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PAGE 14 January 14, 2016 South Haven moves forward to sell Muni building By lean Doran Matua, Editor The South Haven City Coun- cil adopted 2016 appointments at its Jan. 5 meeting. Serving as Act- ing Mayor, when needed, will be Norm Bodeker (Ian.-March), Russ Christinsen (April-June), Dave Kothe (July-Sept.), and Jessica jar- vis (Oct.-Dec.). Fire and Rescue chief Oscar Laney reported that there were five rescue calls and one fire call during December. The depart- ment needs new equipment: 23-25 new pagers (at $583 each), total- ling $12,025; two new GPS units for new trucks, totalling $400); new base station for the fire hall ($7,845); and 12 new air pack bot- tles to replace expired ones (at $977 each), totalling $11,732. The Fire Relief Association will donate funds to the city to use for pur- chase of this equipment. The council adopted an Alter- native Energy Systems Ordi- nance (patterned after that of Rosemount) for the city of South Haven. Only Kothe voted against it. The issue of solar farms is still not addressed. Furnishings of the former municipal liquor store (tables, chairs, glassware, glasswasher, etc.) have been sold at the direc- tive of the council. The city's attor- ney has drafted a Request for Pro- posal (RFP) to sell the building and lots, and the RFP will be pub- lished. The city's liquor ordinance will need to be changed, nowthat there is no longer a municipal store, and the council approved moving for- ward with making those changes. (With a municipal liquor store in town, only one other liquor license may be issued. Now that the Muni is closed, that limitation can be removed.) The next meeting of the South Haven City Council will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at City Hall. Mark Meteorologist Cold hits the area hard Weather: It was a cold weekend for football or whatever you had going on throughout the entire state of Minnesota. The coldest readings Sunday morning in Minnesota was Warroad where it dropped to a very cold 27 degrees below zero F. Big Fork, Roseau, Cook and Crane Lake all dropped to 25 degrees below zero F. Most of central and west cen- tral Minnesota were in the 15 degree below- to 20 degrees below- zero territory. We didn't warm up very much on Sunday as most locations reached only the single digits above and below zero for daytime high temperatures. The state of Minnesota made national news, of course, as it was one of the coldest playoff games in the history of the NFL played at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. For those brave fans sitting out- side for more than three hours to watch the Vikings have a chance to win it in the closing seconds, only to have victory taken away, it must have suddenly felt much colder. It is amazing what a victory could have done for those cold fans. The weather did play a factor in the game as it was a low-scor- ing matchup. In addition, the cold weather typically makes the foot- ball hard to kick and go less dis- tance. We saw that first hand on Sunday. It was one game to remember in Minnesota weather history and in Vikings playoff lore. Only hope- fully one of these years we can make it back to a Super Bowl with- out a field goal dooming us. Have a great week and stay warm! Weather history: On this date in 1888, the "infamous Blizzard of '88' occurred." Records show that "It hit during a mild day when many children were head- ing home from school." Children made up the "majority of the 200 people that died." Weather fact: If you have to travel by car or truck during a bliz- zard, it is important to have an "emergency aid kit (water, jumper cables, road flares, tow rope, non-perishable snacks) in case your car breaks down, you get into an accident, or become stuck in the snow." MN AT A GLANCE: Moorhead Low -7 High 15 Duluth Low -2 High 17 Central Minn. Low.-7 High 17 Minneapolis Low -2 High 17 Rochester Low -5 High 16 Marshall Low 1 High 22 Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 17 Low 8 Wind: WSW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Monday's sunrise: 8:00 a.m. Monday's sunset: 5:01 p.m. Normal High: 19 Normal Low: 1 Temperattires will moderate by the midweek as daytime highs should return to more seasonal levels. Above normal temperatures will arrive by Thursday, but it will be short-lived as colder weather will return along with chances for some light snow. We are projected to fall back into the single digits for daytime high temperatures by the weekend as Arctic high pressure will invade the region once again. Thursday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 40-percent chance of light snow. High 29 Low 11 Winds: E 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Friday: Variable cloudiness, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 14 Low -6 Winds: NE 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Saturday: Variable cloudiness and colder, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 6 Low -9 Winds: NW 15-25 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 6 Low -4 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Prec. None. ............. :=~: .............. 1 Eden Valley to limit wi-fi access at library By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Water/sewer bill appeal up. Junker explained that the city's TheEdenValleyAreaLibraryhas Leah Hauser appeared before the streets are not designed for semi provided computers and wi-fi for council to appeal a past-due water/ trucks, there's no way around that. use by patrons at no cost. The free sewer bill for $429 that was owed by They can advise drivers to unload wi-fi has been used by many, both the previous resident of the house as quickly as possible, but driver's inside and outside the building, where they now live. They received change often and they can't talk It may have been a matter of time a shut-off notice because the past- to them all. There's just no other before someone abused that privi- due amount has not been paid, and place to park and unload. lege, but they did, and big time. their agreement with the owner and Other business The building is city property, former resident was that she would The council unanimously and the wi-fi is provided through pay all bills before they moved in approved new landowner permis- the city. Recently the city received Nov. 1; she hasn't done that. Com- s/on forms allowing easements for a notification that the library's plicating the issue, the property is the MeekerCountyTrailsAssocia- wi-fi was used to download por- being foreclosed, and the Hauser t/on for the city-owned park (foot- nographic movies through a familyislivinginthehomerent-free ball field) and adjoining Freder- sophisticated network specifically but only until June. icks property. Easements have not for that purpose (in other words, it While they sympathized with been updated since 1977. Junker was intentional), the family's situation, the council pointed out that property owners Police chief Ernie Junker agreed that the shut-off notice was can no longer be sued for accidents pointed out that downloading following the city's ordinance, and out of their control when ease- porn in itself is not illegal. Down- that the past-due amount must be ments are in place, that the law loading it in a way to avoid paying paid to avoid shut-off - regardless changed about six years ago. for it, however, could be. of who pays it. They also explained The school's Eagle Kids pro- There is no way with the cur- that the water/sewer bills are tied to gram is thriving, and running out rent system to control or limit wi-fi the property, not to the people who of space. They are looking at pos- usage, legal or not, without s/m- live there, so the water must be shut sibly buying the old fire hall that ply shutting off the system after off if the property's bill is not paid. they've been using this past year. hours. But groups using the Event A payment plan was agreed on to The city will look into the costs of Center also use the library's wi-fi, have the total past-due and current moving the water telemetry equip- Mayor Brent Bengtson looked balance paid off by the end of Feb- ment, and building onto the city's into options and presented the ruary; failure to meet this plan will public works building for storage council with a plan to have Arvig result in water shut-off, now in the old fire hall. It is antic/- install a firewall with the $89/ Rental ordinance pared that need for the Eagle Kids month charge including installa- The new rental ordinance is (daycare) program will increase as t/on and maintenance of all equip- nearly ready for adoption; the city current daycare providers retire in ment and services. The council attorney will have final review and the coming years, and as require- approved the firewall, which could will add wording about required ments for licensing of new daycares be installed in just over a week. garbage service. Meanwhile, is getting more strict. An advantage (Councilmember Jeff Bradshaw the city will begin to advertise of the school purchasing this prop- voted against the expense, as he for a compliance officer/zoning erty over another is that it's already has consistently been against any administrator, tax-exempt; it would not remove investment in either the library or "The ordinance is 99 percentanother property from the tax rolls. the building, feeling the commu- ready," said councilmember Mark The city approved a five-year nity would be better served by a Kern. "Hiring a compliance officer office lease agreement with Eden taxpaying business being there.) will take time." Lake Township (at $525/month). The library board will meet Sat- Property owner John BradshawThey approved the 2015 audit urday to discuss sharing the $89/ addressed the councilabout anui- agreement with berganKDV (at month cost with the city. sance complaint across the street $14,825). They approved the fee With the firewall in place, users from a home he purchased andschedule with one change: rent- will get a pop-up window on their renovated for sale. It's hard to sell ing the Event Center for a private computer or device asking them to it with a view of this rental house event will now be $30 instead of accept the terms of service which surrounded by trash outside. The $25. They set the administrative include a prohibition of any illegal house currently has no water, offense penalties (for police tick- activity, anything pornographic, electricity or heat. The renter was ets). 2016 administrative appoint- and downloading software or served an eviction notice in Octo- ments remained the same as 2015. anything potentially harmful, and bet, but was incarcerated until The city will receive a $12,826 it will block certain apps. Anyone next week so that means the evic- insurance dividend this year. The not agreeing to the terms will not t/on process has to start all over; city's engineer is still looking into be able to access the library's wi-fi, she is not currently living in the penalties for late work on the Hwy. Most likely, the library's wi-fi house. 22 road project, and will be ready will be turned off completelyfrom Bradshaw's concern is that the for the February meeting. The 10 p.m. until morning, and this rental ordinance is enacted soon rebuilt pump has been installed at also can be controlled by the fire- so that this ugly nuisance can be the Industrial Park site. wall. This will totally prevent any removed, and he can sell his property. The next meeting of the Eden misuse of the service during those Truck parking on city streets Valley city council will be Wednes- hours; this is critical as the city is The issue of delivery trucksday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Meetings are liable for any abuse, parked on city streets again came open to the public and are televized on Thursdays on Arvig cable TV. Former homeless Georgia man finds stability ByDanielI. VanceMS, LPCC to put on what he had been expe- evil scheme against me, but are The National Institute of riencing. Since then, he said, he there to try to help." Mental Health defines bipolar dis- has had many deep struggles with Timothy also began being order (formerly manic-depres- depression. He also has had two more responsible in terms of work. sive illness) as a serious brain dis- minor, manic-driven psychotic A year ago, he began laying the order causing "unusual shifts in episodes lasting only a few days groundwork f or beginning a small mood, energy, activity levels, and each that began during periods of business that could supplement the ability to carry out day-to-day intense stress, his government assistance, with tasks." Affected people often have In 2015, an epiphany of sorts a long-time goal of fully support- severe relationship, work, and radically changed his outlook, ing himself. He has become much school adjustment challenges, and He had always viewed himself as more optimistic about the future, sometimes, suicidal ideations, a victim of circumstances, but and has been receiving some From Georgia, 63-year-old suddenly realized he could take encouragement and help from "Timothy" in a telephone inter- more responsibility for his life. He church members. view said, "At one time in the mid- hadn't held a steady job in about 30 As for making such changes at '80s, I was homeless, destitute, years, for example, age 63, he said, "It's never too late and disengaged from family. I was He said, "Owning up to my to change. I thought at 62 my life going from one person's home to responsibilityformylifegavemea was pretty much over until having another to live. Finally, I moved feeling of freedom. I didn't have to this awakening of feeling respon- into a homeless shelter." blame others. For instance, I used sible for my actions. Again, that In 1988, a mental health pro- to blame the 'system' for most of lifted a weight off my shoulders fessional diagnosed him with a my problems. But I've changed my and helped me feel empowered." form of bipolar disorder in which attitude, particularly about the Faceboolc: Disabilities by Daniel the depressive state was more mental health system, for exam- 1. Vance. 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