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Heartland Trail has new parking lot

A new trailhead parking lot has been installed where the Heartland Trail intersects with County 4.

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Heartland Trail users can park at the new lot northwest of the trail's intersection with County 4.

In May, the Hubbard County Board approved a quote of $2,240 from Pickett’s Excavating to construct a 45-by-65-foot parking area.

Now that the trailhead is complete, Hubbard County Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier said he’ll post signs directing trail users to the new lot.

In other business, the board did as follows at their June 1 meeting:

  • Approved the sale of two tax-forfeited parcels to adjoining landowners off Evergreen Lake. Lohmeier said the sale will resolve an encroachment issue. Land values were $1,080 and $2,970.

  • Approved quote of $19,775 by Bessler Electric of Bemidji for electrical work for a new auger compactor at the north transfer station. With the low bid of $1,200, Bessler Electric will also perform electrical work to move the existing compactor.

  • Approved the combination of part-time positions into one full-time mechanic position for the county solid waste department.

  • Approved hiring a new full-time deputy at step 8 rather than step 1, given the applicant’s experience and qualifications. Sheriff Cory Aukes said it’s more difficult to find “any applicants, much less good, solid ones.” The three candidates for this position was a very low number, he continued, but the person Aukes wishes to hire is an eight-year veteran from the Bemidji Police Department and decorated military veteran with a master’s degree in criminal justice.

  • Accepted the 2021 Annual County Boat and Water Safety Grant contract agreement, with the county receiving $21,782.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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