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Wykoff city clerk resigns

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on September 12th in regular session. Members in attendance were Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, Deputy Clerk Becky Schmidt, Megan Lund, and Brody Mensink. Also in attendance was city attorney Thomas Manion.

One of the main items discussed was the city clerk position. Mayor Williams said the city had received a signed letter of resignation from Cheryl Davis, and the council voted to accept it. The council also discussed what to do to fill the position, immediately and longterm. Becky Schmidt said she was initially hired as “office help,” but has been acting city clerk during Davis’ absence, and she asked, “So am I still just backing her up,…or am I the clerk or deputy clerk?” After discussion, she agreed to officially become deputy city clerk. The city is still working on determining her pay scale. The city will consult the League of Minnesota Cities to find out what other similar cities pay this position. It was also pointed out that Schmidt does not have a notary public stamp, and since these are specific to a person’s name, one would have to be ordered, so she can provide that service. The council OK’d her to order a notary public stamp, at a cost of $120.

The council discussed Minnesota’s new “Granny Pod Law,” with Mitch Grabau explaining that a common concern among cities is that this could become “a zoning nightmare.” The council also mentioned concerns about utility hookups. The council voted unanimously to opt out of the law, as allowed, with the option to reconsider when the state has fleshed out the law and expectations more fully.

Four citizens had signed up to address the council. Mary Sackett asked for clarification of several items related to the upcoming Fall Fest, including using “snow fence” to fence off the dance area, and asking about the planned bonfire. After discussion, it was suggested that she contact the county sheriff’s office to ask about the bonfire, and to see if a permit is needed.

Sally Affeldt asked about the number of “porta-potties” for Fall Fest, saying with 500 people expected for the banquet, additional units would likely be needed. After discussion, the council agreed to get a total of five portable units, with one of them being handicap-accessible.

Nathan Prechel asked if the city has an ordinance about vegetation (trees & bushes) growing out into the street. He pointed .....
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Words of wisdom from an old baseball coach

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

Dear readers, I want to share a speech given in 1996 by a retired baseball coach at the annual ABCA coaches’ convention in Nashville. The speaker, John Scolinos, was well respected by his peers, having posted over a thousand wins during a career ..... 
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Local American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Troops offer faith-based programs for kids

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

In 2011, when Steve and Amy Rehm relocated their family from Rochester to southeastern Minnesota, they thought they were losing the opportunity to enroll their daughter in one of the area’s local American Heritage Girls (AHG) troops. “Being a C ..... 
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Wykoff sets date for personnel issues

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on August 8 in regular session. Members in attendance were Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, and Megan Lund. The agenda showed “No minutes to approve, no bills to approve, no Treasurer’s report to appr ..... 
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Independent insurance company opens in Wykoff

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

Steven Rehm grew up on a farm outside of Chatfield. He moved out of the area for some time, but his love for the country and this area drew him back. He and his wife, Amy, especially like being able to raise their three children, whom they homesch ..... 
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Aleda Schwier

Thu, Jul 28th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Aleda Schwier, age 98, of Wykoff, Minn., died Tuesday morning, July 26, 2016, at the Mayo Clinic Hospitals – St. Mary’s Campus. Aleda was born April 6, 1918, in Lanesboro, Minn., the daughter of John and Alma (Thompson) Bothun. Her father die ..... 
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Maxine Winslow

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff All

Maxine Winslow, 102, of Fillmore, died at Chosen Valley Care Center on July, 14, 2016. She was born on September 7, 1913 in the Village of Fillmore to Willie and Katherine Manley. She attended Fillmore Schools through the 8th grade and was married t ..... 
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Wykoff News - 6.13.16

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

By Donna Erdman On Wednesday, Diane and Larry Anderson of Ostrander stopped at Goodies & Gas to fill up with gas and supplies for their planned trip with a new boat. Diane stated it was good to be back in Wykoff. On Friday night at 6 p.m., on KT ..... 
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Roger L. Mensink

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Roger L. Mensink, age 83, of Wykoff, MN passed away peacefully on May 20, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospial – St Marys Campus from complications of a heart attack. Roger was born September 26, 1932 to Hubert and Mildred (Nagel) Mensink in York Townsh ..... 
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