COVID-19 Business Assistance Program


Heartland Lakes Development Commission

Mission Statement – Inspire and Retain Economic Growth

Vision Statement – Facilitate innovation, cooperation and economic growth in the region by enhancing and leveraging the area’s unique assets through leadership, valued programs, and resources while maintaining our vibrant community.


Values Statement
Heartland Lakes Development Commission is ACCOUNTABLE for delivering tangible, measurable results in economic development, by delivering our mission, vision and values with INTEGRITY.  Through our LEADERSHIP we passionately inspire a vibrant economy by finding CREATIVE ways to find the right answer, and encourage COLLABORATION by leveraging the County’s collective genius.

Mary Thompson
Executive Director for Heartland Lakes Development Commission | 218.368.7980
Julie Kjenaas
Administrative Support Special for HLDC | 218.732.2256
Carolyn Pfeifer
Property Management Specialist for Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authorityr | 218.732.9118

Board of Directors

Tom Conway, Chair (City of Park Rapids)
Charlene Christensen, Vice – Chair (Hubbard County)
Ryan Leckner, Secretary/Treasurer (City of Park Rapids)
David De La Hunt (Hubbard County)
Christine Fox (Business)
Kathy Henry (Business)
Eric Wolff (Business)

Ex – Officio Members

Butch De La Hunt, Executive Director (Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce)
Ryan Mathisrud, City Administrator (City of Park Rapids)
Eric Nerness, County Coordinator (Hubbard County)

COVID-19 Business Assistance Program

Heartland Lakes Development Commission has created the Hubbard County COVID – 19 Business Assistance Program to provide emergency financial assistance for businesses that are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID – 19 related restrictions. The program is funded through participation agreements with local governments that have received Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) resources provided to State, Territorial, Local and Tribal Governments under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).

Applications for the fourth funding round are due by 4:30 pm on Thursday, Nov 3, 2020. Please contact Juliann Kjenaas with any questions related to the application.

Download the Application
Online Application