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www.tricountynews.mn ToWnship office filings The following individuals have filed for office in local townships. Township elections and annual meetings are Tuesday, March 8. Eden Lake Township: Jonathan Schaumann (Supervisor), and Stacey Thielen (Clerk). Fair Haven Township: Roland lurgens (Supervisor). Forest Prairie Township: Rich Streit (Supervisor), and Bob Geislinger (Clerk). Kingston Township: Danny Schiefelbein (Supervisor A), and Gail Schiefelbein (Clerk). Luxemburg Township: Rick Utecht (Supervisor), and Lee Bautch (Clerk). Maine Prairie Township: Ronald Kuechle (Supervisor). Manannah Township: Steve Kraushaar (Supervisor), and Deb McCann (Clerk). Secretary Simon announces launch of official Precinct Caucus Finder Precinct caucuses officially kick preference ballot. off election season in Minnesota "Our vote is our voice, and I Secretary of State Steve Simon encourage all Minnesotans to go announced the availability of the out and caucus on March 1, and state's official Precinct Caucus make their voices heard," said Finder for Minnesota's 2016 Secretary of State Steve Simon. Precinct Caucuses on Tuesday, "This is an important election year March 1. The Finder displays in Minnesota and going to a cau- caucus locations provided by cus is a great way for Minnesotans the Democratic-Farmer-Labor to show support for their preferred Party and Republican Party of candidates, raise an important Minnesota. Minnesotans can find issue, and meet people in their their caucus location here: http:// community." caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/. In order to participate in a cau- Precinct Caucuses mark the cus, Minnesotans must be eligi- beginning of the 2016 election in ble to vote in the November gen- Minnesota. They are meetings eral election, live in the precinct, run by the state's political par- and generally agree with the prin- ties where the candidate endorse- ciples of the political party host- ment process begins, delegates ing the caucus. Minnesotans also are selected, and goals and values have the right to take time offwork (called party platforms) may be to be at a precinct caucus or polit- set. Precinct Caucuses are entirely ical party convention (if you're a run by the state's political parties, delegate or alternate), but must including the selection of caucus give their employer ten days' writ- locations and meeting procedures, ten notice. This year, a major part of Precinct Minnesotans interested in Caucuses for Minnesotans will be caucusing with one of the state's to vote for the person they want minor political parties should their political party to support contact their party directly for for President in the presidential dates and locations. PAGE 17 25, 2016 Legal Notice March 2, 2016, at the Maine Prairie NOTICE OF Township Hall, 7551 Dellwood PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST Road, Kimball, MN. This testing is MAINE PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP open to the public. Notice is hereby given that test- Lori Hunt, Clerk ing of the Automark and Tabulator Maine Prairie Township Election machines will takePublished in Tri-County News place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Legal Notice Conditional Use Permit, for their Permit. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING property located at 100 St Hwy PropertyID #60.34361.0500 KIMBALL CITY COUNCIL 55 W to: bring the current high 21.72A P/O SE4SE4 S OF HWY Notice is hereby given that the school into compliance with the 55 LESS W200' & LESS THAT PART Kimball City Council will hold a City's Urban Residential Zoning COM AT SE COR - N 1D W ALG E Public Hearing on Tuesday, March Ordinance 1110; which allowsLN710.76'TOPOB-CONTN1DW 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon Junior and Senior High Schools 167.09' TO W'LY EXT OF N LN LT thereafter as possible, in the City as a Conditional Use in section 11 PATTEN'S 1ST ADDN - S 89D Hall Council Chambers, 1 Main St. 4. In order to proceed with their W 28.26' - S 1D E 167.07' - N 89D E N, to consider the following: planned running track project, 28.35' POB A request by Independent Independent School District #739 School District #739 for a must obtain a Conditional Use Property Requesting Conditional Use Permit Anyone wishing to comment 7:00 p.m. Please send to: on the proposed request will be Kimball City Hall heard at this hearing or you may Attn: CityClerk-Public Hearing send your written comments, EO. Box238 which need to be received no later Kimball, MN 55353 than Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Published in the Tri-Coun0 News Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. EV-W moves forward with hiring tech trainer By]eanDoranMatua, Editor teacher with them in any class- ofabargainingunit. At its Feb. 17 meeting, the sec- room setting with students. The rotary lawn mower has ond meeting that month, the This move is a result of a mor- been ordered. Eden Valley-Watkins school board atorium on the purchase of any For a second year, an incident approved moving forward with more technology in the schools occurred at the alumni basket- developing a job description then until there's better training for ball tournament: one of the bas- advertising and hiring a position what the district already has. ketball backboards was broken. that would be an effective inter- "We're tapped out," explained This was the third time a back- face between technologies at the superintendent Mark Messman.board broke, once at practice and schools and their users, both stu- The district has added quite a bit twice at the alumni tournament. dents and staff. The job title and of technology- devices and appli- The youth basketball association rate of pay are still up for discus- cations - but now needs mainte- will have to pay for the replace- sion, and may depend upon the nance and training, ment from proceeds of the tour- qualifications of the successful Mandatory budget cuts nament, and in turn try to get pay- applicant. But the board agrees It's the time of year when all ment from the person who broke unanimously that moving for- school districts are expected to it. There are 10 backboards in the ward now is the right move. put together a list of programs and new gym, and the broken one was Thenewpositionwouldrequire staff to be reduced or discontin- quickly switched out. The back- some education background, ued. The EV-W board, with more board springs have always been although not necessarily an edu- than $1 million in reserve, fol- very tight, but adjusting them cation degree. It also will require lowed the superintendent's rec- voids the warranty. The district a level of IT knowledge and corn- ommendation to not place anyhas been fortunate thus far that fort, but not necessarily an IT teachers on unrequested leave, as there has been no personal injury, degree either. There may be pos- they may quickly find positions or damage to the floor by these sible candidates for the position elsewhere given the teacher short- three incidents. Further action alreadyworkinginthedistrict, but age, and they would not be avail- may be called for. the board may be hesitant to pull able if/when needed at EV-W. The The elementary and high good teachers from their current board agreed to give the superin- school administration is begin- positions, especially in light of a tendent the power to make such ning to look at a middle school teacher shortage everywhere, a list if it becomes necessary. Any model for grades 5-6 and 7-8 at The "technology integration- reductions will be finalized at the each building. ist" (one possible job title) would March 9 meeting. There are several projects be responsible for learning the In other business planned at all three schools to hardware and software used Three job descriptions were make use of Health & Safety within the district, researching updated, and approved by thefunds, including secureentrances possible future technology, and board. The district secretary and at both elementary schools, and then teaching students how to use district payroll clerk, both have more updates to the 1927 portion it and teachers how to teach with access to confidential informa- of the high school. it. This person will be part of the tion, and the district technology Letters are ready at the elemen- teachers' bargaining unit. If the coordinator is a supervisory posi- tary schools for Target Services hired individual is not a licensed tion; as such, all three positions for the summer. The special pro- teacher, there must be a licensed are exempt from having to be part gram is available on a need basis, and by invitation only. Last year summer, and students will receive it was available to students in breakfast and lunch as part of the grades 2-5; this year it will be for program. grades 1-6. They are expecting The next EV-W school board 100 students this summer (38 stu- meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. dents are needed for the program Wednesday, March 9, in the board to pay for itself; anything beyond room. Two board members and that is profit for the program). An the superintendent will be avail- expanded transportation pro-able from 6-6:30 that evening for gram is being worked out for the open forum. Become a You Can Make a Difference Pinehaven Youth and Family Services, Inc. is seeking families to work with youth. Training and support provided. i Services, Inc. For more information please contact us at (218) 828-2027 1-888-571-6703