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Houston City Council talks radium levels in city water supply


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On June 9 Houston held their monthly city council meeting. The majority of the meeting was spent with the Minnesota Department of Health educating the city council on the town’s issue of radium being found in the drinking water. The representatives informed council members on what radium is, what its effects can be, and the options the city has to get into compliance with their radium levels.

The representatives started off assuring the council that radium is naturally occurring and it would take 70 years of drinking two liters of water a day in order to see the negative effects it can have on the human body. Though the odds are incredibly slim at one out of 10,000 chance of seeing any adverse reactions, the representatives did inform that the potential risks of radium are bone cancer and tumors.

Houston is far from the only town in the area with radium level issues. Rushford had to build a treatment plant and Rushford Village drilled a new well. Lewiston, La Crescent, Winona, and Lanesboro also have had radium level issues. The MNDH representatives said to not be surprised if it takes five years to get into compliance. The council was encouraged to weigh their options for up to a year and expect fundraising to take another year and a half. The town will likely be able to secure loans and grants to fund the project so that cost incurred by residents should only be about 1.4 percent of the average household income. The council’s initial preference is to build a treatment plant, thinking that it would suit Houston’s needs the best. Council member Matt Schutte said, “A treatment plant solves a lot of problems over a long period of time.” The council has not made any formal decision.

At the meeting Margie Frutiger represented the Lawn Chair Concert Series and asked that the city act as the event sponsor so that they would be able to secure insurance for the event through the city. The council approved the request.

The council also granted approval to the Lions Club project of making a path or road to give bands access and handicap accessibility to the band shell pending final design and cost.

The council also approved a donation from the Houston Money Creek Snowriders for the amount of $500.

The last item on the evenings agenda was brought by council member Schutte. Council member Schutte had concerns about the speed of traffic that runs East to West on Spruce Stree .....
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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnin ..... 
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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects. The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts to get a facelift

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Governor Mark Dayton signed two bills on May 20 authorizing more than a billion dollars to be spent on projects across the state of Minnesota. The $200 million cash bill for construction projects includes $5,352,000 for the Chatfield Center for the ..... 
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Rushford Village moves on road options; appoints Johnson mayor, Rasmussen new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a recent petition on a road management project, Rushford Village has opted to consult with engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. regarding cash options for the city street maintenance and repair. Identified roads have shifted in priority due to th ..... 
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Springer & Gumbel P.A. hired on as City of Ostrander’s attorneys

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Scott Springer, of Springer & Gumbel P.A., addressed the Ostrander City Council at the June meeting and explained the services and experience offered by his law firm. Springer & Gumbel have offices in Preston, Spring Valley and Chatfield. The fir ..... 
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Commissioners take on additional workload

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

County commissioners breezed through a short agenda at their June 3 board meeting. Due to the retirement of Third District Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, the remaining four commissioners will take on his committee assignments until after the special e ..... 
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Lanesboro at a crossroads with dam project

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council recently about their options when it comes to repairing the dam. For several years, the city has been struggling to find money to fund the $2.7 million project in order to save the histori ..... 
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Preston to receive DEED grants

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced at the city council’s June 2 meeting that the city had just received notification of grant awards from DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). Mayor Kurt Reicks and Councilman Da ..... 
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