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Houston locks into animal control contract


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on July 14. At the meeting, Chief David Breault informed the council of the weekly animal complaints which the police department is called to deal with stray or neglected animals in town. Chief Breault suggested that the council contract the services of Marcie Jensen, a local animal control provider. Jenson provides animal control services for other towns in the area, including Brownsville, Hokah, and Spring Grove. She is a certified dog trainer, has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, veterinary technician training, and is an executive director at Paws 4 Independence--an organization that trains service dogs.

Chief Breault told the council that the department does not have the proper holding facilities to house the animals and also do not have a proper placement plan after the animals are caught. Contracting the services of Jensen would solve those problems. The council approved the $3,000 per year animal control contract.

Chief Breault also sought the council’s approval to purchase software with the LETG (Law Enforcement Technology Group). The state now mandates that the Houston Police Department have a virtual private network; working with LETG would make the department compliant.

Access to this network will connect the HPD with surrounding towns, track incidents in real time, and improve case flow, in addition to numerous other benefits. The council approved the purchase at a cost of $7,116, with annual maintenance of $1,160. Mayor Edwards commented that the use of this software, “makes for more effective law enforcement.”

At the meeting the council also approved the construction of an access road by the band shell using concrete. The Lion’s Club brought the idea to the council in hopes of making it easier for bands to unload their equipment. The access road will also help to make the bandshell more handicapped accessible. The council also approved the roof repair on City Hall at a cost of $3,000. The repairs will be done by Affordable Siding and Roofing.

The council also approved the official election judges for the City of Houston, for the 2014 Primary and General Elections. They are as follows: Larry Jerviss, Christina Peterson, Audrey Hegland, Karyn Olson, Sherman Cole, Paul Kempter, Ruth Ann Stensgard, Kathleen Nelson, and James Skree.

The next Houston City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 11 .....
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Mabel-Canton Schools face budget cuts

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. Principal Jeff Nolte was not present nor were board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, or Troy Soiney. The minutes from the June 17, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools face budget cuts

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. Principal Jeff Nolte was not present nor were board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, or Troy Soiney. The minutes from the June 17, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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Notice of Application - for animal feedlot or manure storage area permit

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

Notice is hereby given per Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 116, that Robert Gulbranson, has made application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or the County of Fillmore for a permit to construct or expand a feedlot with a capacity of 500 animal ..... 
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The American Red Cross calls on eligible donors with all blood types to help maintain a sufficient blood supply this summer

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage. During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross bloo ..... 
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The Arc Southeastern Minnesota Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

When: Monday, July 28, 2014 Where: Somerby Golf Club 975 Somerby Parkway NE Bryon, MN 55920 We invite you to participate in The Arc Southeastern Minnesota 10th Annual Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament. Enjoy the day golfing at one of the ..... 
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Concert in the Park July 24

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Rochester Community Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Mangan, will perform Thursday for the Chatfield “Music in the Park” summer concert series. The concert will be on Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Band Sh ..... 
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U.S. open chainsaw carver at 2014 Hoedown

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

While attending the Houston Hoedown this year, you may hear the sound of a chainsaw near the city park. Chainsaw carver Molly Wiste of Wiste Woodworks will be completing quick carves during Hoedown beneath her red tent. Wiste travels to Hoedown from ..... 
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Tractors, classic cars, trucks and classic bikes

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Ridgeway Community School will host a tractor and car show on Sunday, August 3 as part of its Annual FREE Ridgeway Community Celebration event. Everyone is invited to join in the fun. Bring your tractor (any make, any model) or your classic car or ..... 
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