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Hubbard County Veteran Services Office receives $10K grant

The Hubbard County Board recently accepted a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Hubbard County Board recently accepted a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hubbard County Veteran Services Officer (VSO) Jerry Bjerke told county commissioners, “Within the grant request, I had to submit a budget, a proposal on what I’m going to spend the money for. I’ll let you know right now, I put $2,000 in for a veterans event this summer.”

Due to COVID-19, Bjerke said it was unclear whether that event could be held.

His proposed budget also sets aside $4,000 for him and assistant VSO Darius Simon to receive training, “wherever that may be.”

“I have the flexibility to move those funds around, and I’ll do that. If I can’t use it for training, I’ll use it for office supplies or something like that,” Bjerke said.

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The remaining grant funds will be used for Heartland Express to transport veterans to VA hospitals in Fargo or St. Cloud. “I haven’t been able to do that much because of COVID, but hopefully those will open up as well,” he said.

Hubbard County VSO has received this grant for three years.

In other business, the county board approved a settlement of Johnson v. Hubbard County in the amount of $52,500, which is to come out of the county social services department’s fund, and authorized County Attorney Jonathan Frieden to sign the final settlement documents. When asked for additional details, Frieden said the final settlement, while approved by the county board, was not yet fully executed. “As a result, the matter is still pending litigation and non-public under Minn. Stat. Sect. 13.39.”

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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