Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on January 15, 2020, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2003 Ford Ranger, Vin #1FTYR15E03PB49006. 

Storage and lien sale fees are due as of October 9, 2019 is $606.40.

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

Owner(s) Russell Maynard Niskanen

Lienholders: FMCC




Notice of Public Meeting for the Disposition of Railbank Property in Stearns County

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has ownership of the railbank corridor, and is proposing the sale of a 34 foot strip of railbank property to the City of Albany.  This notice is published pursuant to State Statute 222.63, and Minnesota rules 8830.5820 and 8830.5840

A public meeting will be held at the Albany City Hall, 400 Railroad Avenue, Albany, MN, 56307 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 5 to 6 pm to afford the public an opportunity to view the proposed sale.

The rail line is 39,607 square feet, or 0.1 miles long.  It is located in Albany, Stearns County.  The line with tracks removed was acquired from the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad in 1994.  The sale property would create an opportunity for economic development to the purchaser, the City of Albany.

If any person objects to the above action, written notification must be received by February 28, 2020 by the Department’s contact for the above matter:

Rebecca Swenson, Real Estate Representative, Office of Land Management, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St Paul MN 55155-1800.  You may also call at 651-366-3462.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to Please request at least one week in advance.



Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Stearns County Planning Commission, in and for the County of Stearns, will conduct certain public hearings as follows: 

  1. To consider an Interim Use Permit application submitted by Knife River Corporation-North Central, St. Cloud MN according to Sections 4.18, 7.17 and 9.3.6 A & D of Stearns County Land Use and Zoning Ordinance #439 to have a mining operation and operate a temporary asphalt plant for 10 years on approximately 38 acres in the Agricultural 40 (A-40) zoning district.  The proposal is located in part of the NW1/4NE1/4, lying south of 450th St in Section 35, Holding Township (127/30). The property address is 14887 450th St, Bowlus MN.

2. To consider a Rezoning request submitted by Albany Recycling Center, Albany MN according to Section 4.10 of Stearns County Land Use and Zoning Ordinance #439 to rezone approximately 4.26 acres from the Commercial zoning district to the Industrial zoning district. The property is part of the E1/2 NW1/4 Section 21, lying west of County road 10, Albany Township (125/31). The property address is 34737 County Road 10, Albany MN.

Notice is further given that the above hearings will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, 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 requests are 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.  These requests/information can also be viewed approximately one week prior to the meeting at by clicking on Board & Committee Meetings.  Action taken on these applications will be available shortly after the meeting at the same website location.  

All interested persons are invited to attend said hearings 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:  January 1, 2020 – Albany Enterprise



Holdingford School Board Briefs

The Truth in Taxation Hearing was called to order on December 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM by Board Chair Ben Christensen, Ms. Heinze presented the audited revenues and expenditures 2018-2019, the budgeted revenue and expenditures 2019-2020, the fund balance history, the enrollment history and projections, and the 2019 pay 2020 levy review. The proposed Levy is an 8.5 % increase over all. 6% of the increase is due to an increase in property values, which the school has no control over. There were no questions and the Hearing was closed at 6:15 PM.

The Holdingford School Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday, December 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: Items in consent agenda included: approval of the minutes from Nov. 6th Work Session, Nov. 13th regular board meeting and the Dec. 4th Work Session; approval of the schedule of bills in the amount of  $405,034.72 computer checks approved 83489--83644; approval of the electronic transfers for Nov. $1,398,987.34; acknowledgement of the Oct. Treasurers Report with a balance of $12,656,749.62 and the Nov. Treasurers Report with a balance of $12,407,430.52; approval of Policy 325 Voluntary Employment Policy and Form 325; approval of the following policies: 403 Discipline, Suspension, And Dismissal of School District Employees; 404 Employment Background Check and 404 Form; 414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse and 414 Reporting Form; annual review of the following policies: 506 Student Discipline and 506 Form; 514 Bullying Prohibition Policy; and  522 Student Sex Nondiscrimination; approval of 9th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Jenny Streit at Category 5 Step 1; approval of Elementary Study Skills staff as presented; hired Stephanie Gertken for Junior High Speech Coach at Category 7 Step 1; approved to accept donation from Holdingford Lioness of $450 to continue the Lunch Buddies Program; and approval to extend the length of the workday for Jill Grebinoski by 15 minutes. Chair Christensen thanked the Upsala Covenant Church for their generous donation.

Building update Luke Selken from ICS updated the Board on the construction project. He reported the foundation is nearly complete on elementary classroom addition and after the new year they will move onto the high school front entrance and start work on the foundation. Mr. Selken informed the Board on the change orders: on the transportation addition it was decided to remove the existing wall between the old building and the addition which added $2,998 to the project; the fuel tank was larger than originally communicated which added an extra $1,760 for removal, The Digital Trophy Display was added and to get power and data to it is an extra $857. 

Superintendent Mr. Swenson presented an award to Evelyn Martini for completing MSBA Trainings I, II, III, and IV! Congratulations Ms. Martini! He reported on survey results on flexible learning days, generally positive with a few concerns about planning time and technology availability to all students. Mr. Swenson thanked the Board for watching the video “Most Likely To Succeed” at the last work session, this will be discussed at an upcoming work session. Lastly, He thanked Mr. Higgins, Mr. Wolter & Mr. Streit for their time on the Board and wished the entire Board Happy Holidays.

Elementary Principal Mr. Stang reported Bus Driver Arnold Stueve will be retiring he thanked him and all the Bus Drivers for transporting students safely to and from school every day. He thanked staff and students for the wonderful Holiday Concerts, and the PTA for all they do. Mr. Stang informed the Board the Adverse Childhood Training has really paid off in helping staff adapt to new students. He added everyone is working hard and they are ready for the new year. Lastly Mr. Stang invited the Board to come in and read in Feb. during I love to read month.

Secondary Principal Ms. Safran reported Holiday Concerts have been great. Kudos to staff and students! She is starting to prepare for the next school year with scheduling, registrations, new courses proposals, apprenticeship program, and is preparing for spring testing season. 

Ms. Martini reported on the BSED meeting. They approved adding a Para position at Voyagers, had the second reading on board policies, and they discussed the upcoming handle with care training. Mr. Swenson informed the Board that the Voyagers program is full with students on a waiting list, including two Holdingford students so options are being researched for more space, there will be more on this coming after the new year. 

Business Manager Ms. Heinze report on monthly expenditure reports for Oct. and Nov. She explained that with all the new hires and contract settlements there has been an enormous amount of paper work, retro pay, and pay adjustments. She thanked Payroll Clerk Terri Stoermann for her diligence in getting all of this done in a timely manner. She added, to start the new year will be W2’s and all of the health insurance adjustments will come with the premium increases and some staff changing plans. Ms. Heinze informed the Board that due to issues at MDE they have extended due dates for STARS reporting, it is now due Dec. 20th. 

Other agenda items at the December 18th regular meeting included:

Awarded the Construction Bid for Holdingford Elementary Secure Entrance at a cost of $146,665.00 to Breitbach Construction Co. of Elrosa, MN. 

Certified the Tax Levy 2019, payable 2020 at $2,589,478.65.

The meeting continued with the first reading of policies 419 Tobacco-Free Environment; 421 Gifts to Employees and School Board Members; 510 School Activities; 516 Student Medication; and 524 Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy and Form; 403 Discipline, Suspension, And Dismissal Of School District Employees; 404 Employment Background Checks and Form 404F; and 414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect Or Physical Or Sexual Abuse and Reporting Form 414F. 

Adopted the Resolution Establishing Combined Polling Places For Multiple Precincts And Designating Hours During Which The Polling Places Will Remain Open For Voting For School District Elections Not Held On The Day Of A Statewide Election. 

Approved to accept the donation of $500 from the Upsala Community Covenant Church from their Helping Hands Fund for the School Social Work Fund to help Holdingford families in need. The Board & Adm. thanked the entire community for their generosity this holiday season.

Approved FMLA Leave for Gena Larson from approximately May 1, 2020 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Accepted resignation from Paraprofessional Sadie Biro effective 12/2/2019. 

Hired Robert Lampert for 1.5-hour breakfast position at his current pay rate. This is in addition to his current position. 

Approved salary increases for Non-Represented Employees for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. 

Accepted resignation from Bus Driver Arnold Stueve with many thanks to Mr. Stueve for his years of dedicated Bus Driving! His last day driving bus will be January 24, 2020. 

Approved the amended Grade 7 Administrative Assistants work agreement for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The correction reads maximum accumulative Personal Leave to four days.

Hired Jenna Palmer at Paraprofessional starting rate of pay. Official start date is Dec. 9, 2019. 

Hired Lydia Hoikka and Rebecca Lampert for the Kid Zone Assistant positions on Kid Zone pay scale at Step 1. 

Next meeting will be the Organizational Board Meeting January 8, 2020 @ 6:00 PM in the LMC. 

Chair Christensen thanked the three outgoing Board members for their service. Mr. Higgins expressed how proud he is of the Holdingford School and he is confident in the board and administration that this will continue. He thanked the district and community for the opportunity to be a part of a great School Board!

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