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Spring Valley City Council briefed by school officials


Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley All

The lights were turned off in the City Council room after the regular agenda of items and For the next several minutes the Kingsland Superintendent of schools delivered a presentation regarding the mission and objectives of the school district. John McDonald had brought two school board members, with him Doug Plaehn and Kristin Beck.

McDonald talked about the need for upgrading on the Wykoff school and he presented the options that he sees in performing the necessary steps of improvement. He said that the air circulation needs upgrading and there is an asbestos problem. The gym floor also needs to be replaced. The subject of funding instantly popped to the surface and McDonald said, “ It will take approximately $7 million to bring the school in Wykoff to a minimum level without planning for the future.” Beck said that you could spend the money in Wykoff and “you wouldn’t see the difference.”

Superintendent McDonald said that there needs to be a plan and how to spend the money. Council member Tony Archer asked how this would be paid for and the replied from McDonald indicated that there would be at least two options; adding a levy or a building referendum.

McDonald said that the school board wants to open a dialog with the city in the early parts of the process and the council appeared to welcome the opportunity to be involved.

Other items that were on the agenda included approval of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund grant award documents. The project is the CORE NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZE (MAIN STREET) and the city will be funded $77,000 leveraging DEED Small Cities Development Program and local funding up to seven years. The initial funding will allow renovations of 14 residential units during the first. If interest and market conditions support. GMHF funds will be recycled through a revolving loan fund administered by the EDA to renovate up to an additional eight units over years two through four. Rents are targeted at $35 to $375 dollars per month, and will be achieved without subsidy. The interest rate is two percent. The City Council approved the actions.

One item was an FYI regarding proposals for spending of the 0.5 percent sales revenue. The new construction incentive for residential housing would be $17,500. Industrial Park Expansion would come in at $200,000. This would increase the tax base, create jobs and attract a new industry to the City of Spring Valley. Ther .....
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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superinten ..... 
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Spring Valley receives Small Cities Grant

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, June 10 and dealt with a few items of business. Pearson Brothers of Hanover, Minn. had submitted a quote to furnish material and labor in accordance with specifications for installation ..... 
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Marlys J. Wagner

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

MARLYS J. WAGNER, age 84, of Mission, Texas, died Friday morning, May 17, 2013, at the Comfort House in McAllen, Texas. Marlys was born October 2, 1928, in Iowa the daughter of Soren Pater and Kari (Johnsen) Christensen. She married Lyle ..... 
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Public Transportation available for Spring Valley residents

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night because of the observance of Memorial Day. Starting July 1, 2013 Public Transportation will be coming to Spring Valley. SEMCAC has announced that they will be providing bus transportation to an ..... 
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Kingsland School Board recognizes retirees

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All School Board members were present in addition to Superintendent John McDonald. Consent Agenda items were approved which included the revie ..... 
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Letter about Spring Valley flooding

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Spring Valley was flooded again this week. Has the City ever considered a dike? A dike does not have to be a big, ugly earthen wall. Have you seen the nice row of locally quarried retaining wall rock stacked up at O’Connell’ ..... 
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Bernadine G. Schmidt

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Bernadine G. Schmidt, age 81, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Bernadine was born February 23, 1932, in Granger, Minn., the daughter of Harry and Nellie (Turnmire) Lange. She attende ..... 
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Almanzo Road Race hits Spring Valley

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Gary Peterson, Mitchell Walbridge As people gathered on the weekend of May 17-19 for Spring Valley’s annual WilderFest, many also participated in the seventh annual Almanzo Road Race. This year’s Almanzo Road Race bicyclists set out from ..... 
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