Connected to Rossier Lake, in Stearns County
Three connected lakes in Stearns County have been designated as infested waters after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Watab Lake, connected to Rossier Lake, north of St. Joseph. Watab Lake should not be confused with Big Watab Lake south of Avon.
The confirmation came after a Watab Lake resident reported finding what appeared to be zebra mussels on the ladder of a swimming raft early last week. When DNR staff investigated, they found zebra mussels attached to several other pieces of recreational equipment as well.
Stearns County’s website took fifth-place honors in the country in e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government’s 2013 annual Best of the Web awards.
Stearns County was recognized for its work in the area of improved user experience. Through the use of analytics, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), surveys, focus groups, testing and content reviews, Stearns County has gained a deeper understanding of visitors’ behavior, their intent and overall satisfaction with their web experience to ensure they’re finding what they want on the site, that our site’s content is relevant, accurate and well written using citizen-friendly language. Using those analytics and in-depth knowledge of user experiences, Stearns County is able to get our citizens the information and services they’re looking for as quickly and as effortlessly as possible.
The Legislature may not be in session, but my schedule has been packed with interesting, productive local events and meetings. Among them:
The Military Advisory Group (MAG) met and discussed options on making Minnesota a veteran-friendly state and reported on trip to the commissioning of the USS Minnesota.
I also attended a long-term care round table event. State and federal officials (and/or staff) participated in the event and local care providers expressed great concern for funding shortages they are experiencing.
Stearns County is holding a fall auction to sell seized and surplus goods. The auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at
9 a.m. at the Stearns County Public Works building, 455 28th Avenue
in Waite Park, three blocks south of Mill’s Fleet Farm.
For sale are numerous vehicles: cars, trucks and SUVs, PCs, laptops, office furniture, a John Deere tractor, and numerous miscellaneous shop and yard items.
To get more information on the auction, a list of what is for sale, and to see some photos, check out the auction flyer on the Stearns County website at www.co.stearns.mn.us.
Eden Valley-Watkins School ISD #463 is conducting a school census during the months of September/October and you may be contacted by our census taker. This census is only for households with children who live within our district. Please contact the superintendent’s office if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.