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Chatfield officer receives traffic safety award


Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield Officer Grace McCallum was awarded a certificate of accomplishment and given a commendation letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She was one of four officers in the state of Minnesota to receive the award. She was recognized at the September 24 city council meeting.

Scott McConkey of the southern Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety nominated her for her effort during the 2012 May/June enforcement wave. McConkey noted that rural highways have a higher per miles driven fatality rate than do metro communities.

Officer McCallum stopped 16 vehicles and issued 16 citations for No Seatbelt Use during a four hour shift during a “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign. McConkey insisted that “the people we stop are not the enemy, they are the people we serve.” He related that the first fatal crash that he was involved with happened about 25 years ago east of Chatfield. The victim did not wear a seat belt. McConkey said there was no reason for the person to have died.

Sergeant Derek Fugelstad, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department, presented her with the certificate of accomplishment and Chief Shane Fox with McCallum’s letter of commendation to be placed in her file.

The council approved a resolution to again participate in the Office of Traffic Safety “Safe and Sober” campaign. This is a program administered by the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department. The federal grant funds pay for overtime for officers to enforce DUI, seatbelt, and speeding laws.

Help Our Neighbors

Pastor Mark Docken, Chatfield Lutheran, explained that Help Our Neighbors is a community wide organization developed with the primary goal of helping senior citizens stay independent as long as possible, allowing them to stay in their homes longer. Services they want to provide include transportation, respite care, doing chores around the house, leaf raking, and chronic disease and falls prevention education. This is a partnership effort involving several congregations and other local civic and volunteer community organizations. Chatfield Lutheran is the sponsoring organization.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded a grant of $180,000 over three years toward this effort.

Bill Sullivan noted that this organization is not specifically religious based. He said that CCTV is a huge asset to help get the word out. C .....
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Interested in candidates’ viewpoints?

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Voters will be able to learn about Minnesota legislative candidates’ views on agriculture and rural issues at a forum Thur. Oct. 4, 7 pm, at the Fillmore County North Office Building in Preston, Room 108. Hosted by the Southeast Minnesota Ag All ..... 
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County to offer Emergency Communication Network

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained the CodeRED proposal at the September 25 county board meeting. Jensen said there are 8,000 phone numbers in the data base for Fillmore County. Once residents subscribe to the emergency notification service at no co ..... 
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Arlin Falck Foundation accepting grant applications

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for communiy development, community promotions, community education, and similar matters. The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore ..... 
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Long-term care providers endorse Gregory Davids

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

CARE-PAC, the political action committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, recently endorsed Gregory Davids for re-election to the House of Representatives in District 28B. Davids’s support and interest in long-term care was the primary reason he e ..... 
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Deadline to apply for Physical Disaster Loans in Minnesota is October 15

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Minnesota that the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe storms and flooding on June 14 - 21 is only ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Sept. 24, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Sept. 24, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Sept. 24, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p.m. • Tuesda ..... 
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Mining ordinance drafts go to Planning Commission

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Government

The ten-member Sand Committee has been meeting regularly since before the moratorium on mining was put into place late last February. About forty concerned citizens, many worried about possible negative effects of large industrial mines and others c ..... 
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Requests to vacate streets and grants variances approved

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 17 meeting discussed and granted two petitions for vacating portions of city streets and two requests for building variances. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Jon and Christine DeVries requested tha ..... 
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