The first major event of the 2014 election season is Tuesday, Feb. 4, as Minnesota’s political parties hold their precinct caucuses. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie urges Minnesota voters to participate and attend their party’s caucus.
“Your political party’s platform starts at the caucus with the ideas and voices of its supporters,” says Ritchie. “Neighborhood caucuses provide a rich and productive environment for people to get involved in their party’s activities and the political process.”
Stearns County is holding its 30th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference Saturday, Feb. 8. The conference serves as an opportunity for training and recognition of Stearns County EMS providers.
The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Peter Engel Science Center at St. John’s University.
The Stearns County Human Services Board uses this special day not only as training, but as a way to thank the County’s EMS personnel who play a vital role in saving lives and protecting the health of Stearns County citizens.
Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to get input from residents on the use of electric bicycles on County trails. The Stearns County Parks Department is considering changes to its trails ordinance to comply with state laws that specifically allow electric assisted bicycles on trails maintained by local units of government, in most cases.
The Minnesota Legislature recently made changes to state law to say that electric assisted bicycles with motors fewer than 1,000 watts are bicycles exempt from motorized vehicle trail restrictions. Commissioners will decide whether to allow electric bikes on the County’s pedestrian and bike trails to comply with the new state law.
People having trouble online can submit paper applications for public and private insurance through MNsure.
Individuals seeking coverage for both public and private insurance through MNsure can submit paper applications if they are having trouble getting through online via the MNsure website. People who have already applied online through MNsure and received their official Health Care Notice in the mail or who have submitted a paper application do not need to take any immediate action. Consumers who submit a paper application and are eligible for tax credits or are looking to purchase private insurance will still need to complete the enrollment process online.
At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Watkins City Council approved the purchase of a playground set for $16,756 from Midwest Playscapes, Inc., of Chaska. The playground equipment had been approved last year, but the council agreed to wait to make the purchase until 2014 so the city doesn’t need to pay sales tax on it. Another $1,520 will be added to the bill to pay for engineered wood fiber safety surfacing in the playground area. Another $1,135 will be added for installation of the playground. The purchase price includes freight delivery. The playground will be installed in a lot designated for the playground in the Faber Addition on the west side of Watkins.
The mayor appointed council members to the following posts: Jerry Hesse acting mayor and street commissioner, Melody Gertken water commissioner, Scott Piccerillo sewer commissioner and shade tree commissioner, and Sue Unterberger police commissioner.