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Harmony EDA hopes to extend bike trail to Iowa


Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors



The Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority) requested support from the city at the council meeting on December 9. Vicky Tribon explained the EDA’s goal of extending the Harmony-Preston bike trail from Harmony toward Niagara Cave and to the Iowa border. From there, Iowa would take over and extend it to Cresco and then Decorah.

According to Tribon, this project has been discussed since 1995, but has encountered many obstacles. In 2012 they met with Representative Greg Davids, who initiated legislation to extend the trail. The project was introduced as a bill and went to a committee but never got any further.

Tribon said the EDA has verbal okay from all landowners from Harmony to the state line. They need money up front for land options, money that would eventually be reimbursed. Tribon said they would like to have the land options done and signed before approaching the legislators to secure funds.

The city had previously offered to use TIF money to give the EDA up to $35,000 to be used for land options, appraisals, and surveying. They approved this at the meeting.

The EDA requested the city put pressure on legislators to change the wording on the legislation to include the state line connection, Niagara Cave, and Prosper. The council approved.

Dechlorination project

Illg updated the council on the dechlorination project. The utility committee recommended they go ahead with the dechlorination tablets instead of constructing a UV plant to reduce the chlorine levels. The city needs to be in compliance with requirements by 2017. This means they must have a system in place to reduce the levels and have it operating successfully by that time.

Maintenance employee Chris Johnson said they found the manholes where they will take water samples. He will put the tablets in one manhole and get samples to check levels further down.

The city will need to purchase new equipment for feeding the chlorine. The manholes will also need to be redone so they have a hatch mechanism for better accessibility.

Illg said one of the downfalls of the system is the need to take samples seven days a week. They are hoping to get that down to five days a week. Johnson said the manhole is about 15 feet off the road and difficult to access, so they will have to come up with a solution for that.

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Drive safely this snowmobile season

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1. Minnesota residents born after Dec. 3 ..... 
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Deer Creek Speedway offers 2014 ticket holders same price for 2015 World of Outlaws tickets for limited time

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

Spring Valley, MN — December 3, 2014 — Fans who held reserved tickets for this past season’s Asgrow/DEKALB Clash at the Creek that featured the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, will hav ..... 
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Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Although many trails do not yet ..... 
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DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds. The Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children this Thanksgiving as they visit friends and family who l ..... 
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Hunters register 111,000 deer through the third weekend

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year during special hunts and t ..... 
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Hunters register 102,000 deer through second weekend

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year, hunters during special hunts, and ..... 
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Is there a moose in Peterson?

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

Is there a moose in Peterson? Photo by Megan Grebe

Minnesota’s snowmobile trails open Dec. 1

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1; however, several conditi ..... 
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