At its June 4 meeting, the Kimball City Council agreed to proceed with part 2 of the Wellhead Protection Plan. The program is to protect the quality of drinking water in the city of Kimball.
Building inspector Scott Qualle asked the council for reasons why his firm is being replaced at the end of their contract; the council had no definitive answers for him except that they were “going in a different direction.”
Roger Stewart’s bid of $825 for the old police squad car was accepted; it was the only bid received.
At its June 4 meeting, the South Haven City Council received a grant from CenterPoint Energy for $2,500 for the fire department for equipment: SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) air bottles and GPS units.
Plans for South Haven Days are under way. There will be a street dance, and a band will play at the municipal liquor store. The Saturday 11 a.m. parade and other events will be scheduled as in previous years. The dates are July 26 and 27.
Terri Heinecke of CenterPoint Energy presented a check for $2,500 to the City of South Haven for purchase of equipment for the fire department. This is part of CenterPoint Energy’s million-dollar Community Partnership Grant program. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Stearns County will be selling approximately 400 prime pieces of property at its tax-forfeited property auction next month.
The auction is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 County Road 138 in Waite Park, about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow interested buyers an opportunity to look at property maps, obtain information and get their questions answered.
The 2013 legislative session came to a close today with the passage of the final conference committee reports. The most controversial and time consuming of the remaining budget bills was the final agreement on the tax bill. The House and Senate DFL, along with Governor Dayton all proposed a variety of new tax increases and policy and it required significant negotiations to work out all the differences.
In the end, the bill came back from conference with significant changes from the original proposal put forward by the Senate DFL. The proposal to increase the sales tax to clothing, services, and some good was dropped from the bill, as was a proposed new tax rate for families making $140,000 or individuals making just over $79,000. A House proposal to increase the alcohol tax was also not included in the final bill.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will host a cybersecurity seminar, “Safeguarding U.S. Technology and Information in an Era of Globalization”, on Tuesday, May 28th from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Stearns History Museum. The seminar will feature agents from the FBI Minneapolis Field Office and is for business owners, government officials, and others who are looking to learn more about cyber crime and ways to best protect themselves and their business online.
According to Symantec’s 2011 State of Security report, 71 percent of companies experienced some form of cyber attack in that year and, on the consumer side, the 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report estimates that globally, there are 18 victims of cyber crime per second.