It may be a long way off (at least 5-10 years, probably more), but Maine Prairie Township and the City of Kimball are looking at the feasibility of extending Elm Street in Kimball through to Powder Ridge (93rd Avenue). Jodi Teich, Stearns County Engineer, came to the May 7 council meeting to share what she knows about the process.
Because the road extension would be less than one mile, and only two lanes, no EAW (Environmental Assessment Worksheets) would be needed – unless wetlands would be involved. (In that event, the Corps of Engineers may need to be brought in.) The county does not need to be involved necessarily. An alignment first must be narrowed down, then rights of way determined along the path as property is allotted with development. Teich advises public meetings and involvement early on. There may be bonding available, part of “The Local Route to Regional Significance” program in Minnesota.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann spent 45 minutes in Kimball Saturday morning, May 11. The visit was one of her “Coffee with your Congresswoman” stops. She came, with four staffers, to meet and greet her constituents, and to listen to their concerns. Several took advantage of the photo op to take their photo with her.
Those who missed the opportunity, can visit the Congresswoman’s website. You can share comments through the e-mail link there. bachmann.house.gov/
Minnesota anglers who fish a lot or a little can hook newly created licenses tailored to their desires.
The new license options include a 72-hour fishing license, a three-year license and a reduced price annual license for youth ages 16 and 17, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
All Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of their 2013 property taxes is fast approaching. The first half of the 2013 real estate tax is due and payable by Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This is the last day to pay the first half without penalty.
To make paying taxes more convenient, Stearns County has several payment options.
This week at the Capitol, several omnibus budget bills were brought before the full Senate for debate and a final vote. On Thursday of this week the Omnibus E-12 Education bill was considered. This bill in its current form will spend $15.7 billion over the next two years on education. This amounts to 41 percent of the state general fund budget.
The bill also includes an optional expansion of all-day kindergarten and eliminates any parental fee for use of the program. This proposal also makes numerous policy changes to teacher licensure requirements and testing for students. Also included is an increase in the current school shift which has been discussed widely over the past few years and no funding is included to pay back the remaining portion of the existing shift.