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Akeley city campgrounds are scheduled to open in May, and the city is putting things in place to get ready. "The campground opening date is normally May 1," City Clerk/Treasurer Kristi Kath said after the meeting. "However, it is dependent on the conditions and with the more than normal snowfall this year that may get pushed out."
Hubbard County Emergency Manager Brian Halbasch is standing by to help residents and government agencies deal with spring flooding. "With the snow depths we have across Hubbard County this spring, I am expecting some type of flooding to occur," he said in a letter shared at the March 13 Akeley City Council meeting. He asked city and township officials to call 732-2588 or email email@example.com if they incur extra expenses due to flood issues.
Cold weather has made it crucial to keep the water level in Akeley's water tower stable, to prevent it from tipping over. City water and sewer supervisor Kelly VandenEykel told the council March 13 that he needs to be notified by the Eastern Hubbard County Fire Department any time there is a fire call, so he can increase the amount of water flowing into the tower.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, a day when those of Irish descent celebrate their heritage. After the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-49, the return of the potato crop was cause for celebrating. Here are some recipes for serving up potatoes Irish style. Kale can be substituted for cabbage in this traditional Irish dish from County Mayo. Colecannon potatoes 1 pound cabbage 1 pound potatoes 2 leeks 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste 1 pinch ground mace 1/2 cup butter
Akeley residents are urged to pump water from their basements onto their property — not into the city sewer system. Water and sewer maintenance supervisor Kelly VandenEykel shared his concerns at the March 13 Akeley City Council meeting. Not only is pumping into sewer systems illegal, he said, but it causes sewer ponds to fill rapidly.
Justin Isaacson discussed plans to move forward with a foundation to help children affected by domestic violence access the resources they need to heal and cope at the March 11 Nevis City Council meeting. "Obviously, with the situation that we had last month, we have 10 children who are in dire need of support," he said. "I'm trying to do my part to step up for these kids. I'm sure they're shattered right now."
A $725,000 Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) grant application approved March 5 by the Hubbard County Board will continue the work that has been helping struggling families through the MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership since 2017. Family Development Director Marcia Otte said the FHPAP grant provides resources for people who are struggling, explaining that many low-income families are only a paycheck away from homelessness.
The Nevis Robotics Team 3102 Tech-No-Tigers, which also includes members from Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School, is heading to the worlds. The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Championship competition in Detroit, Mich. will be held April 24-27. The team earned a spot at worlds with their win at the Lake Superior Regional last weekend that included 63 teams.
Second-hand stores are a great place to find cookbooks of all varieties. That is where I recently found a copy of the Itasca-Mantrap Electric Cooperative's 75th anniversary cookbook from 2015. It is a collection of favorite recipes from the cooperative's members and includes old photos and bits of history. The introduction to the cookbook shares that the cooperative was organized in 1939 and the first pole was set in 1940. Electricity was first brought to members in 1941. The recipes in the book were submitted by members of the cooperative.
The Hubbard County Board unanimously approved signing a memorandum of agreement to be part of the Mississippi River Headwaters One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) with Beltrami, Itasca, Cass and Clearwater counties at their Feb. 19 meeting. The county will also be rejoining the Leech Lake Watershed Plan, on a 3-2 vote. These decisions followed a presentation by Hubbard County Soil and Water Board (SWCD) members Marcel Noyes, Will Lee and Zachrie Gutknecht. Noyes, the SWCD board's chair, thanked everyone for the time they put into the watershed initiatives.