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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days


Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield was one of three cities to receive an award for source drinking water protection efforts from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Rural Water Association. Photo by Karen Reisner

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park.

The family orientated event will entertain with children of about 5 to 7 years old (70 pounds or less) making an attempt to ride a sheep for several seconds. Free will donations will be accepted during the event and hog raffle tickets will be sold.

Water Award

Chatfield, along with the cities of Paynesville and Glenwood, received an award for source drinking water protection efforts from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Rural Water Association. The award was accepted at the state capitol during Safe Drinking Water Week, May 4-10. This year is the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Water Act.

Water superintendent Brian Burkholder said Chatfield was nominated because of its wellhead protection program.

Other Business In Brief

•Councilors approved a $200 increase in the retirement benefit as requested by the Fire Relief Association. President Rick Bell said there had not been an increase since 2008. The increase will raise the retirement benefit to $1,500 per year. The association will still have ample reserve funds after the benefit increase.

The benefit in 1986 was $500. If the increases had been made annually, the yearly increase would equate to 3.38 percent.

•There will be a trail run on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail on May 17. Pre-registration fee is $20 and day-of fee is $25. Funds will be used directly for trail improvements. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the starting line on Ninebark Road. A bus will leave Groen Park in Chatfield at 8:45 a.m. to take runners to the starting line. The trail covers 6.3 miles.

•Sue Kester detailed equipment needs and wants for EMS. She said a drill showed them they didn’t have enough radios. A motion to purchase four portable radios was approved. Kester noted Fillmore County has provided one AED which will be located in the Thurber Building. She is working to get grant funding for replacement defibrillators.

Because of the larger size of some patients an expandable patient surface (XPS) has been developed for Stryker cots. The larger cot area is for the safety and comfort of the patients. A motion to purchase two XPS at a cost of $1,411 each was approved. .....
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Houston City Council amends several city codes

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 16th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on May 12. Before the regularly scheduled meeting a public hearing was held to discuss a draft of ordinances that will amend city code in several areas. Changes were made to several ordinances including trees, ..... 
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Rushford Village Mayor Schwanke resigns; city recaps plans moving forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 16th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

To the surprise of many, Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke resigned his post as mayor, effective June 3, following a decision to relocate to northern Wisconsin. Until that date, Schwanke and the council are reviewing current goals and plans. “W ..... 
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Lanesboro still searching for funding for dam

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The City of Lanesboro has been seeking funding to repair the damage to the dam since flooding caused damage in 2008. The cost of the project has only increased over the years with regulations requiring the repairs be made with historically accurate m ..... 
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Government the week of May 12, 2014

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 12, Whalan City Council meeting, 5 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, May 12, Houston City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, May 12, Wykoff City Council meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, May 12, Chatfield City Counci ..... 
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Prescription drug drop-off volume increases

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen reported at the Fillmore County Board’s May 6 meeting that participation in the 2014 National Take Back Initiative (Prescription Drug Drop Off Program) was way up from last year. The drop off program designed to give residents ..... 
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Fountain City Council hears recommendations for WWTP

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. instead of the normal 7:30 p.m. in order to accommodate guests whom they hoped had answers the council has been looking for in relation to problems with the wastewater treatment plant. Al ..... 
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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects. Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects w ..... 
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Ostrander City Council organizes community meeting

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

When the Ostrander City Council heard from Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, in regards to the new sewer and water treatment center there was a lot to take in. So much that Deputy Mayor Pam Kunert suggested Bolton & Menk representatives visit with commun ..... 
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