Record number of entries
Stearns County’s Web Team picked the winning photos in its “Fall Favorites” Photo Contest. Five winners were chosen in Stearns County’s fourth annual amateur photo contest.
• An Huynh Olmscheid of St. Cloud won for her photo “Wandering through the native grasses at Quarry Park”
• Jackie Deters, Albany, had her photo “Leaf Pile Jumping” make the top five
• Carol Horsman from Waite Park also had a winning photo with “Grasshopper Chapel at Sunset”
• Tim Johnson of St. Cloud won with his photo entitled “Boardwalk Loop”
• Michelle Meier, Watkins, had a winning photo called “Fall Harvest”
The 10th Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt is scheduled for May 6-8, 2014, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.
Veterans interested in participating should contact Dennis Erie at (320) 255-6365, for application instructions.
This special hunt is provided for physically disabled veterans who are currently receiving outpatient care or are eligible to receive health care from the VA and cannot hunt during the regular firearms season.
The Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt is a joint effort of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota National Guard, Camp Ripley, and is sponsored by the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and their respective Auxiliaries.
The deadline is nearing for residents of Stearns County who want to get involved with their local government and serve on a Stearns
County board or committee.
Stearns County is recruiting for appointments to be filled in January of 2014. The boards and committees serve a variety of county departments in a variety of areas. There are openings on the following committees:
• Board of Adjustment
• Community Corrections Advi-
• Dairy Advisory Committee
The meetings schedule is in full flight for me this week, addressing everything from alternative fuels for automobiles, to advances in vehicle safety, innovation in recycling and aquatic invasive species. Here’s an overview:
I recently visited the GE Innovation Center in Eden Prairie. I am interested in more widespread use of alternative fuels in our vehicles and the facility I visited in Eden Prairie is working to accomplish this.
That same day, I attended a luncheon at the Center for Transportation Studies entitled, “Could Crashes be a Thing of the Past.” Seat belts and air bags have reduced automobile injuries and a new wave of technology could do even more to keep us safe by preventing accidents from happening in the first place. These systems, such as “6D vision” sensing technology and smart maps for connected vehicles, could make crashes much less common and bring us toward self-driving cars.
The work is done, and the barricades are finally down.
Only a month late, largely because they had to deal with a lot of ground water at levels higher than expected.
The entire project has experienced delays and setbacks, starting with the very long time it took for MnDOT to approve the project in the first place. Following the prescribed process, construction bids were opened July 16, fairly late in the construction season.