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Star Post Legals 6/28/2023

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF ALBANY

PLANNING 

COMMISSION

There will be a Planning Commission meeting in and for the City of Albany, Stearns County, Minnesota, at 6:30 o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in the Council room at 400 Railroad Avenue for the said City for the following:

1. The public hearing will be held on a request by Dawn Blattner and Christina Lehner dba The Mill, 730 Church Avenue, to rezone the property from Core Commercial (C1) to Highway Commercial (C2) for the purpose of constructing a new building for a coffee shop.

Anyone wishing to comment will be heard at the public hearing and written comments may be forwarded to the office of the City Clerk/Administrator before the time of the public hearing. 

Tom Schneider

Clerk/Adm.

Published in the Star Post, on the 28th day of June 2023.

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Albany Area Schools

Albany, Minnesota 56307

Administration Office 

Telephone 320/845-2171 – 

FAX 320/201-5878

Work Session

Albany Area Schools – ISD #745 District Board Room

30 Forest Ave

Albany, Minnesota 56307 June 28, 2023, 6:00 PM

AG E ND A

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. 2023-2024 Handbook Updates

4. School Board Policy - Second Read

1. 707 Transportation of Public School Students 

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.

Amy Sand, Clerk

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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:

1. A request from James and Sarah Rabideau, Avon, MN from Section 6.2.1P of Stearns County Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance #422 to place a Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Soil Treatment Area 81.8 feet from the Ordinary High-Water Level of Middle Spunk Lake. Said Ordinance requires a minimum Soil Treatment Area setback of 100 feet landward of the Ordinary High-Water Level of a lake classified as General Development. Affected Property: Lot 7, Block 2 of Highland Terrace. Section 28, T125N, R30W, Avon Township. Property Address: 33728 Highland Terrace, Avon, MN.

2. A request from Terry and Shirley Nystrom, Sauk Rapids, MN from Section 9.9.9A of Stearns County Land Use and Zoning Ordinance #439, to place a 12 foot by 20 foot (240 sqft) residential accessory structure 57 feet from the centerline of Two Rivers Road. Said Ordinance requires a minimum structure setback of 63 feet from the centerline of a township road. Affected Property: Lot 7 of Blonigen’s Addition. Section 6, T126N, R30W, Holding Township. Property Address: 19390 Two Rivers Rd, Avon MN.

When and where is the meeting? 

Date and Time: Thursday, July 13, 2023 - 6:00 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 Brian Krippner at Brian.Krippner@stearnscountymn.gov  or call 320-656-3613 by Noon on the Wednesday preceding the meeting date. 

Written Testimony: You may submit written testimony by emailing  Brian.Krippner@stearnscountymn.gov 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 http://stearnscountymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.  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 http://stearnscountymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx. 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:  June 28, 2023 – Star Post

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CITY OF AVON

PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE

The Avon City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 10th, 2023 at 6:30 pm at the Avon City Hall, 140 Stratford Street East, Avon, Minnesota to consider an Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking and the Use of THC or Hemp Infused Products on all Public Property within the City of Avon and to consider an Interim Ordinance Prohibiting the Establishment of New Uses or the Expansion of Existing Uses Related to the Retail Sale of Edible Cannabis Products and Lower Potency Hemp Edibles and Prohibiting the Operation of a Cannabis Business in the City of Avon. The City Council will take public comment on this issue from members of the public in attendance. Written comments will also be accepted and may be submitted to the City Clerk on or before July 10th during regular business hours.  Jodi Austing-Traut, Avon City Clerk/Administrator.

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Holdingford School Board Briefs

The Holdingford School Board held their regular meeting on June 21  2023. Members present Evelyn Martini, Sarah Binek, Ed Feia, Rob Knettel, and Pat Meier. Member absent: Elissa Ebnet and Lori Opatz. Also attending was: Superintendent Chris Swenson, Business Manager Garrity Gerber, Elementary Principal Jim Stang, Secondary Principal Tim Wege, Adm. Assistant Linda Zapzalka, Summer School Principal Kristina Clem and Hans Lammeman from Star Publications

Chair Feia called the meeting to order, the pledge was recited, and the amended agenda was approved. 

The meeting continued with approval of the consent agenda. Items in the consent agenda included: approval of the minutes from the May17th School Board Meeting; approval of the schedule of bills in the amount of $412,991.10. Computer checks approved #54188 through #54380 and #30626 through #30643 in the amount of $9,263.03; approval of the electronic transfer for May 2023, $1,752,725.64; acknowledgement of the Treasurer’s Report balance per books $6,411,652.64; called for a Special Closed meeting to follow the  July 19, 2023 Regular Board Meeting; hired Michael Lehner for a Summer Cleaner; hired Tara Wolford for Summer Painter; approve lane change for Nathan Anderson from BS to BS10 Step 4 to be effective at the start of the 2023-2024 school year; approve lane change for Lydia Sailor from BS to BS10 Step 5 to be effective at the start of the 2023-2024 school year; accept the following donations: PTA donated $600 to Com. Ed. for Summer VEX Robotics Camp; $300 to FFA from FFA alumni; $5,000 from Swim team parents, coaches various community members and Melrose Feed to Swim team for Starting Blocks; $7,000 from MN Twins to athletics for BaseBall Field Modifications; $1,250 from John, Tom, Dave, and Henry Blattner. The Board thanked the Donors for their generosity!

Reports:

Superintendent Swenson reported the gym project phase one is complete, he thanked Mr. Tim Wege Interim High School Principal for doing a great job this past school year. The Board also added their gratitude to Mr. Wege. 

Elementary Principal Jim Stang thanked the entire staff for a great school year, he talked about the sub shortage and is excited for summer school to begin. Mr. Stang also thanked Ms. Kim Gerads for getting the summer library program up and running.

Secondary Principal Tim Wege reported graduation went well, disciplinary reports are complete, scheduling is complete, and they moved up close to the MCA Math 11 goal.

Kristina Clem reported on Summer School.

Mr. Swenson reported on the BSED meeting where discussion on facilities and year end refunding was discussed.

Business Manager Garrity Gerber reported expenses are trending on track, he is navigating through the new unemployment legislation and end of school year work.

Other agenda items at the June 21, 2023 meeting included:

Business Items:

• Adopted the Resolution Establishing Dates For Filing Affidavits of Candidacy For The Office Of School Board Member. The dates are Aug. 1-15, 2023 with a filing fee of $2 and completed in the District Office. 

• Adopted the 2023-2024 Resolution For Membership In The Minnesota State High School League. 

• Adopted the Resolution Certifying The Population Estimate For The 2023 Payable 2024 Levy Of Independent School District #738. 

• Approved adding a Media Center And Tech Specialist - Full Time (1.0 FTE) Position. 

• Mr. Gerber presented the budget summary for FY 23-24. Approve the proposed FY 23-24 budget. 

• Adopted the School Board Resolution of ISD 738 Adopting The School District’s Fiscal Year (FY) 25 Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Ten-Year Plan. 

• Approved the agreement with Madison National Life for Group Life and Long Term Disability Insurance coverage starting 9/1/2023 for a period of no less than 3 years but no longer than 5 years. 

• Approved the bid for property and liability insurance from EMC. 

• Approved the project to carpet the existing weight room and replace an exterior door with the intent of transitioning this space to become a new library space (LMC). 

• Approved the Sale of 2019 Wacker Neuson SW20 Skid Steer Loader to Bruce Warga for $27,550.00. 

• Superintendent Swenson reviewed the revisions of each policy and entertained questions. Adopted the revisions required by the state to the following policies as presented. Policy 102 Equal Education Opportunity; Policy 418 Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School; Policy 419 Tobacco-Free Environment; Policy 424 License Status; Policy 425 Staff Development; Policy 507 Corporal Punishment and Prone Restraint; Policy 509 Enrollment of Nonresidential Students; Policy 513 Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design; Policy 514 Bullying Prohibition Policy; Policy 516.5 Overdose Medication (NEW); Policy 524 Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy; Policy 532 Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams; Policy 601 School District Curriculum and Instruction Goals; Policy 602 Organization of School Calendar and School Day; Policy 603 Curriculum Development; Policy 604 Instructional Curriculum; Policy 613 Graduation Requirements; Policy 616 School District System Accountability; Policy 617 School District Ensurance of Standards; Policy 618 Assessment of Student Achievement; Policy 620 Credit for Learning; Policy 708 Transportation of Nonpublic School Students; Policy 709 Student Transportation Safety Policy; Policy 806 Crisis Management Policy. 

Policy 506 Student Discipline and Policy 620 Credit for Learning were removed for further review at the next meeting.

Personnel:

• Hired Jennifer Meemken for the Elementary Social Worker position for the 2023-2024 school year.

• Hired Dan Huls for a Bus Driver position. 

• Hired Patty Jo Halvorson for a Summer Kids’ Zone Assistant with Para pay and a start date of June 5, 2023. 

• Hired Marie Streit for a Summer Kids’ Zone Assistant with Para pay and a start date of June 5, 2023. 

• Hired Abby Lambert for a Summer Kids’ Zone Assistant.

• Approved Summer 2023 Com. Ed. Instructors as presented. 

• Accepted the resignation from Food Service Employee Doreen Platz effective 5/31/2023 with many thanks for her 26 years of service with the District!

• Accepted the resignation from Food Service Employee Carol Hellmann effective 5/31/2023. with many thanks for her 17 years of service with the District!

• Accept the resignation from Para Amy Lanners effective 5/31/2023b with many thanks for her service with the District!

• Accepted the resignation from Elementary SPED Teacher Kristina Clem contingent on the approval of a proposed contract by the School Board of ROCORI. Mr. Stang spoke highly of Ms. Clem and wished her well in her next chapter. The Board also wished Ms. Clem well and thanked her for her years with the District. 

• Hired Anna Christensen, Teresa Hansen and Lori Arceneau for Summer School Paras. 

• Accepted retirement resignation from Mary Heitzman with her last day being 5/31/2023. Many thanks for her 22 years of service with the District!

• Ms. Clem presented Ms. Jacob’s credentials and highlighted what she will bring to the Summer School Program. Hired Leah Jacobs for an additional Summer School Teacher. 

• Approved the Joint Powers Agreement for the Police Liaison Officer Program between Stearns County and ISD 738 for the 2023-2024 school year in the amount of $25,500.00. 

• Mr. Stang recommended Ms. Taylor Gerads for the Elementary SPED position. Hired Taylor Gerads for Elementary SPED Teacher position at BS Step 5. The Board welcomed Ms. Gerads!

A review of the upcoming meeting dates took place.

No July Work Session.

School Board Meeting July 19, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. in the HS Meeting Room.

School Board Closed Meeting following the July 19, 2023 Board Meeting.

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.

June 21, 2023

Special Closed Meeting

This special closed meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 738 was called to order in the High School Meeting Room at 7:44 p.m. by Chairperson Feia. Board members present: Evelyn Martini, Sarah Binek, Ed Feia, Robert Knettel and Pat Meier. Absent: Elissa Ebnet and Lori Opatz. Also attending was Superintendent Chris Swenson and Business Manager Garrity Gerber. Discussion ensued on negotiations.

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NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF 

CONTRACT FOR DEED

YOU ARE NOTIFIED:

1. Default has occurred in the Contract for Deed (“Contract”) dated September 1, 2022 and recorded on September 7, 2022, as Document Number A1640157, in the Office of the County Recorder of Stearns County, Minnesota, in which Jerry F. Bierschbach and Mary L. Hollenkamp, as Trustees of the Lorraine Bierschbach Irrevocable Asset Protection Trust, dated June 10, 1999, as Seller, sold to David P. Bierschbach, as Purchaser, the real property in Stearns County, Minnesota, described as follows:

The East Half of Lot 9 and the West 35 feet of Lot 10 in Block 56, Ayers and Clark’s Addition to Melrose, according to the plat thereof now on file and record of the office of the County Recorder in and for Stearns County, Minnesota.

Parcel No. 66.36600.0000

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

2. The default is as follows: Failure to make monthly payment of $650.00 due on June 15, 2023.

3. The conditions contained in Minn. Stat. 559.209 have been complied with or are not applicable.

4. THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM YOU THAT BY THIS NOTICE THE SELLER HAS BEGUN PROCEEDINGS UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 559.21, TO TERMINATE YOUR CONTRACT FOR THE PURCHASE OF YOUR PROPERTY FOR THE REASONS SPECIFIED IN THIS NOTICE.  THE CONTRACT WILL TERMINATE 90 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE UNLESS BEFORE THEN:

(a.) THE PERSON AUTHORIZED IN THIS NOTICE TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS RECEIVES FROM YOU:

(1.) THE AMOUNT THIS NOTICE SAYS YOU OWE; PLUS

(2.) THE COSTS OF SERVICE (TO BE SENT TO YOU); PLUS

(3.) $250.00 TO APPLY TO ATTORNEYS’ FEES ACTUALLY EXPENDED OR INCURRED; PLUS

(4.) FOR CONTRACTS EXECUTED ON OR AFTER MAY 1, 1980, ANY ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS BECOMING DUE UNDER THE CONTRACT TO THE SELLER AFTER THIS NOTICE WAS SERVED ON YOU; PLUS

(5.) FOR CONTRACTS, OTHER THAN EARNEST MONEY CONTRACTS, PURCHASE AGREEMENTS, AND EXERCISED OPTIONS, EXECUTED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 1985, $13.00 (WHICH IS TWO PERCENT OF THE AMOUNT IN DEFAULT AT THE TIME OF SERVICE OTHER THAN THE FINAL BALLOON PAYMENT, ANY TAXES, ASSESSMENTS, MORTGAGES, OR PRIOR CONTRACTS THAT ARE ASSUMED BY YOU); OR

(b.) YOU SECURE FROM A COUNTY OR DISTRICT COURT AN ORDER THAT THE TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT BE SUSPENDED UNTIL YOUR CLAIMS OR DEFENSES ARE FINALLY DISPOSED OF BY TRIAL, HEARING OR SETTLEMENT.  YOUR ACTION MUST SPECIFICALLY STATE THOSE FACTS AND GROUNDS THAT DEMONSTRATE YOUR CLAIMS OR DEFENSES.

IF YOU DO NOT DO ONE OR THE OTHER OF THE ABOVE THINGS WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED IN THIS NOTICE, YOUR CONTRACT WILL TERMINATE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD AND YOU WILL LOSE ALL THE MONEY YOU HAVE PAID ON THE CONTRACT; YOU WILL LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY; YOU MAY LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO ASSERT ANY CLAIMS OR DEFENSES THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE; AND YOU WILL BE EVICTED.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY.

5. The name, mailing address, street address or location and telephone number of the Seller or of an attorney authorized by the Seller to accept payments pursuant to this notice is:

Dymoke Law Office, PA

Scott E. Dymoke, Attorney for Seller

408 Main Street East, Unit 5

PO Box 127

Melrose, MN  56352

Telephone:  (320) 256-4205

This person is authorized to receive the payments from you under this notice.

Dymoke Law Office, PA

Scott E. Dymoke, Attorney for Seller

Note: Attach relevant original affidavit(s) and return(s) to this Notice of Termination of Contract for Deed before recording.

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NOTICE JOB OPENING

CITY OF ALBANY

ADMINISTRATOR/CLERK/TREASURER POSITION

The City of Albany is seeking a self-motivated, energetic individual for a full-time position as the City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer.

The City Administrator serves as the chief administrative officer of the city and is responsible for the planning, direction, and oversight related to the proper administration and operations of all municipal functions and services. This position is responsible for statutory Clerk-Treasurer duties.  Coordinates the day-to-day oversight and administration of the following departments:  Administration, Police, Fire, Street, Park, EDA, Elections, Water & Wastewater. Serves as “Zoning Officer” to administer and enforce the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance.  Attends and participates in all city council meetings and carries out council directives.  Attends other board, commission, and committee meetings as directed to ensure all laws and city ordinances are enforced.  Prepares agendas and meeting minutes. Qualified candidates must possess a four-year degree with coursework in public administration, political science, community development, business, finance, or related field, and one to three years of responsible public sector administrative and supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and administration and management experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities are required for this position. Must possess a valid MN Class “D” Driver’s License. This is a salaried position. Wage range DOQ: $75,000 to $90,000 annually.  The deadline for submitting an employment application is 3:00PM on Thursday, July 27, 2023. Applications are available at Albany City Hall, 400 Railroad Avenue or the City’s website at www.ci.albany.mn.us.

Tom Schneider

Clerk/Adm.

Published in the Star Post this 28th day of June 2023.

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HOLDINGFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Holdingford Public School (“District”) requests proposals for group insurance coverage for the health plan year beginning January 1, 2024. Sealed proposals will be accepted in paper form until 2:00 pm central time on Wednesday, July 26th, 2023 at 900 5th Street, Holdingford, MN 56340, Attn:  Garrity Gerber. 

Copies of the complete request for proposal may be requested from our broker Mahowald Insurance Agency, Kristin Rademacher, k.rademacher@mahowald.net and will be sent electronically at no charge. District reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. District reserves the right to select the proposal which it determines to be in the best interest of the District.  

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HOLDING TOWNSHIP NOTICE 

With July 4th falling on the first Tuesday of the month, the Town Board of Holding Township has rescheduled their July monthly meeting to Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 8:00 P.M. at the Holding Town Hall. 

Julianne Ebnet, Clerk 

Posted June 26, 2023 

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FARMING TOWNSHIP

CHANGE OF MEETING NOTICE

The July monthly meeting has been changed to Thursday July 6, 2023 at the usual place and time due to July 4, 2023 being a holiday.

Linda Theisen

Farming Township Clerk

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