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:rie en ling, Elill eterson Me ., Carlsot Jr, JasO| :eTu00 land W. ! too JorgO Robbie I o, Larry ren, AI Irittany Lrch 19, 2002 Board of in the 8:30 AM on Chairperson order with Swigerd and The seconded by the March seconded by approve the presented. that he had and He had also He Nick the concerns the board second by approve the License for on the current collectively pay for for 15 man of the arrived during nq er Bird, Rusty _th'n representing _  SAG) arrived "o9=! tie AM. Bird =,.G has developed  t? the USDA for ,-, L BSAG is vo mty commit the , returned to the me Small Cities +,, nt Corporation ,,  eir project to be =m required local .we  taken, but the u=rJssed at future ive gl! L.,,00ay Engineer =,IL'= Sno Risers e=|lllrm at the meetin at itr,=,-j resPde d to 8the U.S. r,2kptSon had on the e, Motion by -ment DLdq by Krueger and ;five gF the following ners to in 2002. Big Stone County drill for an is, the State of ;e of Natural =n of the by Big , that upon ed to on by the state, at date enter into an vners of Minnesota =.vent the roject and applicable 1 is in the "or some )n that the a tractor Co0hty tu 'n imately 4 with the ',ry that the to serve as ut please 0ned . much wishing that Big sponsor for ", trails in North of through Dam. that Big sponsor for 2 in Traverse and seconded by the sale Unit #69, a Van ler. -.nt mson me of tlso wil mson of Jean S )on a, Lutes lay and )arents, urday, lwin Evelyn :.unice 4argaret information on of the in Akron Klepel, and Marlin part the Conditional considerable seconded approve a of the that approval pursuant to applicable Minnesota laws and rules. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Krueger and carried to authorize the asbestos inspection completed on 2 of the forfeited land properties. Chairman Lane, upon recommendation of the planning commission appointed Patrick Dwyer to a 3-year term on the planning commission. Motion by Krueger, seconded by Mass and carried to authorize the payment of $261.21 to the Sheriff Department's checking account to replace interest from a foreclosure sale that had been deposited in the County Revenue account. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Torgerson and carried to authorize Chairman Lane to sign the new agreement with MAXIMUS, Inc. for human resource consulting services. Motion by Krueger, seconded by Maas and carried to authorize payment of the following claims on March 22, 2002: COUNTY REVENUE American Business Forms 461.94; Bill's Plbg & Ht8 207.15; Charlie's Lawn Service 110.00; Computer Professionals 2,748.26; H & A Administrators 484.00; Hitesman & Assoc 432.00; Kevin's Body Shop 155.00; Lac qui Parle County 130.26; Lac qui Parle County Sheriff 1,540.00; Mid.American Specialties 153.69; Jamie Mittelstadt 267.14; MN Sheriffs Assn 115.81; Office Systems 818.39; RDJ Specialties 644.80; Rinke-Noonan 200.00; Stattelman Lumber 259.27; Stein's 751.46; John Tollefson 442.00; Douglas Tomschin 430.54; Toshiba 377.30; Tri.State Water 132.54; William Watson 842.21; Wright County Treasurer 275.00. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Computer Professionals 134.25; Upper MN River Joint Powers 4,650.00. ROAD & BRIDGE Ameripride Linen 122.12; Apple Computer 24,143.99; Archaeological Research Service 1,105.00; Assoc. Constr PubI.CMD 121.10; Cellular 2000 182.32; Commissioner of Transportation 1,356.98; Computer Professionals 380.89; Elan Financial Services 2,863.65; Hagen's Ortonville Auto 135.82; Hedahls Auto Parts Headquarter 132.10; L & O Acres Transport 2,772.56; Lake Superior College 200.00; M-R Sign 1,906.57; Ortonville Independent 224.41; Ortonville PIb8 & Ht8 120.20; Statteiman Lumber 266.77; Sturdevants 238.24; Tennant Company 375.89; Tri County Co-op Oil 612.77; WCEC 978.01; Ziegler 178.89. ENHANCED 9-1-1 Qwest 204.39. COUNTY DITCH US Bank 396.25. Number of claims not exceeding $100- 63. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $2,300.80. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Torgerson and carried to have the AFLAC individual insurance policies removed from the County's Cafeteria Plan due to the discovery of age discrimination issues. All employees who have the policies will have the opportunity to continue coverage through atter-taxpayroll deductions. Board consensus was to reject the bid received from John Boots for the 1990 Chevy Caprice and to re.advertise the vehicle along with the 1998.Sherit|s squad that is going to be sold. Swigerd and carried to approve the Off Sale Malt Liquor License for Lakeshore RV Park and Fruit Farm. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Krueger and carried to approve the On Sale Malt Liquor License for GraceviLle Golf Club. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Maas and carried to execute the agreement with Computer Professionals Unlimited. Following a short break, Ryan Stattelman of the Ortonville Independent arrived at the meeting. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution: 2002-22 BE IT RESOLVED, Big Stone County enters into a Grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota for the Project entitled "Big Stone County Rental Rehabilitation Program", to be conducted through the period from March 2002 through September 2004. The Executive Director/Big Stone County HRA is hereby authorized to execute such Agreements as are necessary to implement the Project on behalf of Big Stone County. Motion by Krueger, seconded by Swigerd and carried to execute the 2002 Natural Resources Block Grant Agreement with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Krueger and carried to accept the recommendations received from MAXlMUS regarding the remaining Family Services positions submitted for review. Following a short break, Extension Director John Cunningham was present to provide clarification on the Blandin Community Investment Program. Roger Bird, Rusty Dimberg and John Cunningham for Big Stone Area Growth were present to further discuss the request for funds for a local match to the USDA revolving loan fund application. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Krueger and carried to table the decision until the next meeting to allow for further clarification on the allocation of County funds. County Engineer Nick Anderson, Technician Terry LeVel and various bidders were present for the opening of the following bids for SAP 06-611-05: Bidder Commerford Gravel $148,452.00 Mark Sand & Gravel $130,963.25 Bates Construction Co. $102,714.52 Riley Bros. Construction $118,141.60 States Borders Turf $106,939.87 Evavold-Delzer $114,176.39 LeVel left the meeting to review the bids. Engineer Anderson reviewed the 2002 summer construction schedule and the 5-year plan. LeVel returned to the meeting with the bids. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Mass and carried to accept the low bid of $102,714.52 by Bates Construction Company. Discussion was held on the Highway Department's involvement in special projects. It was agreed that they can only be done as time allows. Anderson will set up a time at a future board meeting and invite township officials to attend. Anderson provided an update of county ditch projects that are planned to be completed in 2002: The County mapping project is on its way to completion. The mapwas being updated fcs.needed corrections. :+FetlOWil a:;brteek for mnch/,mtt made by Kmeger, seconded by Swigerd Motion by Torgerson, seconded by and carried tO bpprove the Highway Krueger and carried to amend.Section /-Department's 2001 annual report. 202.1 of the employee handbook and t.  Motion by Torgerson, seconded by distribute the amendment to l Mass and carred to send a letter of employees. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Mass and carried to authorize the Chairman and the County Representative to sign the Job Training Partnership Act Joint Powers Agreement. Chairperson Lane declared the meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM. Sharon Finke, Deputy Auditor Richard Lane, Chairperson April 2, 2002 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, April 2, 2002. Chairperson Lane called the meeting to order with Commissioners Krueger, Mass, Swigerd and Torgerson present. Also present were County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor-Michelle Knutson. The Pledge of Allegiance followed. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Mass and carried to approve the agenda with noted additions. Committee reports were presented. Attorney Watson reported that Riley Bros. Construction has been in contact with him regarding settling the 8ravel tax issue. Watson also reported that he had reviewed the agreement with- support for an investment in public health preparedness for bioterrorism and other infectious diseases and recognition of the ongoing partnership between state and local public health agencies. James Moore, Beth Nordly, Melanie Wiegman, Conrad Diekmann and Chris Lupkes were present for discussions on labor negotiations. The Board will do some research and report back at the next board meeting. Chairperson Lane declared the meeting adjourned at 3:50 PM. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Richard Lane, Chairperson PROCEEDINGS OF THE 0RTONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2002 7:00 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Dinnel called the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Roll call was taken with the following being present: Mel Reinke, Dan Cakes, Lisa Berkner, Mayor Dinnel asked if there were any additions, corrections, or deletions to be made to the Consent Agenda. Motion was made by council member Arndt. and seconded by council member Reinke to approve the Consent Agenda which included the following items: 9.a: Motion approving proposed council minutes of March 18, 2002. 9.b: Motion approving proposed council minutes of March 25, 2002. 15: Motion approving payment of bills as presented. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. RECOMMENDATIONS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS: Reviewed recommendation of airport board for increase in maintenance contract. Reinke moved and Berkner seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Airport Maintenance Contract (RES 02-029). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Council discussed a recommendation from the airport board to amend the program for leasing hangar space at the airport. Dinnel moved and Cakes seconded and the motion passed unanimously referring the matter back to the airport board for further deliberation and to consider requiring written lease agreement on all hangar rentals. Reviewed the border city tax credit committee recommendations for policy amendments. Dinnel moved and Berkner seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Border City Tax Credit Policy Amendments (RES 02- 030). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Council considered utility committee recommendation to hire engineer for water softening plant project. Reinke moved and Cakes seconded that a resolution be adopted Hiring Water Softener Plant Project Engineer (RES 02-031). With Reinke, Dinnel, Sellin, Arndt, Berkner, Cakes voting in favor, and with Dorry voting against, the motion passed 6-1. NEW BUSINESS: Dinnel moved and Reinke seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving SMAHC Contribution (RES 02-032). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Dinnel offered the first reading of an ordinance Enacting A Code Of Ordinance For The City Of Ortonville, Minnesota, Amending, Restating, Revising, Updating, Codifying And Compiling Certain Ordinances Of The City Dealing With The Subjects Embraced In The Code Of Ordinances, And Providing Penalties For The Violation Of The Code Of Ordinances. Cakes moved and Reinke seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Disbursement Of Motel Tax Receipts (RES 02-033) With Dinnel, Cakes, Reinke, Berkner, Dorry voting in favor and with Sellin, Arndt voting against the motion carried 5-2 ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Arndt moved the adjournment of the meeting and with no objections thereto. Dinnel adjourned the A.prit 1, 2002 meeting of the Ortonville City Council at 7:50 p m. Roman C. Taffe, City Clerk-Administrator 00enior citizens The Ortonville Senior Citizens Club met at the Senior Center on April 20, 2002. Meeting was called to order by President Komis and the pledge to the flag was called to order by President Komis and the pledge to the flag was given. Secretary's and treasurers report were approved as read. In old business Earl had taken essay material to the sixth grade teachers. Essays will be judged by club members at the Center at 1 p.m. on May 6. Members are to choose the best essays, two of which will go to the state. Discussion on use of our money for charity. Pat made a motion, second by Eiayne to give $50 to Salvation Army and $50 to Abused women and children. Motion carried. Members to check on a trip for one day. There will be no pot-luck in May due to Mother's Day. Reading of winning essays will be at May 15th meeting. Parents, grandparents and friends are invited to hear them at 2 p.m. Ethel brought door prize-won by Pat. Elayne served lunch and Pat and Ethel will serve in May. Cross-Cultural Adventurd: A South Dakota Family in China by Lyle D. Oison The Burma Road: Apr. 22, 2002 Roads fascinate me. They take us somewhere else, and they bring us back home. Three roads have been anchor- ing points in my life. I was born in the Peabody Clinic in Webster, grew up in Bristol, spent countless hours at Blue Dog Lake by Waubay, worked at the Ortonville Independent, courted and married a Minnesotan from a farm east of Ortonville. All are on U.S. Highway 12. Number i 2 took me to the "big" city (Aberdeen), where I ate Big Macs when they first came out. It took me west to Montana, over the Lolo Pass and through the Bitterroot Mountains, a stretch that almost ended the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It took me all the way to Aberdeen, Wash. It took me east over the some- times hazardous Summit-hills to my in-laws. It led me down from the Great Plains to the Central Lowlands through Minnesota and beyond. Intersecting U.S. 12, north/south U.S. Highway 75 led me north to Moorhead to visit my future wife. Interstate 29 took me halfway and then U.S. 75 the rest of the way to Bartlesville, Okla., where it divides the city in half and where I lived 13 years. 1-29 shortened the route from Brookings, where I was a student, to Bristol but it wasn't, and still isn't, as interesting as the slower route past Lake Poinsett, through Watertown, by Lake Kampeska and Florence and through Webster. Other than Highway ITs desig- nation as The Yellowstone Trail, these three roads, though important to me, aren't famous. Some roads around the world are. The Burma Road is one such road, and it ends in Kunming. The western extension of the Renmin Lu, a major street in the city, is the tail end of the road. A main east to west highway (now overshadowed by a modern free- way) in Yunnan Province is part of the Burma Road, covering 250 miles from Kunming to the Dali/Erhai Lake region. After Japan invaded China in 1937, the Burma Road and flights from India over the imposing Himalayan Range brought supplies into Yunnan for Allied war bases. Supplies came overland 'on a dirt road carved out of the mountains in 1937-1938 by 160,000 Chinese with virtually no equipment," according to the Lonely Planet trav- el guide. Kunming hosted General Chennault's Flying Tigers and General Stiiweil's land troops. We visited the Flying Tigers "Over the Hump" monument north of the city. We met an elderly Chinese man who spoke impeccable English he learned from American airmen and soldiers who bought silk from the shop he worked in as a teenager. We followed the Burma Road back from Dali, famous for its mar- ble, mountain scenery and the col- orful, prosperous Bai minority. A trip that used to take 10 hours in the early 1990s has been cut in half by the freeway. We whizzed by the steep, rugged terrain on an express bus at the expense of get- ting a feel for the hardships involved in building this stretch of the 600-mile Burma Road between Rangoon and Kunming. I'd like to take the slower, wind- ing road in a vehicle that allows me to get out and explore. And, just maybe, I'll avoid 1-29 the next time I go to Bristol. Extension report Jean Kvols County Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800.279-2518 ......... . Achievin8 BLmte The following information is shared by Shelly Vergin, Extension Educator, Swift County. Today's families face a multitude of demands and choices. Balancing a variety of often-conflicting responsibilities and commitments is no easy task. Yet there is no one w, ay to make it work. Each family needs to create a lifestyle that fits its values and circumstances. Unfortunately, I don't have the magic words of wisdom that say; "If you do this, your life will suddenly be balanced." I do, however, have some thoughts for you to ponder and a little exercise for you to do. As life races by, we often only have time to reach to what is happening and then continue on as usual. However, it's sometimes helpful to step back and look carefully at what we're doing and why we're doing it. Think about your roles and activities in four areas of life: self, family/home, work and community. On separate sheets of paper list your roles and responsibilities for each. For example, some of your activities may be: hobbies (reading, writing, scrapbooking), soccer coach, Sunday school teacher, a cook, a salesman, the most? What gives meaning to your life?To start your thinking, try the following: .... Think about life experiences that give you a strong sense of worth or pride or feelings of great joy. Is there a common element in these experiences? Imagine the obituary you would like to have written about you when you die. Are your above lists of roles and responsibilities currently reflective of it? Dream about what you would do if you had unlimited time and resources. Do these thoughts reflect with what is on the four lists that you made? If not, hopefully you have identified areas in which you would like to make changes in your life. Moving towards a more balanced life takes time; you won't be able to make all the changes you'd like to over night. Look for one or more changes you can make now and make plans for the future so you can continue to move closer to where you want to be. Achieving balance in your life is not an easy task and there is no one right way to do it. Everyone's approach is different, depending on your circumstances. Hopefully the activity you did and thinking about your values will help put things into perspective and you can start making changes so that you can achieve Putzier, to 7:00 AM Computer Professionals and etc. Compare your lists - is one list balance. recommended its approval with an Lenore Sellin, Attic Amdt, David Dinne4, more dominant and taking up more * * * * * * * * * h, P=_' Seconded by increase in the insurance amounts. Mike Dorry, and with the following )rd HaaS.  the .... Watson left the meeting, absent: Markets time? Is that OK with you? If not Dates to Remember:  re,owing where would you like to make April 21-27 - Youth Service Week r were St= _17... US Fish & Wildlife representatives City Staff Present: Roman Taffe, Don Kleven, Steve Delehanty and Curtis Hormann, Paul Tinklenberg.  changes? and National Volunteer Recognition -rsda-' e of the State Darrell Haugen were present to request Media present: Ryan Stattelman. To make changes in how we Week Honll 'amat Minnesota's certification for wetland easements. Others Present: Curtis Bailey, Roy No. 1 Wheat ...................... 2.98 balance our lives now, we neezl to be April 28-29- 4-H Camp Counselor ; %,8 i,C_ Olid Waste Motion by Krueger, seconded by Bailey, Gary Dinnet. Soybeans ............................ 4.29 aware of what is most important to us Training at Camp Friendship lyn .G .o ?[a Ordanc e with Torgerson and carried to certify for AGENDA/UdENDMENTS: Corn ................................... 1.68 -what we value. Our values serve as April 30- Afterschool Cloverbuds e-cmsm :f-'H7  =^ ==,. acquisition the following described A motion was offered by Reinke and April 23, 2001 our anchor and guide our actions, in Clinton Irene F!5'.55?Sub properties: eKXW::kWI by Oak and the motion did xed the  -! 115A.914, 1. T121N, R44W, 5 t P.M., Section 12, pass unanimously to approve the No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.10 Start by thinking about what is May 4- County Sheep Weigh-In Carol M'7921- 115A.917, Et&SE=A excluding parcel 101 of agenda with the following additions: Soybeans ........................... 3.95 important to you. What do you cherish - IIIWWi. and all other Big Stone County ROW Plat 92.2. C, ommittee Recommendations: Corn ................................... 1.56 naa ", =,.,4 2. T122N, R46W, 5 = P.M., Section 6, 11.a Utility Committee / llllmlmmljJnml  .J'?! soun  Motion by Torgerson, seconded by 13.c Motel tax disbursement for 2002 Mass and carried to authorize payment iday evC aln - -mr Solid waste of the following claims on April 5, 2002: BIDS: h es Tho the COUNTY REVENUE Quotes for the removal and - "--OI I'islature of Chief Supply 189.97; Michael Dunnihoo replacement of garag? doors and entry Op thal .mology amt t,llll,  e " 2,693.00; Grant County 600.00; H & A door at the police oep.artmem were =aries mL i. Solid Waste Administrators 236.00; Milbank reviewed. Quotes were received as nts at  em = .t ! ended to Communications 650.91; MN Elevators follows: Hanson $3,725.00; Vollmer Associates ,, on SunOJ[tpt"nts in M.S. 142.64; MN West Community & $2,863.35; Lundberg $2,904.00. Cakes Technical 225.00; National Assn of moved and Berkner seconded and the now offers the latest AI.! and 115A.96, Counties 385.00; Performance Office motion passed una, nimously tabling Papers 129.91; Pitney Bowes 316.31; awarding the quote for police garage clear cornea no-stitch Stein's 222.21; Woods Carpet door replacement pending surgery. Outpatient surgery Yard waste Connection 6,373.34. determination of quality of materials ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES quoted, is performed Progressive Collision & Glass 410.12. Golf clubhouse deck bids were ROAD & BRIDGE reviewed and one was received from at Ortonville Hospital. Board of Big Stone Co-op 878.05; Boyer Truck Swenson and Johnson Construction in and Parts 76,584.81; Brock White the amount of $42,890.08. Dorry moved For an appointment, County 6,177.00; Farmers Co.op Elevator and Arndt seconded and the motion and 929.61; Lawson Products 475.99; Little passed unanimously referring the matter ca111-800-255-7448. dated Falls Machine 1,030.40; Milbank Glass to the golf board for deliberation ano 284.84; Nelson Electric 205.18; recommendation. Reach us on the Znternet at FURTHER Newman Traffic Signs 382.63; SW RECOGNITIONS AND County Chapter MSPE 135.00; Sturdevants PRESENTATIONS: the 311.51; US Postal Service 250.00; Fire department recommendation to Rules Pt. Ziegler 924.42. award cleaning bill was discussed. ENHANCED 9-1-1 Dinnel moved and Reinke seconded FURTHER Performance Office Paper 129.91. and the motion passed unanimously County Number of claims not exceeding referring the matter back to the fire to the $100 - 29. Dollar amount of claims not department for explanation of contract Office of exceeding $100 - 916.54. recommendation. for final Motion by Krueger, seconded by CONSENT AGENDA: enter eet Pools Beds 2002 00INDEPENDENT Page 7b