County approves COVID-19 preparedness plan

The Hubbard County Government Center is open on a limited basis.

Hubbard County offices reopened on a limited basis, beginning June 1.

The county website states, because of the COVID-19 health pandemic and Gov. Tim Walz’s declaration of emergency, “every effort will be made to transact necessary business via email, telephone, mail for facsimile, but in-person transactions will be conducted on an as-needed basis.”

Persons entering the county government center are encouraged to wear face masks, in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Hubbard County commissioners approved a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan at their June 2 meeting.

The plan states, “Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our workers, management and customers. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our workplaces.”


The plan outlines procedures for employees who exhibit signs of COVID-19. County workers are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Workers are asked to self-screen prior to coming to work each day, by completing a short survey. If an employee exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19, they are to communicate with their supervisor and

provide that information to the human resources department.

In other business, the county board did as follows:

  • Accepted a $219,796 grant from the Minnesota State Transportation Fund for the construction of a bridge on County State Aid Highway 40, located 1.1 miles east of U.S. Hwy. 71 over the Eagle River.

  • Accepted the low bid of $582,694 from Reierson Construction, Inc. of Bemidji for CSAH 3 culvert work.

  • Accepted a $127,764 quote from Gladen Construction Co. of Laporte to repair an outlet on the Schoolcraft Trail, as recommended by Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier.

  • Accepted the low quote of $91,197 from Bemidji Bituminous, Inc. of Bagley for paving projects at Farris Park and 500th St. in Farden Township, contingent upon Farden Township approval, with payment of $58,724 to be made from the county’s general fund and $32,473 to be paid by the township.

  • Accepted the quote of $53,990 from ES&S of Omaha, Neb. for four HMA DS450 ballot counters, with ancillary software and accessories, as recommended by Auditor-Treasurer Kay Rave. They also accepted a $67,664 quote from Seachange Election Services of Plymouth, Minn. for 15 OMNI ballot tablets, with ancillary software and accessories.

  • Accepted the 2020 Annual County Boat and Water Safety Grant for the sheriff’s office, in the amount of $22,437.

  • Set dates for the 5-year Road Construction Program meetings. They are July 20, at a northern county location to be determined, and July 21 in Park Rapids. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Approved an easement across unsold tax-forfeited land for Archie L. Gronvold in section 23 of Lakeport Township.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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