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Pa e 8 Highway 15 interchange public meeting scheduled for Feb. 1 Lel als ~ Government Thursday, January 27, 2011 Fish house theft, crime blotter Highway 15 - Diverging Diamond Interchange Steams cty Rd 120 | ] ! [] Eastlbound [] we~oum Pedestrian Signal at (3201 223-6530, or . To request an ASL interpreter, send a meeting notice to . To request another reasonable accommodation, call (651) 366- 4718 or (800) 657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); for Min- nesota Relay Service dial 711 or (800) 627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII). Adequate notice is required. The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to a meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Tues- day, Feb. 1, regarding 2012 construction of an inter- change at Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 120 in St. Cloud. The public meeting is scheduled at Mn/ DOT's District 3 Headquarters, 3725 12th Street N., St. Cloud. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn about the interchange project. Mn/DOT repre- sentatives will be on hand to answer questions. A diverging diamond interchange, one of the first of its kind in Minnesota, will replace the existing sig- nal system. Design layouts and a video demonstra- tion will be featured during the meeting to educate motorists about this new interchange configuration concept. The project will be funded with $10 million Greater Minnesota Interchange funding, $4.5 mil- lion Destination Innovation Program funding and $3 million local funding. It will improve safety, decrease congestion and manage future capacity and commu- nity growth. If you have questions about the project, please contact Claudia Dumont, Mn/DOT project manager, Jennifer for this donation. Picture frames have been mounted and simdent artwork will soon be dis- played along the media wall under the skylights at the elementary. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 7th and 8th, and the 4-6 grade music program is scheduled for February 15th. Mr. Widvey reported on the AYP Plan that was submitted and has been received back with the rat- ing of "proficient," which is what we want. The team will continue through the process with work time on the 24th to establish a new mission and vision statement for the district. On January 26th the One Act Play will be performed prior to competition on the 29th. Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: February llth or 12th-negotiations semi- nar, February 16th Benton-Stea- rns Education District, also the next regular Board meeting, Feb- ruary 18th SEE, and February 23rd Health & Safety. The BLT group provided a schedule of their planned fund- raisers, as requested by the Board at the January meeting following their presentation. Mr. Tritabaugh updated the Board on the hail damage to the roofs at the elementary and the high school and how these repairs will work in with the current plan- ning that is being done. The super- intendent noted that he will be out of State January 30 - February 7 and also February 18-23. Committee reports included Stearns County Family Services Collaborative - Helgeson, Meet & Confer - Gagnon, MSBA Confer- ence - Helgeson, Benton-Stearns Education District - Tritabaugh, Board Planning Survey - Helge- son, Community group - Helge- son. There were no Communica- tions'. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Dockery to approve the listed bills in the amount of $172,784.91. MC Motion by Dockery, seconded by Schreiner to approve the con- sent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of December 15, 2009 Board Meeting Accept donation of a library book for Kimball Elementary, $20 toward the volleyball program, and $20 to the FFA program from Liberty Diversified International Accept donation of $250 from Ag Venture Feed & Seed for the FFA program Accept donation of $49.84 from Mary Bernardy toward art sup- plies Accept donation of $59.80 from Mary Bernardy toward Acceler- ated Reader quizzes Accept donation of $250 from Mark and Robin Dockery for activ- ities banners The treasurer's report and quarterly reports were reviewed and discussed. Zipoy/Gagnon accepted dona- tion of $250 from PIE toward pur- chase and installation of the art display system at the elementary. MC Stenger/Schreiner accepted donation of $738 from PIE to cover the cost of bullying presentation on March 10. MC Stenger/Gagnon accepted an anonymous donation of $200 cash. MC Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Seniority List for 2010-2011. MC Gagnon/Schreiner approved the Pay Equity Report for submis- sion. MC Dockery/Zipoy approved the list 0f committee assignments. MC Dockery/Gagnon approved the spring coaching assignments: Softball: Head - Gary Riess, Assis- tant/JV - Eric Primus, 8th - Joe Stapgle, 7th - Barry Strand; Base- ball: Head - Adam Beyer, Assis- tant/JV - Joe Krippner, 8th - Ramsey Simons, 7th - Jamie Lei- ther; Track: TBD; Golf: Head Girls' - Judd Bonham, Assistant - Kris O'Brien (this position depends upon the number of participants). MC with member Zipoy abstain- ing. Gagnon/Schreiner approved revision of the mileage reimburse- ment to the current 2011 IRS rate of 51 cents per mile. MC Stenger asked what the current fuel cap was in the transporta- tion contract. The superintendent indicated $3.00. Jean Matua (Tri-County News) commented that she had received a letter and a phone call regarding a question that came up on Grand- parents Day. Member Zipoy inquired as to when the next board planning ses- sion might be held. This will not be until after the survey results are in. Stenger/Gagnon to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. Judy Gagnon, Clerk (This is a summary of the min- utes of the School Board. To obtain a full copy of the official minutes, contact the District Office at 398- 5585, or check the District website at .) Legal Notice REGULAR MEETING UNOFFICIAL MINUTES BOARD OF EDUCATION JANUARY 19, 2011 IND. SCHOOL DISTRICT 739 KIMBALL, MN The meeting was called to order by Helgeson at 6:00 p.m. with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in atten- dance. Sixth grade students Cait- lin O'Brien, Madison Hurrle, Karl Schiefelbein, and Stephanie Hur- tle, along with Patty Schiefelbein, parent volunteer, presented a math project that they completed in Ms. Bernardy's class. Helgeson called for nomina- tions for Chair. Stenger/Gagnon to have Helgeson remain Chair. MC Helgeson called for nomina- tions for Vice Chair. Gagnon/ Zipoy to have Stenger to remain Vice Chair. MC Helgeson called for nomina- tions for Clerk. Dockery/Zipoy nominated Gagnon. MC Helgeson called for nomina- tions for Treasurer. Zipoy/Dock- ery nominated Schreiner. MC Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Schreiner to approve the agenda as presented. MC Celebrations and Successes of Students and Staff included the winter sports teams all having a great season, One Act Play will be performing on the 29th, Speech will be starting competitions next week, the FFA small animals team will be competing at t.he Regional competition on the 24th, varsity Knowledge Bowl took third at their first meet last week, Blake Gagnon won the Geography Bee, Youth in Government participated in an event at the University of Minne- sota. The board agreed to continue one more school year with the cur- rent Interim Superintendent posi- tion. It is planned that over the next year the board will make a decision on bringing back a per- manent superintendent position. Election costs were shared, suggesting that the board move to even-year elections to recognize a savings of slightly more than $2,000 in election costs. The infor- mation will be brought back to the February board meeting for board action. Mr. Houseman reported on the upcoming staff in-service on Jan- uary 24th. Jennifer Schiefelbein doflated a Flip Camera for use in classrooms for projects and use with the Smart Boards; thank you Fish house damage, theft An ice fishing house owned by Fuzzy Hinz of Kimball was van- dalized some time between Tues- day, Jan. 18, and Friday, Jan. 21. The house was located on School Sec- tion Lake (northeast of Kimball). Besides damage to the house and its contents, several items of fish- ing equipment were also stolen. A $500 reward is being offered for the name(s) of the offender(s); (320) 398-7131. Meeker County Sheriff's Office Monday. Ian. 24 , 2:50 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance for a medical on County State Aid High- way 2, Watkins. One individual was transported to St Cloud Hospital. Sunday, lan. 23 4:57 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic situation at a residence on Meeker Avenue, Watkins. The deputy arrived and after investigation, arrested Joseph Alban Meyer, age 43, of Watkins, for Domestic Assault. Saturday, Ian. 22 , 5:13 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a noise complaint in the area of Church Street, Watkins. The deputy made contact with an individual who was warned. 9:41 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of unsafe condi- tions on MN Highway 15, Kimball. The information was transferred to the MN State Patrol. 8:26 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a deactivated cellular 9-1-1 hang up in the area of County State Aid Highway 36, Eden Valley. A deputy checked the area and found all to be okay. Friday. lan. 21 10:44 a.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a theft by check at a business on West MN Highway 55, Watkins. I1:36 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a residence on 340th Street, Watkins regard- ing a medical situation. A deputy responded and found all to be okay. 1:O5 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of possible child maltreat- ment at a residence on 362nd Street, Watkins. 6:58"p.m. a Sheriff's Deputy came upon a stalled vehicle in the area of MN Highway 22 and 355th Street, Eden Valley. The deputy assisted with traffic control while a private tow removed the vehicle from the ditch. 8:47 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of suspicious activity in the area of Central Ave- nue North, Watkins..The deputy was canceled prior to arrival. Thursday, lan. 20 1:13 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to suspicious activity at a residence on 275th Street, Das- sel. Trent Leland Kotila, age 25 of Cokato, was arrested for 1st Degree Felony DWI, driving after cancella- tion inimical to public safety and small amount of marijuana. 8:07 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Fire to a fire alarm at a business on Luella Street, Wat- kins. The fire department was can- celed a short time later as it was a false alarm. 12:28 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County Road 48, Kimball. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. 1:42 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a juvenile runaway from a residence on 340th Street, Watkins. 3:52 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of a driving com- plaint on MN Highway 15, Kimball. 5:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to and dispatched Wat- kins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on 3rd Street South, Wat- kins. One individual was trans- ported to Meeker Memorial Hospi- tal. 7:32 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted the public at a residence on Meeker Stearns Street, Eden Valley. Wednesday. lan. 19 10:43 a.m. a Sheriff's Deputy came across an abandoned vehicle on MN Highway 55, Watkins. The vehicle v~as a road hazard and was towed from the scene. 4:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of harassment at a residence on Central Avenue North, Watkins. 6:56 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an assist at a residence on County State Aid Highway 34, Watkins. Upon the deputies arrival it was found that everything was taken care of and assistance was~o longer needed. 9:13 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Church Street, Watkins. One individual was transported to the St Cloud Hospital. 10:46 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic while a vehicle was removed from the ditch in the area of County State Aid Highway 24 and MN Highway 15, Dassel. 10:51 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance, Eden Valley Rescue and Eden Valley Police to a medical on Stearns Ave- nue East, Eden Valley. One individ- ual was transported to the St Cloud Hospital. Tuesday. lan. 18 7:32 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of suspicious activity on Clear Lake, Watkins. A deputy made contact and informed the party that extra patrol would be in the area. 10:02 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible men- tally ill person at an address on Douglas Drive, Eden Valley. A dep- uty transported one individual to Meeker Memorial Hospital. 11:03 the Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary from a busi- ness on US Highway 12, Litchfield. Upon arrival of deputies, Craig Richard Andrews, age 30, of Atwa- ter, was arrested on charges of bur- glary and an outstanding warrant from Kandiyohi County. 3:51 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance and Eden Valley Rescue for a medical on State Street North, Eden Valley. One individual was transported to St Cloud Hospital. 9:22 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of juvenile trouble at a residence on 362nd Street, Watkins. Upon arrival of the deputy the party was advised of their options. Monday. lan. 17 12:31 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm on MN Highway 55, Watkins. The deputy. checked the property and found all to be okay. 6:12 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a car/dog accident on MN Highway 22, Eden Valley. Upon arrival of the deputy, the dog's owner was identified and notified of the accident. 6:56 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a burglary of a fish house on Clear Lake, Watkins. 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