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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Page 8 MDA announces Request for Proposals for Farm to School grants Submission dead- line is November 2, 2016 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a Request for Proposals for the 2017 AGRI Farm to School Grant Program. The MDA anticipates awarding up to $500,000 in competitive grants to increase sales of locally grown and raised foods to K-12 institutions and child care providers. Two categories of grants will be considered: 1. Grants for the pur- chase of equipment and/ or physical improvements that will allow schools to purchase, prepare, and serve more locally grown and raised food. The grant will cover 50% of the total project cost up to a max- imum award of $50,000. Recipients must contribute the remaining 50% of the total project cost as a cash contribution. 2. Grants for the cost of creating plans that identify specific equipment, tools, training or policies that a school or district needs in order to purchase more locally grown or raised food. The grant will cover up to 75% of the total project cost up to a max- imum award of $30,000. Recipients must contribute the remaining 25% of the total project cost as a cash contribution. As part of this grant, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) is providing up to $125,000 to help schools and child care providers meet the requirement for matching funds. This funding is part of Blue Cross' long- term commitment to improve the health of all Minnesotans by tackling the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobac- co use, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy eating. TheMDA andBlue Cross are committed to making healthy choices avail- able to all Minnesotans, and past Farm to School grant rounds have offset the costs of equipment and kitchen upgrades for schools statewide. More than half of Minnesota's student population has par- ticipated in the program. All applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 2, 2016. The complete Request for Proposal and instructions for submission are located online at www. mda. state.mn.us/grants/ grants/mnfarmtoschool. aspx. Proposals may be submitted online. Applicants who are interested in utilizing Blue Cross contributions as part of their proposal should contact Ashley Bress at 651-201-6500 for instruc- tions. Events scheduled at Jeffers Petr0glyphs Make an Arrowhead Day Explore how early American Indians used projectile points for sur- vival. Observe a flintknap- per demonstrating how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then make one to take home. Saturday, July 2, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. r ANew Look at the Chrvlngs Explore the rock face in bare feet to see some of the newly uncovered petroglyphs that are located away from the regular path. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer ques- tions and direct visitors to carvings. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project iden- tified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen. Visitors should be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces. Saturday, July 9, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Archaeology Day p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Make a Spearthrower Day Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, considered by many anthropologists to be one of the world's greatest inventions. Make an atlatl and try throwing spears at a wooden bison target. A collection of atlatls from around the world will be on display. Discover firsthand .... Saturday, July 30, 1:00 hoW archaeologists study artifacts from the past. Observe original projectile points (arrowheads) and go through the archaeological process to find out how old they are, what type of stone they are made from, where they came from and how they were used. Saturday, July 16, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location for these events is at the Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN 56019. Contact 507-628-5591 or jefferspetroglyphs@ mnhs.org Cost is included with site admission. .ose Q Above: This little girl barely beat out the pitcher who came over from the mound to try and get the out. Below: This time the pitcher beat out the runner at first base during practice last week. !!~ '! CLASSIFIED CALL 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION April 19, 2016 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or por- tions of the meeting were: Commissioners Kevin Stevens, Jim Schmidt, Donna Gravley, Norm Hohnen, Tom Appel; County Coordinator Kelly Thongvivong; Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson; County Attorney Nick Anderson, Kathy Marsh Jason Purrington, Paul Johnson, Donna Stresemann, JinYeene Neumann, Kyle Pillatzki, Rosemary Schaffer, Paul Kolden, Mike Johnson, Craig Myers, Robert Pankratz, Tom White, and Rahn Larson. Routine Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve the agenda as amended; to approve the minutes of the April 5, 2016 meeting; to approve April warrants in the amount of $112,314.61 and broken down as follows: County Revenue Fund $50,502.15, Long Term Capital Outlay - $1,983.43, County Building Fund $132.69, Ditch Fund $3,512.29, Taxes and Penalties Fund - $2,531.10, County Revenue Fund $2,012.06, Road and Bridge Fund - $40,029.45, Waste Abatement/SCORE $1,629.34, Landfill Enterprise $9,982.10; adjournment. Personnel Items approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to allow Susan Horkey, Deputy Recorder, to attend the Fidlar Symposium in Davenport, Iowa, on May 23 and 24, 2016; to allow Commissioner Schmidt to attend the lun- cheon at the Governor's Mansion on April 28, 2016; to advertise for a seasonal intern to research local com- mercial and residential recy- cling rates; to hire Kaylene Gohr as full-time Deputy Auditor/Treasurer on Range 10, Step C ($17.94) of the 2016 wage matrix and start her vacation accrual rate comparable to a 3 year employee, effective May 2, 2016, pending satisfactory completion of all hiring requirements; to allow Kaylene Gohr to use up to 40 hours of unpaid leave during 2016; to approve Policy #388 - "Salaried Exempt Employees" as pre- sented with the exception that line item #3 be removed and the policy to become effective April 19, 2016; to approve Policy #003 "Definitions" as presented and to be effective April 19, 2016; to close the meeting at 10:25 a.m. for the purpose of labor negotiations; to open the closed session at 10:46 a.m. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve the purchase of the APX6500 mobile radio in the amount of $5,011.00, which is state quote pricing, from Alpha Wireless Communications; to approve the proposal from Alpha Wireless Communications in the amount of $53,788.91 to upgrade the current paging system; to advertise for bids on Project 017-070-001 - County Wide Delineation Project; to advertise for bids on Project 017-599-098 - replacement of a Germantown Township bridge (L6590) on 470th Street; to accept the quote from Ranger GM for a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, Crew Cab, 4 wheel drive, in the amount of $31,567.61; to purchase the 80' x 12' steel deck scale from North Star Scale, Inc. with additional add-ons for a price not to exceed $95,000.00; to accept quote from Justin Voshage in the amount of $550.00 per month for the mowing of tax forfeiture properhes in Mountain Lake; to accept the low quote from Dan Fair in the amount of $799.00 for the washing of all external windows at the Courthouse. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Kevin Stevens, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, County Coordinator #252656 #43-x OFFICIAL PUBLICATION May 3, 2016 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or por- tions of the meeting were: Commissioners Kevin Stevens, Jim Schmidt, Donna Gravley, Norm Holmen, Tom Appel; County Coordinator Kelly Thongvivong; Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson; County Attorney Nick Anderson, Kathy Marsh, Jared Morrill, Jed Rhubee, Donna Stresemann, JinYeene Neumann, Rosemary Schaffer, Carol Paplow, and Rahn Larson. Routine Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve the agenda as amended; to approve the minutes of the April 19, 2016 meeting; to approve May warrants in the amount of $180,303.67 and broken down as follows: County Revenue Fund $64,114.94, Long Term Capital Outlay - $21,512.00, County Building Fund $515.80, Ditch Fund $45.50, Taxes and Penalties Fund - $2,960.70, County Revenue Fund - $928.60, Road and Bridge Fund - $43,733.41, Waste Abatement/SCORE $4,139.53, Landfill Enterprise - $42,353.19; adj ournment. Personnel Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to adver- tise for part-time Jailer/ Dispatchers on an ongoing basis as the need allows; to move to permanent, full- time status the following employees: Paul Johnson, Emergency Management Director, effective May 1, 2016; Haleasha Kimmer, Jailer/Dispatcher, effective May 2, 2016; Jed Rhubee, Highway Maintenance Superintendent, effective May 5, 2016; and Dannial Myers, Jailer/Dispatcher, effective May 10, 2016; to amend previous motion made on April 19th approv- ing Personnel Policy #388 - Salaried Exempt Employees to show an effective date of the policy as February 1, 2016; to close the meeting at 10:10 a.m. for the purpose of labor negotiations; to open the closed session at 10:36 a.m. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve the Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan Scoping Document as presented; to approve spend- ing up to $20,000 on chain link fencing from American Fence Company; to accept Allen Rahn's mowing con- tract termination notice; to allow Jed Rhubee to research and get quotes for a skid loader and trailer for the Parks Department; to adopt resolution 16-05-03 "Resolution approving State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements with the County of Cottonwood on behalf of its County Attorney and Sheriff"; to adopt resolution 16-05-03B "Resolution approving Master Subscriber Agreement for Minnesota Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies for the Cottonwood County Attorney's Office"; to adopt resolution 16-05-03C "In support of a state wide increase in fuel tax dedicat- ed to funding road and bridge infrastructure"; to amend resolution 16-05-03C by adding that generated monies are to remain in the Road and Bridge fired and that the monies will be pro- portionately distributed to all state highways; to adopt resolution 16-05-03A "A resolution approving modifi- cations to the Joint Powers Agreement forming the Southwest Minnesota Regional Emergency Communications Board." S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Kevin Stevens, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, County Coordinator #252657 S-443x % J