Lynden Township clean-up

On Monday, Nov. 9, members of our Explorer Post and Advisor Brian Theisen attended the Lynden Township Board meeting. They were there to accept a donation for the POST’s help with Lynden Townships annual clean up day on Oct. 3. Members helped to unload items from vehicles that were bringing garbage and other items to…

Stearns County election review

Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels wants to inform residents of the post-election review process. As an additional checks and balance for the Nov. 3, General Election, a post-election review was conducted Nov. 17. This post-election review process included counting the top three races: U.S. President/Vice President, U.S. Senator, and U.S. House of Representatives. 

Citizens can apply to serve on a county committee

There is an opportunity for Stearns County residents to get involved with their local county government. Numerous openings exist for residents wanting to serve on a Stearns County board, committee, or task force. The boards and committees serve a variety of county departments in a variety of areas. Stearns County is recruiting for appointments to…

Siren test canceled until March

Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze has determined the 1 p.m. monthly test of the Meeker County outdoor warning sirens will be canceled for all sirens in Meeker County on Dec. 2, Jan. 6, and Feb. 3, to avoid unnecessary strain and damage to the Outdoor Warning System (OWS). Monthly siren tests will resume March 3,…

Minnesota National Guard ramps up COVID-19 support

More than 200 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This number was expected to increase to over 400 by the end of last week. The Guardsmen will be focused on three specific areas: supporting nasal swab community testing sites, supporting saliva community testing…

Important property tax notice

Homestead applications due Property owners in Stearns County who have purchased or moved into a new home within the past year and need a homestead classification have until Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, to file the application. The property tax homestead classification affects the amount of taxes that a property owner will pay in 2021, and…

Eden Valley approves solar farm

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The Eden Valley city council has approved a Conditional Use Permit for a solar farm to be installed on the southwest end of town. This was recommended by the Planning Commission, and meets all the criteria for solar farms as set by the city. Police chief Ernie Junker reported that…

Kimball increases firefighter retirements

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At the request of Brad Donnay of the Kimball Fireman’s Relief Association, the Kimball city council approved an increase to $1,650 in retirement payments to Kimball firefighters after they serve 20 years. The Kimball Fire & Rescue Department is all- volunteer; they receive a small hourly wage for each call,…

Watkins moves forward to update ordinances

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor With a workshop scheduled for Dec. 15, the Watkins city council will formally begin updating its city ordinances. The city has hired the Mid-MN Development Commission to guide this work, and to create a new set of ordinances that will be both current and enforceable. This will include more precise…

License Centers closed Nov. 11-13

Stearns County’s License Centers will close for three days while the State of Minnesota replaces its license and registration program. MNDRIVE will replace the current MNLARS system for all driver and vehicle services. The State of Minnesota will replace the system Nov. 11-13. Motor vehicle and driver’s license services will be unavailable statewide during the…

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