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Sheriff Jensen visits Wykoff to propose new agreement


Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council heard from Sheriff Jensen at their August 12 meeting. The Sheriff addressed the council with a need for a new Law Enforcement Agreement that would be updated and contain the proper civil liability language. The current contract with the city was formed in 1992. Sheriff Jensen acknowledged that the new contract would also force back to table negotiations for cost and patrol hours.

Currently, the Law Enforcement Agreement costs the city of Wykoff $24,000 a year and states that the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department will provide 4.5 total hours of patrol daily. Sheriff Jensen noted the cost to the city is roughly a third of what the actual cost is currently to employ such services. A new contract would most likely cost actual expense for a deputy’s time which Jensen noted is roughly $39/hour.

The council had previously requested log books from the county as a proof of performance reference. Sheriff Jensen noted the actual logs could not be shown because of data privacy and confidentiality reasons. However, he did go through the logs from the past 210 days himself, so he could report to the council. Jensen informed the council that there had been a law enforcement presence in town 329 times in the past 210 days but did note it was probably not a total of 4.5 hours a day. Admittedly, Jensen acknowledged it was closer to 2.5-3 hours a day.

Sheriff Jensen had drawn up a new proposed contract that will be given to City Clerk Cheryl Davis, so she can pass it on to the city attorney for review. After it is reviewed, the council will decide budgeting for the new Law Enforcement Agreement or if they will look at other avenues for the presence of law enforcement.

Visitor Rod Thompson addressed the council with a concern about the Jerry Ferguson property. Thompson asked if the city was mowing the property, to which the answer was yes. Thompson questioned why the city is doing so for free. Mayor Hare explained that he had personally called Ferguson, who currently resides in New York, and asked him the very same thing. Ferguson explained to Hare that he made an agreement with the council “years ago.” Council members discussed the current ordinance for lawn mowing in which the city charges $75 to mow unkempt lawns. Mayor Hare suggested the City Clerk send a letter to Ferguson, citing the ordinance and suggest he hire a local youth to maintain the small strip of land.

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“Love is Love” for Wykoff newlyweds

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

August 1, 2013 brought a very special couple together in marriage. Every wedding day is special, as was this one, but the day was special for more than only the couple being married. It was a special day because it was the first day that this coupl ..... 
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“Love is Love” for Wykoff newlyweds

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

August 1, 2013 brought a very special couple together in marriage. Every wedding day is special, as was this one, but the day was special for more than only the couple being married. It was a special day because it was the first day that this coupl ..... 
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City of Wykoff bids

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Legals

City of Wykoff bids City of Wykoff is accepting bids for 217 N. Gold Street., PO Box 218, Wykoff, MN 55990. Separate sealed bids for the construction of the demolition of existing trickling filter wastewater treatment equipment and installation of ..... 
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Wykoff Fall Fest to Hold Talent Show

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Fall Fest Committee invites area residents to register for the Fall Fest Talent Show to be held on the evenings of Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, during the 2013 Fall Fest celebration. The show is not a contest; all act ..... 
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Engagement - Petrich ~ Bartelt

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Social Scenes

Amy Petrich and Holli Bartelt, both of Wykoff, Minn., are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Amy is the daughter of Jim and Diane Petrich of Wykoff. She is currently employed as a baker at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rocheste ..... 
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There will be Drama at Kingsland

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met July 15, 2013 in the conference room at Kingsland High School. All board members were present with the exception of Steve Tart and Deb Larson. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. Minutes of t ..... 
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Wykoff City Council sets Special Meeting for Sewer Treatment Center Bids

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

By Jackie Horsman The Wykoff City Council met on Monday, July 8 with a full agenda to discuss, including the city’s proposed sewer treatment center. Kevin Graves, of WHKS, outlined the updated plans for the city’s new sewer treatment center. ..... 
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Nauvoo

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

In his solo performance “Nauvoo,” Seth Bockley portrays two Utopian visionaries who led ambitious projects in the same small Illinois town on the banks of the Mississippi. Using stones, furniture and a physical performance style, Bockley portra ..... 
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