Tricounty News

South Haven Council summary


The South Haven city council met Tuesday, July 1.

Election judges were appointed: Vonne Cleveland,  Shirley Kline, Ron Klein, Theodora Kothe, Edi Lies, Fay Lemke, Carol Lundeen, and Sandy Swanson. Hourly pay rate for election judges was raised, in accordance with Minnesota state minimum wage increase, to $8; $8.25 for assistant chief election judge, and $8.50 for the head chief election judge. 

Kyle Albrecht represented a group of residents who came to the meeting to request permission to block off Lincoln Avenue North for a block party Saturday, July 26, for a block party from 4 p.m. to midnight. The council approved the request, and the closure will be posted 24 hours in advance.

These same residents shared concerns about alleyway drainage, and the alley street light not working (with trespassing issues). The city will have Xcel Energy fix the light, and they will look into possible drainage solutions.

There were 5 rescue calls in April, 7 in May, and 4 in June; and there were 2 fire calls in April, 1 in May, and 3 in June. The South Haven Fire Department will host a Water Ball event during South Haven Days, and an open house at the fire hall with bounce houses.

A July 11 variance hearing is to be held with AT&T on the county ordinance minimum set-back requirements for the proposed cell tower near the wastewater irrigation area. The council agreed not to pursue moving the irrigation lines and pivot 50 feet to accommodate, because of the cost involved.

The South Haven city council will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 5. 


National Night Out Aug. 5

Kimball Fire and Rescue is planning an open house at the Kimball Area Fire Hall from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Everyone is welcome. Fire and Rescue  will serve hot dogs, beans, chips, and root beer floats for a free-will donation. Proceeds go to Kimball Senior Dining.

This evening will feature Life Link demonstrations, depending on weather, also a fire-prevention demonstration. Don’t miss this important community event.

Eden Valley considers backyard bees in town


Eden Valley resident Heather Ripley has requested that the council amend the city ordinance to allow bee-keeping
w-Heather-Ripley within city limits (removing the prohibition of honey bees less than 500 feet from the property line, as Ripley feels this is excessive). She gave a presentation at their July 9 meeting  on honey bees. Her plan is to have one hive in her backyard starting next spring, and to do this as a hobby and not commercially. She also brought a sample ordinance for the council to consider. Ripley has researched the subject thoroughly, and the sample bee ordinance she presented to the council is quite precise about what is allowed safely, within what spaces, and gives the city the right of inspection of any hives. The council agreed to consider her request after she speaks with her neighbors and obtains their signatures of approval, including the daycare located on an adjoining property. The council also suggested Ripley consider locations outside of city limits.


Stearns County ‘No Wake’ advisory

Stearns County area lakes are currently experiencing unusually high water levels. In particular, the Chain of Lakes and Sauk River area around Cold Spring and Richmond, as well as Two Rivers Lake in the St. Anna area are especially high, The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of placing “No Wake” signs in these areas. In these lakes and rivers and in all Stearns County waters, the Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to exercise restraint, good judgement and common sense. Boat operators should reduce their speed to create no wake or waves from their boat. Water patrol officers will be out on area lakes over the weekend, weather permitting, reminding boaters to follow these recommendations. The following lakes have been added to the “No Wake Advisory” as of June 17, 2014.


County changes eligibility requirements for emergency assistance programs

Changes will take effect July 1, 2014, to Stearns County’s emergency general assistance programs. Revisions to eligibility criteria were approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Emergency General Assistance and Family Emergency Funds are programs designed for residents who need financial help with short-term, non-recurring housing and utility expenses. Both are mandated, state-funded programs. In past years, funds for these programs were depleted by fall, and all subsequent applicants were denied assistance.