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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 firm also works for the cities of Spring Valley, Rushford, Lewiston and Chatfield.

Since the city’s previous attorney, Kelly Wagner, left the Baulder Law Office the council was considering a new attorney. One that had an office close by and would be easily accessible if needed. Mayor Pat Nessler asked Springer about their availability; wanting to know if nights, weekends or last minute things were an issue. Springer responded saying they have three attorneys and are available to clients 24/7. Officer Tom Mosher said sometimes assistance was needed right away and it is important that calls and emails be returned. Springer acknowledged that no one is perfect but they do their best to take care of needs immediately.

The proposed hourly rate given to the council is $125/hour for attorney fees. Councilman Start made a motion to hire Springer & Gumbel P.A. and Councilwoman Kunert seconded. The motion carried and the firm was hired as the new city attorneys.

A date was decided for the public informational meeting concerning the new treatment center. June 24 was chosen and a notification will be published in the city’s newspaper, the Fillmore County Journal, when the details are in place.

Ann Keim, of First LeRoy Agency, was also on hand with the proposed renewal of the city’s insurance policy. The only change occurring was the conversion of one fire truck to a regular truck. The motion carried to accept the new policy.

The Wolf’s Den was given a permit for an outdoor band to be used on June 21st. Royal and Lynn Dempewolf were on hand to update the council with a list of events that would be taking place on the 21st to benefit the city’s park fund.

There was concern raised by a citizen of Ostrander about ‘proposed’ fees to use the city’s amenities such as the ball field and the volleyball court. His opinion was this was for city use and there should not be a charge. The council agreed and was not sure where this talk had come from as they had not proposed to do so. Public Works Director, Jimmie Dean, spoke up and explained that he had suggested it in conversations as a free will donation to help cover the costs of mainten .....
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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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State representative Greg Davids files for re-election

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST PAUL, Minn. - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) has officially filed to seek re-election this fall to the Minnesota House of Representatives. “It is such a privilege to serve the people of Fillmore and Houston counties,” Davids s ..... 
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Chatfield renews electric franchise

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

With the 20-year renewal of Chatfield’s electric franchise some changes are expected in the near future. Keith Sherman representing Alliant Energy, Brian Krambeer representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Elaine Garry representing People ..... 
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Recycling dumpsters in Spring Valley

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The recycling dumpsters that were located along Highway 16 east of Spring Valley were removed in early May due to the high volume of illegal dumping. At the county board’s May 27 meeting the board voted to have the dumpsters put back at that loca ..... 
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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount di ..... 
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Spring Valley in search of new ambulance director

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was a very short agenda at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Wednesday evening. As the usual approval of the minutes and May Final Accounts Payable was dealt with, the first issue of pay adjustments for salary increases arose for Chad Hin ..... 
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