On Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:06 p.m., Beltrami County Deputies assisted the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office in investigating an alleged abduction that had occurred earlier in the day in International Falls. Information received was that a male subject, later identified as Joshua M. Smith, age 31 of Blackduck, had taken his ex-girlfriend against her will, and she was allegedly being held at a residence in in Hornet Township approximately 30 miles northeast of Bemidji.
In an effort to introduce area Post 9/11 veterans to some of the local and state resources available to them, as well as to give them a place to meet others who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, the Hubbard County Veterans Service Office and local Chapter 38 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) invite all veterans from this time period, and their family members, to an outreach event on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Motorists on Highway 71 will encounter a detour beginning Monday, Sept. 5 as crews begin a resurfacing project between Itasca State Park and Lake George. The detour follows Hubbard County Road 4 and Highway 34. It is expected to last until mid-October, weather permitting. Mark Sand and Gravel Co. is the contractor for the $2.56 million project. It includes the construction of four turn lanes on Highway 71, along with the installation of intersection lighting and an extension of the bypass lane at Highway 200 near Itasca State Park.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, under the direction of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), on Monday released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline project that was submitted to the PUC. By order of the PUC, the FEIS was prepared by the Minnesota Commerce Department, with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The Minnesota Department of Health recently designated CHI St. Joseph's Health as a Level 4 Trauma Hospital. CHI St. Joseph's Health and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota's statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital's resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. CHI St. Joseph's Health met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.
The Bliss family of Nevis has been named Hubbard County's "2017 Farm Family of the Year" by the University of Minnesota. Ed and Dena Bliss bought their 212-acre farm south of Nevis in the 1924. The next generation of the family, Fred and ElVeda, began farming in 1953 and expanded the farm to 932 acres. They raised cattle, hogs, hay, corn, barley and edible beans. Fred retired from farming in 1992 and all the land was rented out for the next 20 years.
Secretary of State Steve Simon will begin the first of a two-day swing through Northwest Minnesota. Secretary Simon will make stops in six counties, including Hubbard County, to meet with local election officials and discuss his successful push to help replace Minnesota’s aging election equipment.
The 2017 Miss Menahga and Little Miss Menahga pageant will be held on Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at the Menahga School. This year the pageant has a Hollywood theme and will feature a combined opening number to, "The Great Movie Ride-Hooray for Hollywood."
Amber Schroeder of Nevis was among more than 1,500 high school students from across the country who participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour held June 10-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative sponsored Amber on this all-expense-paid trip. Each year in June, high school students from across the country have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for an action-filled week to learn more about electric cooperatives, visit famous historical monuments, meet and ask questions of legislators and get to know fellow students from other states.
At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, May 13, Governor Mark Dayton will cast his line, proclaim Clean Drain Dry Day, signaling the start to a time honored tradition, the Minnesota Fishing Opener! With over 1.6 million anglers hitting the water, Fishing Opener is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers on the importance of invasive species prevention. The Clean Drain Dry Day Initiative recognizes county partners, lake associations and the many advocates who have united under a common theme working to ensure clean water, open access and a vibrant outdoor economy.