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Thursday, July 18, 2013 Tri:Cg_!ntY News Emergency storm relief grant for veterans Minnesota Department of Vet- erans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito has made a determination to assist those veterans and wid- ows of veterans affected by the storm on June 21, 2013. An Emer- gency Storm Relief grant is avail- able not to exceed $1,000. This decision was made after the gover- nor's office informed the Depart- ment that there was not enough damage statewide to declare a disaster under an Executive Order. For more information please contact the Stearns County Vet- erans Service Office at (320) 656-6176. Le00,als Government 'I" Hl'll' lllHg111111111 lllllll Program for water quality named as pilot project Stearns County's Middle Sauk River Watershed named pilot project area for new water quality program The Middle Sauk River Water- shed in central Stearns County has been selected as one of four pilot project areas for the new Min- nesota Agricultural Water Qual- ity Certification program. The program is designed to acceler- ate voluntary adoption of agricul- tural practices that enhance water quality, while maintaining Min- nesota's productive agricultural economy. The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification pro- gram is the first of its kind in the nation and is the product of a state- federal Memorandum of Under- standing signed by Governor Day- ton, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in January 2012. Under the certification pro- gram, farmers who implement and maintain approved conserva- tion plans will be certified and in turn assured that their operations meet water quality goals and stan- dards for a set period of time. "A goal of this program is to offer certified farmers a 10-year exemption from regulations that would be enacted at the State and Federal level, said Chuck Uphoff, New Munich dairy farmer and board supervisor for the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). "Producers will need to take a hard look at their entire opera- tion and incorporate water quality best management practices such as buffers, grassed waterways, manure storage structures, nutri- ent management, and conserva- tion tillage." Minnesota Assistant Agricul- ture Commissioner Matt Wohl- man says that this 3-year pilot project in the Middle Sauk River watershed is a real opportunity for farmers. "Agriculture is a cornerstone of our state's economy. We also value the health of our rivers, lakes and streams. We believe this collab- orative, historic program pres- ents enormous opportunities to achieve measurable water qual- ity outcomes," said Wohlman. "We look forward to working with pro- ducers in the Middle Sauk River watershed to demonstrate to the public that farmers care about our water quality and are committed to adopting conservation prac- tices." Stearns County is the top dairy producing county in Minne- sota and agriculture is a key eco- nomic driver in the area. The Mid- dle Sauk River watershed, with dairying and livestock as the chief enterprise among its 727 produc- ers, is in a great location that could have a positive impact on the local economy. Nleeker County Sheriff presents awards Sheriff Jeff Norlin is pleased or service. For 2012, Deputy Marc Exceptional Service Award. Two to announce the recipients of the Berris is the recipient of the Sher- individuals, Deputy Bill Hudson 2012 employee recognition awards, iff's Achievement Award. Rebecca and Litchfield Police Officer Aaron A decoration is awarded annually Miller of the County's IT (Infor- Nelson, are also being recognized in recognition of performance of marion & Technology) assigned to for a life-saving event that occurred duty, heroism, orhigh achievement the Sheriff's Office is receiving an Feb. 17, 2013. Page 15 The Minnesota legislature appropriated $3 million in Clean Water Legacy funding to launch this program in the four pilot watersheds. These funds will leverage $6.5 million in federal funding previously announced by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. Funds are currently available to assist farmers in installing conser- vation practices, such as grassed waterways, water and sediment basins, feedlot runoff control structures, and many other prac- tices. Uphoff urged farmers to con- tact the Stearns County SWCD and Natural Resources conserva- tion Service (NRCS) at the USDA Service Center in Waite Park for more information (320) 251-7800 #3. "This may be the last chance we have to hold back regulations," he said. --..,. s..k Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin presented awards for outstanding service. Pictured Left to Right are Sheriff Jeff Norlin; Rebecca Miller, Meeker County IT; Deputy William Hudson; Deputy Marc Berris; Litchfield Officer Aaron Nelson; and Chief Deputy Brad Lindgren. Submitted photo. Eden Valley opens bids for road project By lean Doran Matua, editor Thursday morning, July 16, at 11 a.m. as scheduled, the City of Eden Valley opened six bids they received for the Highway 22 road and water/sewer project sched- uled for this construction season. The apparent low bid, pend- ing thorough review by the city's engineers, is Kuechle Under- ground of Kimball with a bid of $3,078,483.77. The next highest bid was from Geislinger & Sons of Watkins at $3,596,281.41. Other bids were, in order of amount: Northdale Construction Company, Inc., of Albertville at $3,786,521.61; R.L. Larson Excavat- ing, Inc., of St. Cloud at $3,798,827.88; C & L Excavating, Inc., of St. Joseph at $3,817,792.95; and the highest bid was from Duininck, Inc., of Prins- burg at $4,419,018.70 (a total of $1,340,534.93 higher than the Kue- chle Underground bid). Although it is a bit late in the sea- son to be opening bids, the city's engineers are confident that most of the project can still be completed this year, with the remainder being finished up next year. The railroad crossing work must be done by CP Rail this year. That work will be coordinated with Highway 22 construction for minimal traffic impact and to optimize construction time. The city's engineers will closely coordinate all work with the con- tractor, the railroad, and with the city. Every effort is being made to assure that next year's Valley Daze parade WILL absolutely take place. (The route will be changed next year and forever after, but that is because of a change to the driveway at Assumption Church.) Once the bids are reviewed and approved, it could take a week to prepare the contract. It will then be up to the contractor and the city as to when construction will begin. As far as the city is concerned, the sooner the better. WILDER PA(00EANT Walnut Grove, MN 36th annual outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder July 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2013 888-859-3102 re,. 0I pllm Reserved Seats $14.00 General Admission $12.00 Stearns County SWCD supervisor Chuck Uphoff, along with Governor Mark Dayton and USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (seated) at the announcement. The Minnesota legislature appropriated $3 million in Clean Water Legacy funding to launch this program in the four pilot watersheds. These funds will leverage $6.5 million in federal funding previously announced by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. Submitted photo. Search for Mrs. Stearns County announced Mrs. Steams County will have the honor of representing her cotmty at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at "Ritsche Auditorium", March 8, 2014, in St. Cloud. The woman chosen as "Mrs. Stearns County" will become an ambassador from the Stearns County area and will receive the official title and sash. The woman chosen as Mrs. Minnesota will receive a prize package worth $7,000 and the chance to represent Minne- sota at the "2014" Mrs. Interna- tional Pageant in July. The American Heart Associa- tion's "Go Red for Women" is the Official charity of the Mrs. Minne- sota pageant. To learn more visit: The current reigning 2013 Mrs. Minnesota is Andrea Bennett Xiong of St. Paul. Traveling all across the state, Andrea speaks on her platform "Love is Not Abuse" Dating Violence & Education. Dafingviolence is a silent epidemic that is devastatingto ayoungperson'shealth & safety.Andrea knows, becauseit hap- pened to her. Her goal as an abuse sur- vivor is to empower future generations to break the cycle of domestic violence before it occurs in the first place. For more informarion, go to: wwmLote/s NotAbuse.corn. Competitions in the pageant are: personal interview, aerobic wear and evening gown. (There are no talent or swim- suit competitions) For married women living in Stearns County that are interested in applying; Write for a bio-form: MRS. MINNESOTA International Pageant P.O. Box 240537 Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537 Or an online application can be filled out on our website: www. Or call for information: (952) 432-6758; fax: (952)953-3896; or E-mail: