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notices ICE May 16, 2003 OF OF THE R WITHIN THE LAW IS NOT ON IS FROM A 3 TO DEBT. ANY INED WILL BE n the conditions December 18, ean C. Olson, son, married, as Finance Loan and filed for Document of the County tone County, in the assigned as secured at law is now secured by Part thereof. ortgage has is precedent secured by e of the ce and other statutes. the amount ,. and taxes, if any, ,T the mortgage is: of sale in the age will be described as feet of Lot Block on, City of Jnty Sheriff of Big eta, at public , at 10:00 a.m. Courthouse, :, in the City of I Stone, State of by law for or mortgager's ns is LAW FOR ERSONAf ASSIGNS, WEEKS S ENTERED S, "ERMINING, THAT THE ES ARE IDENTIAL HAN FIVE RTY USED Z)N leased from he mortgage D FINANCE COMPANY, Mortgagee ON CALL 24 HOURS A DAY 1800 101 , July 1, 8, 2003) E I BIDS that sealed-- Big Stone at the 20 SE 2nd until 11:00 2003 for ag work: County TOn 1,000 Ton 485 Ton 0 (non- to Big :), may Street, 839-2594. e right to part of a available et at AU T I()q :; on the of the bid on a County least five event that = contract I Within 30 time of Auditor iTJANC!A[ Joint of am and Grant, aunties, monthly of each m. at the ewater tillmar, as are to each NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS ROAD CONSTRUCTION Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at the office of the County Auditor, 20 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278, until 11:00 A.M. on the 17th day of June, 2003 for the construction of the following work: S.A.P. 06-619-03 Type of Work: Grading and Aggregate Base. Location: Near Odessa MN FROM T.H. 7/75 TO a bridge on the south county line. Length: 0.88 Mile Major Items of Work are: Salvage Bituminous Pavement ....................... 4,240 CY Common Excavation ..... 20,433 CY Common Borrow ............ 19,853 CY Aggregate Base CL 5....6,603 TON Mill Bituminous Surface .......................... 12,389 SY Upon payment of $20.00 fee (non- refundable, make checks payable to Big Stone County Highway Department), plans, proposals and specifications may be obtained at the County Engineer's Office, 437 North Minnesota Street, Ortonville, MN 56278, (320) 839-2594. Big Stone County retains the right to reject any and all bids, or any part of a bid. Plan Holders lists will be available on the internet ' at www.bigstonecounty.org/highway updated on Mondays by 5:00pm. A Bidders Abstract will be available on the website by 5:00pm the day of the of the bid opening. All bids must be sealed, identified on the envelope, and accompanied by a Certified Check or Bidder's Bond lrayable to the Big Stone County easurer in the amount of at least five percent (5%) of the total bid. Said check or bond will be forfeited in the event that the bidder fails to enter into a contract. No bidder may withdraw a bid within 30 days after the scheduled closing time of the receipt of bids. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Big Stone County, Minnesota (May 20, 27, June 3, 2003) NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT THE BIG STONE COUNTY SOLID WASTE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ORDINANCE, 2003 Please take notice that at the regular meeting of the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners to be held on the 17th of June, 2003, in the Board room of the Big Stone County Courthouse, 20 Second Street SE, Ortonville, Minnesota, a public hearing wilt commence at 10:00 a.m., with the intent to adopt the Big Stone County Solid Waste Special Assessment Ordinance, 2003. The proposed Ordinance has the following purposes: 1) Granting Big Stone County the authority to levy taxes for solid waste management purposes upon all taxable property within the county. 2) Granting Big Stone County the authonty to establish and determine the boundaries of a solid waste management service area in the county. 3) ,etting forth the method and collecting of the service charge for solid waste management. 4) Authorizing the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners the power to establish or revise the rate schedule of solid waste management charges. 5) Establishing an appeal process for Big Stone County property owners, and setting the effective date for the Big Stone County Solid Waste Special Assessment Ordinance, 2003. Dated: May 30, 2003 Ronda Maas, Deputy Environmental Officer 20 SE 2nd Street Ortonville,MN 56278 (June 3, 2003) PROCEEDINGS OF THE BELLINGHAM SCHOOL BOARD May 19. 2003 The Board of Education of Ind. School District #371, Bellingham, MN met in regular session on Monday, May 19, 2003 in the Home Economics Room. The following board members were present: Glen Radermacher, Richard Johnson, Chad Strei, Kevin Rademacher, and Tim Henrich with Mark Weber absent. Student Board Member: Paul Adelman, was also in attendance. Representatives of the local education included: Gloria Letrud and Cathy Radermacher. Attending Patrons of the District included: Margaret Adelman, Katie Adelman, Mad Rathe, and Jill Adelman. Radermacher called the meeting to order, at 8:04 p.m,, and welcomed everyone in attendance. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Agenda as presented, including additional items. Henrich moved, Rademecher seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Minutes as presented, including the original Minutes, as well as the Revised Minutes. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Accounting Report as presented. Rademacher moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and Pay the Bills, as presented, which totaled $ 80,491.07. Supt. Seller distributed copies of a Proposed First Grade Preparedness Enrollment Policy. Upon review, Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to accept the First Grade Preparedness Enrollment Policy, as presented (see Exhibit A). Radermacher read two favorable references, concerning previous work that Kyle Mangel has completed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to finalize the awarding of the bid, to Mangel, for the shingling of the District-Owned-House (labor only), based on his low bid, and the favorable job references. Supt. Seller distributed memos, concerning JOBZ, whioh is part of an economic development tool, that would provide tax-free status to businesses in certain qualifying areas, of the State of Minnesota. Henrich moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to support the proposed legislation that wou d create the tax-free zones for businesses in greater Minnesota, and to appoint Johnson as the school contact person. Contracts for the 2003-2004 Non- certified staff, were reviewed. Rademacher moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the contracts as presented, including a 2/5 time teaching contract for Sandra Haugen, in the area of PFLS, to open up the position of Girls Basketball Coach, and to set the wages for the new bus driver, as recommended by Supt. Seller. Supt. Seller informed the board, that the position of School Nurse, for the 2003-2004 School Year, has been filled. Supt. Seller informed the board, that the recent bus inspection, went relatively well. Copies of a memo and certificate, indicating that the school is in Compliance with Pay Equity, were distributed. No further action is needed, and the next review is set for 2006. Supt. Seller briefed the board on the Springsted Financial Pool. Supt. Seller stressed to the board, that he is very pleased with the working relationship that we have with the State Bank of Bellingham, and his desire to continue working with them. The board agreed. Supt. Seller informed the board of his recent correspondence with the County Assessor. Supt. Seller noted, that Teacher Time for the 2003-2004 School Year, will be from 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.. Supt. Seller brought to the board's attention, that the State of Minnesota has issued a Referendum Freeze, for the next two years. The board discussed the tuition agreement that we have with the LQP School District. Johnson moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to authorize Supt. Seller to negotiate directly with the LQP Superintendent, to come to an agreement. Supt. Seller gave a brief Legislative Update, stressing the Referendum Freeze, as well as the possibility of a wage freeze. A Thank-You, from Mrs. Jane Asche, was read to the board by Radermacher. A memo from the MREA was shared with the board. Johnson moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to reject a request for membership, with the MREA organization. Radermacher called for a Recess at 8:42 p.m., to allow the board to address a Privacy Issue. Radermacher called the meeting back to order at 9:00 p.m.. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to offer a teaching contract to Jay Orvik, for the 2003-2004 School Year. The next regular meeting of the Beltingham Board of Education, is scheduled from Monday, June 16, 2003, at 8:00 p.m. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Richard Johnson, Clerk by dh Letters to the editor To the Editor: I feel compelled to write this letter out of respect for every pet owner and lover. On the evening of May 29th one of our family dogs was apparently struck by a vehicle next to our home. For anyone who currently has or had a pet in the past you know that they become a large part Of yourfamily and there is a strong emotional attachment. My husband, daughter, pets and I recently moved onto a farm in the Big Stone area. We are excited to be back in the country after 4 years of living in larger towns. We are very upset and angered that the individual whose vehicle made contact with Candle on the evening of May 29th did not have the courtesy and respect to alert us to the accident so that proper action could be taken immediately. Instead, we spent 2 hours driving around the section, calling and searching for her, only to have my husband find her crawling out of a slew after he began searching the ditches next to our home. It was unfathomable that she would have wondered away because of her close bond with my spouse so the only other option was that she was injured. I am not aware that she is a car chaser- I do know that she is very playful and curious and has taken a liking to investigating her new territory. I just can't convey enough how angered we are that the individual who,made contact with her was indecent enough to drive away. Candle may just be a dog to some, but to us she is a large part of our family. We are not upset she was.hit that was an accident and accidents happen. There is however no excuse for not coming up to ou=: house and telling us the accident occurred so that we could seek veterinary attention. Because of the large and deep gash she sustained to her back leg and the time lapse, Candle spent her night in the vet's clinic and is on high dose antibiotics to heal and rid her of the infection that immediately set in. Imagine how that poor dog felt - hearing us call her and seeing our vehicles drive past her looking for her and not being able to get to us!!! Once again I would just like to say we are not angry regarding the incident itself, it is the disregard and lack of respect for our family and Candle by the individual that has upset us. Mike and JoDee Faiman-Altmann Big Stone City, SD ARROW DRUG Clinton STARTS TODAY... Tuesday, June 3rd OPENING AT 2:00 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM II MEETING THE TEAM at the Memorial Day Rosen Express ame is David Meyer, father of Staff Sergeant Randy, Meyer of Big Stone City, SD. Randy is a Marine who aided in the rescue of seven American POW's. uavidwas invited to throw the first pitch at the Express game, and is pictured above visiting with Express play- ers. Local communities lose aid under Governor, House Republican tax bill Communities in Senate District 20 will lose Significant amounts of state aid under a bill supported by the gov- ernor and House and Senate Republicans. State Senator Gary Kubly (DFL-Granite Falls) said local government aid (LGA), which was established in 1971, is used to help residents in the state's low property wealth, smaller and older cities pay for basic services such as police and fire. "This was a prime target of the governor and House Republicans this year," Sen. Kubly said. "While local elected officials and Senate and House Democrats fought to maintain this funding or decrease it in a way that was more fair, the governor and House speaker kept saying that com- munities have to 'tighten their belt.' They don't realize that some commu- nities don't have belts to tighten or that they have been tightening their belts for a few years now." The tax bill that was approved cuts aid to cities by $142 million this year and $170 million next year. Under the tax bill, cities will see the following cuts in fiscal year 2005 (the percent is the cut from current state funding the cities currently receive): Big Stone County Barry: $712,000 (-23.7 percent) Beardsley: $12,904 (-14.5 percent) Clinton:S14,118 (-7 percent) Correll:$1,208 (- 11.9 percent) Johnson: $630 (- 11.8 percent) Graceville: $23, 826 (-9.6 percent) Odessa: $4,416 (-7.5 percent) Ortonville: $180,613 (- 17 percent) Chippewa County Clara City: $93,044 (-20.3 percent) Maynard: $17,586 (- 10.5 percent) Milan: $15,636 (- 11.8 percent) Montevideo: $394,879 (-20.3 per- cent) Watson: $8,554 (- 12.7 percent) Lac qui Parle County Bellingham: $6,864 (-8.4 percent) Boyd: $10,653 (-10.5 percent) Dawson: $107,849 (-15.8 percent) Louisburg: $1,112 (- 17.1 percent) Madison: $112,848 (- 12.9 percent) Marietta: $6,733 (-8.8 percent) Nassau: $318 (-27.8 percent) Swift County Appleton: $271.239 (-27.8 per- cent) Benson: $238,968 (- 19 percent) Clontarf: $1,370 (-9.9 percent) Danvers: $2,643 (- 18.6 percent) DeGraff: $2,804 (-15.9 percent) Holloway: $2,037 (-8.8 percent) Kerkhoven: $27,588 (- 13 percent) Murdock: $13,520 (- 16.3 percent) Yellow Medicine County Canby: $107,941 (-12.8 percent) Clarkficld: $42,285 (-10 percent) Granite Falls: $224,174 (-23.9 per- St. Leo: $1,841 (-12.(5 percent) Wood Lake: $17,149 (-11.9 per- cent). cent) Hazel Run: $1,157 (-8.2 percent) Porter: $6,218 (-10.9 oercenO Ii l Serving N.E. 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Minnesota Northwoods Tourism Bureau. 1-877-955-2755 wwwminnesot anorthwoods.com/deals 00INDEPENDENT Page 7b notices ICE May 16, 2003 OF OF THE R WITHIN THE LAW IS NOT ON IS FROM A 3 TO DEBT. ANY INED WILL BE n the conditions December 18, ean C. Olson, son, married, as Finance Loan and filed for Document of the County tone County, in the assigned as secured at law is now secured by Part thereof. ortgage has is precedent secured by e of the ce and other statutes. the amount ,. and taxes, if any, ,T the mortgage is: of sale in the age will be described as feet of Lot Block on, City of Jnty Sheriff of Big eta, at public , at 10:00 a.m. Courthouse, :, in the City of I Stone, State of by law for or mortgager's ns is LAW FOR ERSONAf ASSIGNS, WEEKS S ENTERED S, "ERMINING, THAT THE ES ARE IDENTIAL HAN FIVE RTY USED Z)N leased from he mortgage D FINANCE COMPANY, Mortgagee ON CALL 24 HOURS A DAY 1800 101 , July 1, 8, 2003) E I BIDS that sealed-- Big Stone at the 20 SE 2nd until 11:00 2003 for ag work: County TOn 1,000 Ton 485 Ton 0 (non- to Big :), may Street, 839-2594. e right to part of a available et at AU T I()q :; on the of the bid on a County least five event that = contract I Within 30 time of Auditor iTJANC!A[ Joint of am and Grant, aunties, monthly of each m. at the ewater tillmar, as are to each NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS ROAD CONSTRUCTION Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at the office of the County Auditor, 20 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278, until 11:00 A.M. on the 17th day of June, 2003 for the construction of the following work: S.A.P. 06-619-03 Type of Work: Grading and Aggregate Base. Location: Near Odessa MN FROM T.H. 7/75 TO a bridge on the south county line. Length: 0.88 Mile Major Items of Work are: Salvage Bituminous Pavement ....................... 4,240 CY Common Excavation ..... 20,433 CY Common Borrow ............ 19,853 CY Aggregate Base CL 5....6,603 TON Mill Bituminous Surface .......................... 12,389 SY Upon payment of $20.00 fee (non- refundable, make checks payable to Big Stone County Highway Department), plans, proposals and specifications may be obtained at the County Engineer's Office, 437 North Minnesota Street, Ortonville, MN 56278, (320) 839-2594. Big Stone County retains the right to reject any and all bids, or any part of a bid. Plan Holders lists will be available on the internet ' at www.bigstonecounty.org/highway updated on Mondays by 5:00pm. A Bidders Abstract will be available on the website by 5:00pm the day of the of the bid opening. All bids must be sealed, identified on the envelope, and accompanied by a Certified Check or Bidder's Bond lrayable to the Big Stone County easurer in the amount of at least five percent (5%) of the total bid. Said check or bond will be forfeited in the event that the bidder fails to enter into a contract. No bidder may withdraw a bid within 30 days after the scheduled closing time of the receipt of bids. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Big Stone County, Minnesota (May 20, 27, June 3, 2003) NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT THE BIG STONE COUNTY SOLID WASTE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ORDINANCE, 2003 Please take notice that at the regular meeting of the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners to be held on the 17th of June, 2003, in the Board room of the Big Stone County Courthouse, 20 Second Street SE, Ortonville, Minnesota, a public hearing wilt commence at 10:00 a.m., with the intent to adopt the Big Stone County Solid Waste Special Assessment Ordinance, 2003. The proposed Ordinance has the following purposes: 1) Granting Big Stone County the authority to levy taxes for solid waste management purposes upon all taxable property within the county. 2) Granting Big Stone County the authonty to establish and determine the boundaries of a solid waste management service area in the county. 3) ,etting forth the method and collecting of the service charge for solid waste management. 4) Authorizing the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners the power to establish or revise the rate schedule of solid waste management charges. 5) Establishing an appeal process for Big Stone County property owners, and setting the effective date for the Big Stone County Solid Waste Special Assessment Ordinance, 2003. Dated: May 30, 2003 Ronda Maas, Deputy Environmental Officer 20 SE 2nd Street Ortonville,MN 56278 (June 3, 2003) PROCEEDINGS OF THE BELLINGHAM SCHOOL BOARD May 19. 2003 The Board of Education of Ind. School District #371, Bellingham, MN met in regular session on Monday, May 19, 2003 in the Home Economics Room. The following board members were present: Glen Radermacher, Richard Johnson, Chad Strei, Kevin Rademacher, and Tim Henrich with Mark Weber absent. Student Board Member: Paul Adelman, was also in attendance. Representatives of the local education included: Gloria Letrud and Cathy Radermacher. Attending Patrons of the District included: Margaret Adelman, Katie Adelman, Mad Rathe, and Jill Adelman. Radermacher called the meeting to order, at 8:04 p.m,, and welcomed everyone in attendance. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Agenda as presented, including additional items. Henrich moved, Rademecher seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Minutes as presented, including the original Minutes, as well as the Revised Minutes. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Accounting Report as presented. Rademacher moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and Pay the Bills, as presented, which totaled $ 80,491.07. Supt. Seller distributed copies of a Proposed First Grade Preparedness Enrollment Policy. Upon review, Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to accept the First Grade Preparedness Enrollment Policy, as presented (see Exhibit A). Radermacher read two favorable references, concerning previous work that Kyle Mangel has completed. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to finalize the awarding of the bid, to Mangel, for the shingling of the District-Owned-House (labor only), based on his low bid, and the favorable job references. Supt. Seller distributed memos, concerning JOBZ, whioh is part of an economic development tool, that would provide tax-free status to businesses in certain qualifying areas, of the State of Minnesota. Henrich moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to support the proposed legislation that wou d create the tax-free zones for businesses in greater Minnesota, and to appoint Johnson as the school contact person. Contracts for the 2003-2004 Non- certified staff, were reviewed. Rademacher moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the contracts as presented, including a 2/5 time teaching contract for Sandra Haugen, in the area of PFLS, to open up the position of Girls Basketball Coach, and to set the wages for the new bus driver, as recommended by Supt. Seller. Supt. Seller informed the board, that the position of School Nurse, for the 2003-2004 School Year, has been filled. Supt. Seller informed the board, that the recent bus inspection, went relatively well. Copies of a memo and certificate, indicating that the school is in Compliance with Pay Equity, were distributed. No further action is needed, and the next review is set for 2006. Supt. Seller briefed the board on the Springsted Financial Pool. Supt. Seller stressed to the board, that he is very pleased with the working relationship that we have with the State Bank of Bellingham, and his desire to continue working with them. The board agreed. Supt. Seller informed the board of his recent correspondence with the County Assessor. Supt. Seller noted, that Teacher Time for the 2003-2004 School Year, will be from 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.. Supt. Seller brought to the board's attention, that the State of Minnesota has issued a Referendum Freeze, for the next two years. The board discussed the tuition agreement that we have with the LQP School District. Johnson moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to authorize Supt. Seller to negotiate directly with the LQP Superintendent, to come to an agreement. Supt. Seller gave a brief Legislative Update, stressing the Referendum Freeze, as well as the possibility of a wage freeze. A Thank-You, from Mrs. Jane Asche, was read to the board by Radermacher. A memo from the MREA was shared with the board. Johnson moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to reject a request for membership, with the MREA organization. Radermacher called for a Recess at 8:42 p.m., to allow the board to address a Privacy Issue. Radermacher called the meeting back to order at 9:00 p.m.. Johnson moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to offer a teaching contract to Jay Orvik, for the 2003-2004 School Year. The next regular meeting of the Beltingham Board of Education, is scheduled from Monday, June 16, 2003, at 8:00 p.m. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Richard Johnson, Clerk by dh Letters to the editor To the Editor: I feel compelled to write this letter out of respect for every pet owner and lover. On the evening of May 29th one of our family dogs was apparently struck by a vehicle next to our home. For anyone who currently has or had a pet in the past you know that they become a large part Of yourfamily and there is a strong emotional attachment. My husband, daughter, pets and I recently moved onto a farm in the Big Stone area. We are excited to be back in the country after 4 years of living in larger towns. We are very upset and angered that the individual whose vehicle made contact with Candle on the evening of May 29th did not have the courtesy and respect to alert us to the accident so that proper action could be taken immediately. Instead, we spent 2 hours driving around the section, calling and searching for her, only to have my husband find her crawling out of a slew after he began searching the ditches next to our home. It was unfathomable that she would have wondered away because of her close bond with my spouse so the only other option was that she was injured. I am not aware that she is a car chaser- I do know that she is very playful and curious and has taken a liking to investigating her new territory. I just can't convey enough how angered we are that the individual who,made contact with her was indecent enough to drive away. Candle may just be a dog to some, but to us she is a large part of our family. We are not upset she was.hit that was an accident and accidents happen. There is however no excuse for not coming up to ou=: house and telling us the accident occurred so that we could seek veterinary attention. Because of the large and deep gash she sustained to her back leg and the time lapse, Candle spent her night in the vet's clinic and is on high dose antibiotics to heal and rid her of the infection that immediately set in. Imagine how that poor dog felt - hearing us call her and seeing our vehicles drive past her looking for her and not being able to get to us!!! Once again I would just like to say we are not angry regarding the incident itself, it is the disregard and lack of respect for our family and Candle by the individual that has upset us. Mike and JoDee Faiman-Altmann Big Stone City, SD ARROW DRUG Clinton STARTS TODAY... Tuesday, June 3rd OPENING AT 2:00 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM II MEETING THE TEAM at the Memorial Day Rosen Express ame is David Meyer, father of Staff Sergeant Randy, Meyer of Big Stone City, SD. Randy is a Marine who aided in the rescue of seven American POW's. uavidwas invited to throw the first pitch at the Express game, and is pictured above visiting with Express play- ers. Local communities lose aid under Governor, House Republican tax bill Communities in Senate District 20 will lose Significant amounts of state aid under a bill supported by the gov- ernor and House and Senate Republicans. State Senator Gary Kubly (DFL-Granite Falls) said local government aid (LGA), which was established in 1971, is used to help residents in the state's low property wealth, smaller and older cities pay for basic services such as police and fire. "This was a prime target of the governor and House Republicans this year," Sen. Kubly said. "While local elected officials and Senate and House Democrats fought to maintain this funding or decrease it in a way that was more fair, the governor and House speaker kept saying that com- munities have to 'tighten their belt.' They don't realize that some commu- nities don't have belts to tighten or that they have been tightening their belts for a few years now." The tax bill that was approved cuts aid to cities by $142 million this year and $170 million next year. Under the tax bill, cities will see the following cuts in fiscal year 2005 (the percent is the cut from current state funding the cities currently receive): Big Stone County Barry: $712,000 (-23.7 percent) Beardsley: $12,904 (-14.5 percent) Clinton:S14,118 (-7 percent) Correll:$1,208 (- 11.9 percent) Johnson: $630 (- 11.8 percent) Graceville: $23, 826 (-9.6 percent) Odessa: $4,416 (-7.5 percent) Ortonville: $180,613 (- 17 percent) Chippewa County Clara City: $93,044 (-20.3 percent) Maynard: $17,586 (- 10.5 percent) Milan: $15,636 (- 11.8 percent) Montevideo: $394,879 (-20.3 per- cent) Watson: $8,554 (- 12.7 percent) Lac qui Parle County Bellingham: $6,864 (-8.4 percent) Boyd: $10,653 (-10.5 percent) Dawson: $107,849 (-15.8 percent) Louisburg: $1,112 (- 17.1 percent) Madison: $112,848 (- 12.9 percent) Marietta: $6,733 (-8.8 percent) Nassau: $318 (-27.8 percent) Swift County Appleton: $271.239 (-27.8 per- cent) Benson: $238,968 (- 19 percent) Clontarf: $1,370 (-9.9 percent) Danvers: $2,643 (- 18.6 percent) DeGraff: $2,804 (-15.9 percent) Holloway: $2,037 (-8.8 percent) Kerkhoven: $27,588 (- 13 percent) Murdock: $13,520 (- 16.3 percent) Yellow Medicine County Canby: $107,941 (-12.8 percent) Clarkficld: $42,285 (-10 percent) Granite Falls: $224,174 (-23.9 per- St. Leo: $1,841 (-12.(5 percent) Wood Lake: $17,149 (-11.9 per- cent). cent) Hazel Run: $1,157 (-8.2 percent) Porter: $6,218 (-10.9 oercenO Ii l Serving N.E. 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