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c notices NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE rICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that has occurred in the conditions of described mortgage: MORTGAGE: April 25, PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $35,767.00 (S): Ted Van Hoorn lula D. Ison n/k/a Paula D. Husband and Wife : Firstplus Financial, OF RECORDING: : May 11, 1998, Big Stone Document #: 146316 S OF MORTGAGE: tereafter assigned to: Credit Asset Servicing and LLC, Dated: May 6 1998 DESCR PTION OF and 8 (Eight) of of Point Place Addition of Ortonville, Big Stone nesota. I WHICH PROPERTY IS I Stone AND CLAIMED TO DATE OF NOTICE, F ANY, PAID BY all pre-foreclosure have been complied with; or proceeding has been or otherwise to recover by said mortgage, or IT to the power of sale n said mortgage, the above will be sold by the as follows: OF SALE: March tF SALE: Sheriff's Main 20 SE Second debt secured by said and taxes, if any, on said and the costs and including attorneys fees subject to redemption from the date of said their personal ns. aased from financial IS FROM A ATTEMPTING TO DEBT. ANY WILL BE PURPOSE. THE OF THE OF THE TOR WITHIN THE BY LAW IS NOT ACTION. THE BY LAW FOR THE MORTGAGOR, iOR'S PERSONAL OR ASSIGNS, D TO FIVE WEEKS :IDER IS ENTERED STATUTES, DETERMINING, THAT THE PREMISES ARE A RESIDENTIAL LESS THAN FIVE PROPERTY USED L PRODUCTION, }, 2003 Asset Servicing and .Securitization, LLC of Mortgagee Street al, Minnesota 55101 .-5860 an. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 2003) CE FOR BIDS :)artment sealed materials, labor, sportation and all of two (2) State Park, wood e story concrete s to demolish uildings and Minnesota Group receive a 6% ard of this b d Disadvantaged receive 4% of this bid. All ist be certified by" Bidders certified may call P.m. February 18, posal forms, lion IV 359- e is June 26, (Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 2003) Save this paper recycling e OrtunuIile Independent For II Your needs Call 320-839-6163 fax 320-839-3761 ernail, mail@ , -=independent .corn Check out our Web site at ndependent corn , Jan. 28, 2003 PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD January 7, 2003 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 As Commissioner Torgerson already swore m Commissioners Athey, Lane and Swigerd on January 6 th, Chairman Lane called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Maas, Swigerd and Torgerson present Also present were HR Director Darlene Nichols.Born, County Treasurer Cindy Nelson, County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. The Pledge of Allegiance followed. Upon call for nominations for board chairman, Commissioner Lane nominated Commissioner Maas. Following 3 calls for nominations, motion by Torgerson, seconded by Athey and carried to cast a unanimous ballot for Commissioner Maas for Chairman Outgoing Chairman Lane turned the meeting over to the newly elected Chairman Maas Chairman Maas called for nominations for Vice Chairman Commissioner Athey nominated Commissioner Torgerson Upon 3 calls for nominations, motion by Lane, seconded by Swigerd and carried to cast a unanimous ballot for Commissioner Torgerson for Vice Chairman. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to approve the minutes of the December 17 t regular meeting and the January 2 nd special meeting. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Swigerd and carried to approve the agenda with noted addition. The bids received from the Ortonville Indelendent and the Northern Star for publishing those notices as legally required were reviewed. Motion by Swigerd and seconded by Lane to accept the bid and surety bond of the Ortonville Independent as the official newspaper of the County for 2003 at the full legal rate of $8.19 per column inch. Following discussion on the need to officially designate a 2 "d official newspaper, motion carried with Torgerson abstaining. Attorney Watson will do further research on the need to officially designate a 2 "d official newspaper. Committee repo.rts were presented. The following 2003 board committee appointments were established: Audit Swigerd & One Rep from Revenue, Family Services & Highway Agricultural Athey, Maas & Extehsion Director Bois de Sioux Watershed District Lane & Engineer Countryside Public Health Lane Main Street Industries Torgerson Ditches & Roads All Commissioners Joint Ditch 7/24 Authority .Swigerd, Torgerson & Maas Joint Ditch 4/10/11 Authority Lane, Torgerson & Athey Environmental Swigerd, Lane & Environmental Officer ....... Extension Maas. & Athey ........................... Food Shelf Lane " ............ ........ Historical Society Sw!gerd Insurance Swigerd, Athey & no more than two reps from Revenue, Family Services & Highway Investment Swigerd, Treasurer, Family Services Director & Engineer Law Library Athey & County Attorney Legislative All Commissioners MN River Basin Joint Powers Board Maas; Athey the alternate MN River Headwaters Joint Powers Board Lane & Environmental Officer; Swigerd the Alternate Psonnel & Labor Relations Lane & Maas Pioneerland Library Board Maas Planning & ZoningAthey & Torgerson Pomme de Terre River Assn Maas Prairie Country RC&D Torgerson; Maas the alternate Prairie Five CAC Swigerd Prime West Torgerson; Lane the alternate Private Industry Council (Chief Elected Officials Board) Torgerson; Athey the alternate Public Safety Lane & Athey Purchasing & Property Management Maas & Swigerd RDC Torgerson Safety Maas, Safety Director, Engineer, Sheriff, Custodian, Sue Kaess & Ed Roeder STS Advisory Board Lane & Sheriff SWCD Maas & Athey Toqua Park Athey & Lane Upper MN River Community Based Planning Lane & Torgerson WACCO Lane; Swigerd the alternate West Central Reg. Juv. Center Athey Western MN Prairie Waters Torgerson WesMN RLF Lane AMC All Commissioners, Auditor, Engineer & HR Director Chairman Maas appointed Jeanne Krueger to the County Extension Committee for a 3-year term Attorney Watson reported that the County needs only to desist]ate one official newspaper uiscussion followed. Environmental Officer Darren Wilke, Brian Sullivan and Todd Tritz were present for a discussion on the demolitmn of the tax-forfeited property m Graceville Mr. Tritz and Attorney Watson will stay in contact tO resolve the common wall issue. Due to the unforeseen issue with the common wall, motion by Lane, seconded by Swigerd and carried to reject all quotes received for the demolition of tax forfeited property in Graceville. Attorney Watson was directed to research the payment of per diems and expenses and report back to the board Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Torgerson and carried to set the elected officials salaries as follows: County Attorney $57,330.00 County Auditor $49,510.50 County Recorder $46,137 O0 County Sheriff $53,99680 County Treasurer $43,933.50 Motion by Lane, seconded by Athey and carried to ratify payment on December 31, 2002 and authorize payment on January 10, 2003 for the following claims: December 31, 2002 COUNTY REVENUE Fidelity Compresource ]68.08; Farm & Home Publishers 318.50; Holiday Inn River Centre 310.44; J & B Excavating 7,922.50; Kevin's Body Shop1,496.69; Martin, Nelson, Glasrud 229.50; Office Systems 639.21; The Inn on Lake Superior 88592; Vertical Solutions 12,371 43 HIGHWAY American Communication4 33420; Berger's Welding 186 76; Boyer Truck Parts 16832; Farmers Co.op Elevator 135 43; Graceville Health Center 26000; Integrated Lining Systems 813 48; MacQueen Equipment 834.43; Midwest Truck & Parts 340.12; Mitbank Winwater 112.59; Otter Tail Power 43043; Otter Tail Power Company 14370; Reed Business information 10726; Ronglien Excavating 7,355.00; Sturdeyants 217 13; The Inn on Lake Superior 18984; United Rentals 24868; West Central Steel 224.55; Ziegler 35769. ENHANCED 9-1.1 Lakedale Telephone 446,48 DITCH J & B Excavating 400.00; Ronglien Excavating 250.00. FORFEITED LAND Ronglien Excavating 2,800.00. Number of claims not exceeding $100-34. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $1,28059 January 10, 2003 COUNTY REVENUE Agralite Coop 246.52; Assn of MN Counties 4,041.00; Bill's Plumbing & Heating 188 10; City of Ortonville 1,45356; Computer Professionals 2,61300; Grant County 3,10000; MACO 750.00; Milbank Communications 626.22; MN Assn of Co Veterans .Service 120 00; MN Dept of Admm 352.50; MN Elevators 14264; MN West Community & Technical 25000; Northside Medical Center 17000; Pamida 138.82; Prairie County RC & D 50000; WACCO 1,164.00; West Management 14741; West Group 833.91; Yellow Medicine County Jail 220 O0 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Computer Professionals 136.61 HIGHWAY City of Ortonville 329.67; Computer Professionals 393.92; MN Dept of Ag 225.00; MN Pie 28500; Pitney Bowes 136.36; Postmaster 136.00. ENHANCED 9-1-1 GEO.COMM 5,100.00. DITCH US Bank 18,862.50 Number of claims not exceeding $100- 14. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $66'3.14. Watson left the meeting. Following a short break, County Engineer Nick Anderson presented the 2003 project work schedule and reported on the 2002 projects to be completed in 2003. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to accept the high bid of $22,555 from Wayne Schoon for the 1972 Cat 950 front end loader. Discussion was held on the feedback that has been received from landowners and tenants on the ditch systems that have had seeding done on them. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Lane and carried to send a letter to the editor in support of the gas tax. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and' carried to adopt the following annual resolutions: 2003-01 BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Highway Engineer is hereby instructed to hire such miscellaneous and semi. skilled labor and such machinery and equipment as may from time to time be required at the prevailing rates in the community.. 2003-02 BEfiT RESOLVED, by the Board'of. Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized to purchase gravel material from various pits at the prevailing rates for graveling and regraveling the Big Stone County roads during the year of 2003. 2003-03 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized and instructed to pay by regular payroll up to the amount of five thousand dollars for emergencies off the regular County Road System 2003-04 EE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized and instructed to impose weight and load restrictions as he deems necessary on any or all County Roads and County State Aid Highways pursuant to Chapter 500, Article 4, Section 1, Subdivision 3 of Laws of 1959 2003-05 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized to spray weeds and objectionable vegetation in all of the County Ditch Systems without further approva/of the County Board of Commissioners so long as expenditures do not exceed $500.00 for any single County Ditch. This resolution excludes Joint Ditches. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize the Engineer to sell the 1985 Honda ATV Attorney Watson returned to the meeting. Discussion was held on fencing along County Ditch #4. County Treasurer Cindy Nelson presented investment information and fund balances for years 2001 and 2002 for the Board's review Treasurer Nelson reported that the County had a 98.3% tax collection rate for 2002. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize an additional $2,000 in compensation to Deputy Assessor Barb Amundsen for extra duties and responsibilities while the County Assessor is on a leave of absence. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize VSO/EMD Doug Tomschin to attend meetings on January 13, 14 and 21, 2003. Attorney Watson clarified per diem and travel expense reimbursement payments. Discussion followed on mileage reimbursement. Watson will do further research and report back at the next board meeting. Watson left the meeting. Discussion was held on the purchase of a new snow blower for the Courthouse. The earlier decision to wait until a later time was confirmed. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Swigerd and carried to approve the 2003 aggregate gravel tax budget with revenues estimated to be $60,000. Motion by Lane, seconded by Torgerson and carried to execute the agreement with Countryside Public Health for tobacco compliance checks. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to execute the agreement with the Lakedale Telephone Company for the E-911 system Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Torgerson and carried to authorize Chairman Maas to sign the new agreement with MAXIMUS, Inc for human resource consulting serwces. Upon information provided by Environmental Officer Darren Wilke, Chairman Maas appointed the following individuals to the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment for 3.year terms: Planning Commission Pat Dwyer Richard Thomson Kyle Gillespie Vicki Oakes Board of Ad!ustmerR Marlton deNeui Charles Lindquist Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Lane and carried to adopt the following resolution: 2003-06 WHEREAS the state of Minnesota is facing a troubled economic cycle and has a projected $45 billion budget deficit for the next biennium; and WHEREAS the administration and individual legislators have stated that counties should be a part of Lhe solution to the state's deficit; and WHEREAS the state legislature will considering cutting and/or eliminating aids to counties, which are used to provide essential services to the citizens of Minnesota and such cuts would result m increased local property taxes; and WHEREAS the counties will be partners in achieving a budget solution but such a partnership is currently impractical for counties as the majority of county budgets consists of mandates imposed by the state and federal governments over which the counties have no discretion; and WHEREAS a fundamentally new county/state relationship must be developed in which county governments have the discretion and flexibility with which to cost effectively and efficiently offer services. BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners, comprised of the undersigned individuals, support passage of the Minnesota County Restructure Act of 2003 based on the following three key provisions: 1. Counties may provide those services that contribute to the health, safety, welfare and economic well being of the .county. Counties may provide serwces unless directly prohibited by the state 2. All mandates, maintenance of efforts, rules requiring the delivery of services and reporting requirements excluding those rules and mandates that originate or access federal monies are repealed. 3. Counties shall have immunity stemming from all lawsuits for failure to provide non-mandated services. A brief discussion was held on designated fund balance accounts Updates will be made at a future meeting. Discussion was held on the tax forfeited land process. Chairperson Lane declared the meeting adjourned at 12:O5 PM Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Alvin Maas, Chairperson PROCEEDINGS OF THE BELLINGHAM 00CHOOL BOARD: January 16, 2003 The Board of Education of Ind. School District #371, Bellingham MN met in regular session on Thursday, January 16, 2003, in the Home Economics Room. Board members: Glen Radermacher, Richard Johnson, Tim Henrich, Chad Strei, and Kevin Rademacher were present, with Mark Weber absent. Other meeting attendees included: Sandra Haugen, Cathy Radermacher, Linda Hoffman, Margaret Adelman, Jane Asche, Gloria Letrud, Marl Plathe, and Carol Asche. Radermacher called the meeting to order at 3:10, and welcomed those present. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to adopt the Agenda as presented, including additional items. Radermacher opened the reorganization portion of the meeting. Raderrnacher asked for nominations for Chairman. Rademacher moved, that Radermacher be re-elected Chairman, Henrich seconded. Johnson moved that nominations cease, Henrich seconded. Motion carried. Radermacher re-elected Chairman. Johnson moved that Weber be re-elected Vice- Chairman, Rademacher seconded. Henrich moved that nominations cease, Rademacher seconded. Motion carried. Weber re-elected Vice-Chairman. Rademacher moved that Johnson be re- elected Clerk/Treasurer, Henrich seconded. Henrich moved that nominations cease, Rademacher seconded. Motion carried. Johnson re- elected Clerk/Treasurer. Rademacher moved that Weber, Johnson, and Radermacher be re-elected as members of the Mini-Board, Strei n, lnm NI seconded. Rademacher moved that nominations cease, Strei seconded. Motion carried. Weber, Johnson, and Radermacher re-elected to the Mini- Board. Johnson moved that Henrich, Radermacher, and Rademacher be re- elected to the Negotiations Committee, Rademacher seconded, Johnson moved that nominations cease, Rademacher seconded. Motion carried. Henrich, Radermacher and Rademacher re-elected to Negotiations Committee. Henrich moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Minutes as presented. Johnson moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Accounting Report as presented. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and pay the bills as presented, which totaled $ 25,386.33. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and sign the Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination, retroactive to November 18, 2002. Supt. Seller informed the board, that Wayde Weber has decided to resign from his position as full-time bus driver, due to his health. Copies of a proposed wage schedule for Weber's final wages, were distributed and reviewed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the wage schedule as presented, and to accept Weber's request to resign. The board also desired to express sincere appreciation to Wayde Weber, for his many years of faithful service to the district, and for transporting students to and from school safely, year after year. Supt. Seller informed the board, that Larry Sheldon, Stanley Krogsrud, and Tom Schuelke are, at this time, assuming the responsibilities of Weber's route. Supt. Seiter recommended that Sheldon and Krogsrud be paid at the rate of $20.00 for the morning route, and $20.00 for the afternoon route. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to pay the two drivers as recommended. Rademacher moved, Johnson seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and sign the Pay Equity Report, as presented. Copies of the Teacher Seniority List were distributed and reviewed. Johnson moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to adopt the Teacher Seniority List, as presented. Copies of the Annual Audit were distributed. Supt. Seller reviewed the audit, page by page, giving details as needed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the audit as presented. Copies of the Special Operating Plan to Remove Statutory Operation Debt in the Bellingham Independent School District #371, were distributed and reviewed at length. Johnson introduced the Resolution for Statutory Operating Debt (SOD) Recovery. The motion for adoption of the resolution was seconded by Henrich, and Radermacher, Johnson, Henrich, Rademacher and Strei voted in favor, with no one voting against (See Exhibit A), Copies of the Revised Budget for 2002-2003 were distributed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Revised Budget as presented. The Revised Budget is as follows: General Fund $1,158,174 .................... $11041,445 Lunch Fund , 36,065 ...... . ......................... 36,065 Transportation Fund -0-. ....................................... 83,932 Comm Ed Fund 28,279 .................................. 48,800 Capital Outlay Fund 29_,0.2 .................................. Totals $t ,251,520 .................... $1,245,605 Supt. Seller noted that memos had been issued to all school district employees, and that the board members had received copies of the memo. He then informed the board, that he had met individually with almost all of the employees, to discuss each one's possible future employment plans. He relayed that information to the board members, indicating possible changes in employees and job responsibilities, for the future. Supt. Seller distributed copies of correspondence with a member of the Transportation Department at the Department of Children, Families, and Learning. The memo was in response to concerns about bus times and length of routes. The memo stated that it is solely up to the school board's discretion, as to how early a bus may pick up a child, and how lengthy the bus route may be. It should be noted, that the Bellingham School strives to accommodate fairly, all families. For that reason, the bus routes annually reverse, if possible, with the beginning of the second semester. Bus routes are scheduled to reverse on Monday, January 20, 2003. Supt. Seller distributed copes of a proposed change for the length of the school day, for the 2003-2004 School Year. The board discussed the hand-outs, noting that student day may begin one hour later, which would enable students to board the buses one hour later in the mornings. The proposal is being considered. Copies of the Calendar of Events, were distributed. The possibility of paying board members participating in the PERA Retirement Plan, was briefly discussed. All board members, elected to not participate in the plan, and to therefore receive their wages on a semi- annual basis, with monthly payments (if necessary), to avoid the retirement wage threshold that would make it mandatory for participation in the plan. They felt that this non-participation, would be financially favorable to the district. An upcoming Negotiations Workshop was briefly discussed. Supt. Seller will attend, with a member or members, of the Negotiations Committee hopefully attending also. Johnson informed the board, that no one had submitted a bid to him, for the district owned house and adjacent roperty. Johnson moved that the ellingham School Board accept the offer from Ray Seller for the house and property at: Section 03, TWP 119 Range 45 in the City of Bellingham, for $90,000.00 for the period of five years and the board must re-shingle the house or provide for reshingling by July 1, 2003, and contract for deed be signed by that date. Rademacher seconded the motion, and all voted in favor. The next regular meeting of the Bellingham Board of Education, is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2003. With no further business, the meeting was adjoined. Richard Johnson, Clerk by dh Annual crops, soils days set for Feb. The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) will hold its annual crops and soils day Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the SWROC near Lamberton. As always, this event is designed to allow SW Minnesota farmers the opportunity to hear and more importantly ask questions of University of Minnesota researchers. A registration fee to cover the cost of printed materials will be charged. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a brief introduction and welcome by Pauline Nickel. Cards of thanks CARD OF THANKS Thank you to all the donors who made time to donate blood while the bloodmobile was here in the Big Stone County area. We had another successful drive and this would not be possible without the assistance of many individuals. Thanks goes to the coordinators in the local communi- ties, callers/recruiters, greeters, can- teen workers,' set up and take down people, meal preparers and servers, babysitters and any other people who help make the day successful. Thanks to the locations that allow us to come in and use their facilities: New Life Baptist Church, Holy Rosary Parish Center, Clinton Memorial Building and Beardsley City Auditorium. Thanks also goes to the following businesses and groups for their dona- tions: Minnwest Bank, Pepsi of Ortonville, Coca Cola of Morris, Pioneer Meat Market, Bill's Super Valu, Graceville Country Market, American Dairy Association, Beardsley Methodist Church, Boy Scouts and VFW Auxiliary 3964. A big thanks also goes to the Ortonville Independent, Northern Star and KDIO Radio for the excellent public- ity that they give us for each drive. We would also like to thank the fol- lowing community drives that made donations to help meet the costs for running the bloodmobiles: Malta, Beardsley, Graceville, Moonshine, Toqua and Ortonville. Virginia Schoon and Dawn Kellen, Beardsley; Gerry Lillehaug and Donna Hoxtell, Clinton; Deb Farweii, Graceville; Deb Ellingson, Phyllis Barr and Sharon Scoblic, Ortonville; Liz Ketz, Big Stone County 1-1 Area Coordinator I I I II II Looking for Lightc00gLFaSt Internet? NATE'S NET WIRELESS INTERNET... Where your uploads are as fast as downloads. NO PHONE LINES TO SLOW YOU DOWN! You can be on line all the time and never get bumped off! No need for that second phone line for the Internet because it's wireless! 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I WHICH PROPERTY IS I Stone AND CLAIMED TO DATE OF NOTICE, F ANY, PAID BY all pre-foreclosure have been complied with; or proceeding has been or otherwise to recover by said mortgage, or IT to the power of sale n said mortgage, the above will be sold by the as follows: OF SALE: March tF SALE: Sheriff's Main 20 SE Second debt secured by said and taxes, if any, on said and the costs and including attorneys fees subject to redemption from the date of said their personal ns. aased from financial IS FROM A ATTEMPTING TO DEBT. ANY WILL BE PURPOSE. THE OF THE OF THE TOR WITHIN THE BY LAW IS NOT ACTION. THE BY LAW FOR THE MORTGAGOR, iOR'S PERSONAL OR ASSIGNS, D TO FIVE WEEKS :IDER IS ENTERED STATUTES, DETERMINING, THAT THE PREMISES ARE A RESIDENTIAL LESS THAN FIVE PROPERTY USED L PRODUCTION, }, 2003 Asset Servicing and .Securitization, LLC of Mortgagee Street al, Minnesota 55101 .-5860 an. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 2003) CE FOR BIDS :)artment sealed materials, labor, sportation and all of two (2) State Park, wood e story concrete s to demolish uildings and Minnesota Group receive a 6% ard of this b d Disadvantaged receive 4% of this bid. All ist be certified by" Bidders certified may call P.m. February 18, posal forms, lion IV 359- e is June 26, (Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 2003) Save this paper recycling e OrtunuIile Independent For II Your needs Call 320-839-6163 fax 320-839-3761 ernail, mail@ , -=independent .corn Check out our Web site at ndependent corn , Jan. 28, 2003 PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD January 7, 2003 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 As Commissioner Torgerson already swore m Commissioners Athey, Lane and Swigerd on January 6 th, Chairman Lane called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Maas, Swigerd and Torgerson present Also present were HR Director Darlene Nichols.Born, County Treasurer Cindy Nelson, County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. The Pledge of Allegiance followed. Upon call for nominations for board chairman, Commissioner Lane nominated Commissioner Maas. Following 3 calls for nominations, motion by Torgerson, seconded by Athey and carried to cast a unanimous ballot for Commissioner Maas for Chairman Outgoing Chairman Lane turned the meeting over to the newly elected Chairman Maas Chairman Maas called for nominations for Vice Chairman Commissioner Athey nominated Commissioner Torgerson Upon 3 calls for nominations, motion by Lane, seconded by Swigerd and carried to cast a unanimous ballot for Commissioner Torgerson for Vice Chairman. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to approve the minutes of the December 17 t regular meeting and the January 2 nd special meeting. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Swigerd and carried to approve the agenda with noted addition. The bids received from the Ortonville Indelendent and the Northern Star for publishing those notices as legally required were reviewed. Motion by Swigerd and seconded by Lane to accept the bid and surety bond of the Ortonville Independent as the official newspaper of the County for 2003 at the full legal rate of $8.19 per column inch. Following discussion on the need to officially designate a 2 "d official newspaper, motion carried with Torgerson abstaining. Attorney Watson will do further research on the need to officially designate a 2 "d official newspaper. Committee repo.rts were presented. The following 2003 board committee appointments were established: Audit Swigerd & One Rep from Revenue, Family Services & Highway Agricultural Athey, Maas & Extehsion Director Bois de Sioux Watershed District Lane & Engineer Countryside Public Health Lane Main Street Industries Torgerson Ditches & Roads All Commissioners Joint Ditch 7/24 Authority .Swigerd, Torgerson & Maas Joint Ditch 4/10/11 Authority Lane, Torgerson & Athey Environmental Swigerd, Lane & Environmental Officer ....... Extension Maas. & Athey ........................... Food Shelf Lane " ............ ........ Historical Society Sw!gerd Insurance Swigerd, Athey & no more than two reps from Revenue, Family Services & Highway Investment Swigerd, Treasurer, Family Services Director & Engineer Law Library Athey & County Attorney Legislative All Commissioners MN River Basin Joint Powers Board Maas; Athey the alternate MN River Headwaters Joint Powers Board Lane & Environmental Officer; Swigerd the Alternate Psonnel & Labor Relations Lane & Maas Pioneerland Library Board Maas Planning & ZoningAthey & Torgerson Pomme de Terre River Assn Maas Prairie Country RC&D Torgerson; Maas the alternate Prairie Five CAC Swigerd Prime West Torgerson; Lane the alternate Private Industry Council (Chief Elected Officials Board) Torgerson; Athey the alternate Public Safety Lane & Athey Purchasing & Property Management Maas & Swigerd RDC Torgerson Safety Maas, Safety Director, Engineer, Sheriff, Custodian, Sue Kaess & Ed Roeder STS Advisory Board Lane & Sheriff SWCD Maas & Athey Toqua Park Athey & Lane Upper MN River Community Based Planning Lane & Torgerson WACCO Lane; Swigerd the alternate West Central Reg. Juv. Center Athey Western MN Prairie Waters Torgerson WesMN RLF Lane AMC All Commissioners, Auditor, Engineer & HR Director Chairman Maas appointed Jeanne Krueger to the County Extension Committee for a 3-year term Attorney Watson reported that the County needs only to desist]ate one official newspaper uiscussion followed. Environmental Officer Darren Wilke, Brian Sullivan and Todd Tritz were present for a discussion on the demolitmn of the tax-forfeited property m Graceville Mr. Tritz and Attorney Watson will stay in contact tO resolve the common wall issue. Due to the unforeseen issue with the common wall, motion by Lane, seconded by Swigerd and carried to reject all quotes received for the demolition of tax forfeited property in Graceville. Attorney Watson was directed to research the payment of per diems and expenses and report back to the board Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Torgerson and carried to set the elected officials salaries as follows: County Attorney $57,330.00 County Auditor $49,510.50 County Recorder $46,137 O0 County Sheriff $53,99680 County Treasurer $43,933.50 Motion by Lane, seconded by Athey and carried to ratify payment on December 31, 2002 and authorize payment on January 10, 2003 for the following claims: December 31, 2002 COUNTY REVENUE Fidelity Compresource ]68.08; Farm & Home Publishers 318.50; Holiday Inn River Centre 310.44; J & B Excavating 7,922.50; Kevin's Body Shop1,496.69; Martin, Nelson, Glasrud 229.50; Office Systems 639.21; The Inn on Lake Superior 88592; Vertical Solutions 12,371 43 HIGHWAY American Communication4 33420; Berger's Welding 186 76; Boyer Truck Parts 16832; Farmers Co.op Elevator 135 43; Graceville Health Center 26000; Integrated Lining Systems 813 48; MacQueen Equipment 834.43; Midwest Truck & Parts 340.12; Mitbank Winwater 112.59; Otter Tail Power 43043; Otter Tail Power Company 14370; Reed Business information 10726; Ronglien Excavating 7,355.00; Sturdeyants 217 13; The Inn on Lake Superior 18984; United Rentals 24868; West Central Steel 224.55; Ziegler 35769. ENHANCED 9-1.1 Lakedale Telephone 446,48 DITCH J & B Excavating 400.00; Ronglien Excavating 250.00. FORFEITED LAND Ronglien Excavating 2,800.00. Number of claims not exceeding $100-34. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $1,28059 January 10, 2003 COUNTY REVENUE Agralite Coop 246.52; Assn of MN Counties 4,041.00; Bill's Plumbing & Heating 188 10; City of Ortonville 1,45356; Computer Professionals 2,61300; Grant County 3,10000; MACO 750.00; Milbank Communications 626.22; MN Assn of Co Veterans .Service 120 00; MN Dept of Admm 352.50; MN Elevators 14264; MN West Community & Technical 25000; Northside Medical Center 17000; Pamida 138.82; Prairie County RC & D 50000; WACCO 1,164.00; West Management 14741; West Group 833.91; Yellow Medicine County Jail 220 O0 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Computer Professionals 136.61 HIGHWAY City of Ortonville 329.67; Computer Professionals 393.92; MN Dept of Ag 225.00; MN Pie 28500; Pitney Bowes 136.36; Postmaster 136.00. ENHANCED 9-1-1 GEO.COMM 5,100.00. DITCH US Bank 18,862.50 Number of claims not exceeding $100- 14. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $66'3.14. Watson left the meeting. Following a short break, County Engineer Nick Anderson presented the 2003 project work schedule and reported on the 2002 projects to be completed in 2003. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to accept the high bid of $22,555 from Wayne Schoon for the 1972 Cat 950 front end loader. Discussion was held on the feedback that has been received from landowners and tenants on the ditch systems that have had seeding done on them. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Lane and carried to send a letter to the editor in support of the gas tax. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and' carried to adopt the following annual resolutions: 2003-01 BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Highway Engineer is hereby instructed to hire such miscellaneous and semi. skilled labor and such machinery and equipment as may from time to time be required at the prevailing rates in the community.. 2003-02 BEfiT RESOLVED, by the Board'of. Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized to purchase gravel material from various pits at the prevailing rates for graveling and regraveling the Big Stone County roads during the year of 2003. 2003-03 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized and instructed to pay by regular payroll up to the amount of five thousand dollars for emergencies off the regular County Road System 2003-04 EE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized and instructed to impose weight and load restrictions as he deems necessary on any or all County Roads and County State Aid Highways pursuant to Chapter 500, Article 4, Section 1, Subdivision 3 of Laws of 1959 2003-05 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Big Stone County, Minnesota, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized to spray weeds and objectionable vegetation in all of the County Ditch Systems without further approva/of the County Board of Commissioners so long as expenditures do not exceed $500.00 for any single County Ditch. This resolution excludes Joint Ditches. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize the Engineer to sell the 1985 Honda ATV Attorney Watson returned to the meeting. Discussion was held on fencing along County Ditch #4. County Treasurer Cindy Nelson presented investment information and fund balances for years 2001 and 2002 for the Board's review Treasurer Nelson reported that the County had a 98.3% tax collection rate for 2002. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize an additional $2,000 in compensation to Deputy Assessor Barb Amundsen for extra duties and responsibilities while the County Assessor is on a leave of absence. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize VSO/EMD Doug Tomschin to attend meetings on January 13, 14 and 21, 2003. Attorney Watson clarified per diem and travel expense reimbursement payments. Discussion followed on mileage reimbursement. Watson will do further research and report back at the next board meeting. Watson left the meeting. Discussion was held on the purchase of a new snow blower for the Courthouse. The earlier decision to wait until a later time was confirmed. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Swigerd and carried to approve the 2003 aggregate gravel tax budget with revenues estimated to be $60,000. Motion by Lane, seconded by Torgerson and carried to execute the agreement with Countryside Public Health for tobacco compliance checks. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to execute the agreement with the Lakedale Telephone Company for the E-911 system Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Torgerson and carried to authorize Chairman Maas to sign the new agreement with MAXIMUS, Inc for human resource consulting serwces. Upon information provided by Environmental Officer Darren Wilke, Chairman Maas appointed the following individuals to the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment for 3.year terms: Planning Commission Pat Dwyer Richard Thomson Kyle Gillespie Vicki Oakes Board of Ad!ustmerR Marlton deNeui Charles Lindquist Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Lane and carried to adopt the following resolution: 2003-06 WHEREAS the state of Minnesota is facing a troubled economic cycle and has a projected $45 billion budget deficit for the next biennium; and WHEREAS the administration and individual legislators have stated that counties should be a part of Lhe solution to the state's deficit; and WHEREAS the state legislature will considering cutting and/or eliminating aids to counties, which are used to provide essential services to the citizens of Minnesota and such cuts would result m increased local property taxes; and WHEREAS the counties will be partners in achieving a budget solution but such a partnership is currently impractical for counties as the majority of county budgets consists of mandates imposed by the state and federal governments over which the counties have no discretion; and WHEREAS a fundamentally new county/state relationship must be developed in which county governments have the discretion and flexibility with which to cost effectively and efficiently offer services. BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners, comprised of the undersigned individuals, support passage of the Minnesota County Restructure Act of 2003 based on the following three key provisions: 1. Counties may provide those services that contribute to the health, safety, welfare and economic well being of the .county. Counties may provide serwces unless directly prohibited by the state 2. All mandates, maintenance of efforts, rules requiring the delivery of services and reporting requirements excluding those rules and mandates that originate or access federal monies are repealed. 3. Counties shall have immunity stemming from all lawsuits for failure to provide non-mandated services. A brief discussion was held on designated fund balance accounts Updates will be made at a future meeting. Discussion was held on the tax forfeited land process. Chairperson Lane declared the meeting adjourned at 12:O5 PM Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Alvin Maas, Chairperson PROCEEDINGS OF THE BELLINGHAM 00CHOOL BOARD: January 16, 2003 The Board of Education of Ind. School District #371, Bellingham MN met in regular session on Thursday, January 16, 2003, in the Home Economics Room. Board members: Glen Radermacher, Richard Johnson, Tim Henrich, Chad Strei, and Kevin Rademacher were present, with Mark Weber absent. Other meeting attendees included: Sandra Haugen, Cathy Radermacher, Linda Hoffman, Margaret Adelman, Jane Asche, Gloria Letrud, Marl Plathe, and Carol Asche. Radermacher called the meeting to order at 3:10, and welcomed those present. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to adopt the Agenda as presented, including additional items. Radermacher opened the reorganization portion of the meeting. Raderrnacher asked for nominations for Chairman. Rademacher moved, that Radermacher be re-elected Chairman, Henrich seconded. Johnson moved that nominations cease, Henrich seconded. Motion carried. Radermacher re-elected Chairman. Johnson moved that Weber be re-elected Vice- Chairman, Rademacher seconded. Henrich moved that nominations cease, Rademacher seconded. Motion carried. Weber re-elected Vice-Chairman. Rademacher moved that Johnson be re- elected Clerk/Treasurer, Henrich seconded. Henrich moved that nominations cease, Rademacher seconded. Motion carried. Johnson re- elected Clerk/Treasurer. Rademacher moved that Weber, Johnson, and Radermacher be re-elected as members of the Mini-Board, Strei n, lnm NI seconded. Rademacher moved that nominations cease, Strei seconded. Motion carried. Weber, Johnson, and Radermacher re-elected to the Mini- Board. Johnson moved that Henrich, Radermacher, and Rademacher be re- elected to the Negotiations Committee, Rademacher seconded, Johnson moved that nominations cease, Rademacher seconded. Motion carried. Henrich, Radermacher and Rademacher re-elected to Negotiations Committee. Henrich moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Minutes as presented. Johnson moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Accounting Report as presented. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and pay the bills as presented, which totaled $ 25,386.33. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and sign the Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination, retroactive to November 18, 2002. Supt. Seller informed the board, that Wayde Weber has decided to resign from his position as full-time bus driver, due to his health. Copies of a proposed wage schedule for Weber's final wages, were distributed and reviewed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the wage schedule as presented, and to accept Weber's request to resign. The board also desired to express sincere appreciation to Wayde Weber, for his many years of faithful service to the district, and for transporting students to and from school safely, year after year. Supt. Seller informed the board, that Larry Sheldon, Stanley Krogsrud, and Tom Schuelke are, at this time, assuming the responsibilities of Weber's route. Supt. Seiter recommended that Sheldon and Krogsrud be paid at the rate of $20.00 for the morning route, and $20.00 for the afternoon route. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to pay the two drivers as recommended. Rademacher moved, Johnson seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and sign the Pay Equity Report, as presented. Copies of the Teacher Seniority List were distributed and reviewed. Johnson moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to adopt the Teacher Seniority List, as presented. Copies of the Annual Audit were distributed. Supt. Seller reviewed the audit, page by page, giving details as needed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the audit as presented. Copies of the Special Operating Plan to Remove Statutory Operation Debt in the Bellingham Independent School District #371, were distributed and reviewed at length. Johnson introduced the Resolution for Statutory Operating Debt (SOD) Recovery. The motion for adoption of the resolution was seconded by Henrich, and Radermacher, Johnson, Henrich, Rademacher and Strei voted in favor, with no one voting against (See Exhibit A), Copies of the Revised Budget for 2002-2003 were distributed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Revised Budget as presented. The Revised Budget is as follows: General Fund $1,158,174 .................... $11041,445 Lunch Fund , 36,065 ...... . ......................... 36,065 Transportation Fund -0-. ....................................... 83,932 Comm Ed Fund 28,279 .................................. 48,800 Capital Outlay Fund 29_,0.2 .................................. Totals $t ,251,520 .................... $1,245,605 Supt. Seller noted that memos had been issued to all school district employees, and that the board members had received copies of the memo. He then informed the board, that he had met individually with almost all of the employees, to discuss each one's possible future employment plans. He relayed that information to the board members, indicating possible changes in employees and job responsibilities, for the future. Supt. Seller distributed copies of correspondence with a member of the Transportation Department at the Department of Children, Families, and Learning. The memo was in response to concerns about bus times and length of routes. The memo stated that it is solely up to the school board's discretion, as to how early a bus may pick up a child, and how lengthy the bus route may be. It should be noted, that the Bellingham School strives to accommodate fairly, all families. For that reason, the bus routes annually reverse, if possible, with the beginning of the second semester. Bus routes are scheduled to reverse on Monday, January 20, 2003. Supt. Seller distributed copes of a proposed change for the length of the school day, for the 2003-2004 School Year. The board discussed the hand-outs, noting that student day may begin one hour later, which would enable students to board the buses one hour later in the mornings. The proposal is being considered. Copies of the Calendar of Events, were distributed. The possibility of paying board members participating in the PERA Retirement Plan, was briefly discussed. All board members, elected to not participate in the plan, and to therefore receive their wages on a semi- annual basis, with monthly payments (if necessary), to avoid the retirement wage threshold that would make it mandatory for participation in the plan. They felt that this non-participation, would be financially favorable to the district. An upcoming Negotiations Workshop was briefly discussed. Supt. Seller will attend, with a member or members, of the Negotiations Committee hopefully attending also. Johnson informed the board, that no one had submitted a bid to him, for the district owned house and adjacent roperty. Johnson moved that the ellingham School Board accept the offer from Ray Seller for the house and property at: Section 03, TWP 119 Range 45 in the City of Bellingham, for $90,000.00 for the period of five years and the board must re-shingle the house or provide for reshingling by July 1, 2003, and contract for deed be signed by that date. Rademacher seconded the motion, and all voted in favor. The next regular meeting of the Bellingham Board of Education, is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2003. With no further business, the meeting was adjoined. Richard Johnson, Clerk by dh Annual crops, soils days set for Feb. The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) will hold its annual crops and soils day Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the SWROC near Lamberton. As always, this event is designed to allow SW Minnesota farmers the opportunity to hear and more importantly ask questions of University of Minnesota researchers. A registration fee to cover the cost of printed materials will be charged. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a brief introduction and welcome by Pauline Nickel. Cards of thanks CARD OF THANKS Thank you to all the donors who made time to donate blood while the bloodmobile was here in the Big Stone County area. We had another successful drive and this would not be possible without the assistance of many individuals. Thanks goes to the coordinators in the local communi- ties, callers/recruiters, greeters, can- teen workers,' set up and take down people, meal preparers and servers, babysitters and any other people who help make the day successful. Thanks to the locations that allow us to come in and use their facilities: New Life Baptist Church, Holy Rosary Parish Center, Clinton Memorial Building and Beardsley City Auditorium. Thanks also goes to the following businesses and groups for their dona- tions: Minnwest Bank, Pepsi of Ortonville, Coca Cola of Morris, Pioneer Meat Market, Bill's Super Valu, Graceville Country Market, American Dairy Association, Beardsley Methodist Church, Boy Scouts and VFW Auxiliary 3964. A big thanks also goes to the Ortonville Independent, Northern Star and KDIO Radio for the excellent public- ity that they give us for each drive. 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