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Area libraries expand services


Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Chatfield Library Director Monica Erickson and SELCO Assistant Director Michael Scott inform board members as to the value of library services and funding available to help with the expansion of services. Photo by Karen Reisner

Fillmore County library directors highlighted the many and varied services they provide at the county board’s September 25 meeting. Seven area libraries were represented by Monica Erickson, Chatfield; Stephanie Silvers, Harmony; Tara Johnson, Lanesboro; Donna Johnson, Mabel; Beth Anderson, Preston; Susan Hart, Rushford; and Dianne Sikkink, Spring Valley.

Susan Hart insisted that libraries are adapting to change and evolving with a lot of technology being incorporated into the library services. Libraries will continue to be here in the future, she said. Library staff provide a number of services helping people find what they need from books to information online to help with their devices. One patron had commented, “If they don’t have what you need, they will find it for you. How great is that?”

Monica Erickson said lots of folks come in and out of our doors for a variety of reasons including meetings, quiet time for reading, and little folks after school. Staff help people access new electronic materials and have access to 52 electronic data bases. Collections of books, magazines, electronic materials, audio books, movies, and music can be shared between libraries within SELCO and also through a network of libraries, even across state lines.

There are 47 computers throughout the seven libraries and they draw many folks of all ages. Wi-Fi access is available at most of the libraries. Erickson maintained they work to entertain and educate everyone that comes in. They sponsored 328 programs with an attendance total of almost 6,000.

Erickson said the money from the Arts and Heritage portion of the Minnesota Legacy funds is very helpful. Commissioner Duane Bakke asked about the amount of Legacy funding. Michael Scott, Assistant Director of SELCO, explained that they are in their fourth year of receiving the funding. In the current biennium $3 million was made available for all of the libraries. The funds received by SELCO are divided across the 11 southeast Minnesota counties it serves. They go back to the legislature every two years to apply for the funding through a competitive grant process.

Erickson added that they know their patrons and can provide personalized service. The market value of the retail service provided is over $4 million.

Chairman Chuck Amunrud asked if they have helped people sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Sikkink said they have helped and tha .....
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Professional Engineering Services changes in Spring Valley

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night and spent a short amount of time discussing the proposal for Professional Engineering Services from Yaggy Colby Associates. There was a letter from Yaggy Colby to City Administrator Deb Zimmer in regar ..... 
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Plans for Preston street improvements move forward

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau presented plans and specifications for the large 2014 street and utility improvement project at the city council’s February 18 meeting. Also, a hearing was held regarding the CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) improvements plann ..... 
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Canton plans for big “Day Off”

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

Every five years Canton’s “Day Off” explodes into a three day celebration that consumes the entire town. “It’s going to be big,” said Acting Mayor Cindy Shanks at the February 12 Canton City Council meeting as she went over the plans alr ..... 
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DMC tourist ideas welcomed from Whalan residents

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The temperature was still firmly stuck below zero, where it seems to have stubbornly been for weeks, last Monday night, February 10, when the Whalan City Council gathered for its monthly meeting, but no water problems or frozen pipes were on the age ..... 
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Water main breaks in Harmony

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

On Monday, February 10, employees of the city of Harmony were busy working in the below-zero temperatures as a water main broke on Center Street. City Maintenance Employee Chris Johnson described the situation at the city council meeting the next ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Houston Maintanence Department advises on frozen pipes

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on February 10. The topic that was at the forefront of the meeting was addressing the issues Houston residents have been having with frozen pipes. The Maintenance Department has been kept busy trying to res ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council raises ambulance service rates

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, February 10 and had a short meeting. Council Sets Rates for Ambulance Service The council approved changes to the Rates Charged For Services for the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service. In an effo ..... 
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