Construction is set to begin, and a groundbreaking is planned, for Stearns County’s most recently acquired park – Rockville County Park & Nature Preserve. A groundbreaking is set to take place at
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
Rockville County Park, located along Glacier Road in Rockville, was established in late 2006 and early 2007 through the acquisition of three major parcels of property. The largest parcel was donated by John and Linda Peck. The park contains 284 acres, sits on the edge of Rockville’s Eagle Park and has its own active eagle nest, and lies along both sides of the Sauk River. It has approximately 1.2 miles of river frontage.
The St. Cloud VA and several community partners have teamed together to provide free legal consultation services for Veterans.
Legal consultations are available for a wide variety of topics, including housing, consumer affairs, child support, employment, and family law.
Stearns County’s Highway Department is turning to Twitter in an effort to get more feedback from residents about road issues. Whether it is a pothole, traffic light that’s not working properly, downed traffic sign, tree on the road, or culvert issues, any problem on a Stearns County road can be reported to the Highway Department on Twitter by using the hashtag #stearns
“Knowing a majority of our population uses social media channels, we thought this might be an easier and more conducive way for some of our residents to get information to us,” said Jodi Teich, Stearns County Highway Engineer.
This week at the Capitol, committees have been busy hearing bills and starting the process of creating legislation that will ultimately make up the final budget proposal from each chamber. Both the House and Senate leadership have released budget targets that set spending guidelines for each committee. From that point, committees hear both budget and policy ideas from their jurisdiction and ultimately will put together a larger spending and policy bill.
It is expected that the omnibus budget bills will become public in the next week and begin to make their way through the full committee process. Typically, an omnibus bill must pass out of its committee of original jurisdiction and then move to the Finance Committee before heading to the Senate Floor. If a bill has any tax provisions included it will also make a stop in the Senate Tax Committee.
Disability advocates and parents have a message for legislators: “Raise revenues; don’t cut disability services, again.”
Parents of children with disabilities, and disability advocates will show the crucial role that disability services play in their lives, the unmet needs of people with disabilities and their families, and the importance of raising adequate revenues to ensure that those needs are met and to invest in our citizens with disabilities.