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Spring Valley moving ahead with street repairs


Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, May 23, 2016. All members were in attendance (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). The council approved minutes of the May 9 meeting, and Final Accounts Payable. No visitors had signed up to speak to the council. The council approved a liquor license renewal for Valley Lanes.

Next, the council considered ambulance charge code changes. Ben Schlaak explained, “We went through, line item by line item, and looked at all the different expenses we put out,… I think the worst one, we were paying about $60 more than we were charging for one of the meds.” The council approved the changes as submitted.

Deb Zimmer then asked the council to consider two street repair items. She said Industrial Park has “quite a bit of cracking” and will need to have a reclaiming done. Bolton & Menk did a cost estimate of about $170,000 for that. She then said, “Chip-sealing, we got a very good rate. What I’d like to have is to be able to do $45,000 of chip-sealing, and that’s going to be Parsons, High Street, Fremont, Crestwood Court, Gideon, Spring Street, Broadway, and North Park Lane.” Todd Jones asked if chip-sealing would be adequate on the Industrial Park repairs, but Zimmer said no, it has large cracks and will need to be reclaimed. The council OK’d moving forward on both of these repairs.

Next, there was discussion of an upgrade needed to the WWTP Potable Water System. Zimmer explained the upgrade would cost roughly $15,000 to $30,000, but then would result in a monthly savings in the city’s water cost. The council approved this upgrade.

The council then heard departmental reports, including Ben Schlaak reporting that the discussion about the “rehab trailer” is continuing. He said he’d discussed the idea at a Southeast group meeting, and many there were excited about the possibility. He also reported on several trucks the city is looking at to determine what would best fill the department’s need. He added that the recent pancake breakfast was “a large success”.

Chad Hindt (Streets Department) reported that his crew has been “mowing, trimming, spraying, doing potholes, and tilled up the gardens”. Bill Bires asked about a water leak near the gardens, and this will be looked into, to get it stopped.

Zimmer shared that the Lyndale Street proj .....
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Neal Carl Smith

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Neal Carl Smith, age 34, of Largo, Florida and formerly of Spring Valley, MN died May 17, 2016 at his home in Largo. Neal was born in Rochester, MN to Carl and Shirley (VandeZande) Smith. After graduating from LeRoy Ostrander High School he attend ..... 
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Kingsland Board hears from citizens

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on May 16 in regular session, with approximately 40 people in attendance. Board members present were Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. Troy A ..... 
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Engagement - Broadwater - Trayler

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Gary and Carol Broadwater, of Spring Valley, Minn., are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Alyse Broadwater to Christopher Trayler, son of Keith & Nadia Trayler of Dodge Center, Minn., and Belinda Trayler of Davenport, Fla. ..... 
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Letter about Black bear euthanized... To the Editor,

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

Fully understanding the danger presented by this black bear, I cannot understand why the DNR killed it instead of tranquilizing and relocating. It’s not like we have huandreds of bears roaming the area. And this is not the first time that wild ani ..... 
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Letter about Relief for others... To the Editor,

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

I just looked at a calendar that lists today (May 4, 2016) as Holocaust Memorial Day. In our mail this morning I received a small publicaton put out by Quakers, labeled as FCNL, which stands for “Friends Committee for National Legislation”. I ..... 
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Spring Valley approves bond sale for street project

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, May 9, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires was absent. The council approved minutes of the Apri ..... 
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Natalie Lammers

Wed, May 4th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral Mass for Natalie Lammers will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Preston, MN. Visitation ..... 
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Celesta V. Hammes

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Celesta V. Hammes, age 95, of Spring Valley passed away peacefully Friday April 29, 2016 at the Spring Valley Senior Living where she had resided for a short time. Celesta Workman was born July 31, 1920 in Carrolton Twp. Fillmore County, Minnesot ..... 
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