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The Menahga City Council agreed to hire an interim city administrator and an intern as deputy clerk from Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) at their Jan. 17 meeting. According to Sourcewell, there is someone on their staff who has previous city administrator experience and is familiar with the city's accounting software, called Banyon. The interim city administrator charges $50 per hour and is available for 10 hours per week.
Editor's note: Readers should be aware there are details that they may find disturbing in the victim's following account of an attempted murder. "I loved her like a daughter," Larry Holm said of Janelle Rex, the 33-year-old woman who sliced his throat on July 21, 2018, nearly killing him. The Hubbard County criminal complaint stated that his neck wound ran from ear to ear and "narrowly missed his carotid artery," but Holm, 62, says that's not accurate. "She got both of them. One was severed altogether and the other was cut halfway through.
At Tuesday's work session, the Hubbard County Board discussed whether or not to record its meetings and how much of its minutes should be published in the legal newspaper. Hubbard County Attorney Jonathan Frieden was present to offer legal counsel. The county board meeting room is equipped with audio and video recording capabilities. Hubbard County planning commission/board of adjustment meetings are currently recorded. Audio/video recording
An anonymous caller on Thursday morning reported to the Park Rapids DNR Forestry Office and the Enterprise that Hubbard County Highway Department dump trucks were hauling tires and burning them north of Laporte. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, "Burning tires release toxic air pollutants and may generate toxic oils."
3M Wonewok employees raised $1,200 during a burger night fundraiser at the Park Rapids American Legion. The donation was given to the CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care program on Jan. 8. Presenting the check, from left, are Legion Commander Dave “Lefty” Anderson with Wonewok employees Travis Stanfel, Cindy Eix, Jarid Boushee, Kim Donahue, Megan Handke, Sheila Caswell, Tom Geraedts, Shawna Christie, Tim Wheeler, Jolynn Kamrath, Matt D’Incau. DJ Paulson, Jeremy Simonson, Jessica Marotte of CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice, Cody Schirmers, Heather Umthun of CHI St.
Northern Lights Dance Academy held a winter recital Sunday at the Century Middle School. "Polar Express" was the theme. Proceeds from the show – $1,200 – were given to fellow dancer Phoenix Hunter, who was diagnosed with leukemia and continues to have medical appointments.
The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded an $18,136 grant to the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC). The Partners in Arts Participation Grant is designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Funds are available to nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services.
The Menahga City Council held an emergency special meeting Tuesday to address three issues. Mayor Joan Liimatta asked the council to approve Robyn Keranen as vice mayor. The motion passed 4-0, with council member Art Huebner absent. The council agreed, again 4-0, to appoint Amanda Pachel as interim city clerk. Lastly, the council authorized Liimatta, Keranen and Pachel to issue payments on behalf of the city. After the 4-0 vote, the meeting was adjourned.
A Lake George woman was sentenced to 74 months in state prison for slitting the throat of an acquaintance at his Laporte home in July. Janelle Nicole Rex, 33, appeared in Hubbard County District Court on Monday. According to the criminal complaint, on the afternoon of July 21, Larry Holm was sitting in a recliner talking on the phone when he felt Rex come up behind him. Holm reported that Rex said nothing prior to cutting his throat from left to right.
Newly elected Hubbard County commissioners took their oaths of office Tuesday. Dave De La Hunt, Tom Krueger and Ted Van Kempen won seats for Districts 1, 3 and 5, respectively, in the November election. County commissioner Dan Stacey, who was first elected to the board in 2012, was named the chairperson at the Jan. 8 meeting. County commissioner Char Christenson, appointed in July 2016, is vice-chair. Legal newspaper After reviewing bids, the board named the Park Rapids Enterprise the legal newspaper for 2019.