Notice of mechanic’s lien sale

Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on October 23, 2019, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2001 Dodge Durango, Tan, Vin #1B4HS28N91F501487. 

Storage and lien sale fees are due as of July 15, 2019 is $293.20.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s): Jericho J. Fisher

Lienholders: Peter K. Ferber

Please note-This may be a salvage vehicle.



Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Stearns County Planning Commission, in and for the County of Stearns, will conduct a public hearing to consider an Interim Use Permit submitted by James and Joan Klaphake, Albany MN according to Sections 4.18, 6.56.2 and 9.3.6E of Stearns County Land Use and Zoning Ordinance #439 to keep a secondary single family residential dwelling unit accessory to an agricultural operation in the Agricultural 40 zoning district.  The property under consideration is located in the E½ SE¼ in Section 28 and the NE¼ NE¼ in Section 33, lying south of Universal Road, Krain Township (126/31).  Property address is 22755 Universal Road, Albany MN.

Notice is further given that the above hearing will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Stearns County Service Center West, 3301 County Road 138 Room 121, Waite Park, Minnesota.        

A copy of the proposed request is on file in the Stearns County Environmental Services Office, County Administration Center, 705 Courthouse Square Room 343, St. Cloud, Minnesota and can be viewed during regular business hours.  This request/information can also be viewed approximately one week prior to the meeting at by clicking on Board & Committee Meetings.  Action taken on this application will be available shortly after the meeting at the same website location.  

All interested persons are invited to attend said hearing or submit written testimony prior to the hearing date either in support of or in opposition to the proposed request.  Written testimony should be submitted to the Stearns County Environmental Services Department, Administration Center, 705 Courthouse Square Room 343, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303.

Jeff Bertram, Chair

Stearns County Planning Commission 

Barrier Free Status:  This meeting will be accessible to the handicapped.  Attempts will be made to accommodate any other individual need for special services.  Please call (320) 656-3613 early so arrangements can be made.

Publish:  October 2, 2019 – Albany Enterprise




Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on October 16, 2019, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2008 Chry. Sebring LX Blue, Vin #1C3LC46KX8N204862. 

Storage and lien sale fees are due as of July 9, 2019 is $733.20.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s): Blake A. Wheat, Albritton LC.

Lienholders: Canc Alabams Inc.




Unadopted Minutes


Albany Area Schools – ISD #745

District Board Room

September 25, 2019


The meeting was called to order by Chair Winkels at 6:00 p.m.


Present: Winkels, Kreuzer, Carbajal, Paulsen, Hansen, Sand, Pennie

Absent: None

Student Representatives:  N/A


Mr. Johnson has been working closely with Pat Overom - ICS Consulting.  Mr. Overom reviewed his intended scope to address some of the future space concerns for Albany Area Schools.

He has met with Early Childhood, Kindergarten, and Administration.  He has also reviewed both the hospital space (taking a tour) and the interstate property.  The intent of discussions as we move forward would be to walk the board through the process, identify pros/cons, and develop a framework while carefully weighing the education, financial, and political acceptance. The board discussed some of their preconceptions from the community, their philosophies of scope, and theoretical approaches to solutions.  

Potential solutions will be bracketed into three categories: Short term 0-2 years, Mid-term 3-6 years, and Long term 6-10-plus years.

Several ideas were reviewed and discussed along with public perception, transportation, and ensuring a high quality educational environment.  Some fiscal/funding considerations were also discussed.

Next steps include refining solutions/developing options.  Mr. Overom will meet with elementary staff to get more input, and thereafter, meet as a board committee to narrow the scope of options.  When narrowed, the framework, pros/cons, and details will be shared with the entire board to finalize a plan for the district.  Considering a community survey may be appropriate at this time.  


Mr. Johnson discussed the potential of rolling in larger deferred maintenance projects including roofs and parking lots into a project vs LTFM and giving consideration to all funding mechanisms.  Also, we cannot lose sight of the operating needs of the district as we currently rank 281 out of 331 schools in general education revenue. 


Agenda completed at 7:17 p.m.

Matt Kreuzer, Clerk




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Managers of the Sauk River Watershed District pursuant to Minnesota Statue 103D.605 will hold a hearing October 15th, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sauk River Watershed District office located at 524 Fourth Street South in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.  The purpose of the hearing is to consider and take comments on the 2019 Outdoor Heritage Fund “Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection and Restoration” Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant Project, project #354.

This project proposes to acquire lands in fee and permanent conservation easements and restore and enhance wildlife habitat in the Sauk River Watershed. This project will permanently protect, restore and enhance approximately 720 acres of high priority, critical habitat.  The project will also restore/enhance approximately 290 acres of wetlands and accompanying uplands. Properties selected will be strategically targeted using an innovative site prioritization model that maximizes conservation benefit and financial leverage. The total estimated cost of the project is $2,946,000 to be paid from a grant from the State of Minnesota under the Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Fund; with $440,000 to the Sauk River Watershed District, $590,000 to Pheasants Forever and $1,916,000 to the Minnesota Land Trust. These funds are provided by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment. Additional funds, including in-kind contributions may come from, in addition to the organizations above, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, the State’s Clean Water Fund program, the State’s Clean Water Partnership program or other sources. 

For further information contact the Watershed District Office at (320) 352-2231.

Tyler Carlson, President






Notice is hereby given that on October 15, 2019 at 5:50 p.m., the Avon Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a request from Paul Tomsche (Owner) and John Scepaniak (Applicant) to rezone PID # 42.26262.0002, 804 Chinook Ave SW., Avon, MN from R-1 to C-2.  

Notice is hereby given that on October 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., the Avon Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the application for a Conditional Use Permit (contingent upon rezone approval) filed by Paul Tomsche (Owner) and John Scepaniak (Applicant).  The request is to allow parcel number 42.26262.0002, 804 Chinook Ave SW., Avon, MN to allow storage unit rental facilities to be constructed.  

All persons interested are invited to attend said hearing and be heard on this matter.  All meetings of the City of Avon are handicapped accessible.


Amy Pease

Zoning Administrator




DATE: August 26, 2019

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage:


1.  Date of Mortgage: August 11, 2017

2.  Mortgagors: Joel A. Welle and Sara A. Welle, husband and wife 

3.  Mortgagee:  Freeport State Bank 

4.  Recording Information:  Recorded on August 16, 2017, as Document Number 1502575, in the Office of the County Recorder of Stearns County, Minnesota

5.  Assignments of Mortgage, if any: N/A



6.  Tax parcel identification number of the mortgaged premises: 25.15071.0000

7.  Legal description of the mortgaged premises: 

The North Thirty One and Seventy Five hundredths (31.75) acres of Government Lot One (1) of Section Ten (10), Township One Hundred Twenty Five (125) North of Range Thirty Two (32) West of the Fifth Principal Meredian, in Stearns County, Minnesota.  

Check here if all or part of the described real property is Registered (Torrens) 

8. The physical street address, city, and zip code of the mortgaged premises: 27523 365th Street, Freeport, MN 56331.


9.  The person holding the Mortgage:  is not a transaction agent, as defined by Minn. Stat. 58.02, subd. 30.

The name of the residential mortgage servicer and the lender or broker, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is Freeport State Bank. 

10. If stated on the Mortgage, the name of the mortgage originator, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is Freeport State Bank. 


11. The requisites of Minn. Stat. 580.02 have been satisfied.

12.  The original principal amount secured by the Mortgage was $44,200.00.

13. At the date of this notice the amount due on the Mortgage, including taxes, if any, paid by the holder of the Mortgage, is: $42,885.29.

14. Pursuant to the power of sale in the Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the mortgaged premises will be sold by the Sheriff of Stearns County, Minnesota, at public auction on October 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at Room S-136, Stearns County Law Enforcement Center, 807 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

15. The time allowed by law for redemption by Mortgagor or Mortgagor’s personal representatives or assigns is twelve (12) months after the date of sale.

16. Minn. Stat. 580.04(b) provides, “If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, the notice must also specify the date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property redeemed under section 580.23.” If this statute applies, the time to vacate the property is 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2020.  


Name and address of Attorney for Mortgagee or Mortgage Assignee:

Willenbring, Dahl, Wocken & Zimmermann, PLLC

Daniel T. Zimmermann (141835)(bak)

318 Main Street – PO Box 417

Cold Spring, MN 56320

Telephone (320) 685-3678

Our File No. 6457-677

Name of Mortgagee or Mortgage Assignee:

Freeport State Bank

By: /s/ Jennifer Klaphake

Jennifer Klaphake 

Its: Vice President Lending






Mike and Cheri Appel have filed an application for a variance from the strict enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Avon.  The property at 411 Avon Ave. N. is in the shore land overlay district and is in a residential zone (42.26456.0000).   

The request is to allow impervious surface coverage of 32% instead of 25% and a front setback of 28’ instead of 30’ as set forth in the ordinance.  This would allow for a 12 x 40 addition to be constructed.   

A public hearing will be held by the City of Avon Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  All meetings of the City of Avon are handicapped accessible.

City of Avon

Amy Pease

Zoning Administrator



Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Holdingford, Minnesota will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019 at City Hall, 420 Main Street, Holdingford to conduct a public hearing to take comments on a Variance Application for from Opatz Metals, Inc. for a fence located on public Right-of-Way at 100 Washington Street in Holdingford 

AND to take comments on a Variance Application for Opatz Metals, Inc. for a building setback along the alley at 2 Washington Ave.

Any person wishing to express an opinion on the matter to be considered at the public hearing will be heard orally or in writing.

Sandra Meer

City Clerk-Treasurer




Minnesota Statutes, 333

(1) The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted is: Hakuna Massaga.

(2) The address of the principal place of business is: 220 Railroad Ave., Albany MN 56307.

(3) List the name and complete address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Jennie Stai, 520 9th St. N, Albany MN 56307.

(4) By typing my name, I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of the Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath.

Jennie Stai


State of Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Filed: 8/22/2019

Signed: Steve Simon, Secretary of State

Published in the Albany Enterprise Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.





Review of Zoning Ordinance Number 6

Town Road Standards 2009-01, and Fee Schedule 2013-02  

Notice is hereby given that the Albany Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7:30 P.M on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the Albany City Administration Building, 400 Railroad Ave, Albany MN.

The purpose of the public hearing is to consider amendments to the following Ordinances:

Township Land use and Zoning Ordinance Number 6, allowing Industrial Zoning, Junk and Salvage Operations and updating county changes; Sections 6:30, 8 and 9.11.

Town Road Standards 2009-01, corrections to sections 6.01, H and I, 6.02 D.

Township Fee Schedule 2013-02, add additional fees for Request for change of text, Special meetings, Overweight permits, and Request for copies.

Copies of the amended ordinance are available at the Albany Public Library, on line at (under Planning/Zoning) or by contacting the Albany Township Clerk.

All interested parties are invited to attend said public hearings or submit written testimony prior to hearing date, either in support of or in opposition to the changes. Items can be sent to: Albany Township, P. O. Box 344, Albany MN 56307

Diane Noll

Albany Township Clerk


Posted/Published in the Albany Enterprise, Wednesday, October 2, 2019.






Notice is hereby given, that the Albany Township Planning Commission will meet on October 8, 2019 8:00 P.M. at Albany City Hall, Council Chambers, 400 Railroad Ave, Albany MN for the purpose of giving consideration to the following:

Rezoning request proposed by Albany Recycling Center, LLC. The parcel is legally described as 4.26A OF E2NW4, BEG 278.47’ S40D W OF A PT 1036.26’ S OF NE CORNER NW4 - S40D W 380’ - N48D W 460’ - N51D E 512’ - S30D E 388’ TO POINT OF BEG. Tract E2NW Section 21 Township 125 Range 031, PIN 01.00197.0005, located at 34737 County Road 10, Albany MN, 56307

The zoning designation of the parcel is proposed to change from Commercial to Industrial.

You may submit testimony by appearing at the above hearing or by submitting written testimony prior to the hearing date. Written testimony may be submitted to the Albany Township Clerk, Po Box 344, Albany MN 56307 or at

A copy of the proposed changes is on file at the Albany City Clerk’s Office, 20929 330 Street, Albany MN 56307

Attendance at the hearing, regarding the proposed request is not limited to those persons receiving copies of this notice. If you know of any interested property owner, who for any reason has not received a copy of this notice, it would be appreciated if you would inform them of this public hearing.

All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Diane Noll

Albany Township Clerk


Posted/Published in the Albany Enterprise, Wednesday, October 2, 2019.



Holdingford School Board Briefs

The Holdingford School Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2019. The meeting was called to order, the pledge was recited, the amended agenda was approved, and the consent agenda was approved. Items in consent agenda included approval of the minutes from August 21st regular board meeting; August 21st special meeting; and the September 11th work session; approval of the schedule of bills in the amount of $1,029,794.66; approval of the electronic transfer for August $2,258,862.87; acknowledgement of the August Treasurers Report; approval of 2019-2020 Advisors and Department Chairs; approval of lane changes for Jessica Mickelson, Lauren Volkers and Shauna Seaman; and approval of Lioness to sell chili at home football games and concessions at fall cross country meet, spring baseball games and track meets.

Chairperson Christensen welcomed fellow board members, administration, staff and guests. 

Guest Shawna Merdan addressed the Board relating to Bullying. She has several questions regarding procedures for reporting and the steps involved after reports are filed. Shannon Paggen spoke in support of Ms. Merdan’s concerns. Tracy Popp and Jennifer Marstein were also present at the meeting. Chair Christensen thanked the guests for their input and informed them their concerns would be discussed by the Board at a future meeting. 

Superintendent Mr. Swenson reported on Work with Holdingford Fire & Rescue & Stearns County on ALICE Training, he informed the Board that the new sound systems are in and will be used for the first time for the swim meet and volleyball game this week. Mr. Swenson also talked about political speech in the school and reminding the staff to be respectful of all sides. Lastly he reported he would be attending a Law Seminar on Friday.

Student Board Rep. Spencer Trobec reported on Homecoming Week with dress up days and different events happening each day, on Swim Team, which has their first home Swim Meet this week and Volleyball earned a win over Upsala this week.

Secondary Principal Ms. Safran reported on a wonderful start to the school year. Nice to see the new staff members are getting great support from the veteran staff, 98% of the families attended open house, 7th grade/new student orientation went well, the student count is at 501 which is a nice increase from last year. She updated the Board on testing with the fall AIMSWEB testing in grades 7 and 8 being complete the staff will have benchmarks moving forward. Ms. Safran also updated the Board on MCA Scores. She is working with staff to improve scores in the high school, however one of her concerns is the students that opt out of testing they end up with a score of 0, which really has a negative effect on the overall scores. Ms. Safran mentioned some important dates Coronation on Sunday evening, Homecoming Week and Parent Teacher Conferences on Oct 14 & 15. 

Mr. Swenson reported on a few Elementary School things in the absence of Mr. Stang. There was a concern on lunchtime in the elementary being too short for some. Staff will encourage those still eating to stay and finish typically they have another 5-8 minutes from the time they may leave to the time they must leave. Also Ms. Anderson, Food Service Director is working on what the schedule will look like next year after the expansion of the high school cafeteria when the 6th grade is moved to the 7-12 side. This will work well because they have similar servings and requirements as grades 7 and 8 and Homecoming involvement on the Elementary side will be Spirit Day on Friday.

Ms. Martini reported on the BSED meeting. They approved hires and now the staffing is set, approved granite city roofing for the roof project, approved stipends for mentors for new staff, and discussed the training for the transition to Handle with Care.

Business Manager Ms. Heinze reported on the Annual Audit with KDV that started today, the initial numbers are looking good. Student reporting is being finalized for last year and in progress for the current year. She is also working on levy reports and the levy certification which is at tonight’s meeting. Mr. Swenson thanked Ms. Heinze for her diligence and hard work!

Other agenda items at the August 21st regular meeting included:

Ms. Heinze presented the proposed Tax Levy including a comparison to last year. The increase is due to the levy that was passed last fall. Her recommendation is to Certify at the Maximum. Motion by Meier, second by Higgins, to Certify the Proposed Tax Levy at the Maximum Amount.

Called for a Special Closed meeting on October 16th following the regular board meeting to discuss negotiation strategies. 

Kyle Walter summarized the Bid tabulations. ICS Consulting, Inc. has reviewed the bids and the low responsible bidder is within the project budget. He reported bids came in very well from four reputable companies: Larson Excavating Contractors, Inc., Breitbach Construction Co., J.R. Ferche Inc., and Kraemer Trucking and Excavating, Inc. Mr. Walter presented the parking lot renovation time line with the majority of the work to be done in summer of 2020. Coordination between the two contractors is going well. Engineers are working on the sewer line to go out through the parking lot instead of through a classroom. Enter into contract with Kraemer Trucking and Excavating Inc. for a total bid amount of $1,003,900 for the Parking Lot Projects.  Base Bid and alternate #1. Alternate #2 Loading Doc Renovation was declined. 

Appointed the Election Judges as presented including alternates to be used if substitutes are necessary. 

First reading of Policy 613 Graduation Standards. Ms. Safran summarized the changes. HHS actually has higher requirements then the state in some areas.

Accepted $250 worth of Gift Certificates from Cherry Berry donated to the PBIS Husker Strong Team to be used for positive behavior rewards for students. 

Approved K-6 Targeted Services Program & Budget. 

Approved 7-8 Targeted Services Program and Budget. Ms. Safran informed the Board she is anticipating some possible revisions and if so, those revisions would be brought to the Board for approval. Motion carried. AIF.

Adopted the Resolution Of School Board Supporting Form A Application To Minnesota State High School League Foundation. 

Accepted resignation from Tiffany Pyka Elementary Para Professional. 

Approved the Revised 19-20, 20-21 Work Agreement with Technology Director, Lance Feia. 

Approved the Revised 19-20 and 20-21 Work Agreement with Community Education Director, Kendra Posch. 

Approved the Revised 19-20 and 20-21Work Agreement with Business Manager, Beth Heinze. 

Hired Cassy Peabody Elementary Paraprofessional at Grade IV starting wage. 

Approved 19-20 and 20-21 Work Agreement with District Administrative Assistant, Linda Zapzalka. 

Approved 19-20 20-21Work Agreement with Dean/Activities Director, Jason Bruns.

Approved the 19-20 and 20-21 Master Agreement with Education Holdingford. 

Hired Wendi Clark for JH Study Skills/Targeted Services Teacher Position. 

Hired Jaden Breth for Kid Zone Assistant Position. 

Accepted resignation from Virgil Stich, Custodian effective 8/28/2019. The Board thanked Mr. Stitch for his time with the District. 

Approved Sub Pay Rate for retired custodians at $13 per/hr when they come back to Sub. 

Accept resignation from the Steve Stoermann Grounds and Maintenance Custodian Position effective 9/27/2019. The Board thanked Mr. Stoermann for his time with the District.

Approved the 19-20 and 20-21 Work Agreement with Transportation Director, Rodney Ebnet. 

This special closed meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 738 was called to order in the High School Board Room at 7:02 PM on September 18, 2019 by Chairperson Christensen. The meeting was called at the regular meeting of August 21, 2019 for the purpose of discussing negotiations strategies. Discussion ensued on negotiations strategies.

The Holdingford School Board next regular meeting will be Wednesday, October16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the High School LMC. 

This article is a summary of the minutes. The full text is available for public inspection at the District Office or online at