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Applicants sought for Hubbard County’s GreenCorps program

Hubbard County has welcomed two Minnesota GreenCorps members in the past. Members spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues, while gaining valuable experience and job skills.

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Ethan Kehrberg
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Hubbard County is authorized to host a Minnesota GreenCorps member.

GreenCorps is an environmentally-focused AmeriCorps program. It’s coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Members spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues in Minnesota, while gaining valuable experience and job skills.

Hubbard County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte reported the good news at the May 17 county board meeting.

“We’ll be having another member start in early September. It’ll be good to help out with our outreach and education and do some additional projects,” he said.

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Hubbard County has welcomed two GreenCorps members in the past.

Minnesota GreenCorps is currently accepting applications for 48 full-time AmeriCorps members.

Positions are available with governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions statewide.

Each member serves on a project in one of four focus areas:

  • Air pollutant reduction,
  • Community readiness and outreach,
  • Green infrastructure improvements,
  • Waste reduction, recycling and organics management.

Other locations approved for a GreenCorps member are Bemidji, Cass Lake, Brainerd, Cloquet and Duluth.
Members earn a living stipend of $14.50 per hour, a $6,495 education award, health care and loan forbearance. They serve 40 hours a week for 11 months, from Sept. 14, 2022, through Aug. 15, 2023.

Interested applicants should go to www.pca.state.mn.us/mngreencorps to learn more about the program and apply online. The deadline is June 16. Email questions to mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us.

In related business, the board did as follows:

  • Reappointed Hubbard County Highway Engineer/Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin to a four-year term, beginning May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2026.
  • Approved the purchase of right-of-way easements on County Road 119 between 174th Ave. and CSAH 33. Fourteen landowners are affected. The county highway department plans to reconstruct and improve this portion of the road through grading, full-depth reclamation, aggregate base, bituminous pavement and aggregate shouldering. If Hubbard County is unable to successfully negotiate the acquisition of the required easements, the resolution authorized acquisition of land by eminent domain.
  • Approved a right-of-way easement for Itasca-Mantrap Electrical Association in Section 30 of Arago Township. The association will be burying an above-ground electric cable. 
  • Accepted $3,100 in donations from various individuals to replace worn, tattered windscreens on the pickleball courts at Heartland Park.
  • Approved Gladen Construction Inc.’s quote for landfill cell excavation at the north transfer station. The Laporte company will charge $408 per hour for an excavator and $241 per hour for a dozer. “Based on our annual survey we did last fall, we realized our cells 11 and 12 are up to capacity, so we need to excavate out cell 13. That’s our last permitted cell to place demolition waste in,” Holte remarked.
  • Supported Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club's application to the Minnesota DNR for Grant-in-Aid for Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails. The county will act as local sponsor.
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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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