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Rainy weather over the past several weeks held up concrete and paving work at the new Hubbard County south transfer station, reported Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte at the Oct. 16 county board meeting. "So, hopefully, with decent weather, they get more accomplished on that and keep us on schedule," he said. "Besides the concrete end of it, things have been moving right along." The bid completion date for the 20,600-square-foot building is set for March 1, 2019. It will replace the existing transfer station, which was constructed in 1987.
Judy Fieldsend urged her son to fix Fuller's Pawn clock on Main Avenue. On Friday, Jeff Fieldsend obliged, volunteering his time as an electrician. His employer, Davis Electric, loaned a boom truck for the operation. "She's been hounding me all summer. I finally got time to go look at it now," Jeff said. "Basically, the problem was a bunch of loose wires." It's unknown how long the clock has been idle — decades, perhaps — but within about an hour, he had it ticking.
A motion sensor alerted Marvin and Julie Sauer, owners of Lobo's Bar and Grill, to trouble around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. "We thought we had an intruder because we've been broken into before," Marvin said, speaking to two Clearwater County sheriff's deputies and a state fire inspector Monday morning. "We opened the door and smoke's rolling out," he said. The couple attempted to squelch the small blaze themselves.
The Hubbard County Board denied a conditional use permit (CUP) for a controversial RV campground on Long Lake. Chris Bolton requested a CUP to operate Bolton Bay RV Park, with 14 camping sites on five acres located at 18080 Emerald Island Circle, the northwest side of Long Lake. Last month, the Hubbard County Planning Commission — on a 3-2 vote — narrowly recommended approval of the CUP, including 16 proposed conditions.
"This place is awesome. There's so much to do," said Chelsea Bjerke of Bemidji. She and her brother, Alex Holderbecker of West Fargo, brought their families to Carter's Red Wagon Farm fall festival and pumpkin party Saturday. They paused to take photos amidst a pleasant pumpkin and hay bale scene. The fall festival continues every Saturday through October, plus this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office reported that a 2013 Chevy Silverado, driven by Jeffrey Borchart, 62, of Park Rapids collided with a 2014 Ford Taurus, driven by Gregory Anglin, 55, of Lake Park, at approximately 1:55 p.m. Oct. 10 on 209th Avenue, just south of 150th Street in Hubbard Township. Roger Miller of West Fargo, 54, was identified as a passenger in the Ford Taurus.
The upcoming election became a top of discussion at the close of the Menahga City Council meeting Tuesday. The Menahga mayor and three council members seats are up for election this November. Nathan Carlson and Joan Liimatta will be on the ballot for mayor. According to a GoFundMe page, it's questionable whether Carlson can serve, if elected. On Aug. 24, he suffered "a major brain bleed," which caused a stroke. He is currently in the ICU at St. Cloud Hospital.
David De La Hunt, Vern Massie, Tom Krueger and Ed Smith are vying for seats on the Hubbard County Board in November's election. They met Oct. 4 to answer questions at a candidate forum hosted by League of Women Voters (LWV) Park Rapids Area. Sue Tomte served as moderator. De La Hunt is challenging District 1 incumbent Massie, while Krueger is challenging Smith in District 3. Ted Van Kempen is the sole candidate for the District 5 opening. He was present Thursday, but did not participate in the forum. The candidates
While crews are resurfacing 20 miles of the highway between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park, some drivers may be using County 18 as an undesignated detour. At the Oct. 2 Hubbard County Board meeting, county commissioner Char Christenson told County Engineer/Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin she received a complaint from a grandmother about logging trucks and dangerous speeding on County 18, north of Fishhook Lake.
Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Manager Julie Kingsley sought county board approval of a proposed agreement and additional funds for the buffer ordinance. She appeared before county commissioners Tuesday morning. The state has tasked SWCD with assisting landowners in complying with the Minnesota buffer law, which requires the implementation of buffers and/or alternative, water-quality practices.