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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUCATION Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Page 8 WWG Football Football practice will start on Monday, August 15. for grades 9-12 at 8:00 a.m. Equipment will be distrib- uted on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Physicals are needed every three years. The Fall Activities Potluck will be on Aug. 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Westbrook Community Center. Come enjoy an evening at the Circus ECFE Open House will be held Monday, August 15 at 6:15 p.m. at the Westbrook City Park. All families welcome with children birth to five years old and not yet enrolled in Kindergarten. Come for food, crafts, activities, balloon animals, face painting, tim. and more. This event is free to the public. CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 OR 1-800-410-185 WWG HS Charger Volleyball By Cathy Baumann Volleyball practice begins Monday, Aug. 15th. Practice will run from 8-11am and 3-5pm everyday through Friday, Aug. 19th. Please bring outdoor shoes for run- ning, indoor volleyball shoes, kneepads, practice clothes, and a water bot- tle to all practices. Physicals are needed every 3 years for all ath- letic programs before you are allowed to practice. Please check to make sure you are up to date! If you are unsure, you may contact Karen in the HS office @ 274.6111. Athletic pictures for volleyball will be taken on Thursday, Aug. 18th at 8:00am. More infor- mation will be sent home with players at the begin- ning of practice. Any other questions or con- cerns, please contact Coach Baumann @ 274.6111. Please help kick of the fall athletic season at the Athletic Potluck on Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 6:00pm at the Westbrook Community Center. Sanford Heart of Tomorrow Scholarship winners The 2011 Heart of Tomorrow Scholarship win- ners were announced by Sanford Health today. Sanford values the impor- tance of family and lifts this up as one of the organiza- tion's five core values. This scholarship is awarded to dependent children of Sanford Health employees who have plans to or are cur- rently enrolled in post-sec- ondary education in a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical pro- gram. This year, the Heart of Tomorrow Scholarship has been awarded to 217 recipi- ents from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in the amount of $1,000 each. Winning appli- cants were chosen based upon their academic record, involvement in school and community activities and a statement of educational, career and long-terrm goals. "Sanford Health believes in investing in its communi- ties and its families," stated Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health President and CEO. "We are proud to support the children of our employees in their pursuit for higher educa- tion." Area scholarship winners were: Brittany Hanson, Currie Kyle Baumann, Westbrook Kindergarten and preschool round-ups WWG Kindergarten Round-up for 2011-2012 will be Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Walnut Grove School Kindergarten rooms. This meeting is for all students who will be five years old as of September 1, 2011. Remember. the first day of school is Monday, August 22, 2011 ! Please call 507-859-2141 with any questions. WWG Preschool/Head Start Round-up for 2011- 2012 will be Wednesdayday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Walnut Grove Elementary Preschool room. This is for children who are 3, 4, and 5 years old, but not attending Kindergarten this fall. Please call the Walnut Grove School Office at 507-859-2141 to get your preschooler signed up. WWG Preschool Screening The Westbrook Walnut Grove Early Childhood Fall Screening will be held the morning of Tuesday, September 20, starting at 8:00 a.m. in Walnut Grove. This screening is for children 3, 4, and 5 years old who have not yet entered Kindergarten, or who have not already been screened. Preschool screening packets will go out the first week of September. If you do not receive a post card or infor- mational packet in the mail by the second week of September, please call the school office at 507-859- 2141. Minnesota State laws require all children entering Kindergarten to be screened. Murray Co. 4-H Calendar August 14 - Pre-Fair Clean/Set Up, 4 pm, 4-H Building & Arena August 15 - Pre-Entry Day, 2-7 pro, 4-H Building August 17-20 Murray County Fair August 22 - Post-Fair Clean Up, 6:30 pm, 4-H Building and Olsen Arena August 24-28 4-H Livestock Encampment at Minnesota State Fair CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOR YOU OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 7, 2011 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of C~issioners meL at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Ron Kuecker, Norm Holmen, John Oeltjenbruns, Jim Schmidt, Tom White; Executive Assistant Kelly Thongvivong; Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson: County Attorney Nick Anderson: Kay Clark, Renee Harnack, Gale Bondhus, Ron Gregg, Dominic Jones and Kjell Turner. Routine Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve addi- tions to the agenda; to approve the minutes of the May 24, 2011 meeting; adjournment. Personnel Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to allow Alan Coners to receive a $20 monthly cell phone reim- bursement effective June 1 st: to allow Andy Geiger to attend Minnesota Association of County Planning & Zoning Administrators Legislative Update and Training on June 16-17 in St. Cloud. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to adopt resolution pertaining to Joint Powers Agreement Red Rock Rural Water System 2011 Internal Expansion Bonding; to allow the use of the Courthouse grounds the weekend of June 1 lth for the annual Riverfest celebration; to enter into agreement with the Office of Enterprise Technology State of Minnesota for general county telecommunications collabo- ration services. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Ron Kuecker, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, Executive Asst. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 14, 2011 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Ron Kuecker, Norm Holmen, John Oeltjenbruns, Jim Schmidt, Tom White; Executive Assistant Kelly Thongvivong; Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson; County Attorney Nick Anderson; Andy Geiger, Cheryl Peters, Kay Clark, Ron Gregg, Gale Bondhus, Lisa Will, Alan Coners, Craig Myers, Larry Anderson, Duane Volt. John Madson, Gary Einertson, Hans Remmers, Jim Becker. Lynette Tibodeau, John Tibodeau, Kenneth Anacker, Allan Nissen, Wendy Meyer and John Regehr. Routine Items approved by unanimous 1'oll call or regular vote: to approve addi- tions to the agenda; to approve the minutes of the June 7, 2011 meeting; to approve June warrants in the amount of $430,730.01 and broken down as follows: County Revenue Fund $116,777.45; Long Term Capital Outlay - $1,437.08; County Building Fund $50,000.00; Ditch Fund - $4,654.45; Taxes & Penalties Fund - $1,159.20; Road & Bridge - $216,783.67; Waste Abatement/SCORE $4,429.94; Landfill Enterprise $35,488.22; adjournment. Personnel Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to hire Austen Smedsrnd as a new seasonal employee for the Parks Department effective June 16th; to allow Ron Gregg to post internally and advertise for the part-time clerk typist position; to allow approval for the commission- ers to receive a per diem for the Minnesota Ag Water Resources Sediment Seminar on June 241h; to approve Andy Geiger and John Oeltjenbrnns attendance and expenses incurred at the SW MN Energy Tour that they recently attended in Iowa. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to allow Commissioner Holmen to sign 6-month extension to the Joint Powers Agreement addendum through Area II; to adopt resolution in support of True County Assessing; to allow for the repair of the jury room chairs at a cost of $3fl78.98; to approve resolu- tion allowing for the signa- ture of the contract with MPCA for the Clean Water Partnership Loan Agreement for the Little Cottonwood River Watershed; to set $336,000 as the amount that will be included on the General Obligation Note for the Clean Water Partnership Loan Agreement for the Little Cottonwood River Watershed; to approve the recycling request for propos- al as discussed with recom- mended changes; to accept quote in the amount of $29,742.62 from Lamperts for the replacement of the entire roof at the N. 71 County Office Building and to accept the low quote in the amount of $15,760 from Matthew Buckentin to com- plete the work; to appoint Anita Winkel to serve on the Plum Creek Governing Board as a representative of Cottonwood County; to schedule a special meeting for June 21st at 8:30 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Ron Kuecker, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, Executive Asst. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Board of Appeai and Equalization meeting June 14, 2011 The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met for the annual County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 6:20 p.m. at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Presiding over the meeting was Chairman Ron Kuecker. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Ron Kuecker, Norm Holmen, John Oeltjenbruns, Jim Schmidt, Torn White; Executive Assistant Kelly Thongvivong; Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson; County Assessor Gale Bondhus; Deputy Assessor Lisa Will, Senior Appraiser Alan Coners, Ron Gregg, Joey Graber and John Madson. County Assessor Gale Bondhus presented assess- ment valuation changes and statistics from 2010 to 2011 to the Board. Value changes were made based on qualify- ing sales that took place in the county from 10/01/09 to 09/30/10. Bondhus present- ed 2011 new construction changes and comparisons by district from 2010 to 2011 as well as valuation changes by property type from 2010 to 2011. Joey Graber from Southbrook Township was present for the Board of Equalization meeting but because he did not appear at the Local Board of Review, the board could listen to him but could not make any adjustments to his property. Bondhus presented infor- mation for proposed changes on behalf of three parcels as follows: Parcel 04.018.1301 owned by Carl and Marlene Kuhns, Parcel 11.032.0102 owned by Mt. Lake Golf Development, Inc. and Parcel 25.103.0010 owned by Runnings. Bondhus asked that the building value for Parcel 04.g18.1301 owned by Carl and Marlene Kuhns be reduced by $t7,900. Motion by Holmen. second by Schrnidt. unanimous vote to reduce the building value by $17.900 based upon a recom- mendation of the County Assessor. Bondhus asked that the land classification tbr Parcel 11.032.0102 owned by the Mt. Lake Golf Development, Inc. be changed to preferred golf course and the land value be reduced by $15,400 Motion by Oeltjenbruns, sec- ond by Schmidt, unanimous vote to change the land clas- sification to preferred golf course and to reduce the land value by $15,400 based upon a recommendation of the County Assessor. Bondhus asked that the building value for Parcel 25.103.0010 owned by Running's be reduced by $33,300. Motion by White. second by Holmen, unani- mous vote to reduce the building value by $33.300 based upon a recommenda- tion of the County Assessor. Motion by Schmidt, sec- ond by Oeltjenbruns, unam- mous vote to accept the remainder of assessments as presented. There being no further business, Chairman Kuecker declared the meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Ron Kuecker, Board Chairman S/Kelly Thongvwong, Executive Assistant June21, 2011 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Joint Work Session The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met in a joint work session with the County Board of Jackson County in the basement of the Cottonwood County Law Enforcement Cemer in the City of Windom on Tuesday, June 2l, 2011 at 8:40 A.M. The following members were present: Cottonwood County Board: Chairperson. Ron Kuecker and Commissioners Norman Holmen. John Oeltjenbruns. Jim Schmidt and Tom White. Jackson County Board: Chairperson, David Henkels and Commissioners Roger Ringkob, William Tusa, Rosemary Schultz and Kim Hummel. Cottonwood County Chairperson. Ron Kuecker, called the Work Session to order at 8:40 A.M. Various delivery systems for Community Health and Human Services were reviewed. The Commissioners and staff dis- cussed the various positives and negatives and identified a joint Health and Human Service Agency as a potential goal for the two counties over the next few years. Each Board will indepen- dently consider a resolution to move forward with further exploration and study on tbrming a joint Health and Human Services Agency between the two counties at their future board meetings. Chairperson, Ron Kuecker adjourned the work session at 11:00 A.M. S/Ron Kuecker, Board Chairman OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 28, 2011 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Ron Kuecker, Norm Holmen, John Oeltjenbruns, Jim Schmidt. Tom White; Executive Assistant Kelly Thongvivong; Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson; County Attorney Nick Anderson; Bonnie Frederickson, Robin Wies, Kate Roberts, Kim Hall, Jason Purrington, Kay Clark, Leslie Makovsky, Andy Geiger, Kathy Kretsch, Margo Wright, Elaine Deutchman, Trevor Slette, Pat Stewart, Shannon LaCanne, Jean Johnson, Ron Gregg, Todd Dibble, Wendy Meyer and Steve Nasby. Routine Items approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve addi- tions to the agenda; to approve the minutes of the June 14. 2011 meeting; to approve the minutes of the June 14. 2011 Board of Equalization meeting; to approve the minutes of the June 21, 2011 special meet- ing/work session; adjourn- ment. Personnel Items - approved by unantmous roll call or regular vote: to allow Leslie Makovsky to continue to receive a $600/month sti- pend until the end of 2011 and to transfer Makovsky's direct supervision to Andy Geiger instead of Todd .,, Dibble since a majority of. her time is spent in the Environmental Office. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to allow County Engineer to continue with four projects and to suspend the Mr. Lake Trail project if indeed there is a state shutdown that occurs;, to approve the Agreement for the Provision of Services between Cottonwood County and Cottonwood Soil and Water Conservation District effective June 28, 2011; to approve the 2011 budget ($91,933.62) between Cottonwood County and SWCD as presented; to adopt resolution to address the addition of secondary nox- ious weeds that the county would like to enforce the control of; to accept the quote in the amount of $3,950 from Cadd/Engineering & Graphic Supply for the purchase of a used scanner and $895/year for the purchase of the main- tenance agreement; to recess as the County Board and to convene as the Ditch Authority; to accept the peti- tion for the re-determination of benefits on JD #31 and to appoint Jim Weidemann, Duane Bendixon and Bill Modestad as the viewers; to approve appointment by Chairman Kuecker for Commissioner Holmen to serve as the commissioner re presentative and Commissioner Oeltjenbruns to serve as the alternate for the new Martin-Jackson- Watonwan-Cottonwood County joint ditch board; to adjourn as the Ditch Authority and to re-convene as the County Board; to approve 2nd half/final pay- ment in the amount of $31,152.50 to Elite Mechanical Systems for the installation costs associated with the new air conditioning units at the Law Enforcement Center; to allow Auditor/ Treasurer authorization to sign bond opinion engage- ment letter with Standard and Poor's. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Ron Kuecker, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, Executive Asst. #187226 S-50x