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Thursday, January7,2010 P..n00r00t, ttm00ttt Tri-County News Kimball, MN .=.Jvu6t v vvwvsaaw.6vsabt, Stearns Co. wants input on land use Seeking public input on county&apos;s Land Use & Zoning Ordinance Update Stearns County is in the pro- cess of updating its Land Ose & Zoning Ordinance, and the next step in the process is to get input from our citizens. The purpose of the Land Ose & Zoning Ordinance is to promote and provide for the orderly devel- opment of agricultural, residen- tial, commercial, industrial, recre- ational and public areas and land uses. An Ordinance Advisory Com- mittee is overseeing the devel- opment of this Ordinance. That Committee has representatives from the townships, cities, county and state, agricultural industry, lake associations, and the Avon Hills Area. There will be three meetings where the public will have the chance to give their thoughts on the ordinance: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Melrose City Center, 225 E. First St. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Paynesville Area Center, 1105 W. Main St. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Stearns County Service Center West, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park. For each of these public meet- ings there will be a half hour pre- sentation followed by an open house. Members of the Ordinance Advisory Committee, county staff and the project consultants will be available to answer ally ques- tions. Some of the areas of interest that will be highlighted are Natu- ral Resources Overlay/Avon Hills, shoreland standards, transfer of development rights, solar energy, kennels, commercial storage, non- conformities, motor vehicle repair and agricultural protection tools. To get more information about the ordinance update, call Envi- ronmental Services or log on to the county's Web site at <www., us>. Have You Ever Served in the Military? Benefits May Be Available Contact the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838) .o,%. 0 ,;: ,;, Page 9 Nick and Tara Meyer Honored as Stearns SWCD Conservationist of the Year Nick and Tara Meyer, rural Sauk Centre, were recently honored as outstanding conservationists of the year. The Meyers, who own and operate Meyer Dairy, were selected by the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award. The award was presented Tuesday, Dec. 8, at theAnnual Meet- ing of the Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) in Duluth. Each year, Minnesota SWCDs recognize individuals and orga- nizations for outstanding accom- plishments in implementing con- servafion practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources. The award program is conducted with support from The Farmer maga- zine. According to Steams County SWCD chairperson, Chuck Uphoff, the Meyers were recognized for a variety of reasons. Nick and Tara's dairy farm con- sists of 170 milk cows, and they raise corn and alfalfa and 360 acres. Nick succeeded his parents Gerald and Joyce in 2003 to become manager of this family farm. Nick corrected a feedlot runoff concern by install- ing runoff controls and an ani- mal manure storage facility. Also, a grassed waterway was installed to address an erosion problem along an intermittent stream leading to SWCD Conservationists of the Year (left to right) Nick and Tara Mey- er, and son Tyler, with Paula Mohr, editor of The Farmer magazine. Submitted photo. the Sauk River. The services of a pri- vate crop advisor are used to main- tain the farm's nutrient and pest management plans. Several acres of wetland are maintained for wild- life. The Meyers also received Min- nesota Department of Agriculture's March 2009 "Good Farm Neighbor Award." Tara serves as Executive Director with the Minnesota Farm & Food Coalition. "We're really proud of Meyer Dairy and what Nick and Tara have done for conservation in Stearns County," said Ophoff. "It is wonder- ful to have the next generation of young farmers, like Nick and Tara, providing an example to other land- owners by installing many conser- vation practices over recent years to protect and enhance our natural resources." erner ell prill|n00l. ater is our business! 14311 55 TM St.. NW Annandale, MN i20+Years in SVell and Pump Service Call "Roilie" 320-274-3856 Ce11320-980-1212 RIPPNE :1 ; " ) "- " 3" c-'f -   <-" #,dditio, - , ill . l;ac'k Dirl. - L-;epdc: :i;V,lel:;, b]',; .)r P.ep,:ir Larry 320.980.3556 Stote certitTed Kevin 320.980.3558 Free estimates.. Kurt 320.980.6499 I /V-' Flags (all kinds00) & 398-6782 -2269 B0bHermann$93-6782 KIMBALL CHIROPRACTIC :fit 1398-1900 a (888) 785-2813 M0n. thru Sat. Evening appts 510 Hwy 55 East * Kimball Plumbing Heating Sewer Cleaning Back Hoe Digging Portable Toilets Sewer Pipe Thawing ,I'. 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