Hubbard County COVID Business Assistance Program receives $1.9M

Hubbard County and the Heartland Lakes Development Commission (HLDC) reached an agreement at the end of July to transfer CARES Act funding to the COVID-19 Business Assistance Program.

The resolution approved by the county board states, “Hubbard County applied for and formally accepted CARES Act funding on June 26, and was subsequently awarded $2,616,966 to directly apply to a broad range of necessary expenditures incurred as a result of COVID-19.”

The county and HLDC agreed to transfer $1.9 million of the CARES Act funding to HLDC.

HLDC is the designated economic development organization for the county and the City of Park Rapids.

The emergency financial assistance is intended for Hubbard County businesses impacted by COVID-19-related restrictions, either through the shutdown or revenue losses.


County Emergency Manager Brian Halbasch shared a letter from his department, and on behalf of Northwest Health Services and Greater Northwest EMS, thanking the Hubbard County Fair Board and county solid waste department for providing storage and unloading of 35 pallets of personal protection supplies, totaling over 28,000 pounds.

“It was basically two full semi loads of medical supplies and PPE that got distributed to all the facilities in northwest Minnesota,” Halbasch said.

In other business, the county board did as follows at their July 21 meeting:

  • Approved the low quote of $15,296 from Wastequip of Rosemount, MN for 12, eight- yard, rear-loading recycling dumpsters with lids, as recommended by Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte.

  • Ordered the removal of a hazardous building located at Lot 5, Hirsch’s Towering Pines, 25320 Hirsch Drive, Nevis, Parcel No. 20.59.00500, as recommended by County Attorney Jonathan Frieden.

  • Approved the sole responsible quote of $12,996.19, plus refrigerant and freight if required, from Daikin Applied, Minneapolis District, for service and repair of the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center’s chiller/compressor.

  • Approved a right-of-way purchase for County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3 culvert replacements. Two parcels are tax-forfeited land and one is private. The Hubbard County Highway Department proposes to reconstruct and improve a portion of the highway, located between T.H. 71 and 0.28 miles north of CSAH 9.

  • Accepted grants from the state’s Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Assistance Program on behalf of Round River Drive ATV Trails (east), Schoolcraft ATV Trails and Martineau Recreational OHM Trails. The grant amounts are $21,000, $10,000 and $18,000, respectively.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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