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Thursday, February 26, 2009 T -- &amp;--l-- ,2i000000Coun00 00Sf/Government Online burning permits available in much .of state The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expand- ing a program that allows people to purchase a burning permit online. The online burning permit, which costs $5, allows a person to burn piled vegetative material or con- duct a running fire of less then one acre during evening hours. The per- mit is valid for the calendar year in which it is purchased, but must be activated each day burning occurs by calling a toll-free number. Daily activation of burning per- mits allows local public safety departments to keep track of where authorized burning is occurring to distinguish authorized burning from reports of possible wildfires. It also allows for daily updates to any burning restrictions that may be called for because of weather con- ditions or air quality alerts. The online burning permit sys- tem was launched in a handful of Minnesota counties in 2007. Each year since, more counties have been added to the system. For those who prefer not to use the Interact, burning permits may still be obtained from local fire wardens or from a DNR for- estry office. For unusual fires or large running fires more than one acre, a burning permit must be obtained from a DNR forestry office. While DNR issues statewide open burning regulations, some local juris- dictions mayhave additional require- ments that need to be followed. For more information, or to apply online for a burning permit, visit <>. Incentive programs help CRWD residents improve water quality Several incentive prorams are available to residents interested in protecting water quality in district lakes, rivers and streams. For more information about any of the fol- lowing programs, please call the district office at (320) 274-3935. Shoreline buffer incentive District residents with lakefront or riverfront property can receive a one-time incentive of $250 from the CRWD to plant a shoreline buffer. These buffers of beauti- ful native plants not only protect water quality by preventing sed- iment and nutrient runoff, they also attract a variety of birds, but- terflies, and other wildlife. Tech- nical assistance to plant a buffer is available from local Soil and Water Conservation District Offices. A number of area landscapers can also design and install a shoreline buffer. Farm buffer incentive Farmers who have a lake or river near their property can receive an additional incentive from the CRWD for joining the Federal Conservation Reserve Program. The CRWD will offer a one-time payment of $200/acre to a farmer who enrolls and establishes a buf- fer in the Conservation Reserve Program. Farmers who plant seeded, harvestable buffers along lakes, rivers, streams, or county ditches and leave those buffers for a three- year period, can receive a one- time payment of $350/acre from the CRWD. These are just two of several incentives available to farmers. Please contact the District Office at (320) 274-3935 for more oppor- tunities. Rain garden incentive The CRWD will pay a one-time incentive of $2.50 per square feet to plant and maintain a rain gar- den on lakeshore property. The payment is limited to an area of no more than 10 percent of the imper- vious surface on the property. The rain garden plan must be pre- approved by the CRWD to qual- ify. For more information about rain gardens and their benefits to water quality, visit the Web site for Rice Creek Watershed District's Blue Thumb Education Program at <>. Animal feedlot upgrade incentive Animal producers upgrad- ing their feedlots to reduce phos- phorus runoff, may be eligible for financial assistance from the CRWD. The incentive amount is based on the amount of phos- phorus required and the distance between the feedlot and surface water. Once again, contact the CRWD office at (320) 274-3935 for additional information. Give your input on Stearns County budget cuts Stearns County is making cut- backs to absorb reductions in response to the state's nearly $5 billion budget deficit. Because of budget problems at the state level, and the counties reliance on state dollars to operate, Stearns County will be forced to cut its budget. At this time, it is still uncertain what the monetary impact will be on Stearns County for 2009. That picture will be clear after the leg- islature finishes its session this spring. Budget challenges for 2010 are likely to be much more daunt- ing. But in anticipation of expected losses of millions ill state dol- lars this year, Stearns County has already took action to save money in a few key areas. A hiring freeze is in effect, a hold was put on all major purchases and discussions have begun with unions to see how they can help reduce employee payroll costs. In addition, all department directors have submitted propos- als on ways their departments can cut dollars. Stearns County administra- tors and the Board of Commis- sioners continue to look at ways to cut costs. Now they want your input. If you have thoughts on how Stearns County can reduce its bud- get, e-mail <budget@co.stearns.>. They are also asking resi- dents to fill out a brief budget input form online at <>, prioritizing 12 county services they think are either very important, somewhat important or not very important - services such as restaurant inspections, road maintenance, sheriff patrols, chemical dependency treatment programs, license center services and parks and trails. Within the next several weeks the Board of Commissioners will review proposed spending reduc- tions. Legal Notice NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Maine Prai- rie Township, County of Stearns, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be post- poned until the third Tuesday in March. The Election Poll hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. at which time the voters will elect: 1 - 3-year term Supervisor The Annual Meeting will com- mence at 8:30 p.m. to conduct all necessary business by law. Some items on agenda: Set Levy for 2010 Fire Contracts Road Projects Comprehensive Growth Plan The Annual Election and Meet- ing.will be held at the Kimball Area Fire & Rescue Hall, 300 N. Elm St., Kimball MN 55353. Terre Harff Clerk of Maine Prairie Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Feb. 26 and March 5, 2009. AARP Defensive Driving Course Kimball Community Education and Eden Valley-Watkins Commu- nity Education have joined with AARP to offer a Defensive Driv- ing Course. AARP developed the eight-hour classroom course to help drivers 50 years of age and older to improve their skills and prevent traffic accidents. A four- hour refresher course is offered for those who have already completed the eight-hour initial course. The instructor is Jerry Imholte 4-hr. refresher in Kimball is from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 6, at KAHS Room 105. The cost is $15 for AARP members, $17 for non-mem- bers. Code for the class is 3030. Kimball Community Education is (320) 398-7700. 8-hr. Initial Course in Watkins is from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 6, at Watkins Town Hall. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $17 for non-members. Code for the class is 3032. Page 13 Legal Notice MAINE PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP MEETING DATE CHANGE Maine Prairie Township will be changing the Comprehensive Growth meeting from Tuesday, Feb. 23, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, to begin at 6:30 p.m., at the Kimball Area Fire & Rescue Hall, 300 N. Elm St., Kimball. Please note that all Compre- hensive Growth meetings/Board meetings will be held the fourth Thursday of the month from this time forth. The need for the change is to work with the company help- ing to develop the growth plan. All township meetings are open to the public. Terre Harff Clerk of Maine Prairie Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, 2009. Legal Notice MAINE PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP MEETING DATE CHANGE Maine Prairie Township will be changing the regular March monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 3, to begin at 7 p.m., at the Kimball Area Fire & Rescue Hall, 300 N. Elm St., Kim- ball. The change is due to the annual meeting and election held on their regular meeting date. 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