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CITY OF AVON

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

VARIANCE REQUEST

    James and Kari Alvord (property owners) have filed an application for a variance from the strict enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Avon.  The property at 323 Barracuda Ave NE, Avon (42.26493.0064) is in the shoreland overlay district and is in a residential zone.  The request is to allow impervious surface coverage of 37% instead of the 25% zoning ordinance requirement.  This would allow for a 530 sq. ft. concrete patio to be installed.  A public hearing will be held by the City of Avon Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.  All meetings of the City of Avon, 140 Stratford St. E., Avon, are handicapped accessible.

City of Avon

Amy Pease

Zoning Administrator

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CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME

Minnesota Statutes 

Chapter 333

    ASSUMED NAME: Pupusa St..

    PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IS: 510 7TH ST S, WAITE PARK, MN 56387 USA.

    NAMEHOLDER(S): Rodrigo Ernesto Milla Vigil, 510 7th St. S, Waite Park, MN 56387 USA and Milla Culinary Ventures LLC, 510 7th St. S, Waite Park, MN 56387 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/ Rodrigo Ernesto Milla Vigil

07/20/2023

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Holding Township Clean-Up Day

September 9, 2023 7:00am—11:00am

    Holding Township will hold a Clean-Up Day for residents living outside city limits but within the Township on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the Holding Town Hall. Items accepted at this event will be:

• White Goods—washers, dryers, microwaves, furnaces, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers, ranges, humidifiers, dehumidifiers & air conditioners - $10.00 each

• Televisions, Computer Monitors & Computers - $25.00 each

• Tires— Car tire - $5.00 each

• Pickup/ implement tire - $5.00 each

• Semi-truck tire - $15.00 each

• Tractor tire - $20.00 each

• Tire size is at the discretion of the Township officers

*If rims are left on the tire, the price is double*

    The Township is paying $25 per household to bring down the cost to residents. Example: If you bring five (5) car, pickup, or implement tires, you dispose of them for free.

    RESIDENTS MUST ACCOMPANY ITEMS DELIVERED 

If you have questions, please call Dave Yurczyk 320-761-2087

**Only residential items will be accepted at this event** .

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Regular School Board Meeting - Melrose Area Public Schools

Monday, June 26, 2023

Chair Heller called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  The following members were present:  Mr. Heller, Mr. Dufner, Mr. Heidgerken, Mrs. Feldewerd, Mrs. Uphoff & Mrs. Klassen.  Mrs. Poepping was absent.  Also present were:  Mr. Winter, Ms. Noska, Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. Anderson & Mr. Doetkott.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to approve the agenda.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Nothing to report for the Open Forum.

Board reports were given.  No action was taken.

Administrative reports were given.  No action was taken.

Mr. Heidgerken moved, with a second by Mrs. Klassen, to approve the following consent agenda items:

➢   May 22, 2023 School Board Minutes

➢   June 5, 2023 Special School Board Minutes

➢   June 21, 2023 Special School Board Minutes

➢   Bills & Wires in the amount of $1,835,655.60

➢   New Hire - Georgia Anderson - Swim Instructor - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Hallie Drossel - Tball - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Leah Seanger - Tball - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Kaydence Bertram - Swim Instructor - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Eli Dockendorf - Gymnastics - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Brynn Shaw - Gymnastics - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Grace Alverson (Step 3) - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8-28-23

➢   New Hire - Cynthis Torres - Food Service Asst. - District - Part time - Effective 8-28-23

➢   New Hire - Stephanie Strusz (BA - Step 1) - Teacher - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8-28-23

➢   New Hire - Aubrey Funk - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Kendall Beuning - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Jada Rausch - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Brian Hernandez Ambriz - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Kallista McGrane - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Amy Bannicks - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Savannah Honkomp - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Gretta Hellerman - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Paige Gruber - Speed & Strength - DPC - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Maddie Dufner - Speed & Strength - DPC - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Brandon Welle - Speed & Strength - DPC - Part time - Effective 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Lindsay Anderson - Speed & Strength - DPC - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Reegan Nelson - Babe Ruth - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Zach Ettel - Babe Ruth - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Amy Bannicks - Daily Substitute Teacher - District - Full time - Effective 8-28-23

➢   New Hire - Madison Boecher - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Lauren Reed - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Maddie Heidgerken - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective - 6-5-23

➢   New Hire - Madison Worms (MA - Step 4) - Teacher - Elementary - Full time - Effective - 8-28-23

➢   New Hire - Kelly Neu - Community Education Director - District - Full time - Effective - 7-1-23

➢   New Hire - Mady Brinkman - Asst. Swim/Dive Coach - High School - Part time - Effective - 8-13-23

➢   Retirement - Debra Klaphake (28 years) - Teacher - Elementary - Full time - Effective - 9-17-23

➢   Resignation - Kimi Klassen - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective - 6-11-23

➢   Resignation - Mallari Funk - Preschool Asst. - Elementary - Full time - Effective - 6-1-23

➢   Change of Assignment - Julie Brinkman - Technology Support Specialist - District - Full time - Effective 7-1-23

➢   Change of Assignment - Melissa Eisenschenk - Cook - High School - Full time - Effective - 8-28-23

➢   Change of Assignment - Evan Reller - Curriculum Coordinator - District - Full time - Effective - 7-1-23

➢   Change of Assignment - Penny Deters - Literacy Specialist - Elementary - Full time - Effective - 8-28-23

➢   LOA - Courtney Krump - Teacher - Elementary - Full time - Effective - Approx. 12-7-23

➢   LOA - Mikayla Curry - Teacher - High School - Full time - Effective - Approx. 10-11-23

The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mrs. Uphoff moved, with a second by Mr. Dufner, to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mr. Heidgerken, to approve the following donations:

➢   5-31-23 - New Munich Lions - High School - Girls Golf - $500.00

➢   5-31-23 - Topline Auto Body - High School - 1 gal. 2 stage black base coat, & 1 gal. of epoxy sealer and activator - $200.00

➢   6-2-23 - Anonymous - High School - Dance - uniforms, team meals & Activities - $7,500.00

➢   6-8-23 - Kyle Hoium - American Family Insurance - High School - FFA - Urban Ag Day - $100.00

Those voting in favor thereof:  Mr. Heller, Mrs. Klassen, Mr. Dufner, Mrs. Feldewerd, Mr. Heidgerken & Mrs. Uphoff.  Mrs. Poepping was absent.  

Those voting against:  None

The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Heidgerken moved, with a second by Mrs. Klassen, to approve the bread quote from Pan-O-Gold.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to approve the milk quote from Stony Creek.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Heidgerken moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to approve the Final Revision of the FY23 Budget.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mrs. Klassen moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to approve the Proposed FY24 Budget.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Heidgerken moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to approve the Student Handbooks for the 2023-24 school year.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mr. Heidgerken, to approve the LTFM funding.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mrs. Klassen moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to approve the Renewal of Membership with Schools for Equity in Education (SEE).  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Heidgerken moved, with a second by Mrs. Klassen, to approve the Renewal of our Membership with the MN School Board Association (MSBA).  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mrs. Uphoff moved, with a second by Mr. Dufner, to approve the Resolution to Certify the Updated District Population Estimate for the Levy.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mr. Heidgerken to approve Kelly Neu’s Community Education Director Contract for the 2023-24 & 2024-25 school years.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mr. Heidgerken, to approve Julie Brinkman’s Technology Support Specialist Contract for the 2023-24 & 2024-25 school years.

Mr. Uphoff moved, with a second by Mrs. Klassen, to approve Evan Reller’s Curriculum Coordinator Contract for the 2023-24 & 2024-25 school years.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mrs. Klassen moved, with a second by Mrs. Feldewerd, to approve Becky Klassen’s Withdrawal from the School Board.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mr. Heidgerken, to approve the Resolution Establishing Filing Dates.  The Motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Dufner moved, with a second by Mrs. Uphoff, to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 pm.  The Motion wasunanimously carried.

    Becky Feldewerd, Clerk

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Unadopted Minutes 

SCHOOL BOARD WORK SESSION 

Albany Area Schools – ISD #745

 District Office Board Room 

July 26, 2023

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Chair Kreuzer at 6:00 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Present: Kreuzer, Hansen, Sands, Rueter, Dirkes, Carbajal 

Late:

Absent: Sand

3. Community Education Presentation

Cassie Novak introduced Marie Reszel as our new Community Education Coordinator. Cassie gave the board an update on Goals for Community Education. Goals listed below:

    1.) The BEAT Series: 561 season tickets are sold for 2023-24 Season (Cap of 600). The BEAT will accommodate 800 people. Community Sponsors have been very generous with donations for entertainment with $10,000 in community donations. Summer BEAT Series (Partnership with GRRL and Albany Jaycees) with approximately 600 in attendance/show.

    2.) Collaborations: Examples include: Lake Wobegon Community Expo, Great Theatre, Avon Hills Folk School, Beat Series/Summer Series, City of Albany, Albany Township, Oak Township, Avon Lions, ABE Partnerships-Custodial teal and Local Churches, Finding opportunities with community members

    3.) Early Childhood: Early Learning Center, COR Advantage Assessment, Funding Opportunities

    4.) Communication: The District is working on creating a comprehensive communication plan including tools to ensure content is consistently communicated across the district.

       a.) Print Publications: Huskie Howl and Community Ed Brochure

       b.) Electronic Communications: Social Media, Website, Marquees, Superintendent Update, Building E-Newsletters 

    5.) Kids Company-Progress:

        a.) Certified Child Care Center: Compliant with all DHS requirements, annual visits, etc. Program has been high quality and allows us to be eligible for DHS Grants to help our Districts Parents and Students.

          b.) Kids Co Staff Development: Ongoing training relevant to childcare program/district procedures (PBIS, school safety, etc.).

              i.) 216 Summer Contracts

             ii.) Average 105 Students/Day (140 on Wednesdays)

            iii.) 40 Staff

Upcoming areas of focus are Communications, Early Childhood and Program Growth focusing on youth enrichment.

4. Transportation Update

With the increased difficulty in finding bus drivers, the District is enforcing the one mile exclusion for all families within the one mile walk zone. A letter will be sent to all families impacted within one week. There will be some exceptions to this exclusion in both Albany and Avon because of safety concerns on major roads and crossings. The exclusion has been looked at by the transportation department and identified students within one mile and a “safe zone” with sidewalks and adequate safety protocol that will be able to walk safely to school. If there are concerns or exceptions needed, please contact Superintendent Okerland.

    The reduction reduces one bus route and also reduces the duration of the bus routes. Discussion was had about what it would like if the one-mile exclusion is and would result in much longer bus routes. The district is looking to hire three additional drivers to cover the full-time routes and also have substitute drivers and extra-curricular activities drivers.

    Incentives were also discussed for additional employees to earn their bus license and be able to sub. The finance committee has discussed this and will provide a proposal. Current bus driver pay has been compared with other local districts and it is at or above most districts, although direct comparisons are difficult as route length, benefits, hourly or daily pay and contract or district run transportation varies widely between districts.

5. Superintendent Report

POC met yesterday with Bryan Schiffler to talk about the possible addition of two bathrooms on the exterior of the Early Learning Center to complement the city park additions which include a dog park and pickleball courts (Phase 1), soccer field, splash pad (Phase 2). The City of Albany is on board with Phase 1 at this time but not Phase 2. Bryan brought up several community suggestions for improvements and has been working with both the city and school to improve the community experience.

    The Board discussion centered around 1.) the cost of the bathrooms 2.) the city of Albany’s intention to hold off on the splash pad and soccer field initially which delays the need for the bathrooms 3.) Location of water service to run utilities 4.) Maintenance of the bathroom and risk of vandalism 5.) Work that would be done outside of the contract (by local/private contractors) is not an option during the construction process.

    The district would like to complete the existing project and then work together with the City of Albany and the community leaders to continue the process.

    Social Media Comments on Local Bidders: We are required to post in the local newspaper for two weeks, which was done in the Star Post. There was also discussion at several Albany and Avon Chamber meetings and Lions’ Club Meetings to alert local businesses of the call for bids. We also posted into 15 separate Builder Exchanges. State law requires insurance and bonding requirements to meet the state bid laws which may be inhibitive on some smaller contractors bidding on larger projects. The school district needs to accept the low, responsible bid.

 6. Adjournment

Agenda completed at 7:20 p.m.

Dean Dirkes, Acting Clerk

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2024 Sauk River Watershed District Budget 

Public Hearing Notice

January 1st, 2024 to December 31st, 2024 

Calendar Year Budget

    Managers Compensation and Training Expenses            $18,308

    Operations and Administration Expenses                $405,623

    Education Expenses                                $121,554

    Monitoring Expenses                                $143,045

    Water Resource Expenses                            $80,185

    Permit Authority Expenses                            $75,696

    Operating Transfers                                $151,500

    Total General Budget                                $995,914

    Project Tax Budget                                $150,000

    Total Levy Budget                                $1,145,914

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: The Sauk River Watershed District Board of Managers will hold its annual budget public hearing, on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The hearing is for the purpose of taking public comment on the proposed 2024 budget with a maximum levy of $1,145,914.  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 jon@srwdmn.org 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 jon@srwdmn.org or by phone at 320-352-2231.

    For more information regarding the budget, please see the SRWD website http://www.srwdmn.org

Jon Roeschlein

Administrator

Sauk River Watershed District

642 Lincoln Road

Sauk Centre, MN 56378

(320) 352-2231 Phone

jon@srwdmn.org

Visit us online at:  www.srwdmn.org 

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