Tricounty News

Money now available to help homeowners replace septic systems

Funding to assist homeowners in replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems is available from the State of Minnesota. The Stearns County Environmental Services Department can apply for these state grants on behalf of homeowners.

Eligibility for the grant requires that the homeowner have low income, the property is homesteaded by the applicant, and that the sewage treatment system is found to be an imminent threat to public health and safety. A sewage treatment system which is discharging sewage or sewage effluent to the ground surface, drainage system, ditch, storm water drain or directly to surface water, or causes a reoccurring sewage backup into a dwelling or other establishment is an imminent threat to public health and safety.


Stearns History Museum event Sept. 28

Stearns History Museum joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Ninth Annual Museum Day Live!

Free admission for all participants presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on Sept. 28, 2013.

The Stearns History Museum will open its doors free of charge Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.


Mosaic craft program at Kimball Library

The Kimball Public Library invites adults, teens and children ages 10 and older to create a community mosaic 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Professional mosaic artist Lisa Arnold will demonstrate how to make beautiful mosaics using stained glass, pebbles and ceramic tile. Each student will create a small mosaic to take home and will also collaborate on a community mosaic to be displayed at the library. All materials will be provided. The attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, call the Kimball Public Library at (320) 398-3915.


Telephone assistance available to low-income consumers

Minnesota Telephone Discounts provide affordable telephone service to low-income consumers. Discounts from state and federal funds help make telephone service more affordable so you can stay connected with jobs, family and all emergency services.

Minnesota Telephone Discounts include two programs:• Lifeline: Lifeline provides monthly discounts on your local telephone service. Some cellular providers offer discounts also. Lifeline is federally funded and offered by many, but not all telephone companies. The Lifeline discount is typically between $8 and $10. Contact your telephone company for specific information.• Telephone Assistance Program (TAP): TAP is a state-funded program that provides a monthly discount of $2.50 on your local telephone service.Please be aware these programs may change without notice. Contact your service providers if there are changes to your discount.
Am I eligible?Telephone service must be in your name and you must show proof that you participate in at least one of these qualifying programs:
•  Medicaid/Medical Assistance
• Food Support/Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Program (SNAP)
•  Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
• National School Free Lunch Program            Or
Prove your income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Attach one or more items proving you are eligible.
Minnesota Telephone Dis-counts are available for one line per household. You cannot receive discounts on both your landline and cellular service.

Job Fair 2013 St. Cloud Sept. 24

Tuesday, Sept. 24, has been set as the date for the 17th annual
St. Cloud Area Job Fair 2013. The job fair will be held at River’s Edge Convention Center, and is scheduled to run from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Minnesota WorkForce Center/Job Service and St. Cloud Times, the job fair is free to the public and offers an excellent opportunity for numerous emplolyers and job seekers to meet at one location.