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Spring Valley City Council hears request over abandoned property


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Paul Mittelstadt is not happy. Mittelstadt lives at 303 Huron Avenue in Spring Valley and is concerned with what is happening at an abandoned house at 301 Huron. According to Mittelstadt, the property has sat there for over 30 years attracting rodents and other unpleasant critters. No one repairs the house and it just grows worse and worse as each day passing.

He has requested the help of the city council but so far, “according to him” nothing has gotten done to clean up the property and he wants to know why.

Mittelstadt and his wife appeared at the council meeting on Monday night and voiced his concerns again and wants some action. He says that he has tried many outlets and will continue the fight.

In other action at the meeting, the Audit for the city was reviewed by Tom Wente of Smith Schafer Associates, LTD. In a rather lengthy report Wente summarized that the General Fund unassigned fund balance equals 94 percent of annual general fund and that Capital improvement fund balance stands at one million dollars. This will be available for future capital needs including main street improvements and industrial park expansion. LGA (Local Government Aid) provided $797,702 while property taxes provided $918,611 in 2013 revenues. According to Wente all debt services funds are being adequately funded and all outstanding bonds are being paid on a timely basis. Finally, Revenues in the city’s five Utilities are generally keeping pace with rising operating expenses, servicing all debt requirements and developing needed reserves for future capital projects although the Water Fund has exhausted its cash reserves.

A few weeks ago Waste Management was called to task when the council said that there were many citizens complaining about how their garbage was handled. According to the complaint at the time was that Waste Management wasn’t returning calls and appeared to be taking the city for granted. According to Zimmer she made attempts to contact the company seeking a way to deal with the complaints. Zimmer said that those calls went unanswered. At Monday night’s meeting of the council, a representative of Waste Management told the Council that he was not taking the City for granted and that many of the complaints were centered around bad weather and the inability of reaching all the homes.

After the Waste Management presentation Mayor Struzyk said that he has received many calls saying, .....
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Information and opinions given at Kingsland community meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The community meeting and facilities discussion held at the Kingsland High School Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 was well attended with school board members, administration, Kingsland staff and residents reviewing a large amount of information ..... 
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Marijuana bust takes place in Alco parking lot

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Police Reports

Drug charges are pending against two men after their arrest Tuesday night in the Alco parking lot in Spring Valley. Darrell Luttrell, age 21, of Albert Lea, Minn. and Thomas Sarenpa, age 23, of Blaine Minn. were arrested after Southeastern Minneso ..... 
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Pancakes in Whalan

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

Whalan’s Taste of the Trail Committee will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 6th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The breakfast will be held in the newly remodeled Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast and som ..... 
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Linda Olson

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Linda Olson, age 72, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.  Linda Lee Ramaker was born January 23, 1942 in Spring Valley to Winfield and Valoy (Frankson) Ramaker. She was baptized M ..... 
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Albert Langdon

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Albert Eugene Langdon, age 91, died March 6, 2014 at the Spring Valley Senior Living. He was born August 2, 1922 to James & Lucy Langdon, in Rowan, Iowa. Albert attended Rowan Public School graduating in 1940, where he was an outstanding outfielde ..... 
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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. All school board members were present. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the February 19, 2014 meeting, March 2 ..... 
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Health care...

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I read Mrs. Nyenhuis’ letter about health care and some red flags were very apparent to me. I found it hypocritical of her to talk about how well her knee is doing and how lucky she is to have her husband after his diabetic trauma ..... 
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Not in my back yard...

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As I have tried to study silica sand mine issues in southeastern Minnesota, I have to say I am a bit disappointed in Minnesotans. It appears that our stance is one of “let’s do what we can to prevent silica sand mining in southea ..... 
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