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Ostrander Council considers repairs and upgrades

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

On April 7, all members of the Ostrander City Council were in attendance for a regular meeting. Jason Schahl (from the accounting firm of Smith Schafer & Associates) presented a summary of the 2014 financial audit conducted regarding the City of Ostrander. Schahl commented that because Ostrander is a small town, there are some safeguards needed to assure proper oversight of financial matters, and he said the council handles this by carefully watching all financial dealings closely. He stated that the city’s General Fund cash reserve is around $55000, down slightly from about $62000 a year prior, but doesn’t feel that is a major concern.

Dan Gossman from Federal Warning Systems presented the Council with information and materials related to several options for the city to consider relating to possible improvements to the current warning siren, which is apparently over 60 years old. The siren was recently repaired, and is working well now, but because of its age, there are no estimates on how long it will function. He suggested that if the City continues to use the current siren, it should be placed 10 or 15 feet higher, so it would be better heard throughout town. He also said most cities are now using a radio-controlled mechanism, so the siren could be activated remotely by city or county personnel, which saves time and therefore possibly lives. He also said Harmony recently bought new sirens, so that city may be looking to sell their old sirens, which Ostrander could look into. Gossman also described the options for having battery backup power for the siren. After some discussion, the council chose to keep the siren as is for now, and will talk with Harmony about their sirens. The city will look into costs to install radio-controls for the current siren.

Ann Keim from First LeRoy Agency spoke to the council about property and casualty coverage torts. She explained the current torts limit how much an individual or group could sue the city for. After brief discussion, the council voted unanimously to keep the torts and limits as is.

Public Works Director and Fire Chief Jimmie Dean spoke to the Council, and described the condition of the Fire Department’s SCBA masks. He said they are outdated and currently there are only two in working order, so there is no backup. He said because of the age of the equipment, “We’re back about five compliances” and asked the City to consider purchasing new SCBA’s. The .....
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Letter about Aaron Swartzentruber’s Letter to the Editor...

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Aaron Swartzentruber’s recent letter gives us insight into the mind of the fundamentalist, whether Christian or Muslim. These people pick and choose “God’s Word” to fit their agenda. For instance, does the average fundament ..... 
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Ostrander city council discuss funding for LeRoy-Ostrander school pool

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

The Ostrander city council met on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 for their regular meeting. Visitors included Mike Souhrada of LeRoy to discuss funding of the pool located within the LeRoy-Ostrander school. Souhrada explained a non-profit group raise ..... 
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Ostrander city council considers well repairs

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

A regular meeting of the Ostrander city council was held on November 18 at the Community Center. All council members were in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the consent agenda, including agenda, prior minutes, ..... 
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Wauneta Back

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Wauneta Back Funeral services for Wauneta Back were held 11 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, Minn. with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial took place in Bloomfield Cemetery. Visitation was held 3 p.m. - 6 ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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