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New mayor, old business take center stage at Whalan’s July council meeting


Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The first official meeting of the Whalan City Council with its new mayor—Rory Berekvam—proceeded quickly and quietly on Monday, July 13, 2015, with the council attending to on-going street maintenance and pothole questions, along with approvals for current building projects in the town. Previous minutes and the Treasurer’s Report & Bills Due were presented and unanimously approved by the council.

All members of the Whalan City Council were in attendance, except for council member Dave Rahn. City Clerk Lolly Melander was also present.

Mayor Berekvam took the oath of office to fill out the remainder of Larry Johnson’s term that will go through 2016. Johnson resigned last month due to his family’s recent move to a new residence beyond Whalan’s town limits. Berekvam is not new to the position—he had previously served as Whalan’s mayor once before.

There was minimal discussion about gravel needs for current pothole and street maintenance needs in Whalan. One street in particular was noted to have 5-6 major potholes needing attention. A load of gravel will soon be ordered and repairs will begin.

It was noted that there will be a meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department on Wednesday, July, at 7 p.m., at the Carlton shed (located in Lanesboro). That meeting, with representatives from all the local townships, is expected to focus on equipment issues. Mayor Berekvam, City Clerk Lolly Melander, and council member Everett Johnson volunteered to attend that meeting to represent Whalan.

A conditional use permit requested by Jane Lewis who is opening a boutique in Whalan was unanimously approved, as was a building permit requested by Alesha Sween for a new deck and repair work on the front entry of her residence.

A letter from the Whalan Council to council member Dave Rahn regarding his decision to remain on the council has not been answered to date. Rahn had verbally communicated to the council regarding his extensive upcoming travel schedule that will preclude his attendance at council meetings. The council will await his needed official and written notification before proceeding with the matter of a council seat vacancy.

The need for all Whalan businesses to obtain a Yearly Business License was confirmed and approved by the council, a matter discussed in recent Whalan meetings. The License will cost $15 a year. This policy will go into effect on Jan .....
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Rushford rejects airport bid; approves hearings for sale of former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Municipal Airport Commission has received and rejected a bid for an airport fuel tank replacement and upgrade project. The lone bid for the estimated $240,000 project came in 25% higher than engineer’s projections. According to City Admin ..... 
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Fillmore County recognizes community correction professionals

Sat, Jul 18th, 2015
Posted in All Government

In an unusually brief meeting of the Fillmore County Board on July14, the board passed a resolution proclaiming July 12 through July 18 Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Chairman Duane Bakke was absent. Alex Bunger, program manager ..... 
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Short summer meeting for Fountain council

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council made quick work of its agenda at the regularly scheduled meeting on July 2, 2015. All council members were present. Motion by Schott, seconded by Wangen, to approve the Consent Agenda items. Motion passed. Consent Agen ..... 
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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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County to hire child protection worker with state funds

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in All Government

The hire of an additional Child Protection Worker was approved at the Fillmore County Board’s July 7 meeting. The legislature in 2015 appropriated over $23 million annually to the Department of Human Services to be allocated to county agencies for ..... 
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Ostrander discusses parking for events

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

All members of the Ostrander City Council met in regular session on July 7. Following the approval of prior meeting minutes and payment of expenses, the council discussed parking for events such as Uff Da Days and ball games. Members reported that ..... 
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Mabel street and sewer project on track for completion

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

Curtis Marx from Davy Engineering updated the Mabel city council at their regular meeting on July 8, 2015. Marx reported that the project is on schedule and is expected to be finished by the substantial completion date of July 16. There will be som ..... 
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Preston approves street maintenance plan

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, outlined the 2015 plan for crack filling and seal coating numerous streets within the city at the July 6 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Two quotes had been submitted for the project. Bakken recommended the ..... 
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