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Community garden coming to Harmony


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony city council meeting on October 14, Becky Hoff, along with Brenda Pohlman from Fillmore County Public Health and Aaron Bishop from Niagara Cave, approached the city council about starting a community garden.

According to Hoff, they have looked at different locations and would like to install the garden behind the community center, where the basketball court is located. The blacktop is broken up, the hoops are in bad shape, and the area is not being used.

“We are looking for funding to remove the asphalt and get dirt,” said Hoff.

The community garden would be divided into plots approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. People could use these plots to grow vegetables or flowers, and there could possibly be a plot for food that will be donated to food shelves.

The location fits their needs well, as Hoff explained it is handicap accessible, and in a central location that the community already uses.

Bishop said they would like to use the whole area, but if not, at least the south side, as it receives more sunlight.

Illg said the south side of that area is used to store chips used for seal coating when that is done. He asked Hoff if they have considered the Industrial Park area.

Hoff said they have looked at many options, but she had some concerns with that idea. For one, it would not be handicap accessible. The location is another issue.

“I hesitate to put it on the edge of town, because I feel it would be underused,” said Hoff.

Council member Kyle Morem asked about weed control. “Mulch,” replied Hoff. “Mulch, mulch and more mulch.”

Planting melons and pumpkins would also help keep the weeds down. Hoff said the Girl Scouts would be willing to volunteer their time. They will also be seeking out other volunteers.

Hoff pointed out gardening is a good, healthy activity for community members, and would be a great benefit to the community.

Mayor Steven Donney said they should keep planning and let the council know how it’s going. He thought the area would work well, and the city could find another location to store the seal coating chips.

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Rushford hires full-time officer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Police Department is in the midst of several staffing changes, following the recent resignations of officers Wade Anderson and Cody Bellock. The department was comprised of three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Ryan Quanr ..... 
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a le ..... 
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Chatfield discusses allowing a food vendor use of a city parking lot

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the October 13 Chatfield city council meeting a request from Joseph Lawler, Anthony’s Wood-Fired Pizza, to set up a food truck in the parking lot next to the library (corner of Main St. and Third St.) was discussed. The request was to set up on ..... 
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County discusses tobacco policy

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The draft of a Tobacco Free Workplace Policy was discussed at the county board’s October 14 meeting. Several months ago a committee was formed to develop a policy. This day the current draft was discussed, especially the scope of the policy, where ..... 
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Bid accepted for former elemenztary school property

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A brief regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was held on October 13 at the Carnegie Building in Spring Valley. All members of the City Council attended (Mayor Jim Struzyk, Todd Jones, Tony Archer, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and city ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Government

• Monday, October 20, Chatfield School Board, High School Media Center, 7 p.m. • Monday, October 20, Kingsland School Board, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, October 20, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Monday, October 20, Rushford-Pete ..... 
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Canton opens new Government Center

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

October brought an exciting change for Canton, as the new Government Center was opened. Virtually unrecognizable as the old liquor store, the updated building now has a handicap accessible entrance on the side of the building, an office and counter ..... 
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Lanesboro approves policy regarding frozen pipes

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The extreme cold temperatures we experienced last winter left a lot of people in many communities dealing with frozen water pipes. Since it has been predicted this coming winter will be similar, some communities are going into it prepared. Lanesb ..... 
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