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 April 25, 2018, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2002 GMC Yukon. Storage and lien sale fees are due as of January 18, 2018 is $205.92.

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

Owner(s): Virginia Milbrath, Lowell Milbrath

Lienholder(s): GMAC

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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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 April 25, 2018, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2006 Chev Malibu LT. Storage and lien sale fees are due as of January 16, 2018 is $412.48.

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

Owner(s): Bryant Bergeson, Rachel Bergeson

Lienholder(s): General Motors Accept. Corp.

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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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 April 25, 2018, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2012 Chev. Malibu.  Copart fees to date are $347.48.

EMC Insurance fees to date are $8,456.00. Storage as of January 17, 2018 is $113.00.

The storage will continue to accrue at $1.00 per day until the sale date listed above.

Owner(s): Randall Colegrove

Lienholder(s): First Premier Bank

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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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 May 2, 2018, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2006 Ford F250. 

Storage and lien sale fees due as of February 28, 2018 is $339.47. The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date. 

Owners: John Miller, Glendive Sales Corporation

Lienholders: None

PLEASE NOTE – THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE

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Notice for City of Holdingford Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeal and Equalization for City of Holdingford will meet on  April 11, 2018, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm, at Holdingford City Hall. 

The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor. This may affect your 2019 property taxes.

If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation and classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization.

Sandra Meer

Holdingford 

City Clerk-Treasurer

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CITY OF ALBANY, 

MINNESOTA

Important Information 

Regarding 

Property Assessments

This may affect your 2019 property tax payments

The Board of Appeal and Equalization for the City of Albany shall meet on at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Albany City Hall, 400 Railroad Avenue.

The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.

If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns.  If you disagree with the valuation and classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed.  Generally, you must appear to the local board before appealing to the Stearns County Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Tom Schneider

Clerk/Adm.

Published in the Albany Enterprise on April 4th and April 11, 2018.

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ALBANY TOWNSHIP

ADVERTISEMENT FOR GRAVEL BIDS

Albany Township is requesting sealed bids for approximately 5,000 yards CL5M gravel crushed to 3/4” with 6-12 percent passing 200 sieve; subject to Mn/DOT Standard Specifications 2211, 3138 and Schedule of Materials Control for Aggregate Base.  This would include, but not be limited to all required gradations, plasticity index testing, hauling and spreading per cubic yard (LV), compacting and grading.  Class 5 gravel using top soil or any other organic material for binder will not be accepted. Compaction will be by the Ordinary Compaction method.  

Contractor will be required to sign a contract before any work is started.  Loads are subject to random weighing and testing when delivered.  Contractor must notify Township a minimum of 24 hours prior to any hauling of material and also provide Township with all required QC testing results prior to final acceptance and payment.  Contractor is required to submit IC-134 form prior to final payment.

Sealed bids should be clearly marked and sent to Albany Township Clerk, PO Box 344, Albany, MN 56307. Sealed bids will include certificate of liability and workers compensation insurance. Sealed bids will be accepted until 7:30 P.M. on April 23, 2018. Opening of sealed bids will follow at the Township Meeting. Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Diane Noll

Albany Township Clerk

Posted/Published April 4 and 11, 2018

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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 a rezoning request submitted by JITA Properties, LLC, Avon MN to rezone approximately 15.08 acres from the Agricultural 40 zoning district to the Residential 5 zoning district in accordance with Section 4.10 of Stearns County Land Use and Zoning Ordinance #439.  The property under consideration is located in part of Government Lot 3, lying southerly and easterly of Timber Road in Section 31, Holding Township (126/30).  Property address is 38718 Timber Road, Avon.

Notice is further given that the above hearing will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 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 co.stearns.mn.us 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.

LeRoy Gondringer, 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: April 4, 2018 – Albany Enterprise

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HOLDINGFORD SCHOOLS BOARD WORK SESSION MINUTES

A School Board work session was held March 7, 2018

Vice-Chair Meier called the work Session of the School Board of ISD #738 to order in the Board Room at 6:02 PM.

Following the building tour last month the Board discussed various parts of the building.  There were questions on ICS’s involvement on current projects like pool, clock system, and roof work. Mr. Swenson will check with ICS and bring information back to the Board.

There were also questions on the Boiler Room. Mr. Swenson will get costs to remove the old boiler along with removal of the underground fuel tank and bring those back to the Board. Meier added locker room projects look good, however there are some areas where the trim is incomplete. Mr. Novak will be asked to look into the trim. Mr. Swenson reported on the tuck-pointing inspection the inspector recommended no action needed until 2020.

LTFM budget review was tabled until Ms. Heinze & Pat Overom with ICS meet on March 22nd  to finalize the ten-year facility maintenance plan.

The meeting continued with winter conference session reports. Feia reported his sessions were informative and brought to light many more questions on operations of a school. Christensen attended the Referendum session, he reported a lot of districts hire help to pin point voter statistics and demographics. Wolter attended the Superintendent Evaluation session, which recommended crafting the evaluation meetings on the Board Calendar. This is not required by law in Minnesota however may be coming in the near future. Kruger attended the session on electronic security, hackers, and the dark web. Schools get hit more than other business so it is recommended to have a plan and procedure written down and documented to be ready for an attack. Meier attended the round table discussion session with many topics being discussed: Ag in school, MSHSL new transferring guidelines, and LGBT Clubs in schools.

Next Mr. Swenson opened discussion on School Security. He reminded the Board of the ALICE Training that administration will attend this summer and then asked for input on what could be done now. One option is to install monitors on the 3 main entrances with a buzzer system and camera system for office personnel to see person prior to buzzing them in, another option is to hire a School Resource Officer (SRO) this person would provide a presence at some after school activities, instruct classes on drug, alcohol, tobacco, driving practices, etc.. and there would be a squad car presence at school. Kruger talked about the Governor and Legislature introducing dollars for Security & Mental Health, the administration will be following this closely.

Mr. Swenson has scheduled a public information meeting for Tuesday, March 20 to present security plans, Ms. Safran added she thinks the parents are expecting security upgrades now. There is a meeting scheduled for March 12th to meet with a Rep to find options and estimates to install monitoring equipment on the three main entrances. The estimates for the doors, SRO, and information from the public meetings will be brought back to the Board for a decision  

Mr. Swenson presented a summary of the Referendum Survey. There were 294 responses, which showed strong support for additional elementary classroom space, renovation of the pickup and drop off area for the elementary, roof replacement and expansion and creation of a secure entrance of the high school. The advice to the School Board regarding District facility needs was overwhelmingly in support of refining the plan based on survey feedback and asking for voter support through a referendum.

Jason Bruns presented his concerns for space needs indicating that we have 800 students now K-8 and grades 7 & 8 are the smallest so space will be an issue now and in the future. Currently Varsity Teams have to practice at 6:30 in the morning to secure gym space and Elementary teams are practicing at 8:00 at night to secure gym space. Kruger added without a larger space for concerts and graduation the number of guests may have to start being limited.

A lengthy discussion on the next steps leading up to a Nov. 6, 2018 referendum vote took place. There is a lot of work to be done between now and the vote, a revised plan for the referendum and technology levy will be worked on starting with public meetings, which will include tours of the current buildings. The plan is to have a lot of information available to the community as soon as possible. Feia reinforced that transparency is the key to gaining the support to pass the vote. Mr. Swenson will schedule Pat Overom with ICS and an Architect to be at the April 11th Work Session. 

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CITY OF AVON ?PUBLIC NOTICE?PETITION TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE
Notice is hereby given that on April 17, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., the Avon Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance.   Amend R-2 and R-3 Zoning to include Manufactured Home Park language to be added as a Conditional Use Permit.  Amend section R-MH to Manufactured Home Park regulations.  Amend Single Family Dwelling performance standards throughout zoning ordinance to include language “dwelling width no less than 20 ft., permanent foundations, exterior wall finish, and roof pitch regulations” 

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.

CITY OF AVON?Amy Pease ?Zoning Administrator
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ALBANY CITY ASSESSORS TO REVIEW PROPERTY

VALUATION AND CLASSIFICATION QUESTIONS

Deb Haus, an appraiser with Stearns County Assessor’s Office, the City Assessor, has announced that she will be available to answer questions regarding the 2018 estimated market values and tax classifications of City properties at the Albany City Administration Building, 400 Railroad Avenue, on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This informational meeting is an opportunity to meet informally with the assessor prior to the scheduled Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  She will address your assessment questions and review property and sales data with you.  She will also talk about various property tax laws and programs.  

This meeting does not replace a property owner’s right to submit an appeal before the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Albany City Administration Building.  The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting is held to address the grievances of property owners who choose to appeal their 2018 estimated market value and/or tax classification.  It is conducted according to the laws of the state and plays an important role in the property appeals process.

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Holdingford School Board Briefs

The Holdingford School Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The meeting was called to order, the pledge was recited, the amended agenda was approved, and the consent agenda was approved. Members of the Holdingford Area Historical Society were present to donate fifty-four copies of the Ford & The River Books to Junior High Social Studies department. The books have a retail value of $1050. The Board thanked the gentlemen and the Historical Society for their generous donation. Chairperson Higgins commended the administration and board for a great meeting on school security and Trish Litchy spoke on behalf of a group of students and parents that would like to see Dance Line for grades 9-12 added as a MSHSL Sport.

Superintendent Chris Swenson reported there are eight applicants so far for the principal position. He would like two board members to be on the interview committee and interviews are scheduled to take place on April 16, 2018. He spoke about the school security meeting and informed the board that if all goes well the district will potentially be adding a School Resource Officer for the next school year.

Chair Higgins welcomed new Student School Board Representative Elizabeth Rudser. Ms. Rudser reported on spring sports and the need for better weather. She named Ms. Mueller as a possible Dance Line Coach and reported on Activity Night, Band and Choir Contests, and school security.  She informed the board that students would like to be better informed on school security improvements.

Secondary Principal Angela Safran congratulated Joe Johnson and the Husker Band and Andrew Kendall and the Husker Choirs for their accomplishments at contests, and Marian Lyndgaard for being one of seven artists awarded the CMAB/McNight individual Artist Award. She reported Jason Bruns was able to fill all the spring coaching assignments, the master schedule is being worked on by Jessica Rausch and Deb Ruszat, end of quarter three is March 23, student of the quarter assembly is April 10, integration field trip to Mille Lacs Indian Museum is April 6, spring choir concerts, prom, field trip to see Romeo & Juliet, Dr. Bell’s presentation on Opioid Abuse, and the vocal music position interviews on Thursday.

Elementary Principal Jim Stang reported he is looking at staffing for 2018-2019, making sure everything is set and students know how to use the necessary technology for the upcoming MCA testing, and more summer school staff is needed. He thanked the PTA for their incentives for grades 3-6 setting goals to better testing scores, April Madness for grades 5 & 6, Kindergarten enrollment numbers 72 firm with 5-8 possible more in the works.

Business Manager Beth Heinze informed the Board of the 2018 School Finance Award the district has received and Marcia Hess’s retirement with the application deadline of April 5 and the new employee to start date mid-June. Board Member Wolter on behalf of the Board congratulated Ms. Heinze for receiving the School Finance Award!

Board Member Wolter summarized the estimates for adding cameras and buzzers to the three main entrances. An additional piece would involve moving a buzzer to the kid zone door #5 from the kitchen door. This will be discussed further at the April 11th Work Session.

Mr. Swenson explained the expansion of the Integration and Achievement Program into the Language Arts program, which is the reason for the increase of $1,650 for FY19 Levy. Mr. Ryan presented the senior class picnic plan, they have selected package 2 which includes picnic, putting course, basketball, football, yard games, volleyball, bicycles, canoes, paddle boats, indoor/outdoor pool, tennis, whirlpool, Big Splash Waterpark OR golf green fees. The senior class fund will cover the $45 cost of the package. Add-ons will be paid by individual students. The Senior Class Picnic which will be on Friday May 18th to the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria was approved. Rodney Ebnet presented Stearns Counties plan for County Road 17 reconstruction project, which includes widening the shoulder of the road in front of the Elementary School to help ease congestion at drop-off & pick-up times. the Board accepted Stearns Counties offer of $6,022 for acquisition of property needed to complete the County Road 17 reconstruction project. Jason Bruns presented a request to add Dance Line as a varsity sport.  The Board would like more information on expenses and they recommend having an informational meeting with prospective participants and bringing this information back to the Board. 

The Board thanked Cherry Berry for their generous donation of 100 $5 gift certificates. They will be used in the Middle School for positive behavior rewards.

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

The Board adopted a Resolution Directing the Administration to make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefor. 

authorization to hire Janelle Loehlein Long Term SPED Sub Teacher from approximately 4/4/2018 – 5/25/2018 at BS Step 1 daily rate. 

acceptance of the Phased Retirement Option Agreement with Marcia Hess, Business Office Clerk. 

acceptance of the retirement resignation from Marcia Hess, Business Office Clerk effective June 29, 2018. Mr. Higgins on behalf of the School District and School Board thanked Ms. Hess for her 30+ years with the District! 

approval of the contract agreement with Marcia Hess effective 7/1/2018 through 6/30/2019. 

acceptance of the resignation from Danielle Zapzalka, Husker Kid Zone Site Leader effective 3/23/2018. 

approval of the discharge of Food Service Cook Lorri Vouk effective 1/31/2018 

authorization to hire Jessica Klaphake for Food Service Cook position retroactive to 2/1/2018 

authorization to hire Monica Kobylinski for Food Service Assistant position

authorization to hire Taylor Winter for Husker Kids’ Zone Site Leader

authorization to hire Jackie Middendorf for Food Service Assistant

authorization to hire Meghan Asperheim for Husker Kids’ Zone Assistant 

The Holdingford School Board next regular meeting will be Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 6:00 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 http://www.isd738.org/school-board-meeting-agendasminutes.html.

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