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.
At the first pool fundraiser put on by the new pool committee, $6,942 was raised by the pork chop feed, beanbag tournament, beer garden, and raffle Saturday, June 8.
Pool director Nora Rohrbeck reported to the city council at its June 13 meeting that the event was very successful. Sponsors included Watkins Legion Club, Watkins Lions Club, Watkins Lioness Club, Watkins Fire Department, St. Anthony Church, West Central Sanitation, Mini Biff Inc., Pump Up Your Party , Knaus Sausage House, Tri-County News, Farmers State Bank of Watkins, Wally’s Café, Morgan and Arlis Klein and family, Shorty’s Laborers Lounge, Bud’s Bar, Flash’s Gas and Auto, Broken Wheel Farms, Ponies and Pals Daycare, Ertl Hardware, Riverwood Realty, Faber Building and Supplies, CentraSota, Mies Outland. Christina’s Hair and Nail Salon, Jean Reinert, Ben and Amanda Stommes, and Stein’s Thriftway Foods. There were countless others who contributed to the success of the fundraiser by donating and/or volunteering. In addition, the Watkins Lions Club agreed Thursday night to donate $100/month to the pool fund for a year.
Swimming lessons have begun for the season. Thirteen lifeguards have been hired, three of whom are new-hires. Four concession stand workers were hired. Pool inspection was scheduled for June 14.
This announcement is for all farmers, ranchers, owners, operators, tenants, sharecroppers, and others who are eligible to vote in the upcoming Farm Service Agency County Committee election.
The 2013 Stearns County FSA election will be held in Local Administrative Area (LAA) #1, which includes the following townships: Brockway, Collegeville, Fairhaven, LeSauk, Lynden, Luxemburg, Maine Prairie, Rockville, Saint Augusta, Saint Cloud, Saint Joseph, Saint Wendel, and Wakefield.