully concluded a 40-year battle to stop a garbage-hauling business from operating on the lakeshore. The case went to trial in September in Hubbard County District Court. In a decision filed on Dec. 30, Judge Paul Rasmussen concluded that Hubbard County "negligently and incorrectly" took the position that the business predated the county's own shoreland management ordinance (SMO) and "failed to perform its duty" of enforcing the rules.
New equipment to help find drowning victims
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has enacted a no travel advisory in the following counties due to dangerous driving conditions. Kittson Marshall Norman Pennington Polk Red Lake High winds and blowing snow are causing whiteout conditions and snowplows have been pulled off their routes.
Gavin Becker has set the bar for "most romantic" marriage proposal sky high — literally. With the help of his family, the 2015 Nevis High School graduate carved the message "MARRY ME" onto Eighth Crow Wing Lake. On Sunday, Gavin flew his longtime girlfriend, Olivia Toft, over the gigantic conversation heart. An aviation student in Grand Forks, Gavin will graduate this spring as a commercial pilot. Olivia is a 2014 Nevis alumna. She graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in social work.
The local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter has committed $5,000 to Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area (LAH). The goal of both the DAV and the donation is to "help improve the quality of life for veterans and their families," said Greg Remus, adjutant with DAV Park Rapids. The funds will specifically be used to cover cost-sharing expenses for veterans 65 years and older who utilize Living at Home's core services.
The Hubbard County Board has elected not to participate in a "Mississippi River Headwaters Watershed One Watershed, One Plan." Beltrami County is asking surrounding counties if there is interest in seeking a One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) grant application, reported Hubbard County Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf. State funding comes from the Clean Water Legacy Act. If the grant were awarded, the watershed planning process would begin in late 2018 or early 2019. Buitenwerf sought the board's position on the matter at their Jan. 2 meeting.
Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council released a new study Wednesday indicating that the arts have a large impact on Hubbard County. The total annual economic impact of 15 arts and culture organizations, their audiences and 170 artists and creative workers in Hubbard County is $1.6 million. The report was the first of 15 studies that will be released in January and February around the state.