Tricounty News

South Haven to raise rental rates

Rental rates for events in the Community Center/City Hall will go up slightly May 1 after the April 1 South Haven City Council meeting. Because of the extra time needed to clean after each event, the rates will be raised to $35 a day non-holiday weekdays, and $60 for weekend days; weddings, wedding parties and receptions will be $200. All events already scheduled beyond May 1 will be honored at the previous rates.

Frozen water lines were discussed, and it was felt that water may need to be left running in South Haven buildings throughout the month of April. 

A lease agreement was approved with New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, for land for a cell tower. The agreement is renewable up to five times and up to 30 years total. Terms are $650 per month with a 3-percent increase each year.

South Haven Days have been scheduled for the last full weekend in July with similar events as in previous years.

The next meeting of the South Haven City Council will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

Federal act named for Kimball boys

A bill called The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act has passed the federal Senate Commerce Committee. If put into law, it would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide support for public safety education and the installation of carbon monoxide detectors, according to BringMeTheNews.com.

Nick and Zach were 4 and 16 months old, respectively, when they died after their home on School Section Lake near Kimball filled with carbon monoxide. Older brother Ryan, 5 and a half at the time, survived, as did their parents. They had all been ill for more than a week, and the youngest family members died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar who says it will go a long way to prevent future deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The boys’ mother Cheryl testified on the issue before Congress in December 2009.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer, causing thousands of deaths each year. You can’t see, taste, or smell it. You feel dizzy or nauseated, or may have a headache, but you don’t realize you’re being poisoned. Carbon monoxide detectors should be as common and standard safety equipment for homes as smoke detectors are already.

The bill is now ready for full senate consideration.

 

Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Open House

Come find out which lakes and streams have been identified as local priority at this third and watershed-wide event April 24

Whether you have been a part of the Mississippi River-St. Cloud Watershed Project since its onset in 2009 or you are newly curious about work done to protect and restore lakes and streams in YOUR watershed, you should plan on attending this third and final open house.

Find out what is going on in your community by:

• Viewing maps which detail waters that have been identified as priority for lake and stream protection.

• Talking with staff and neighbors about your thoughts on lake and stream protection: we need local knowledge.

• Learning what you and your neighbors can do to protect surface water in your community (we can help).

• Enjoy light snacks and raffles.

The event will be held Thursday, April 24, at the Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut St., Monticello, MN 55362 from 4-7 p.m.

Who should come: Local government agencies, decision makers and planners, lake associations, citizens, anglers, canoers, land managers, YOU!

For more information call Tiffany Determan at (763) 241-1170, extension 3. Or visit: www.elkriver
watershed.org

Everyone plays a role in protecting the health of our lakes and streams; please tell your colleagues, friends and neighbors.

Burning restrictions now in effect in central MN

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning Monday, April 14, because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.

These counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington and Wright.

The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste.

Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.

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Eden Valley starts another season of road repairs

Audit

The City of Eden Valley received an “excellent report” on its annual audit, an “unmodified opinion” at the April 9 council meeting.

Revenues were down in 2013, specifically tax revenues were down $5,000 from 2012. Disbursements were under-budget, with a total of $1,529,818. The sewer fund is in the black for perhaps the first time, certainly the first time anyone at the meeting could remember.

Mayor Pete Korman noted, “We’ve been living within our budget for several years, and we’ve got money in our sewer fund.”

Street work

The “Detour” sign should be up this week already on the north end of Highway 22 in Eden Valley. Crews will begin by grinding up the roadway from Stearns Avenue northward to Hutcheson Avenue East. Work also is scheduled on Coleman Avenue East (from Highway 22 to Brooks Street North),

and McCarthy Avenue West (from Highway 22 west 400 feet). 

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