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Faced with $32,069 in invoices from the financial firm that the City of Menahga hired to fulfill interim deputy clerk's duties, the city council contemplated its options Tuesday. Interim City Administrator Char West said Sourcewell contributed $7,500 toward to the contracted service. "That has already been subtracted out of there," she said.
The Hubbard County Board debated the potential "preemptive use" of county tax-forfeited land (TFL) at Tuesday's work session. According to Hubbard County Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier, there are currently 49 recreational cabin leases, plus leases for one pasture, one garden site, one garage and one University of Minnesota hydrogeologic study site on TFL. County officials questioned the perennial transfer of cabin leases from generation to generation, along with the low annual fee.
Sandy Dennison is taking the helm of the Hubbard County Historical Museum. Previously, she worked at a not-for-profit dolphin research center in the Florida Keys. "It was wonderful. I thought I'd be there forever, but Hurricane Irma changed all of that," she said. Affordable housing was demolished by the storm, she explained. "I got to be there for 13 years, so for that, I'm grateful," Dennison said. She and her husband decided to return to Minnesota. They've purchased a home in Nevis, and her son's family lives nearby.
The U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring 29 supervisors and 270 census takers in Hubbard County. Hubbard County Coordinator Eric Nerness informed county commissioners of 2020 Census plans at their May 7 meeting. As required by the U.S. Constitution, a census has been taken every 10 years since Thomas Jefferson directed the first one in 1790. The U.S. census counts each resident of the country, where they live on April 1.
Local female veterans were venerated for their service to their country. Hosted by the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV), DAV Auxiliary and Hubbard County Veterans Service Office (VSO), the vets were treated to dinner and entertainment Tuesday. Seventeen women, plus their guests, attended the program at the Park Rapids American Legion.
The Park Rapids American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will host ALA national president Kathy Dungan on Tuesday, May 14. Dungan is visiting seven Minnesota towns and two veterans homes between May 13-16 during a stopover in her year-long nationwide tour. "The national president tours all of the states to bring her message and information about the American Legion Auxiliary," explained Park Rapids ALA member Lynn Spilman. "She'll have an entourage — department officials that will be coming with her."
On Monday, Valley News Live of Fargo reported how Brooklyn Partlow, a Century Middle School eighth grader, experienced bullying that escalated from name-calling and exclusion to students cutting her with a razor blade. An anonymous whistleblower contacted the TV station, which was airing a "Battle Against Bullying Initiative." Brooklyn's mother, Kristen, initially thought the TV reporter was contacting her in a professional capacity, since Kristen is active in helping the community become trauma-informed and more aware of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Local wildlife photographer Steve Maanum captured a winning photo of the state bird. His image of a loon with two chicks, entitled "Just 10 More Minutes," is featured on this year's Loon Appreciation Week poster. Loon Appreciation Week is May 5-11. It's sponsored by LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, Wis.
The Hubbard County Historical Museum opens for the season May 1. The beautiful Victorian building, located at 301 Court Ave., was originally built as a courthouse in 1900. It still retains its original tin ceiling, eight vaults and gilded lettering on office doors. Admission is by freewill offering. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until September 30.
The Class of 2020 prom committee presented an evening of "Rustic Elegance" for this year's Park Rapids High School gala. Twinkling lights, white-washed barn-style doors, hay bales, sunflowers, flowing drapery and vintage milk cans were among the decor for Saturday's prom. More than 75 couples, dressed in their finest, paraded through the auditorium and gymnasium during the grand march. The dancing concluded at 11 p.m. Post-prom festivities followed from midnight to 5 a.m.