General Election absentee ballot drop-off locations

Mailing of absentee ballots is under way for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election to all voters who requested an absentee ballot. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received within 7 days of the election. If an absentee application is requested and not received, contact the Stearns County elections division…

Political campaign signs not permitted on state highway rights of way

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds everyone that the placement of campaign and other advertising signage on highway rights of way is not allowed under state law. All state, county, city, and township roads and highways fall under the same state law. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches, and…

Watkins approves expanded policing

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At its Sept. 10 regular meeting, the Watkins city council approved expanding police coverage by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office to include more hours on the weekends. The county will present a revised contract to the council for approval. The council approved im- provements at the Clippers ballpark, bringing water…

Kimball addresses property nuisances

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At its Sept. 1 regular meeting, the Kimball city council heard from one of 23 individuals who received a nuisance letter about their property. The city sent out nuisance letters to 23 city property owners. Most of the letters related to lawn parking (an ordinance violation), and the next most…

Absentee voting for the General Election

Absentee voting begins Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, for the Nov. 3, General Election. Because of the current pandemic, residents who wish to vote by absentee are encouraged to request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org. Vote absentee by mail Voters apply for an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org or can contact the Auditor–Treasurer’s office at…

Eden Valley approves first step toward new rental housing in town

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At its Sept. 2 regular meeting, the Eden Valley city council approved support of the application for annexation of property near the current townhomes on Meeker-Stearns Street in Eden Valley. This is the required next step toward the start of a 20-unit apartment building there. David Tysk, the same developer…

August minutes summary from Kimball School Board

The Kimball School Board held their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. The Ehlers representative presented the Pre-Sale Report for the Facilities Bonds; Clay Anderson, Activities Director introduced himself; the Community Education Director and Cubs Club Coordinator presented a request to increase fees. The consent agenda was approved including 2-year contracts with…

Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research bears

The Minnesota bear hunting season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to avoid shooting marked research bears. These bears are marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio collars. Researchers with the DNR are monitoring about 20 radio–collared black bears across the state, especially in bear…

DNR sets two confiscated hunting, fishing, equipment auctions for this fall

Sept. 19 and Oct. 24 auctions will be held online The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled two public auctions of confiscated fishing, hunting, and trapping equipment. The auctions, which will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, include 501 firearms, 71 bows, and a variety of other equipment. All of the equipment…

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