August 9, 2022 at 2:56 p.m.

Star Post Legals 8/10/2022

Albany Area Schools

Albany, Minnesota 56307

Administration Office Telephone 320/845-2171 – 

FAX 320/201-5878

Special Meeting

Albany Area Schools – ISD #745 District Board Room

30 Forest Ave

Albany, Minnesota 56307 August 12, 2022, 7:00 AM


1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Resolution Canvassing Election Results

4. Pending Election Results - Set Closing Date

5. Adjournment

Note: Items may be added to the agenda which have an immediate effect on the operation of the school district. An effort will be made to keep additions to a minimum.

Lynn Pennie, Clerk



Albany Area Schools

Albany, Minnesota 56307

Administration Office Telephone 320/845-2171 – 

FAX 320/201-5878


Albany Area Schools – 

ISD #745 

District Board Room

30 Forest Ave

Albany, Minnesota 56307, August 10, 2022, 6:00 PM


1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Public Forum

4. Agenda -- Additions and Deletions

5. Approvals

1. Previous Meeting Minutes

2. Cash Flow Reports

3. Acceptance of Gifts and Donations

6. Consent Agenda

7. Reports

1. Purple Pride

8. Business

1. Enrollment Report

2. Albany Area Gymnastics Association and Albany Area Schools Gymnastics


3. School Board Policy 522 Revision

4. 2022-23 EmployeeHandbook

5. Student Handbooks

6. School Resource Officer Agreement

7. Transportation Request For Proposal

8. Contracted Director of Food Service Proposal

9. Committee Reports

1. Fifth Monday Meeting

10. Superintendent Report

11. Adjournment

Note: Items may be added to the agenda which have an immediate effect on the operation of the school district. An effort will be made to keep additions to a minimum.

Lynn Pennie, Clerk




642 Lincoln Road, Sauk Centre, Minnesota 56378

(320) 352-2231 phone (320) 352-6455 fax


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Managers of the Sauk River Watershed District pursuant to Minnesota Statue 103D.605 will hold a hearing August 16th, 2022 at 6:15 p.m. at the Sauk River Watershed District office located at 642 Lincoln Road in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The purpose of the hearing is to consider and take comments on the 2022 Outdoor Heritage Fund “Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection and Restoration Phase 4” Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant Project, project #358.

  Using conservation easements and fee land acquisition, we will protect approximately 1,760 acres of high priority habitat in Minnesota’s Prairie and Forest-Prairie Transition Area. We will restore/enhance approximately 120 acres of wetlands and accompanying uplands, creating vital habitat for waterfowl and populations of Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Properties selected will be strategically targeted using innovative site prioritization model that maximizes conservation benefit and financial leverage. The total estimated cost of the project is $4,091,000 to be paid from a grant from the State of Minnesota under the Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Fund; with $1,601,000 to the Sauk River Watershed District, $1,245,000 to Pheasants Forever and $1,245,000 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.

Bill Becker, President




ORDINANCE NO. 2022- 01    



The City of Albany HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1:  Purpose and Intent

A. The City of Albany (the “City”) recognizes significant public interest in new State laws that took effect July 1, 2022, that now make it legal to sell certain edibles and beverages infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabis ingredient extracted from hemp.  

B. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the City of Albany time to complete an in-depth study to effectuate changes to the Zoning Ordinance and City Code that would regulate the sales, testing, manufacturing, and distribution of cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) for medical, recreational, and other purposes, in addition to the sale of hemp derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) food and beverages. 

  C. Minnesota Statutes Section 462.355 allows the City to adopt a temporary interim ordinance for a period of up to twelve (12) months from the date it is effective to allow for such study and adoption in order to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizens.  

D. The sale and manufacture of THC products does implicate public health, safety, and welfare, in regards to ensuring such products comply with state law, are not marketed and readily available to persons under age 21, and are located within suitably zoned areas in the City.

SECTION 2:  Prohibition

A. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 462.355, the City hereby adopts and approves this interim ordinance establishing a moratorium temporarily prohibiting within the City of Albany the sales of hemp derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) food and beverages. 

B. During the effective period of this interim ordinance, the City of Albany will prohibit the sales of hemp derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) food and beverages pending completion of the above referenced study and the adoption of appropriate official controls.

C. In addition, no application related to the license, use, development, variances, conditional use permits, or any other planning or licensing application that involves the sales, testing, manufacturing, or distribution of cannabis, medical or recreational, in any way, and cannabidiol products shall be accepted or considered for twelve (12) months from the effective date of this ordinance or until ordinances regulating such uses become effective, whichever occurs first.

D. Preexisting business before July 1st will be allowed to continue to operation as they were before the law went into effect July 1, 2022.  

SECTION 3:  Effective Date and Duration

A. This interim ordinance shall exist for a period of twelve (12) months from and after its adoption.

B. This interim ordinance is hereby adopted by the City Council of the City of Albany this 3rd day of August 2022 and shall be effective upon publication.



Tom Kasner




Tom Schneider


This interim ordinance was published in the Star Post on August 10, 2022.





Electronic Bids will be received by Avon Township, Minnesota, on the website via the VirtuBid electronic bidding application. Only electronic bids will be accepted for this project. Bids will be received on the website, until 11:00 A.M., CDT on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at which time they will be opened electronically and reviewed for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following:

2022 Roadway Improvements

In general, work consists of the reclaiming and resurfacing, and milling and overlaying of multiple roadways in Avon Township. The Project consists of the following approximate quantities:

4,300 SY Reclaim Bituminous Pavement

9,650 SY Milling Bituminous Pavement

1,800 TN Bituminous Pavement Mixture

1,300 SY Geogrid

0.40 AC Seeding / Restoration

Along with Traffic Control and related appurtenances.

Complete digital Bidding Documents are available at for $20 by inputting QuestCDN eBidDoc #8268871 on the website’s Project Search page. 

The estimated construction cost for this Project is $275,000.

Direct inquiries to Engineer’s Project Manager Jeremy Mathiasen at (320) 266-5232.

Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.

The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 

60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner.

Stephen Saupe, Township Clerk

Avon Township, Minnesota

Published on August 3rd and August 10th, 2022



Minutes Summary for August 3, 2022

School Board Work Session Holdingford Public School

The Holdingford School Board held a School Board Work Session on August 3 2022. Members present: Elissa Ebnet, Evelyn Martini, Sarah Binek, Ed Feia, Lori Opatz, Robert Knettel, and Pat Meier. 

Absent: None. Also attending was Superintendent Chris Swenson, Business Manager Garrity Gerber, and Business Office Clerk Terri Stoermann. 

Mr. Swenson updated the Board on the summer facility projects.  Referencing the map showing the completion progress which is changing daily. They are finishing the ceiling in the hall from the Business Office to the Wrestling room. Science rooms are gridded in, waiting on counter tops. FACS and Art rooms have the grid in. Shop needs to be grid. Tuck pointing is complete. The parking lot needs soil correction in some areas and then curbing is next. Theater lighting is being installed.  

Discussion on the Senior Citizen Ticket Policy took place and changes will be approved at the next Board meeting.

Mr. Swenson presented the proposed substitute rates and explained that we have an ongoing issue finding Teacher & Para Subs.  The Board agreed on the proposed rates.

Mr. Swenson summarized a set of policies. This set of revisions cleans up and clarifies existing policies. These changes are not substantive and can be adopted in a single meeting. The policies will be approved at the next Board meeting.

Feia asked on behalf of the Board if members should attend Open House.  Mr. Swenson said it’s not mandatory but it has always been a nice gesture in the past.  Make an appearance, greet new teachers and wish everyone a good start to the school year.  

Mr. Swenson informed the Board that the BSED interviewed a person to be our SPED Coordinator along with the Foley School District however the person is trying to get out of a current contract.  He also spoke about our English opening and how it’s getting harder and harder to let people out of a contract yet one doesn’t want a disgruntled employee either.  We have an individual that is possibly interested in the position but needs to wait until the position is posted for 15 days in order to apply for a Tier 1 Licensure.

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



Notice of Public Hearing

Stearns County, Board of Adjustment

Notice is hereby given that the Stearns County Board of Adjustment, in and for the County of Stearns, will conduct the following public hearings to consider variance applications: 

To consider an After the Fact request from Brian and Jean Pilarski, Avon, MN from Sections 6.2.1 A. and 6.54.2 B. (2) to leave as constructed, a pole mounted solar panel more than 25 feet in height when oriented at maximum tilt and more than the maximum allowed accessory building area in the Shoreland Overlay District. Also, a request from Sections 6.2.1 A. & E. to construct an accessory structure addition more than the maximum allowed area, sidewall height and building height. Said Ordinance requires pole mounted solar systems not exceed 25 feet in height when oriented at maximum tilt and allows a maximum accessory building area of 1500 square feet, sidewall height of 12 feet and building height of 20 feet on a property 1 - 1.99 acres.  Affected property:  Lot 3 Block 2 of Jarnot Addition, Section 7, T125N, R30W, Avon Township.  Property address:  19274 Red Oak Circle, MN.

When and where is the meeting? 

Date and Time: Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Stearns County Service Center, Room 1104

3301 County Road 138

Waite Park, MN 56387

How do I participate?

Public Testimony: If you would like to provide public testimony, you may do so by appearing at the above hearing, you are invited to do so by attending said hearing in person or by joining virtually.  To participate virtually, please contact Dave Nett at [email protected] or by calling 320-656-3613 by Noon on the Wednesday preceding the meeting date.  

Written Testimony: You may submit written testimony by emailing [email protected] by 3pm on the hearing date.  Written testimony may also be mailed to the Stearns County Environmental Services Department, Service Center, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park, MN 56387

Comments on this public hearing are not limited to those persons receiving copies of this notice.  If you know of any interested person, 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.

Where can I view the application? 

Copies of the applications can be viewed approximately one week prior to the meeting at  Action taken on this request will be available shortly after the meeting at the same website location.  

What if the meeting changes? 

This meeting is subject to change. Please sign up for automatic updates for this meeting at Call the Department for assistance. 

Stearns County Board of Adjustment

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:  August 10, 2022 – Start Post



Unadopted Minutes 


Albany Area Schools – ISD #745 

District Office Board Room

 July 27, 2022

1. Call to Order

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

2. Roll Call

Present: Winkels, Pennie, Kreuzer, Hansen 

Absent: Sand, Sands, Carbajal

3. Teacher Development & Evaluation

The superintendent, administrators, and a board committee will be reviewing and updating this plan and evaluation process.

4. E-Learning Days vs. Remote Learning

There was a discussion held around E-Learning Days versus Remote Learning Days. E-Learning Days are only for unpredicted days when school is closed for issues such as inclement weather conditions. Districts may have up to five e-learning days in one school year and it is counted as a day of instruction. Remote Learning Days are planned by the district, posted on the school district calendar, and count as a day of instruction.

5. Closed Enrollment

Students who apply to attend the Albany Area School District and live outside of the district lines will receive a written notice stating that the district currently has closed enrollment.

6. Minimum Meal Prices

The new student lunch price will be $2.55 per meal, an increase of 10 cents. The lunch is still 20-80 cents less per meal compared to other districts in the area.

7. Transportation Update

The board and administration continue to explore the option of a transportation vendor to provide transportation services for the district.

8. Food Service Update

Research continues on utilizing an outside food service contractor to support the district food service program and staff.

9. Building & Facilities Update

Superintendent Okerlund gave an update on a few building repairs that are underway.

10. Referendum Update

Discussions were had about when to canvas the results of the August 9th special election.

11. Adjournment

Agenda completed at 7:28 pm

Lynn Pennie, Clerk



2023 Sauk River Watershed District 

Budget Public Hearing Notice

January 1st, 2023 to December 31st, 2023 

Calendar Year Budget

Managers Compensation and Training Expenses $34,825

Operations and Administration Expenses $344,810

Education Expenses $111,028

Monitoring Expenses $123,537

Water Resource Expenses $159,496

Permit Authority Expenses $51,380

Operating Transfers $161,500

Total General Budget $986,579

Project Tax Budget $150,000

Total Levy Budget $1,136,580

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: The Sauk River Watershed District Board of Managers will hold its annual budget public hearing, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The hearing is for the purpose of taking public comment on the proposed 2023 budget with a maximum levy of $1,136,580.  The proposed budget includes: a General Purpose Tax Levy (MS 103D.905, subd. 3) and a Project Tax Levy (MS 103D.905, subd. 9).  At such time, any interested person may appear either in person or by a representative and will be given an opportunity for a full and complete discussion of proposed budget as set forth and contained above.  Any interested person may also provide comments on the proposed budget in writing to Jon Roeschlein, email at [email protected] or by mail to Sauk River Watershed District, Attn: Public Hearing, 642 Lincoln Road, Sauk Centre, MN 56378, in advance of the hearing.  To obtain a full copy of the proposed budget, please contact Jon Roeschlein by email at [email protected] or by phone at 320-352-2231.

For more information regarding the budget, please see the SRWD website

Jon Roeschlein


Sauk River Watershed District

642 Lincoln Road

Sauk Centre, MN 56378

(320) 352-2231 Phone

[email protected]

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