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Pa00e 8 Legal Notice NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE Due to the caucus, the Kingston Township board is changing their February meeting to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2010. The Le00als Government Thursday, February 4, 2010 mball, MN Kimball Area Emergency " Food Shelf.__ Inc. meeting will be held at the Kings- St. Anne&apos;s Church in Kimball ton Community Center in Kings .............................................................................. ton. If you would like to be on the 1o - 110:45 a.m. Tues./q'hurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches. agenda call (320) 398-8400 Gail Schiefelbein/clerk. Gail Schiefelbein/clerk Kingston Township Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Feb. 4 and 11, 2010. ESTIMATED COST: The total estimated increase in cost of said Project is $0.00 AREA PROPOSED TO BE ASSESSED: There will be no increase in the original cost of the Cedar Lake Project and no addi- tional assessment. AUTHORITY: The Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District proposes to proceed under the authority granted by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103D, as amended. WRITTEN OR ORAL OBIEC- TIONS: Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the pro- posed improvement will be heard at this meeting. Written or oral objections will be considered. DATED: January 22nd, 2010. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS MARVIN BRUNSELL, Chairman Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 11, 2010. Legal Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON IMPROVEMENTS TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN TIME AND PLACE: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District will meet at the Annandale Middle School located in the City of Annandale, Minne- sota, at 7 o'clock p.m. on March 10, 2010, to consider adoption of a res- olution ordering the amendment of the Cedar Lake Project to pro- vide for the ongoing control and reduction of curly leaf pondweed in Cedar Lake. NATURE OF PROJECT: The Proj- ect shall consist of steps necessary to remove phosphorus and con- trol the growth of curly leaf pond- weed in Cedar Lake. The Engi- neer's Technical and Cost Report for this amendment and improve- ment to the Cedar Lake Project has been filed with the managers and are subject to inspection. CRWD awarded grant for Kimball located in a city; this unnaturally raises the water temperature, and it also washes pollutants into the stream. Willow Creek flows into Clearwater River, Lake Betsy, and the Mississippi River. CRWD, the Kimball council, and their engineers are already hard at work on plans to better handle stormwater runoff in Kim- ball. Watch for more details as they are available. The Clearwater River Water- shed District was awarded a grant for $70,900 for a project with area- wide benefit. The CRWD requested the funds from Minnesota Board of Water & Soils Resources to ameliorate stormwater runoff from Kimball streets into Willow Creek. Cur- rently, stormwater flows directly into the creek, which is one of only six Minnesota trout streams Lower costs allow GAMC program to continue through end of March enrollees," said Commissioner Ludeman. "We continue to work with counties, providers, com- munity agencies and faith-based organizations to help enrollees through the transition." DHS has held a number of briefings and community meetings to share information about the process. Information is also available at <, us/gamc>. Counties will pay Minneso- taCare premiums for the newly transferred enrollees for up to six months, depending on the time remaining in the GAMC enroll- ee's eligibility period. At the end of the eligibility period, enrollees will need to renew their eligibility and pay for their premiums, which average $5 a month. GAMC, a state -funded program, covers adults without dependent children with incomes up to 75 percent of the poverty level ($677 a month for one person). Nearly all of these adults are also eligi- ble for MinnesotaCare, which cov- ers adults without children with incomes up to 250 percent of pov- erty ($2,257 a month for one per- son). MinnesotaCare coverage is funded through the state Health Care Access Fund and enrollee premiums. Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman announced Wednesday, Jan. 2Z that state funding is available for the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) programuntilApril 1, and eligible enrollees can continue on the program through March 31. GAMC program funding had been expected to end March 1. "This extra month of GAMC coverage is possible because pro- gram costs and new enrollment were lower than projected," Gover- nor Pawlenty said. "The extension means that people can remain on GAMC through March and then will automatically be transitioned to MinnesotaCare." Except that the change will take place a month later, Commissioner Ludeman said the transition pro- cess for approximately 28,000 enrollees now on GAMC will be the same as that announced in November. No action will be required on the part of these enrollees, who will receive a notice from the Department of Human Services about the transition. New applicants otherwise eligible for GAMC can apply for Minnesota- Care at their local county office. "Transitioning people on GAMC to MinnesotaCare main- tains health-care coverage for Legal Notice UNOFFICIAL MINUTES CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS MEETING JANUARY 13, 2010 - 7:00 PM ANNANDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL, ANNANDALE, MN Manager Brunsell called the reg- ular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Marvin Brunsell, Jerry Ris- berg, and Roland Froyen were pres- ent. Others in attendance were Engi- neer Rebecca Kiuckhohn, Engineer Norm Wenck, Administrator Merle Anderson, and Assistant Adminis- trator Dennis Loewen. Motion #10-01-1: Kampa, sec- onded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye. Motion #10-01-2: Kampa, sec- onded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda. All managers voted aye. Motion #10-01-3: Froyen, sec- onded by Kampa, made a motion to pay bills. All managers voted aye. Engineer Wenck informed the managers that the monitor- ing well in the Clearwater Harbor Area Wastewater Treatment Sys- tem would be installed on Janu- ary 18, 2010. He also suggested that the CRWD amend their watershed management plan, specifically updating the Total Maximum Daily Load information. Administrator Anderson indi- cated that he would be develop- ing a proposal after contacting the Clear Lake Property Owners Associ- ation, to present to Cory Meierhofer regarding installation of a v-notch weir on his property. Assistant Administrator Loewen reported that $16,367 out of the $25,000 Cedar Lake Project Lake 06-1 Maintenance Assessment has been received. Engineer Kluckhohn reviewed the CRWD 2009 Water Quality Report, which is now on file in the District Office. Motion #10-01-4: Kampa, sec- onded by Risberg, made a motion to receive the CRWD 2009 Water Quality Report. All managers voted aye. Engineer Wenck distributed the Draft 2010 CRWD Brochure for review. Motion #10-01-5: Risberg, sec- onded by Kampa, made a motion to refund Gerald Altman one unit of the 2009 Cedar Lake Project 06-1 Assessment. All managers voted aye. Engineer Kluckhohn reviewed the grants that the CRWD has applied for. Engineer Kluckhohn left at 8:55 p.m. Assistant Administrator Loewen reviewed the following: 1. A reminder that milfoil per- mits need to be submitted. 2. 2010 Fish Trap Easement pay- ment is due. 3. Registration for Stearns County shoreland training is due. 4. Reported on the Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting. 5. Announced the Willow Creek/ Kimball stormwater upcoming meeting. Administrator Anderson announced that Commercial Fish- erman Ken Seeman would seine Swartout Lake as soon as condi- tions permit. Motion #10-01-6: Froyen, sec- onded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to pay real estate taxes on CRWD property in Meeker County. All managers voted aye. Manager Kampa indicated that an effort is being made to dredge the Lake Augusta Channel. Motion #10-01-7: Risberg, sec- onded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adjourn. All managers voted aye. These minutes are available at: <>. CRWD Audit Reports are avail- able at the Annandale Public Library. Board Chairman, Marvin Brunsell Secretary, Mark Kampa Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. Schaefer seeks re-election Vince Schaefer, Third Dis- trict County Commissioner, has announced he will run for re-elec- tion this fall. Schaefer has served on the Stearns County Board of Com- missioners for the past seven years, was chair of the board for one year, and is currently vice-.chair. The Third District includes the Town- ships of Avon, Brockway, Precinct 1 of Collegeville, Eden Lake, Holding, Luxemburg, Maine Prairie, Mun- son, and Wakefield; and the Cities of Avon, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Holdingford, Kimball, Richmond, Rockville, and St. Stephen. For 2010 appointments, he serves on 26 county, regional, and state committees as part of his position, in addition to the county board meetings. His past experi- ence both in business and govern- ment has been a great asset to the many issues Stearns County has had to deal with in the past few years. Schaefer commented, "I have tried hard to keep in touch with the residents of the Third District and all of Stearns County, so I can be informed on the issues of the day. I look forward to seeing the people of the Third District throughout the next four years and will continue to work hard to meet their needs." Vince encourages people to con- tact him on any issues they are hav- ing with Stearns County. Schaefer further commented, "Oftentimes, it's a matter of connecting the dots between the residents and the county staff to resolve an issue. I will continue working hard to rep- resent county residents." Schaefer can be reached by phone at (320) 248-0263 or (320) 253-1499. Home address is 541 Car- oline Lane, PO Box 66, Rockville, MN 56369-0066. E-mail <vince. schaefer@co.stearns, m n. us>. Vince Schaefer, Stearns County Commissioner. Submitted photo. Applications being accepted for the Environmental quality Incentives Program (EOJP) Stearns County agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental QUal- ity Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the USDA-Natu- ral Resources Conservation Ser- vice (NRCS). The Minnesota NRCS announced that a scoring period to determine priority f6r funding applications will occur at the end of February 2010. Nearly $22 mil- lion is available to assist produc- ers. According to Brenda Tonn, Act- ing District Conservationist in Stearns County, completed appli- cations must be received at the local NRCS Field Office in Waite Park, by Feb. 26 in order to be con- sidered for this scoring period. EQIE a voluntary program, provides financial assistance to install or apply certain conser- vation practices, such as fencing, agricultural waste systems, ter- races, and grassed waterways. In addition, producers receive incen- tive payments to encourage agri- cultural and livestock producers to manage certain natural resources, such as manure, grasslands, and nutrients. For 2010, producers are eligible for two new practices: drainage water management and seasonal high tunnels for crops. Drain- age water management facilitates the management and control of existing tile drainage systems to improve the quality of the water leaving the system. Seasonal high tunnels, sometimes referred to as hoop houses, are limited as a pilot practice to determine if such structures can provide environ- mental benefits with increased production. Participation in EQIP is limited to agricultural producers. Organic producers, limited-resource farm- ers, beginning farmers, and under- served farmers were designated in the 2008 Farm Bill as focused outreach groups and may bene- fit from EQIP. EQIP provides assis- tance for a wide variety of conser- vation practices treating cropland, grazing, forestry, feedlots, and wildlife. To find out more about EQIP, contact the Stearns County NRCS field office at (320) 251-7800, Exten- sion 3, or visit the Minn. NRCS Web site: <>. www.tricou ntynews. M N