Tricounty News

South Haven ready for 2014

The City of South Haven set the following appointments for 2014 at its Jan. 7 council meeting:

• Kandice Voigt is Community City Hall Supervisor, and acting mayor for April through June.

• Annette Gunnerson is Park Maintenance Supervisor, Street Maintenance Supervisor, Co-Weed Inspector (along with mayor Lemke), and acting mayor January through March.

• Russ Christinsen is Water Department Supervisor, Sewer Department Supervisor, and acting mayor October through December.

• Norman Bodeker is Fire Dept. Liaison, and acting mayor July through September.

• Mayor John Lemke is Municipal Liquor Store Liaison, and Emergency Management and Fire Commission Representative (along with Norman Bodeker and Fire Chief Kenneth Laney).

• Timothy Young of Young & Brown LLP is City Attorney. Annandale State Bank is official depository; certificates of deposits are authorized through Annandale State Bank and Star Bank. The Annandale Advocate is the official newspaper of the city.


VA Links 5 More Illnesses to TBI


The Department of Veterans Affairs has added five illnesses to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). What this means is that veterans who have those illnesses as well as TBI will have an easier time getting additional disability benefits.

The VA based its decision on a report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine that found “sufficient evidence” to link moderate to severe TBI with the five conditions: Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Those secondary illnesses will be considered service-connected and won’t require medical opinions to establish whether there is correlation to TBI.


Three vie for open seat on Eden Valley City Council

Special EV City Council Election

A special election is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, to fill a vacancy on the Eden Valley City Council.

Three men are vying for the seat.

Brent Bengtson, 40, grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1992. He is employed as an IT Architect at United Health Group.

He and his wife of 10 years,
Stacey, have a son, Isaac, who is in fifth grade. Bengston is currently the Cub Master for Pack 363 and Assistant Scout Master for Troop 363 in Eden Valley/Watkins.


Rindelaub receives award

George Rindelaub, Stearns County Administrator, received the “Joe Ries Excellence in County Management Award.”

Since 1999, the current president of the Minnesota Association of County Administrators (MACA) selects one MACA member annually to receive the “Joe Ries Excellence in County Management Award” for demonstrating exemplary service and leadership in the field of county management.

George Rindelaub, Stearns
County Administrator, was selected to receive this year’s award by MACA president Duane Hebert, Winona County Administrator. George was selected to receive this award because he has provided 30 years of exemplary service in county government, with 25 years spent in
Stearns County and five years in Isanti County.

City of Watkins

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Watkins City Council adopted its final 2014 property tax levy and budget. The approved levy is $533,270 which includes two outstanding bonds from 2007 and 2013. 

The council agreed to allow St. Anthony Church to use the Village Hall during winter 2014, and before then if needed. The church is in the process of replacing its boiler, and the school’s boiler is on its last legs. In the event the boiler at the school goes, they will need a place for religion classes and as a social hall for funerals, fish fry events, etc. The council agreed to a $25/floor fee to the church for religious ed. classes, $50 per other event, and a refundable $200 cleaning deposit (only actual cleaning charges will be deducted from it). They will get one event per year free, like all other non-profits.