January 10, 2023 at 2:58 p.m.

Star Post 1/11/2023


Minnesota Statutes 

Chapter 333

ASSUMED NAME: Unorthodox Moxie.

PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IS: 103 Whispering Oaks Dr, Albany, MN 56307 USA.

NAMEHOLDER(S): Jennie Marie Stai, 520 9th St, Albany, MN 56307 USA and Karen Marie Heitzman, 103 Whispering Oaks Dr, Albany, MN 56307 USA.

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 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.

/s/ Karen Heitzman




Minutes Summary for Jan. 4, 2023

School Board Work Session Holdingford Public School

The Holdingford School Board held a School Board Work Session on January 4, 2023. Members present: Sarah Binek, Lori Opatz, Rob Knettel and Pat Meier. Absent: Elissa Ebnet, Evelyn Martini, and Ed Feia. Also attending was Superintendent Chris Swenson, Business Manager Garrity Gerber and District Adm. Assistant Linda Zapzalka.

Policy 535 Service Animals In Schools was discussed. Mr. Swenson explained that for legality purposes the policy is necessary. It is a MSBA Policy and follows the laws and ADA requirements. It gives a set of rules that have to be followed including that the handler is responsible for all liability of the animal. The consensus of the Board is to move forward with approving this policy at the next board meeting

Mr. Gerber presented the LTFM Plan revisions. The HVAC project was inadvertently left off the plan. He has added it back on and he would like to flip flop the pool repair project and the tuck pointing project to get the pool repair done before it causes problems. The pool project will also include an acid wash and replacing of drains. The Board agrees with Mr. Gerber’s revisions and approval will be on the agenda for the next board meeting.

Mr. Gerber explained the need to purchase an additional walk-in freezer and cooler for Food Service. The Food Service fund will pay the cost of the equipment and hook up, the general fund and LTFM funds will be used to cover the cost of the architect, slab and the shell surrounding the units. The Board agrees with the freezer and cooler expansion project for Food Service. This project will be on the agenda at the next board meeting for authorization to move forward with getting estimates.

Mr. Swenson updated the Board on the Portrait Of A Graduate development. It is looking like Becker and Paynesville will join our District to start the process.

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





Electronic Bids will be received by the City of Albany, 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., CST on Wednesday, 

February 1st, 2023, at which time they will be opened electronically and reviewed for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following:

Albany 2023 Capital Improvement Project

In general, and pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, chapter 429, the work consists of the construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm sewer improvements and street construction with approximately the following quantities:

15,745 SY of Bituminous Reclamation

12,830 CY Common Excavation

3,040 LF 8” – 10” Sanitary Sewer

3,425 LF 8” PVC Watermain

740 LF 12”-15” RCP Storm Sewer

6,700 CY Aggregate Base Class 5

6,550 LF Concrete Curb & Gutter

60 EA Residential Sewer/Water Service Connections

6,000 CY Select Granular Borrow

3,790 TN Bituminous Pavement

30,000 SF Concrete Sidewalk

40 LF 24” Striping

Along with erosion control, turf establishment and related appurtenances.

Complete digital Bidding Documents are available at by inputting QuestCDN eBidDoc #8367194 on the website’s Project Search page. Paper Bidding Documents may also be viewed at the City of Albany City Hall and at Stantec, 3717 23rd Street South, St. Cloud MN 56301.

Direct inquiries to Engineer’s Project Manager, Jeremy Mathiasen, at (320) 266-5232 and [email protected]. Instructions for viewing the bid opening will be made available through QuestCDN and posted on the City’s website.

The Engineer’s Estimate of Construction Cost for this Project is $2,100,000.

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.

For this project, the City will only accept online electronic bids through QuestCDN. To access the electronic bid, download the project documents and click on the online bidding button at the top of the advertisement. Prospective bidders must be on the plan holders list through QuestCDN for bids to be accepted.

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.

The successful bidder must be a “responsible contractor.” The term “responsible contractor” means a contractor as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 16C.285, subdivision 3. Any prime contractor, subcontractor, or motor carrier that does not meet the minimum criteria or fails to comply with the verification requirements is not a responsible contractor and is not eligible to be awarded a construction contract for the project or to perform work on the project. A prime contractor, subcontractor, or motor carrier that makes a false statement under oath verifying compliance with the minimum criteria will be ineligible to be awarded a construction contract on the project, and the submission of a false statement may result in termination of a contract awarded to a prime contractor, subcontractor, or motor carrier that submits the false statement. A prime contractor shall include in its verification of compliance a list of all of its first-tier subcontractors that it intends to retain for work on the project. Before execution of a construction contract, a prime contractor shall submit a supplemental verification under oath confirming that all subcontractors and motor carriers that the prime contractor intends to use to perform project work have verified to the prime contractor, through a signed statement under oath by an owner or officer, that they meet the minimum criteria for a responsible contractor.

Tom Schneider, City Administrator

City of Albany, Minnesota

Published on January 11th, and January 18th, 2023



Notice of Public Hearing

Stearns County, Planning Commission

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

To consider a conditional use permit request submitted by Evergreen Estates LLC dba Silvers Dairy (Keith Schaefer), Paynesville, MN according to Sections 4.8, 4.14, 6.9, and 9.3 of the Stearns County Land Use and Zoning Ordinance #439.  The request is to construct a new earthen liquid manure storage area, construct a permanent stockpile pad and scrape lane at a facility greater than 700 animal units or more in A-40 zoning districts. The feedlot facility is proposing to increase from 757 animal units to 997.8 animal units. The property under consideration is 25.85 acres located in the NW 1/4 of Section 20 (T124N, R031W) in Farming Township located at 24168 County Road 117, Albany, MN.

When and where is the meeting? 

Date and Time: January 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Location: Stearns County Service Center

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, by telephone or other electronic means, please contact BethyJo Juetten at [email protected]  or Nick Neuman at [email protected] or by calling (320) 656-3613.  

Written Testimony: You may submit written testimony by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] by 3 pm on January 24, 2023.  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? 

A copy of the application 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. 

What is the next step? 

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners will consider this request on February 7, 2023  The agenda can be found at:  Interim Use and Conditional Use Permits will be placed on the consent agenda which is heard at the beginning of the agenda. To inquire how to request an item be placed under the regular agenda for discussion, please contact the Department. If the Board of Commissioners do not concur with the Planning Commission, they will hold another public hearing and new notice will be sent. 

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 11, 2023– Star Post



Unadopted Minutes 



Albany Area Schools – ISD #745

District Office Board Room

January 4, 2023

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chair Hansen at 6:00 p.m.

2. Seat New Board Members

Dean Dirkes and Steve Rueter were welcomed as new board members and Amy Sand as a returning board member.

3. Roll Call

Present: Hansen, Kreuzer, Carbajal, Sand, Sands, Dirkes, Rueter Late: None Absent: None

4. Agenda- Additions or Deletions

5. Organization of 2023 Board of Education

5.1 Election of Officers

5.1.1 Chairperson

Carbajal nominated Kreuzer as Chair for 2023.

No further nominations were made, nominations closed and cast as unanimous ballot for Kreuzer.

5.1.2 Vice-Chairperson

Carbajal nominated Hansen as Vice-Chair for 2023.

No further nominations were made, nominations closed and cast as unanimous ballot for Hansen.

5.1.3 Clerk

Carbajal nominated Sands as Clerk for 2023.

Sands nominated Sand as Clerk for 2023

Vote - 6 for Sand Vote – 1 for Sands Sand voted Clerk for 2023.

5.1.4 Treasurer

Carbajal nominated Sands as Treasurer for 2023.

No further nominations were made, nominations closed and cast as unanimous ballot for Sands.

5.2 Establish Remuneration of Board Members

Motion by Hansen, seconded by Carbajal, to set annual board compensation as indicated below:

Payment for all meetings (Regular, Special, Committee) $50.00 per meeting

Chair $350.00

Clerk 300.00

Treasurer 200.00

Workshops/Conferences/half-day or less   50.00

Full day 100.00

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.3 Establish Board Meeting Dates

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Sands, to hold Board meetings for 2023 on the second Wednesday of the month and the fourth Wednesday of the month for work sessions or special meetings when necessary unless changed by the School Board for good and sufficient reason. The time of each regular meeting shall be 6:00 p.m. and the time for each work session shall be 6:00 p.m.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.4 Authorize Bank Depositories

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Sands, authorize the following bank depositories:

• Stearns Bank

• Magnifi Financial – Albany Branch

• American Heritage Bank

• Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus (MSDLAF+) • PMA Financial Network “MN Trust”

Abstain: Kreuzer

Vote For: Hansen, Carbajal, Sand, Sands, Dirkes, Rueter 

Vote Against: None

5.5 Authorize Official Signatures

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Sands, to keep temporary signatures as is until new signatures are ready. New signatures will include Kreuzer-Chair, Sand-Clerk, Sands-Treasurer, Okerlund-Superintendent, Clemen-Business Manager.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.6 Select Official Newspaper

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Sand, to have The Star Post as the Official Newspaper.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.7 Select School District Attorney and Identify Who May Contact Attorney on Behalf of the District 

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Hansen to retain the firm Pemberton Law as legal counsel for the District and designate the Board Chair the Superintendent as district representatives who may contact legal counsel when it is in the best interest of the district.

Vote For All: Present Vote Against: None

5.8 Select School District Auditor

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Dirkes to continue with the firm of Schlenner-Wenner for audit services.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.9 Authorize Business Manager and Superintendent to Invest Excess Funds

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Rueter, to authorize the business manager and superintendent to invest excess funds.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.10 Authorize Business Manager and Superintendent to Make Electronic Fund Transfers

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Rueter to authorize the business manager and superintendent to make electronic fund transfers.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.11 Authorize Superintendent to Expend Funds Within Budget Guidelines

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Dirkes to authorize the superintendent to expend funds within budget guidelines.

Vote For: All Vote Against: None

5.12 Appoint Board Committee Members 

5.12.1 Finance & Facilities

5.12.2 Teaching & Learning

5.12.3 Policy & Student Functions

5.12.4 Community Engagements

5.12.5 Human Resources

5.12.6 Minnesota State High School League

5.12.7 West Central Education District

5.12.8 Central Minnesota Educational Telecommunications System (CMETS) 5.12.9 Stearns County Collaborative

6. Public Forum

7. Approvals

7.1 Previous Meeting Minutes

Motion by Hansen, seconded by Carbajal, to approve the December 14, 2022, Regular Meeting minutes. Supported by all present.

7.2 Cash Flow Reports - November 2022

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Sands, to approve the November 2022 Cash Flow Reports as presented. Supported by all present.

7.3 Acceptance of Gifts and Donations

Member Carbajal introduced the Resolution Accepting Donations and was seconded by Member Hansen.

The School Board of Albany Area Schools, ISD 745, gratefully accepts the following donations as identified below:

Donor Item Designated Purpose 

(If any)

Albany PTO $2,000.00 donation Albany 


Novae LLL $500.00 donation Robotics

Freeport State Bank $2,000.00 donation Robotics

Albany Mutual Telephone $250.00 donation Supermileage

Anonymous $10,000.00 donation Drama

Maggie and Addie Backes $500.00 donation Avon 

Elementary Field Trip to Avon Hills

CH Robinson $1,016.00 donation Avon 


CH Robinson $16.00 donation Avon


John & Laurie Tritabaugh $1,500.00 donation Scholarship

The following voted in favor of: All 

And the following voted against: None 

Absent: None

Where upon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

8. Consent Agenda


Karissa Muehring - AVE/District Full-time Substitute Teacher


Mark Herbes - School Bus Route Driver

AESP Payroll Change Request:

Jazmin Hernandez - Kids Company Aide to Kids Company Assistant

Abigail Peterschick - Kids Company Aide to Kids Company Assistant

Student Worker:

Matthew Wielenberg - Custodian


Al Amdahl - JV Baseball Coach

Community Education:

Huskie Pups Volleyball Camp - Alyssa Fleischhacker, Nancy Swarthout, Brian Hines, Hannah Winter

HSP/Fundamentals - Aaron Schwenzfeier, Makayla Zierden, Nolan Anderson

First Aid - Renee Illies

Knowledge Bowl – Carrie Schmitz

BECC Attendant - Meghan Shannon


Tiffany Mehr - AVE Paraprofessional, effective December 22, 2022

 Isabelle Haakonson - AVE Paraprofessional, effective December 27, 2022

Eileen Ritter - School Bus Route Driver, effective December 31, 2022

The following checks were issued in paying claims: Wire transfers and checks 104002 - 104098 


01 General Fund $587,991.36

02 Food Services $14,916.58

04 Community Services $23,404.35

06 Building Construction $22.96

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Hansen to approve the January 2023 Consent Agenda. Supported by all present.

9. Reports

9.1 Purple Pride

9.2 Choir Trip Presentation

Moved to January Work Session agenda.

10. Business

10.1 Enrollment Report

10.2 Albany Federation of Teachers Seniority List 2022-23

Motion by Carbajal, seconded by Sands to approve the Albany Federation of Teachers Seniority List for 2022-23. Supported by all present.

10.3 Resolution Directing the Administration to Examine the Financial Condition of the District 

Member Carbajal introduced the resolution and moved for its adoption. The motion for adoption was duly seconded by Member Rueter and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted

In favor of: All

and the following voted against the same: None

Absent: None

whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

10.4 School Board Policies – Third Read

10.4.1 208 Development, Adoption, and Implementation of Policies 

10.4.2 209 Code of Ethics

10.4.3 210 Conflict of Interest - School Board Members

10.4.4 404 Employment Background Checks

10.4.5 506 Student Discipline

10.4.6 722 Public Data and Data Subject Requests

10.4.7 806 Crisis Management Policy

Motion by Sands, seconded by Dirkes to approve the above school board policies. Supported by all present.

11. Committee Reports 

12. Superintendent Report

A report provided by ICS on the Early Learning Center and the multipurpose room was presented.

13. Adjournment

Agenda completed at 7:37 pm, a motion to adjourn was made by Carbajal, seconded by Sand. Supported by all present.

Amy Sand, Clerk



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