Tricounty News

Golf carts to be allowed on county roads

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved a new ordinance allowing the use of golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles along county roadways. Stearns County enacted the ordinance at the request of citizens.

The Board held a public hearing; two people spoke in favor of adoption of the ordinance. No one spoke out against the proposal.

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South Haven waives fine for serving alcohol to a minor

A public hearing was held during the May 6 meeting of the South Haven City Council. The subject was a violation of city ordinance 112 and proposed penalty. A compliance check April 11 revealed an incident where a waitress at Mom’s Place served alcohol to a minor after checking ID. Owners Steve and MaryAnn Edwards attended the hearing and appealed the fines related to this violation. Extenuating circumstances were acknowledged and considered by the council: a relative of the waitress had just died, this was the first violation for this long-standing business, the quantity of alcohol served is very low (so staff has little experience with it). The council agreed to waive the civil penalty fine with the understanding that Mom’s Place staff will be given alcohol awareness training.

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Captain Jon Thoma announces his candidacy

Running for Meeker County Sherriff in the upcoming 2014 election

Jon Thoma of Litchfield announces his candidacy for Meeker County Sheriff in the 2014 election. Current Sheriff Jeff W-Jon-Thoma MG 5567-EditNorlin has announced his retirement at the end of his term and will not seek reelection. Jon Thoma is a Captain with the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and has 25 years of law enforcement experience. He has served as a police officer, deputy sheriff, canine officer, D.A.R.E. instructor, Chief of Police in Sacred Heart, Minn., and has served as a supervisor for the Meeker County Sheriff Reserves and Mounted Horse Patrol. Jon was promoted to Captain of the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office in 2009.

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File before June 3 to run for SWCD Supervisor

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Meeker County should consider filing by June 3 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

“Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, and soil erosion,” noted Bob Schiefelbein, Chairman of the Meeker SWCD Board of Supervisors.

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Bill to ease transmission line issues is enacted

A bill Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, authored to bring greater citizen involvement in deciding where high-voltage power lines are routed has become Minnesota law.

Howe’s bill (H.F. 655) stipulates that during route-siting processes for high-voltage transmission lines that a preferred route is not designated. This would allow that two alternative routes be mentioned during the permitting process, with neither selected as preferred route.“Property owners adjacent to one of the alternative routes can get lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that the preferred route will be chosen and, consequently, do not get involved in the process,” Howe said. “This will allow for more openness and citizen participation in deciding where to set these high-voltage lines.”Howe authored this bill in response to issues which have arisen as the CAPX 2020 high voltage transmission line is established in central Minnesota. Many District 13A landowners – and others throughout the region – affected by the CAPX 2020 project support Howe’s legislation.The bill passed both legislative bodies without opposition and was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton Friday.