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Spring Valley hears Kingsland referendum plans


Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Superintendent McDonald summarized the upcoming referendum vote. Photo by Rick Wicks

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 24, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires was absent.

Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald attended the meeting, as did School Board Members Troy Asher and Ann Oeltjen, to inform the council about the upcoming two referendum questions that will be voted upon this November 8. McDonald stated, “In a few shorts weeks, we’ll be going to the polls, and there’s a lot to vote for. We want you to have a good understanding of what this is… There’s an operating referendum, and the second question is a building referendum.”

McDonald explained that if Question One passes, it would bring in approximately $200,000 more for annual operating costs, which have risen over time. He said the amount would maximize Kingsland’s use of state aid, by bringing the operating cost to $760 per pupil. He also said if approved, this referendum would revoke and replace the prior referendum from 2010.

Regarding Question Two (the building referendum), McDonald said, “Since I’ve been here, and even long before, that’s been a topic of study and discussion…A lot of people have looked at this, …and a common theme has been that doing nothing is not a good solution.” He said that consulting firms and a community committee worked on developing several options, and then the various costs and advantages and disadvantages were compared, including the longterm costs of maintaining whatever facilities are used. The board then settled upon the single-site option, and that’s what will be on the ballot in Question Two. He also encouraged everyone to go to the Kingsland website, to see videos answering common questions, and said there is a calculator to figure out anyone’s specific tax impact under these plans. Mayor Struzyk said, “I think your board did a wonderful job coming up with these plans.”

Next, Deb Zimmer informed the council about Resolution 2016-31, concerning a special use permit for Travis Smith to operate a taxidermy service at 301 Center Avenue. The proposed resolution includes several conditions to address that have been brought up. Todd Jones spoke up, saying, “I think with these conditions, the city has a leg to stand on” (if problems were to arise). “I spoke to Travis; he said you’re not going to see anything or .....
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Rushford Trees, Trails, and Parks Commission gaining ground

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, October 24 Rushford Council meeting was the shortest in recent memory, taking just over 20 minutes, start to finish. The agenda contained a visibly reduced consent agenda and just four items of council business. Council attendance was als ..... 
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Fillmore Central introduces Action 100 program

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

Dean of Students Chris Mensink updated the Fillmore Central School board on the Action 100 Initiative at their regular board meeting on October 25. The program has been well received by the teachers, students, and parents, and great progress has bee ..... 
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Kingsland wrestling falls

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met October 17 in regular session, with all members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. The board unanimously approved the conse ..... 
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Lanesboro closes online school

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Superintendent Matt Schultz recommended that the Lanesboro School Board close the online school that the district currently offers. Last year, only one student was enrolled in the program, and this year, enrollment is sitting at zero. “To cont ..... 
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Mabel-Canton seeks new music teacher

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel-Canton school board accepted the resignation of music teacher Connor Jones, effective immediately at their October 18 meeting. So far, they have only one applicant for the job and are actively seeking more. Calls have been made to local c ..... 
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Rushford Village looks to continued roadwork

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The south Rushford street improvement project is still underway and is under the gun from the approaching weather. At the Tuesday, October 18 Rushford Village council meeting, two residents of the area were on hand to question whether or not problema ..... 
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Houston superintendent praised for crisis managment

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in All Government

The Houston School Board had its regularly scheduled meeting on October 18, 2016. The meeting, which commenced at 6:02 p.m., saw in attendance Board Members Kelleher, Stilin, Evenson, Krage, Carlson, and Wilson along with School Superintendent Abra ..... 
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State adds 1,900 jobs in September

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Unemployment rate steady at 4% ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 1,900 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Those numbers, combi ..... 
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