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Liquor license ordinance to change in Ostrander


Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander All

Todd Kruegel, of Kruegel’s Gas Service in Spring Valley, visited the Ostrander Council at their September meeting to discuss contracted gas prices. The city had ‘ran out’ of propane fuel in March of this year and had to purchase another 1,000 gallons. A bitter winter contributed to the high use of fuel, just as it did for many businesses and homeowners in the area. Kruegel suggested the council ‘top off’ the current tanks now and then contract 5,500 gallons through the winter season. The current price per gallon quoted was $1.499/gallon to top off now and the contract price would be $1.529. Councilman Start remarked another bitterly cold winter is expected. The council voted unanimously to do as Kruegel had suggested.

Refining the city’s liquor license ordinance was the main topic of discussion throughout the meeting held on September 2, 2014. The city’s police chief, Tom Mosher, expressed his concern with renewals citing there have been numerous past problems including no insurance, renewing on time and/or unpaid bills to the city. Currently there are three establishments carrying a liquor license. Mosher further explained a lot of time is spent with the city clerk sending letters, making calls and having visits with business owners to get issues taken care of. “Special meetings have been called, businesses want permits for street dances and have unpaid bills…,” Mosher told the council.

The city’s attorney, Scott Springer, was in attendance and had been contacted by Mosher to seek advice. Springer explained the city’s ordinance already stated a business could not renew their license if they were delinquent with the city. He offered suggestions to deter businesses from doing the things Mosher had expressed. Increasing late charges on city bills, suspending the renewal if the license holder is more than 30 days late three times in the previous 12 months, add administrative fees or suspension during the year were given as examples of solutions.

Springer advised against suspension during the year, as it would cost the city to hold due process. Notices and a hearing would be needed for this option which would cost the city incremental administrative fees and time. Instead, he suggested giving disincentives for not paying on time or following the ordinance. Chief Mosher stated it would be nice to stop it as it happens but agreed it was too costly. Mayor Pat Nesler asked Springer if this could al .....
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Ostrander welcomes county commissioner candidate

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Harry Root, an upcoming candidate for Fillmore County Commissioner, was the only visitor at the Ostrander City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 5. Root introduced himself to the council and explained what he felt his role as Commissioner would be ..... 
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Arlynn Blaine Bestor

Tue, Jul 29th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Arlynn Blaine Bestor, age 88, of Ostrander, Minn., died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home. Arlynn was born July 12, 1926, in Greenleafton, Minn., the son of Ernest and Pearl (Dornink) Bestor. He served with the US Navy during WWII in both the ..... 
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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 fir ..... 
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In response to Greg Davids’ commentary ...

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I believe Greg Davids’ recent commentary needs clarification and context. The Affordable Care Act means that 12 million more non-elderly people will have health insurance in 2014 than if the ACA had not been enacted according to t ..... 
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Engagement - Drinkall ~ Welter

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Social Scenes

Jacole Drinkall and Jason Welter are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Jacole is the daughter of Delvin and Lucy Drinkall of Ostrander, Minn. She is a Winona State graduate in Business Management and Administration. She c ..... 
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Engagement: Drinkall ~ Welter

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Social Scenes

Jacole Drinkall and Jason Welter are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Jacole is the daughter of Delvin and Lucy Drinkall of Ostrander, Minn. She is a Winona State graduate in Business Management and Administration. She ..... 
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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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Area businesses work together to bring local options at Fillmore County Wedding Show

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Small business owner, Trisha Christoperson, is full of vision. She started her business, Sweetie Cakes, out of her home with the idea of bringing a local option of baked delights to southeast Minnesota communities. Featuring only made from scratch t ..... 
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