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Upon the recommendation of County Highway Engineer Jed Nordin, the Hubbard County Board agreed to postpone paving projects for County State Aid Highways (CSAH) 2 and 18, the City of Nevis, and 219th Ave in Henrietta and Nevis townships until 2020. “After careful consideration, we’d like to delay those projects to next year. I’ve contacted the townships and the city to let them know what our intent was,” Nordin said at Tuesday’s board meeting. This is a deviation from the county’s five-year road construction plan, he noted.
Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes warned the county board June 4 that they’ll be seeing a two $1,500 bills related to animal neglect charges. “Over the winter, we’ve had to seize five horses on a neglect case, and we pay to board them. That’s an expensive thing. You’re talking roughly $300 per horse per month,” Aukes said. “By statute, that comes out of the general fund.” County commissioner Char Christenson asked if the horses will be sold.
Stephanie Nicole Johnson, 27, and Johnathan Macarthur Johnson, 32, of Laporte have been charged with nine counts of overwork/mistreatment of animals/torture for depriving horses of food, water or shelter. These are felony offenses. According to the statement of probable cause filed with Hubbard County District Court, a Hubbard County sheriff’s deputy responded to the Johnson residence on April 4 after receiving a report of animal neglect.
Question: I came across the Minnesotan law that states animals cannot be kept in vehicles in a manner that endangers their safety. I also came across certain cities' laws that states you cannot idle your vehicle with the keys inside. Can you talk about pet safety, especially when the temperatures are high?
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, crews are continuing to make progress on the frontage roads and 11th street off of Hwy. 71 in Park Rapids. Local access is maintained for businesses. Once the frontage roads are complete, crews will begin work on Hwy. 71. A full detour will be in effect on July 22. Motorists will use County Road 53, Pleasant Avenue and Eighth Street.
The "five greatest days of summer" arrive July 17-22 with the 124th annual Hubbard County Fair. Organized by the Shell Prairie Agricultural Association, the fair promises a variety of entertainment at the grandstand arena, 4-H exhibits in the animal barns, mouth-watering food and a midway filled with games and rides. There's free gate admission and parking every day. The midway carnival rides will be open from Wednesday evening through Saturday. The motocross race kicks off the grandstand events on Wednesday.
The Northern Knights Car Club will celebrate the 36th annual Run to the Rapids street rod show on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10 in Park Rapids. Starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 9, the “Show and Shine” car show will be held on the first three blocks of Main Ave. Car owners invite visitors to check out their vintage machines as they share stories of how they restored their cherished classics. For more information about the event, visit northernknightscarclub.org.
Nevis was filled with piggie high jinx on Sunday. Two sunny afternoon races packed the bleachers with onlookers eager to see the sport of pig racing. Gary Dauer was unable to serve as ringmaster — or more accurately, pigmeister — for the day. Race organizer Dave McCurnin, along with Stacy McCurnin and Jim Haas, did the honors this year, while Dauer watched from the sidelines. Dauer trains the piglets in Leader for the International Pig Racing Federation-sanctioned event.
Hubbard County Social Services staff and supporters once again filled the boardroom Tuesday, demanding that county commissioners address the toxic work atmosphere and high staff turnover. The board then voted unanimously to hire the law firm of Ratwik, Roszak and Maloney of Minneapolis to "conduct a thorough review of the issues that have arisen with the Social Services Department." Teamsters agent's comments Roger Meunier, a business agent for Minnesota Teamsters Local 320, represents Hubbard County social services workers. He spoke first.