Tricounty News

American Red Cross ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ mailbox open through Dec. 6

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, veterans, and their families by sending holiday cards this holiday season.

Through Dec. 6, Americans can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.

“While it may not seem like much, a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference,” says Phil Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region.

The Northern Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross will support Holiday Mail for Heroes with a card signing event at the Mall of America on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Nordstrom Court. Everyone is welcome. Cards will be provided. Thank you to Deluxe Corporation and CenterPoint Energy for generous support.


Maine Prairie Twp. meeting Nov. 12

The Maine Prairie Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Township Hall at 7551 Dellwood Road.


Watkins approves new playground

At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Watkins city council approved the purchase and installation of playground equipment for a portion of the new V.F.W. Park in Glenshire Estates on the west side of town. The playground area is 33 x 89 feet, and the equipment, installation, and finishing will cost $19,636; the vendor is Midwest Playscapes in Chaska. The Parks committee has the funds to pay this, and the purchase will be made after Jan. 1, through the City. 

Sheriff’s report

Deputy Josh Case reported that there were 47 calls in September including 11 traffic stops. There has been one more theft by check (after a number of them last month in the area). There was a suicide in town Tuesday afternoon, and he wanted to clarify that there was no danger to anyone else (after rumors were flying over text messages and the like). Because Meeker County is identified as one of the 13 deadliest counties in the state, the Sheriff’s Office will participate in Safe & Sober patrols for seatbelt use over the next month.


Eden Valley sells bond, sets special election

W-CIMG6057At the beginning of its Oct. 9 meeting, Jeff Bradshaw was sworn in as the newest member of the Eden Valley city council.

The financing for this year’s portion of the street (water and sewer repairs) project has gone through. Todd Hagen of Ehlers attended the meeting to explain the process and the sale of the $1,055,000 General Obligation Improvement Bond. The council approved the sale.

He presented a certificate to the council acknowleging the city’s “AA-” credit rating from Standard & Poor’s regarding the sale of the bond. The better rating equates to lower rates and, in this case, a savings of about $41,000 off the bat. The sale will close Nov. 6. The council approved financing of the project.


State coaches to present Rep. Urdahl with award

State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, will receive recognition for his notable achievements in the field of prep coaching as both a coach and a legislator.w-DeanUrdahl-RGB

Urdahl will be the lone 2013 recipient of the George Haun Award from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. The award is annually presented to citizens who display exemplary leadership and dedication to coaching for at least 25 years. Urdahl spent 29 years as the head New London-Spicer cross country coach and has served the Minnesota House for more than a decade, making significant contributions in each area.

Minnesota Rep. Dean Urdahl.