Tricounty News

DFL meeting May 18

The Meeker/Cokato DFL Party will change the time and place of its Saturday, May 18, meeting in order to combine road cleanup with the meeting. They will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee and rolls,
9:30 for road cleanup, and 11 a.m. for the meeting and pot luck lunch.

Nancy and Merle Larson will host both coffee and rolls and the lunch meeting at their home at 21950 County 4, Dassel. The road cleanup is along a two-mile stretch of Highway 12 beginning at the intersection of Highways 12 and 15 and heading west.

Kimball council looks to road repairs, road extension

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 visits Kimball

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.


New fishing license options cater to angler interests

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).


Property taxes due May 15

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.