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Houston Board seeks official co-op agreements


Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Eric Leitzen

The Houston School Board met at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 in the library of Houston High School. Present at the meeting were board members Kelleher, Stillin, Evenson, Bonner, Carlson, and Wilson. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the board approved the agenda and opened the floor to public comment, of which there were none. The board passed all consent items unanimously, and moved on to discussion items.

Superintendent Krin Abraham proposed changes to the board’s meeting schedule for 2017. After discussion of holiday observances, local church events on Wednesdays, and a few humorous comments about holding meetings on Friday nights to ensure no audience attendance, the board planned to consult with newly elected board member Josh Norlein before confirming any possible time changes before the schedule is set in January.

Next, Abraham called for discussion on the district’s Sports Cooperative Agreements. According to the superintendent, Caledonia and Spring Grove had recently secured a formal agreement in writing, leading Houston to want to pursue a similar agreement to prevent the confusion that happened in previous agreements. Houston’s agreement with Rushford-Peterson for track and field, made 25 years ago, cannot be found in writing by either district, and the last Houston/Caledonia agreement was considered a “verbal handshake” between the district’s respective athletic directors. The plan is to make the agreements more concrete and official by writing them down and having 2-3 board members present in the formation of the agreement. Board members Carlson, Evenson and Stillin all volunteered to help cement the agreement going forward for sports like wrestling, gymnastics, and soccer with Caledonia.

Heidi Thompson then spoke to the board requesting a continuation of the re-established cheerleading program for the 2017-2018 school year. Thompson mentioned several of the positive reviews she had gotten for the squad in their first year from Facebook, football players, fans and even school administration for their presence at games and participation at the elementary homecoming pep-fest. Two members of the squad were present, and spoke to the benefits of cheerleading, including benefits to their public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills, along with building new friendships. Thompson said that the squad had faced some unexpected challenges in their first year, but a .....
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Opposition rises to feedlot at Houston Council meeting

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Eric Leitzen The Houston City Council met at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Houston City Hall. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council heard public comments. After a public comment regarding snowmobiling, two separate citizen ..... 
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Water meter proposal in Canton

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council heard an alternative proposal for the water meter replacement project at their regular meeting on November 9. Canton resident Robroy Kelly was present at the meeting to ask the council to consider an alternati ..... 
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Fountain revisits plant issues; plans for 150 year celebration

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council has been plagued with lingering issues at the Wastewater Treatment Plant for several years. The plant is not in compliance and according to WSB & Associates Project Manager Richard Parr, “The clock is ticking.” At the ..... 
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County discusses key employee positions

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the November 8 meeting of the County Board, possible structural adjustments for a couple of key employees were discussed. Jessica Erickson, Director of Nursing, had submitted her resignation, which was accepted at the October 25 meeting. She r ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council member proposes budget cuts

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

“I went through the budget and found places to make cuts,” Lanesboro City Councilman Tom Smith stated. Smith proceeded to review the 2017 budget to show the other members of the council where he felt cuts could be made. Among other suggest ..... 
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Houston Planning Commission balancing financial with future

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in All Government

The Houston County Planning Commission was called to order at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016. This was the first commission meeting since September 6, 2016, and the commission passed the previous meeting’s minutes without debate. Present a ..... 
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Maintenance Supervisor Schultz to head solid waste department

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Restructuring of the Solid Waste Department following the retirement of solid waste administrator Jon Martin took a step forward at the county board’s November 1 meeting. County Engineer Ron Gregg had considered taking over as ..... 
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Government this week - 11/7/16

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, November 7, City of Houston Planning Commission/EDA, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, November 7, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, November 7, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Tuesday, Novemb ..... 
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