The Caledonia Argus http://hometownargus.com The Caledonia Argus covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Caledonia, Eitzen, and Brownsville; Independent School District 299 and Houston County, Minnesota. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:06:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Norman Storlie http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/23/norman-storlie/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/23/norman-storlie/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:48:31 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35420 NormanStorlie_rgbNorman Herbert Storlie, age 95, of Spring Grove, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare in Spring Grove.

Norman was born in Black Hammer, Minnesota, on April 16, 1919 to Alfred and Lena (Lien) Storlie. He was one of 11 brothers and sisters. He attended school at the Rauk School, District 69, which was just down the road from their farm and was close enough to the farm that they could go home for their noon meal. The family made and sold sorghum and the family also operated a saw mill, which was created by using a Packard car engine and various other parts.

On February 1, 1942, Norman was drafted and entered the Army and was assigned to the Army Air Corps. He worked as a member of the ground crew on B-25s and A-20 medium bombers; he later became crew chief. He boarded the USAT Mariposa (a luxury line fitted for troop transport) at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay and arrived in Melbourne, Australia.From there, Norman traveled to New Guinea, the Philippines and ended up in Okinawa as the war ended. Norman returned home as a staff sargeant.

After returning home, he helped his family build the large barn on the family farm.

In 1951, Norman married Alma Burmester and shortly after, they built their house on 3rd St. N.E. in Spring Grove, where they lived with their children, Carol, Craig and Diane.

Norman worked with Clarence Bjorlo and co-owned a furniture and flooring store with him in Spring Grove. Norman installed tile and linoleum flooring and Clarence installed carpet. Norman was an extremely creative carpenter and an artist with wood. He built barns, houses, did remodeling, added additions, turned an old barn into a house and fixed, repaired and turned something old into something new. His basement was his workshop and after a full day of work, it was common for him to be ‘putzing’ or working in the basement on another project.

Norman was helpful and generous; he served on church boards, American Legion Post #249 and Sons of Norway and was a member of many other community organizations for years.

Norman enjoyed dancing, trail rides, fishing (for which he built his own boat), gardening, auction sales, lefse making and traveling with his wife, Alma.

In June of 2009, Norman participated in one of the Freedom Honor Flights. This is a one day flight from La Crosse to Washington, D.C. for 160 WWII Veterans to see the WWII Memorial and other sites.

In the past few years, Norman was interviewed by Giants of the Earth about his military memories. One of the interviews includes his son, Craig, and adds many stories about his WWII travels.

In October of 2010, Alma preceded Norman in death. In the fall of 2012, Norman moved to Spring Grove Assisted Living and in January of 2014, after some health issues, to Tweeten Lutheran Health Care.

An all around good, kind and generous soul, Norman will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his children, Carol (Gerald) Geving, Mabel, Minnesota; Craig (Jill) Knueppel,  Atlanta, Georgia; and Diane (David) Lorenz, Elk River, Minnesota; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Doris Folkert, Plainview, Minnesota; and two special four legged friends, Benson and Murphy.

In addition to his wife Alma, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kristin Louise Lorenz, and many of his siblings.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. Pastor Stephanie Frey will officiate. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove and one hour prior to services at the church on Sat.

Online condolences may be left at www.roblefuneralhome.com.

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Ron Johnson http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/23/ron-johnson/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/23/ron-johnson/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:03:40 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35416 Ron Johnson_rgbRonald L. Johnson, 85, of Caledonia, Minnesota, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, Spring Grove, Minnesota.

He was born on May 25, 1929, in Pleasant Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Melvin and Ruby (Ruffridge) Johnson. Ron graduated from Caledonia High School in 1947. On December 18, 1948, he was united in marriage with Lois Myhre at Wilmington Lutheran Church. Ron owned and operated Johnson’s Mobile Station in Caledonia for 33 years. In his retirement years he worked at Ma Cal Grove Country Club in Caledonia. On August 27, 2008, Lois preceded Ron in death.

Survivors include his five children, Lynda (Leslie “Ed”) Stokke,  Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Rebecca (David) Sampsel, Prior Lake, Minnesota; Patty (Richard) Groshong, Marion, Iowa; David Johnson, Caledonia; and Dawn (Henri) Johnson, Rochester, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren, Erica (Alejandro) Arnold, Carol Stokke, Kari Stokke, Abigail Sampsel, Max Sampsel, Madeline Sampsel, Stacy (Brad) Veldhuizen, Amy Groshong, Jenny Groshong, Sophie Johnson and Jack Johnson; one great-grandchild, Valentina Arnold; two brothers, Merle Johnson, Caledonia and Harold “Curly” (Mary) Johnson, Shakopee, Minnesota; one sister, Imy (Bill) Dorival, Caledonia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bernice “Barney” Ostern, Winona, Minnesota; Franny (Terry) Link, Onalaska, Wisconsin; Neil (Sandy) Morey, Caledonia; Katie (Jerald) Holland, Austin, Minnesota; and Lorraine Myhre, Caledonia; nieces and nephews and a special friend, Sandy Moger.

In addition to his wife, Ron was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Douglas and Robert Johnson; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Sylvia Ward, Bill Ostern, Albert Myhre, Shirley Morey and Catherine Johnson.

Funeral services will be at 12 noon, Friday, October 24, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the church.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is in charge of arrangements.

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Tax Forfeited http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/tax-forfeited/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/tax-forfeited/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:21:17 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35413 HOUSTON COUNTY
Notice of Public Auction
Tax Forfeited Property
Notice is hereby given that a parcel of land located at 116 First Street North, Caledonia, MN shall be sold to the highest bidder at public sale. The sale will be governed by the provisions of M.S. 282.01 and by the resolution of the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizing such sale. The resolution reads as follows:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Parcel #21.0328.000 of tax-forfeited land be classified as non-conservation land; that the basic sale price be set at $10,000.00, and that authorization for a public sale of this land be granted, pursuant to M.S. 282.01; that the sale will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, by the Houston County Auditor in the Commissioners Room at the Houston County Courthouse, for not less than the basic sale price; and that full payment of the purchase price and the additional costs shall be due at the time of sale.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the property be sold as is and that the successful purchaser is responsible for the cleanup of the house and garage located on the property.
In addition to the sale price, the purchaser shall be responsible for the following costs: 3% surcharge for the state assurance account; State Deed Fee of $25.00; Deed Filing Fee of $46.00; State Deed Tax in the amount of 0.33% of the sales price.
For further information contact the Auditors Office, 304 S. Marshall Street; Room #116; Caledonia, MN 55921. Telephone (507) 725-5803.
By: Char Meiners
Houston County Auditor
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 29, 2014
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Equal Opportunity http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/equal-opportunity/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/equal-opportunity/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:21:10 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35411 PUBLIC NOTICE
Tri-County Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 2014
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Public Accuracy http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/public-accuracy/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/public-accuracy/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:21:07 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35409 HOUSTON COUNTY
PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that the public accuracy test of the election equipment to be used in the November 4, 2014. General Election will be held in the Commissioners Room, Houston County Courthouse, 304 South Marshall Street, Caledonia, MN. at 9:00 a.m. on October 30, 2014. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. By: Char Meiners
Houston County Auditor
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 2014
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October 22 http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/october-22/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/october-22/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:20:51 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35407 WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP
The Wilmington Township board of Supervisors will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday October 22 at 6:30 P.M. at the home of the clerk/treasurer.
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 2014
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October 30 Hearing- http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/october-30-hearing/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/october-30-hearing/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:20:32 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35405 MOUND PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP
HOUSTON COUNTY
NOTICE OF ROAD VACATION HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the town board of Mound Prairie Township, Houston County, Minnesota will conduct a public hearing on the 30th day of October, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mound Prairie Town Hall located at 9749 County 21, Houston MN, 55943 for the purpose of considering and acting upon a petition it received calling for the vacation of the following described road:
the western most portion of Murray Valley Drive, approximately 758 feet in length.
All persons interested in this matter are encouraged to attend the hearing.
The tracts of land though which said road passes and the owners and occupants thereof, as nearly as we can determine, are as follows:
Owners-Larry and Mary Ledebubr
Dated: October 14, 2014
By: /s/ Andrea Robinson
Mound Prairie Township Clerk
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 2014
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October 7 http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/october-7/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/october-7/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:20:07 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35403 HOUSTON COUNTY
PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN
Members Present: Judy Storlie, Justin Zmyewski, Steve Schuldt, Teresa Walter and Dana Kjome
Presiding: Teresa Walter, Chairperson
Call to order.
Motion was made by Commissioner Kjome, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the agenda with changes as discussed.
Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2014 meeting.
Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Kjome and unanimously carried to approve payment of the license center and Human Services disbursements and the following claims:
County Revenue Fund $204,960.49
Road & Bridge Fund 488,536.24
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Total $693,496.73
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Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Kjome and unanimously carried to accept the low quote provided by W. Klaetsch Paving, LLC in the amount of $2,000.00 to patch Kreibach Road.
Engineer Pogodzinski requested approval of Houston County Right of Way Plat No. 58 in connection with S.A.P. 028-598-009 located on County Road 249 and adjacent to CSAH 32. Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to approve the plat and to adopt the following resolution:
RESOLUTION NO. 14-48
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND ACCEPT HOUSTON COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY PLAT NO. 58 FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF STATE AID PROJECT 028-598-009
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED; that Houston County approves and accepts Houston County Right of Way Plat No. 58 as designating the definite location of that part of County Road No. 249, located in Sections 21, & 22 of Township 102 North, Range 5 West, as presented on this date, October 7, 2014, and authorizes it to be filed of record with the Houston County Recorder.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Teresa Walter, County Board Chairperson, is hereby authorized to execute and sign the Certification statement on said plat on behalf of Houston County.
Motion was made by Commissioner Kjome, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve MnDOT Agreement No. 06888 and to adopt the following:
RESOLUTION NO. 14-49
BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to Minnesota Stat. Sec. 161.36, the Commissioner of Transportation be appointed as Agent of the Houston County to accept as its agent, federal aid funds which may be made available for eligible transportation related projects.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board Chair and the County Auditor are hereby authorized and directed for and on behalf of the County to execute and enter into an agreement with the Commissioner of Transportation prescribing the terms and conditions of said federal aid participation as set forth and contained in Minnesota Department of Transportation Agency Agreement No. 06888, a copy of which said agreement was before the County Board and which is made a part hereof by reference.
Motion was made by Commissioner Storlie, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried approve the grant agreement and to adopt the following:
RESOLUTION NO. 14-50
Exhibit E for Grant Agreement to State Transportation Fund (Bridge Bonds) Grant Terms and Conditions S.A.P. 028-603-022
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that Houston County does hereby agree to the terms and conditions of the grant consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 174.50, subdivision 5, clause (3), and will pay any additional amount by which the cost exceeds the estimate, and will return to the Minnesota State Transportation Fund any amount appropriated for the bridge but not required. Teresa Walters, County Board Chair and Charlene Meiners, County Auditor are authorized to execute a grant agreement with the Commissioner of Transportation concerning the above-referenced grant.
Engineer Pogodzinski recommended approval of the final payment for Bruening Rock Products on S.P. 028-602-012 and S.P. 028-616-004. Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to adopt the following:
RESOLUTION NO. 14-51
NOW, THEN BE IT RESOLVED, That we do hereby accept said completed project for and in behalf of the County of Houston and authorize final payment as specified herein.
Motion was made by Commissioner Storlie, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve Amendment No. 4 To Food Service Contract Between Houston County and CBM Managed Services.
On the recommendation of HR Director Arrick-Kruger, motion was made by Commissioner Storlie, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to change the status of Jordan Rooker from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE effective in the current pay period. Mr. Booker came to Houston County with considerable experience from the Eau Claire, Wisconsin area.
On the recommendation of HR Director Arrick-Kruger, motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to approve a change in status of Lisa Arneson from probationary to regular effective October 8, 2014.
Motion was made by Commissioner Storlie, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Zach Swedberg.
On the recommendation of the Planning Commission, motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve the issuance of two conditional use permits.
On the recommendation of the Planning Commission, motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve the issuance of 16 Zoning Permits.
Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to recess the meeting until the public hearing which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
Motion was made by Commissioner Kjome, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to convene the public hearing.
The time being 10:05 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to close the public hearing.
Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Kjome and unanimously carried to reconvene in open session.
Motion was made by Commissioner Kjome, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to adopt the following:
RESOLUTION 14-52
Approving a Property Tax Abatement for Certain Property in the City of Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota, following Construction of a Residential Complex by Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Houston County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the abatement request of Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments, subject to the following stipulations:
1. The abatement will be payable to Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments on the appreciated tax capacity in accordance with a development agreement which will specify the terms of such payments over ten (10) years beginning with the first year that taxes are due following completion of the Residential Complex.
2. After full payment of the taxes as due each year:
a. In years one (1) through five (5), Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments will receive a 75% abatement of the appreciated tax capacity;
b. In years six (6) through eight (8), Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments will receive a 50% abatement of the appreciated tax capacity;
c. In years nine (9) through ten (10), Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments will receive a 25% abatement of the appreciated tax capacity.
3. In year eleven (11) and thereafter, Willard Wiegrefe Senior Apartments will pay 100% of the real estate taxes without tax abatement.
4. Total abatement granted for the ten (10) years.
Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to adopt the following:
RESOLUTION NO. 14-53
Approving a Property Tax Abatement for Certain Property in the City of Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota, following Renovation of a Commercial Facility by Caledonia Veterinary Clinic
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Houston County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the abatement request of Caledonia Veterinary Clinic, subject to the following stipulations:
1. The abatement will be payable to Caledonia Veterinary Clinic on the appreciated tax capacity in accordance with a development agreement which will specify the terms of such payments over ten (10) years beginning with the first year that taxes are due following substantial renovation of the Commercial Facility.
2. After full payment of the taxes as due each year:
a. In years one (1) through ten (10), Caledonia Veterinary Clinic will receive an abatement equal to the amount the City of Caledonia abates or $4824 of the appreciated tax capacity;
3. In year eleven (11) and thereafter, Caledonia Veterinary Clinic will pay 100% of the real estate taxes without tax abatement.
4. Total abatement granted for the ten (10) years.
Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Kjome and unanimously carried to authorize Commissioner Schuldt to enter into a lease agreement for the airport land lease.
There being no further business and the time being 11:00 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA By: Teresa Walter, Chairperson
Attest: Charlene Meiners, County Auditor
THE ABOVE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IS ONLY A SUMMARY. THE FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE HOUSTON COUNTY AUDITORS OFFICE AS WELL AS ON THE HOUSTON COUNTY WEBSITE LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS: http://www.co.houston.mn.us/
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 2014
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Mortgage Foreclosure http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/mortgage-foreclosure-17/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/mortgage-foreclosure-17/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:19:59 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35401 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE
THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage:
DATE OF MORTGAGE: February 5, 2009
ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $142,500.00
MORTGAGOR(S):
Betty Duff, a single person
MORTGAGEE: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Recorded on February 11, 2009 as Document Number 255371 in the Office of the County Recorder of Houston County, Minnesota.
ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: None.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY:
Lots 12, 13, 14 and the South 15 feet of Lot 15, Block 3, in Palen`s Addition to the City, formerly Village, of Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. That part of the South half of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 24, in Township 102 North of Range 6 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian described as commencing at the Southeast corner of Lot 12 in Block 3 of Palen`s Addition to Caledonia, running thence South 15 feet; thence West 120 feet along a line parallel with the South boundary line of said Lot 12; thence North 15 feet to the Southwest corner of said Lot 12; thence East 120 feet along the South boundary line of said Lot 12 to the place of beginning.
STREET ADDRESS OF PROPERTY:
822 EAST STREET SOUTH,
CALEDONIA, MN 55921
COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Houston County, Minnesota
THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: $22,718.06
THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes;
PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows:
DATE AND TIME OF SALE:
January 7, 2015 at 10:00 am
PLACE OF SALE: Houston County Sheriffs office, 304 South Marshall St., Suite1100, Houston Justice Center, Caledonia, Minnesota
to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is twelve (12) months from the date of sale.
Unless said mortgage is reinstated or the property redeemed, or unless the time for redemption is reduced by judicial order, you must vacate the premises by 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2016.
MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE:
None
THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.
Dated: October 20, 2014
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
Mortgagee
SCHILLER & ADAM, P.A.
By: /s/
Rebecca F. Schiller, Esq.
Sarah J.B. Adam, Esq.
N. Kibongni Fondungallah, Esq.
*Curt N. Trisko, Esq.
Samuel R. Coleman, Esq.
Attorneys for Mortgagee
The Academy Professional Building
25 North Dale Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 209-9760
(14-1885-FC01)
THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR.
NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE
FORECLOSURE DATA
Minn. Stat. 580.025
(1) Street Address, City and Zip Code of Mortgaged Premises
822 EAST STREET SOUTH
CALEDONIA, MN 55921
(2) Transaction Agent None
(3) Name of Mortgage Originator (Lender)
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
(4) Residential Servicer
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
(5) Tax Parcel Identification Number
210504000
(6) Transaction Agents Mortgage ID Number (MERS number) None
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 29,
November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
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Mortgage Foreclosure http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/mortgage-foreclosure-16/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/22/mortgage-foreclosure-16/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:19:39 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35399 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage:
DATE OF MORTGAGE:
September 20, 2010
ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $158,450.00
MORTGAGOR(S):
Daphane K Kidd, a single person
MORTGAGEE: Altra Federal Credit Union
DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING:
Recorded: September 27, 2010 Houston County Recorder
Document Number: 262776
Transaction Agent: Not Applicable
Transaction Agent Mortgage Identification Number: Not Applicable
Lender or Broker:
Altra Federal Credit Union
Residential Mortgage Servicer:
Altra Federal Credit Union
Mortgage Originator: Not Applicable
COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Houston
Property Address: 813 S 14th St, La Crescent, MN 55947-1616
Tax Parcel ID Number: 251411000
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot Five (5), Block Ten (10), of Valley South Addition to the City of La Crescent according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder in and for Houston County, Minnesota
AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE: $151,620.15
THAT all pre-foreclosure requirements have been complied with; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof;
PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above-described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows:
DATE AND TIME OF SALE:
December 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
PLACE OF SALE: Sheriffs Main Office, Courthouse, 306 South Marshall Street, Suite 1100, Caledonia, Minnesota
to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorney fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns.
If the Mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under Minn. Stat. 580.23, the Mortgagor must vacate the property on or before 11:59 p.m. on June 10, 2015, or the next business day if June 10, 2015 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
Mortgagor(s) released from financial obligation: NONE
THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.
THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.
THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.
DATED: October 22, 2014
MORTGAGEE: Altra Federal Credit Union
Wilford, Geske & Cook P.A.
Attorneys for Mortgagee
7616 Currell Blvd, Suite 200
Woodbury, MN 55125-4393
(651) 209-3300
File Number: 031746F01
Published in the
The Caledonia Argus
October 22, 29,
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Balloons filled the skies this past weekend http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/balloons-filled-the-skies-this-past-weekend/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/balloons-filled-the-skies-this-past-weekend/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:53:16 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35382 Photos by Pam DeMorett and Diana Hammell

Photos by Pam DeMorett and Diana Hammell

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October 22 is Unity Day http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/october-22-is-unity-day/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/october-22-is-unity-day/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:31:02 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35380 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month. National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized in communities across the United States, with hundreds of schools and organizations signing on as partners. Facebook, Disney, CNN and Yahoo! Kids have supported the month through media outreach and dissemination.

Caledonia area schools has been doing various activities throughout the month to educate and raise awareness of the problem of bullying.

“It is great that the teachers and administration show so much support here in Caledonia,” said MS/HS Counselor Ryan Schmidt.

Unity Day

Wednesday, October 22 is “Unity Day.”

The PACER Center has recognized one day during the month of October as a day to unite throughout the country against bullying.

In 2014 that day will be held on October 22. Students and staff at Caledonia area schools will be wearing orange in recognition of Unity Day.

“It is a great way to bring awareness to the whole issue of bullying or cyber bullying to our school,” said Schmidt.

The counselor hopes that parents will get involved in Unity Day as well.

“We are encouraging the students and staff to wear orange as well,” said Schmidt. “But we’re also hoping that parents and community members will get involved.”

Schmidt said that his hope is that someone might go to work and be asked ‘why are you wearing orange?’

“It creates the opportunity for a dialogue around this issue,” he said.

He also hopes that the message will be sent that there is support for those who are going through being bullied.

“We want everyone to know that you’re not alone,” he said. “We want to bring it into focus here in our school. Unity Day is a chance for everyone to come together as one and to end bullying.”

According to a UCLA psychology study, bullying boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students. Psychologists studied 1,895 students at 11 Los Angeles middle schools, where students were asked to name the students who were considered the “coolest”. According to Jaana Juvonen, the lead author of the study, “The ones who are ‘cool’ bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen as ‘cool’”.

• 20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying or are feeling bullied, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school.

•  According to one study cited by the DHHS, 29.3 percent of middle school students had experienced bullying in the classroom; 29 percent experienced it in hallways or lockers; 23.4 percent were bullied in the cafeteria; 19.5 percent were bullied during gym class; and 12.2 percent of bullied kids couldn’t even escape the torture in the bathroom.

• Most of the student in the study reported name calling as the most prevalent type of bullying, followed by teasing, rumor-spreading, physical incidents, purposeful isolation, threats, belongings being stolen, and sexual harassment. Surprisingly, cyberbullying occurred with the least frequency.

• 70.6 percent of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools – and approximately 30 percent of young people admit to bullying themselves. With so many students seeing what goes on, one has to wonder why bullying proliferates – especially since the DHHS reports that bullying stops within 10 seconds 57 percent of the time when someone intervenes. Juvonen found in her study that “A simple message, such as ‘Bullying is not tolerated,’ is not likely to be very effective,” and that effective anti-bullying programs need to focus on the bystanders, who can step in and stop the behavior.

 

Bullying Statistics 2014:

Lasting Effects of CyberBullying

Most experts agree that bullying peaks in middle school, while children are making the transition from children to young adults. Although bullying certainly continues into high school – and even into adulthood, unfortunately – it does seem to subside with maturity. Even so, approximately 160,000 teens reportedly skip school every day because they are bullied, and 1 in 10 teens drops out of school due to repeated bullying.

• 83 percent of girls, and 79 percent of boys report being bullied either in school or online.

• 75 percent of school shootings have been linked to harassment and bullying against the shooter.

Not shockingly, students who are bullies as young adults continue the trend of abuse and violence into adulthood. By the age of 30, approximately 40 percent of boys who were identified as bullies in middle- and high school had been arrested three or more times.

Source: nobullying.com

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Houston County passes resolution aimed at keeping water control local http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/houston-county-passes-resolution-aimed-at-keeping-water-control-local/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/houston-county-passes-resolution-aimed-at-keeping-water-control-local/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:28:01 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35378 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Houston County passed a resolution against new regulations of the proposed new waters of the United States (WOUS) definition.

“The Minnesota County Engineers Association is recommending that this is something we do,” County Engineer Brian Pogodzinski said.

In fact, the engineer noted, that it is something local jurisdictions are treating with caution so as not to lose local control of their streams, rivers and waterways.

The resolution reads in part, “Houston County requests that the proposed new WOUS not be implemented and the EPA work with local and state governments to develop a map showing WOUS and/or clear and concise regional definitions. Houston County recognizes the need to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the waters of the United States,” the resolution language states.

However, it notes, “Minnesota has the MPCA, MnDNR and BWSR regulatory programs effectively accomplishing this but recognizes some states do not.”

John Brunkhorst, Minnesota County Engineers Association president said “We are very concerned with the proposed new rules defining WOUS. The proposed rules at 88 pages as pubished  in the Federal Register are so complex and confusing, we are concerned our county members, especially smaller and mid-sized counties without environmental resource specialists, will be able to identify which waters require permits and which do not. We are concerned regulators will also have difficulty with this question.”

The ambiguity, Brunkhorst fears, will “result in additional costs and delays as we attempt to make this determination.”

Other news

• The schedule of findings for  the year ended December 2013 in the summary of auditor’s results, show that the Houston County financial statements received an “unmodified” finding.

“That is the highest we can receive,” Carol Lapham, County finance director said.

In the county’s financial statements, no material weaknesses were identified.

In the federal awards portion of the review, the county also recieved an ‘unmodified’ finding.

“This is good news,” Lapham said. “This is the first time since I’ve been here in 30 years.”

The findings will help the county save costs in addition to having the accurate financial data.

Should the county be qualified as a low risk auditee for two consecutive years, they will realize savings as a result of the designation.

• Jordan Goeden was hired as a probationary maintenance specialist, step one, at an hourly rate of $18.51.

Malika Eisberner had her status changed from probationary to regular effective October 21.

• Commissioners Judy Storlie and Dana Kjome were appointed to serve on the canvasing board. Commissioner Justin Zmyewksi and Teresa Walter were not eligible to serve as they are up for re-election. The canvassing board will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 7, to certify the results of the November 4 election.

• Reminder: There is no board meeting on Tuesday, November 4 because it is election day. There is also no meeting on Tuesday, November 11, because of the Veteran’s Day holiday. Instead, the board will meet on Monday, November 10.

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Local artist mural on display during recent open house http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/local-artist-mural-on-display-during-recent-open-house/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/local-artist-mural-on-display-during-recent-open-house/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:27:28 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35373 By Daniel E. McGonigle

Daniel McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus   Local artist Rocky Danielson poses next to the mural she painted in Mark Miller’s garage outside of La Crescent.

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Local artist Rocky Danielson poses next to the mural she painted in Mark Miller’s garage outside of La Crescent.

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Artist Rocky Danielson throws all of herself into each project that she does.

On October 12, the Caledonia artist held an open house to unviel some of her recent work.

“I enjoy hearing or seeing what people do that they enjoy,” Danielson said. “That which gives them peace and enthusiasim. This is a project that has made my heart sing.”

Danielson recently completed a mural as a tribute to the last car enthusiast Stan Belchinger.

The mural is painted on a remodeled garage at the home and business of auto body specialist Mark Miller.

“We decided to do something like this when my uncle ( Belchinger) passed away,” said Miller. “He was an auto body guy, like myself and so we wanted to do something as a tribute to him.”

So Miller approached Danielson who was eager to participate in the project.

“I spent time with the family wanting to understand exactly what they wanted,” said Danielson.

She and Miller went back and forth discussing just what should be painted.

Over the course of the conversation, Danielson got to know which cars Blechinger had worked to restore and those same cars were put into the murals in various places.

She also learned that Belchinger would travel to Rudy’s drive in in La Crosse each Tuesday night with his car club.

Many of the members of the club came to an open house held on Sunday, October 12.

They were treated to murals on the walls that featured Belchinger’s familiar pink Chevy 1957 Bel Aire. The mural also featured Rudy’s familiar drive in, and personal touches of Miller’s children, Joey and Miranda seated on a picnic table outside of Rudy’s.

“It turned out better than I could’ve imagined,” said Miller. “So many different folks came to see the work and commented on how proud Stan would’ve been.”

Dainelson, who has painted murals at Caledonia schools, the turkey sign, single family homes throughout the area, and other places, is proud that her work was so well recieved.

“It was a great project to be a part of,” she said.

Daniel McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus   Mark Miller poses with the 1957 Bel Aire that his late uncle, Stan Belchinger restored. Miller made the cooler/bar trailer pull behind shown in the photo.

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Mark Miller poses with the 1957 Bel Aire that his late uncle, Stan Belchinger restored. Miller made the cooler/bar trailer pull behind shown in the photo.

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Board denies peddler’s license to Thomas Costello http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/board-denies-peddlers-license-to-thomas-costello/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/board-denies-peddlers-license-to-thomas-costello/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:03:43 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35371 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

The Houston County board, on the recommendation of the sheriff, voted to deny a peddler’s license to Thomas Costello.

Costello, who has solicited business in the county offering the sevice of farm painting, has been the subject of several complaints submitted to the sheriff’s office.

On September 28, 2013, the Houston County Sheriff’s office received a complaint from a resident in Wilmington Township. The citizen reported that they gave Costello $3,750 to paint a building and the work has not been done.

“I called this citizen on October 6, 2014 and asked if the work had been completed by Mr. Costello,” said Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely. “They informed me that Mr. Costello was at their residence approximately one week ago and said he was going to do the work but has not done it yet.”

The citizen is now concerned that the temperatures have gotten too cold and the work will not get done again this year.

On October 5, the sheriff’s office received a call from a resident in Sheldon Township.

They reported three suspicious males at the residence. When deputies responded, Costello, his son Jimmy and an employee, Alvin Green, were identified.

Deputies reported that the reporting citizen’s husband had hired the three males, but because of their behavior they were asked to leave and not to return.

On October 6, 2014, Thomas Costello applied for a peddler’s license in Houston County.

On the application Mr. Costello indicated he had not been convicted of a felony gross misdemeanor or any crime of theft, fraud or issuance of worthless checks.

“In doing a basic search of Mr. Costello, I found that he had been convicted of a felony,” Ely said. “The Wisconsin Circuit Court access indicates that he plead guilty to a felony count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in La Crosse County on September 24, 2014.”

In fact, Ely noted, “it appears that Mr. Costello has at least five prior driving under the influence convictions and his driving privileges are revoked.”

The board voted unanimously to deny a peddler’s license to Costello.

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CHS senior donates to local food shelf http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/chs-senior-donates-to-local-food-shelf/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/chs-senior-donates-to-local-food-shelf/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:01:45 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35367 Daniel McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus  Carsen Coffield donated $276 to the local food shelf. His efforts continue at gofundme.com search food for friends.

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Carsen Coffield donated $276 to the local food shelf. His efforts continue at gofundme.com search food for friends.

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Carsen Coffield knew he could help make a difference.

Coffield, the son of Mark and Linda of Caledonia, wanted to help raise money for the food shelf and he did so, to the tune of $276.

“About a month ago the school was talking about doing some fundraising for the food shelf,” Coffield said. “What the school was doing was great but I felt like I could help and do a little bit more.”

So Coffield created a website on gofundme.com and talked to his friends and their parents and asked them to chip in for a good cause.

In fact the site is still live and people can still go there and donate.

“You just go to gofundme.com and search ‘feed our friends,” Coffield, a senior at Caledonia high school, said. It is also shared on his facebook page so if you either are friends or search for him on facebook then click the link on his wall, you should be directed to where you can donate.

Coffield said he had the site active for about a month before making the contribution.

“When I walked in with the check, Barb Goetzinger (food shelf director) was surprised,” Coffield said. “She seemed really glad that I had done that.”

Coffield said he didn’t think it would have the impact that it did.

“But I’m really glad that it did,” he said. “It made me feel good. I want to do what I can to help people. It is a way to give back to my community.”

While the food shelf was happy to share the story about what Coffield had done, the modest senior said he didn’t really want all of the attention it brought.

“I kept it a secret that I was doing this and to be honest I really didn’t want anyone to know,” Coffield said. “I just hope it can inspire others to help and that people do more than just think of themselves.”

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Archers quiver with excitement over Houston range http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/archers-quiver-with-excitement-over-houston-range/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/archers-quiver-with-excitement-over-houston-range/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:59:59 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35365 By Kelley Stanage, 

Caledonia Argus

The city of Houston will be building an archery range, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the DNR. The grant, along with donations and a match from the city, will allow them to complete the 6.5-acre range in South Park by June 30, 2015 for a total of $12,000. The Houston city council was unanimously supportive of the project.

City administrator, Christina Peterson, has been working with the council for months to update the city ordinance. Earlier this year, the council had approved their ordinance prohibiting archery in residential districts outside designated areas. Peterson said, “Some people enjoy target shooting; but others are nervous if it’s too close. This offers a good compromise to allow people to target shoot and still follow the city’s ordinance.”

Peterson said, “The timing was perfect on this. It just fell into place. We passed the ordinance earlier this year, and were planning a range. We were going to do something either way. Then, we found the grant, which was due in August. We had to hustle to get it done. The grant allowed not only funding, but technical guidance.”

Archery enthusiast and public works employee, Ed Jacobs, spearheaded the project, with help from Randy Thesing, Audrey Hegland, Leonard Olson, Craig Stanislawski, and Bob Borowiak.

“It’s a very popular sport, and ever-increasing,” Audrey Hegland, Houston’s Administrative Assistant, said. “They need a place to practice and enhance their skills. And, it will be a good place (and a safe place) for kids to learn.” Dave Runningen, teacher at Houston High School, said, “I will encourage students who are very interested in archery that this might be a great place to practice and improve their skills.”

The DNR reports enthusiasm among students who otherwise resist physical education class. Students do not need to be stereotypical athletes to excel at archery. Jay Johnson, of the DNR asserts, “Outdoor recreation is becoming a smaller part of young peoples’ lives, which has negative consequences on their health and well-being. Introducing them to a lifetime sport such as archery has benefits inside and outside the classroom. Getting kids active in the outdoors makes it more likely that they will serve as stewards of our state’s bountiful natural resources, as well.”

Most archers in our area develop the skill for bow hunting. Archery is also an Olympic sport, developing mental abilities such as patience, discipline and focus. It can be practiced by the physically disabled and is an activity that people can enjoy throughout their lives. Houston’s plans for the range include handicapped accessibility.

Houston’s archery range will be one of only a few public ranges. Most are affiliated with private sporting clubs. The new archery range in South Park will add another activity to the long list of recreational opportunities available to Houston’s residents and visitors.

Houston also received $3,500 in Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grants to promote the use of Trailhead Park and South Park. SHIP grants were utilized in past years to create the natural playground in Trailhead Park.

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City looks to have inspection done on water tower http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/city-looks-to-have-inspection-done-on-water-tower/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/city-looks-to-have-inspection-done-on-water-tower/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:58:27 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35363 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

KLM Engineering out of Lake Elmo submitted a proposal to inspect the 300,000 gallon elevated water tower located in Caledonia. KLM proposes to perform a detailed inspection of the existing conditions of the tower. The company would then submit a report and will break down in detail the conditions of the tower both internally and externally.

The report will review things like coating condition and structural conditions. It will also include any unsafe OSHA conditions.

Costs for the service will depend on which options the city decides to choose. A remote operated vehicle inspection is performed for a fee of $2,800. Coating samples can be collected for an additional $500. A second day of inspection would cost $1,200.

Other news

• Smith, Schafer and Associates will perform audits for the city of Caledonia for 2015 through 2017 for $2,500, $2,600 (2016) and $2,700 (2017).

• The city granted a Minnesota lawful gambling permit for a raffle to be held by the Caledonia Wrestling Club.

• The city council approved a policy on ensuring the security of non public data. The procedures ensure that only individuals whose work assigment reasonably requires access will have said authority.

• Trent Prince was offered a position of part-time police officer by the city of Caledonia.

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Lt. Governor candidate visits Caledonia http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/lt-governor-candidate-visits-caledonia/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/lt-governor-candidate-visits-caledonia/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:58:04 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35361 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Bill Kuisle and State Representative GreG Davids (R) were in Caledonia on Monday, October 20.

“We’re going to the cafe’s and buisnesses meeting people, shaking some hands and finding out what is on the voter’s mind,” said Kuisle.

As the November 4 election draws near, according to a KSTP poll, Governor Mark Dayton leads Jeff Johnson by 10 percentage points.

“In that same poll governor Pawlenty trailed by 10 points,” said Kuisle. “So we feel pretty good about where we are.”

The candidate noted that he’s been going throughout the state with the respresntatives and state senators in those areas trying to get his message out there.

“We’re really hearing a lot about Ebola right now,” he said. “We need good leadership on the issue.”

Kuisle also said that he’s hearing statewide that private insurance rates are increasing as a result of MNSure and Obamacare.

“Small business owners are seeing increases of $70,000 on their insurance premiums,” he said, pointing to one small business owner in the northern part of Minesota.

Kuisle also wants to address the rail backlog that is happening nationwide.

“It’s not so much in this part of the state because of the river infrastrucure being able to move freight,” he said. “But because so much of the oil is being moved by rail, and without approval of the pipeline, we’re really seeing prices on construction materials, sheet rock, and our wheat really being impacted.”

Kuisle said he’d like to see more being done on that issue.

“I drive by on highway 10 and 94 and I see how backed up the rail system is,” he said. “It’s one train after another and the cars are all carrying oil and gas.”

As the election gets closer, Kuisle said that he and Johnson will be making their way across the state attempting to connect to voters.

“We’re going to be making our way across the whole state,” he said. “I really enjoy the grass roots politics of door knocking, shaking hands and meeting with people.”

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A health care pioneer who sought justice http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/a-health-care-pioneer-who-sought-justice/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/10/21/a-health-care-pioneer-who-sought-justice/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:53:01 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35358 Dr-tomNORRISBy Joy Powell 

Star Tribune

The great Halloween Blizzard of 1991 paralyzed the Twin Cities, but that wasn’t going to stop Dr. Tom Norris from seeing his patients. At his St. Paul home, he donned his big old blue parka, prompting his wife to ask where he was going.

“They can’t get anyone to come in,” Norris said of fellow doctors at Riverside Urgent Care in Minneapolis. Out the front door he went from his home near Desnoyer Park, trudging through drifts five miles to the clinic.

Norris, known as a superb pediatrician who always went the extra mile, died June 6 of nonsmoker lung cancer. He was 74.

His wife, Beth Bennington, said Norris loved serving children and teens from diverse cultures. He believed in universal health care and “was always seeking social justice and health care as a right for everyone,” she said.

“He was influenced in the 1960s by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, and he carried that with him throughout his life.”

He was a healer not only as a physician but in many other ways, said his pastor, the Rev. Dan Garnaas of Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

“He cared so much about reconciliation,” Garnaas said. “He was concerned about healing certainly his patients, but also healing in families and healing between groups in the community.

“He was concerned about folks who had less, concerned with folks who were struggling more than others in our society, and was deeply concerned about healing between nations. Tom was a peacemaker.”

Norris’ career included over 30 years with HealthPartners, most recently at Como Clinic in St. Paul.

He pioneered program development for Whole Child and Family Life Skills as the director of Minneapolis Children’s Health Center Outpatient Clinic and received many professional awards over the years.

“My dad loved his work and loved to fight for those who did not have a voice,” said son Jascha Bennington.

Norris was born in Caledonia where his surgeon father, Dr. Neil Norris, owned the hospital. Tom Norris graduated from Willmar High School, Hamline University, Stanford Medical School and later, the University of Minnesota, where he earned a master’s degree in public health.

His residency was at University of New Mexico, followed by private practice in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M., where he adopted a daughter, Kristina “Tina.”

He was a versatile, kind doctor known for humility. On the faculty of Albuquerque’s Lovelace Medical Center, Norris taught pediatric residents including Dr. Mark Nupen.

“His breadth of education including public-health training — working with some of the school programs and the different cultures he encountered in New Mexico and then in St. Paul — is quite unusual for most physicians,” said Nupen, of Anoka. “He was very well read, could teach the material and at the same time take such an interest in his patients.”

Nupen, a longtime friend, said Norris loved the direct care of patients and getting to know their families.

“Above all he had a desire to work hard, an ethic to do the right thing for patients, and a keen intellect to practice up-to-date and best pediatric care,” Nupen said.

Colleagues said Norris’ willingness to help residents learn was exceptional. If a resident called in the night with a care question, Norris wouldn’t answer by phone. He’d drive to the hospital to see the patient with the resident.

“Tom loved and lived to teach,” said Dr. Teresa Kovarik of Como Clinic. She called him a brilliant “lifelong learner” who was equally devoted to his patients.

“Tom’s love of medicine and his drive to provide only the most superior care for his pediatric patients fueled his creativity, giving birth to the visionary Teen Clinic and the overnight coverage program at Fairview Hospital for our patients,” Kovarik said.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Beth Kaye Bennington; children Katherine Norris Paries, Kristina Wright, Andre and Jascha Bennington; sisters Kathryn Norris and Kristine Stinson; three grandchildren; and stepmother Dr. Hilde Virnig.

Services have been held.

* Article originially appeared 

in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 22, 2014: Reprinted with permission

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