Sgt. Joel Engler presented the Sheriff’s report at the council’s July 11 meeting. Deputy Josh Case, who usually polices Watkins, is out on two weeks leave after the birth of his baby. Engler and other deputies will patrol Watkins until Case returns. The Sheriff’s office will again host a National Night Out event in August.
The council voted unanimously to have Faber Building Supply install a steel roof on the Village Hall after Kostreba does tuckpointing and other work. Loose brick and cracks in the building will be repaired before putting on the roof. Faber will install a new handicap ramp on the side of the building once the tuckpointing is completed. Waterproofing will include cement work at the base of the building, before the new ramp is installed, to stop the years-long flow of water into the basement. It was mentioned that the siren on the roof of the Village Hall no longer rotates; the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office will have it checked so that it can be repaired.
The council unanimously approved a formal request by Mies Outland for tax abatement on their proposed 3,000-square-foot Indian Motorcycle showroom addition. Mies is working with the city, the Economic Development Authority, and Meeker County on this.
After the resignation of Tony Stanley, the South Haven City Council has a vacancy. The council may appoint a qualified individual to take that seat on the council until the next regular election. Qualifications include being 18 or older, a citizen of the United States for more than three months, live within South Haven city limits for at least 30 days, and be a registered legal voter in the precinct. Anyone interested should contact the city office or the mayor.
As of July 1, the municipal liquor store no longer sells tobacco products.
Thursday morning, July 16, at 11 a.m. as scheduled, the City of Eden Valley opened six bids they received for the Highway 22 road and water/sewer project scheduled for this construction season.
The apparent low bid, pending thorough review by the city’s engineers, is Kuechle Underground of Kimball with a bid of $3,078,483.77. The next highest bid was from Geislinger & Sons of Watkins at $3,596,281.41.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications between July 1 - Aug. 16, for the 2013 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Because of military training needs, the dates for this year’s hunts are being held about a week later than usual.
Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons, Oct. 26-27 (Sat.-Sun., code 668) or Nov. 2-3 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 5,000 permits, 2,500 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must purchase a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate. The bag limit is two and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt can be found on DNR’s deer hunting Web page.
Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:
Through the DNR’s computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at any one of 1,500 ELS
agents located throughout Minnesota.
By telephone at (888) 665-4236.
Through DNR’s Internet licensing link at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/index.html.
At DNR License Center,
500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
The application fee is $12 per applicant. Those who apply by phone or Internet will be charged an additional convenience fee of 3 percent ($0.36) per transaction.
To apply, resident hunters
21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Residents under 21 may also provide a DNR firearms safety training number to apply. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or MDNR customer number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license.
All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt they apply for. To obtain a license to hunt or trap in Minnesota, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course.
Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group, up to four individuals. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant.
The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.
State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, is one of only three House members to receive recognition for their efforts to support education in Greater Minnesota during the 2013 legislative session.
The Minnesota Rural Education Association singled out Urdahl as a Hero of Rural Education for his work this year to rectify a situation pertaining to teacher licensure.
Urdahl said some teachers’ careers are in jeopardy for failing the exams, even though parts of the test aren’t related to their teaching field. He successfully advocated a provision that would allow teachers to continue teaching for an additional two years if they fail state-mandated licensure exams. Also, a task force was created through legislation Urdahl authored. It will recommend a remedy as to how teachers are tested and how to ensure they are proficient in their content area.
“You have a situation where, for example, kindergarten teachers are expected to pass a test for college-level mathematics,” Urdahl said. “We need to ensure we have top-notch teachers in Minnesota, but also want to make sure we aren’t pushing talented educators out of the classroom for reasons not relevant to their particular work. That is what I am working to resolve.”
Democrat Reps. Kathy Brynaert, Mankato, and Paul Marquardt, Dilworth, also received recognition from MREA.