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'Who let the dogs out' in Spring Valley?


Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

We've all heard of the Dog Days of Summer and how the high temperatures might affect everyone. Well, it might be attributed to a seasonal thing but the big item of discussion at the Spring Valley City Council is that council members are getting dog-tired of all the pooches running around without benefit of escort from their owners. AT LARGE, those terrifying words reflect criminals in old movies like Mad Dog Earl, played by Humphrey Bogart. It seems as though the numbers are increasing for those offenders that are deemed to be "At Large."

Deputy Kevin Beck says there continues to be dogs running loose that require capturing by the officers. Some of these repeat offenders can cost their owners upwards of $100 to bail them out. Vet bills, vaccinations, boarding fees are all the expenses. Maybe for some it would be deemed more fun than being home.

Perhaps upping the fine costs will deter these dogs from making their nightly rounds and making stops on their neighbor's lawn and fire hydrant. The city council asks that owners keep their pets leashed and at home except when their owners are walking them.

Council also approved an addition to Payment #2 for the Industrial Park. $37,388.20 was paid to Jech Excavating, Inc pending approval by lien holders.

The city streets will have a new vehicle after approval by the council of a dump truck from Dennison, MN. The purchase cost was $11,000. Chad Hindt said that the truck will be used to haul materials rather than renting or leasing a vehicle. Hindt said that he had searched the Internet fully before recommending this truck to the council. City Administrator said that payment will not come from the street department but will wait until the end of the year to make the transfer.

In department head reports, Hindt said that they have finished the sidewalk spraying to kill weeds and continue to spend a lot of time mowing yards. Some of them are being mowed every two weeks rather than each week. That should help in eliminating some of the overtime and fuel costs.

Librarian Diane Swenson-Sikkink reported that the summer reading program is now finished after a very successful year. She thanked businesses and individuals for their contributions: Rochester Plumbing and Heating, Spring Valley Waste Water Treatment plant employees, Subway, Homestyle Pizza, Alco, Dollar General, A &W drive-in, Dairy Queen, S & S Bait shop, Spring Valley Swimming Pool/Morgan Zimmer and John Fensk .....
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Chatfield hopes to extend bike trail

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Park and Recreation issues led the way during a brief July 26 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilor Dave Frank said the Woman's Community Club wanted to donate two wooden park benches to be placed in Hendrick's Park at the corner of Hwy 7 ..... 
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County 2011 budget process begins

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Commissioners started hearing preliminary budgets from a few departments at their July 27 meeting. The preliminary 2011 levy is for about $8.3 million or an increase of 5.59 percent. This is just the beginning of the process to set the levy f ..... 
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Preston has OSHA violations

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the July 19 city council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the five violations the city received citations for during a recent surprise inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mayor Kurt Reicks was a ..... 
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Pancake breakfast raises over $1,000 for town hall repairs

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met June 7, 2010.

Present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson and David Rahn, Johnny Halverson and Lolly Melander.

• Meeting was called to order by Mayor Johnson at 5:00pm

• Min ..... 
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Peterson prepares for election

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Chuck Eidenschink called the regular meeting of the Peterson City Council to order on July 6, 2010. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Jan Smaby and Randy Benson. Guests at the meeting were Tom Manion, Kevin Graves, Sher ..... 
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New deadline to remove non-productive land from green acres without payback of deferred taxes is August 16, 2010

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The legislature extended the deadline date to August 16th for informing the Assessor's Office regarding your decision on what you want to do with Green Acres on your 2B non-productive agricultural land:

1. Remove GA from non-productive land ..... 
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Rushford eyes potential collaboration

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city of Rushford is entertaining the option of purchasing a portion of undeveloped land, just east of the new Himlie Business Park, from current owner Michael Sexauer. While the meeting agenda noted the consideration of a potential purchase of a ..... 
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Chatfield looking to support veterans cemetery

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase discussed the progress of Fillmore County's efforts to have a National Veterans Cemetery, located south of Preston on part of what is now the county farm, at the July 12 Chatfield City Council meeting. The county and a growing ..... 
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