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An exodus of Hubbard County Social Services employees prompted the Minnesota Teamsters Local 320 to get involved. Roger Meunier, a business agent for Minnesota Teamsters Local 320, represents the 44 social services workers in Hubbard County. "In the last year-and-a-half, 26 people have left because of, and I quote, 'administration and that the way that they are operating.' Four have left to work close to home, and four were fired because they wouldn't comply while still under probation," he said.
The Park Rapids Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) chapter collected 969 deer hides this hunting season. MDHA's Hides for Habitat Program is designed to take donated deer hides, provided by deer hunters and market those hides. On Monday, local chapter members loaded the salted hides onto a semi truck headed for North American Fly, Limited in Strum, Wis.
Vacationaire Resort withdrew their after-the-fact variance request for a 4,040-square-foot vehicle parking lot and a second variance request to add another 3,000-square-foot parking lot between existing blacktop and a new motel. Owners Tim and Nikki Clancy appeared before the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment on Monday. Initially, they asked the board to table their variance until the spring of 2019 or when the existing snow cover is gone. Their shoreland ordinance violations are yet unresolved, however. Illegal parking lot
On Tuesday, the Hubbard County Board terminated its memorandum of agreement to develop a Leech Lake River One Watershed, One Plan.
The community fish house has joined the ice fishing village on Fishhook Lake. David East, Armin Hawkins and Ken Hensel — all members of the Park Rapids Chapter Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association — set up the fish house Thursday morning at the public access. This is its ninth winter out on the ice, they said. Hawkins, Hensel and Terry Bliss volunteer their time all winter long, taking turns to prepare the house for fishing by 7 a.m. and to close it by 6 p.m. Roughly 300 people a year use the heated facility at no charge, according to Hawkins.
Century Middle School seventh and eighth grade band students went a'caroling for two days with band director John Cook. On Monday, Junior Bates, Isaac Hartig, Aaron McDonald and James French played "O Christmas Tree" at the Heritage Community campus in Park Rapids. The bands visited Citizens National Bank, and Heartland Homes as well. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)
At its Dec. 13 truth-in-taxation hearing, the Hubbard County Board set the final levy at $15,007,000 — a 4.9 percent increase from last year. In September, county commissioners approved a preliminary payable 2019 levy of $15,144,000, which was a 5.9 percent increase over the 2018 final levy of $14,300,000.
After whittling down its 2019 budget, the Menahga City Council on Monday adopted a final 2019 tax levy of $450,392 — a mere $4,410 or .99 percent increase over last year. Last year's final levy was $445,981. In September, the council initially proposed a $558,113 tax levy, which would have been a 25 percent tax hike. The city council and department heads spent the next few months trimming the budget.
The Hubbard County Board approved a series of recycling bids at its Dec. 5 meeting. Green Lights Recycling of Blaine offered the low quote to dispose of fluorescent tubes: 16 cents for 4 foot and under, 32 cents for greater than 4 feet, 29 cents for compact bulbs and $59.95 to $169.95 per transportation trip. So far this year, Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte said the county has recycled 15,327 fluorescent bulbs of 4 feet or less.
A regiment of nearly 100 volunteers has sustained the Community Christmas Dinner, now celebrating its 30th year. Originally started in 1989 by the Bob Kriss family, the holiday feast's moto is "No one should spend Christmas Day hungry or alone." The Community Christmas Dinner is open to all. There is no charge for the meal, but freewill offerings are welcome. A heaping plate of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, corn, sweet potatoes, salad, dinner roll and pie will be dished up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 at the Park Rapids American Legion.