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Pa00e 22 Le00als Government Thursday, August 15, 2013 Tri-County News  Watkins council prepares to repair Village Hall, community pool building that used to be the bar. The other two-thirds of the build- ing is up for rent; it has a fully- equipped kitchen. Fire Chief Walter Kramer reported on a change in the Fire Apportionment Agreement; The Watkins portion of Luxemburg Township will decrease by 2 per- cent, similar to Eden Valley. The change is based on population and market value within each jurisdic- tion. There's nothing the city can do. As mayor Dennis Loch said, "They mandate it, we live with it." It was approved. The council will not pursue an SCDP grant for renovating homes within the city citing excessive restrictions that would be placed on the city if they did. Work will begin toward the end of August/beginning of Septem- ber on th e Village Hall. All work by various contractors is being coor- dinated so it all will be finished this season, and in the best order to not disturb other work. The roof will be replaced with steel, the exterior walls will be tuckpointed, new concrete will be poured mak- ing the building water-tight, and a new handicap ramp will be built and installed on the south side of the building. The council will pursue an ag district for Walter Donnay's land, with a minimum of 25 acres to be designated agricultural for tax purposes. There needs to be a public hearing before this can be set into action, and it won't take effect until the 2014 tax year. The next step is to have the city's audi- tor specify limits on such a dis- trict, then to hold a public hearing. There are two abandoned houses in Watkins that have been inspected for the city; someone may buy one, and the other poses no serious problems (except mow- ing the grass) according to the inspector. As soon as the Watkins Pool closes (after Sept. 2), work will begin on the south wall. No one knows yet what work will need to be done to reinforce the wall and stop the 800 gallons/day leak. It is hoped that all work will be fin- ished and cured in time to fill it for the winter freeze. The city will have a water meter installed at Watkins Elementary school; the school district declined to share in that expense. Ambulance chief Ben Aho dis- cussed security of the Fire Hall with the council, and the secu- rity of the Village Hall which is open during storm emergencies for residents without basements or adequate storm shelter. He will bring this up at the next Ambu- lance meeting. They also dis- cussed again obtaining a gas card for the Ambulance for times when they have several calls in a day and return after hours. The city has been requested to remove (or pay for removal of) two dead trees on a resident's prop- erty. It was determined that the trees are on the owner's property, not the city's, and therefore it is the property owner's responsibility. The skating rink will be painted a light color so ice can freeze more quickly in winter. The Lions will pay half the paint cost (at cost), and the city will pay the other half; the total cost is $850 with the Lions doing all the preparation By lean Doran Matua, editor In its Aug. 8 meeting, the Wat- kins City Council moved quickly through mostly old business and a few items of new business. Sheriff's report indicated 42 calls during July. (See crime blot- ter on page 20.) Public Works director Steve Geislinger reported that the city had successfully traded the road grader for a Caterpillar. It should serve the city well for a long time. Pool manager Nora Rohrbeck reported that 78 people signed up for the mayor's free swim day; there probably were more who attended but didn't register. The next free swim will be from noon- 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, sponsored by Farmers State Bank of Watkins. The teen night will follow at 7 p.m. The pool will be open through Labor Day, then close for the sea- son to have repairs done on it. Les and Tina Loft have pur- chased the former MT Plates res- taurant on Hwy. 55. They sought the council's okay to put in an off- sale liquor store, Watkins Liquor Warehouse, in the portion of the and painting work. The city will pay $25/year to be part of the Resource Training & Solutions cooperative that will allow the city to purchase park equipment for the new Veterans Park for much less than retail. The League of Minnesota Cities regional meeting is Aug. 24. Bud's Bar got the okay to block offthe street Sept. 7 for a benefit. Everything is proceeding for Mies Outland to expand their showroom (for Indian Motorcy- cles) and to obtain tax abatement. The county and city are in agree- ment, and a public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, about this. Glenshire Estates would like one or two "children at play" signs installed. The city may have some extras they can install. The council approved a 3 per- cent per year raise for city employ- ees for a two-year contract period. Virl Liebrenz can earn $.50/ hour more when he obtains his water license. Nora Rohrbeck will receive a $.75/hour raise for next year. A budget and pool meet- ing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. Photo of new Caterpillar equipment for snow plowing and other road maintenance in town. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. We had an incredible weekend By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist Weather column: The area experienced one incredible week- end and start of the work week. Temperatures over the weekend were generally in the low to mid 70s on Saturday with low humid- ity levels and plenty of sunshine. Alexandria had a high on Satur- day of 73 degrees which was nearly perfect for weddings and other activities across the region! Temperatures did warm-up on Sunday. For example, Alexandria hit 78 degrees for a daytime high. Morris topped out at a beautiful 78 degrees as well. Elbow Lake was a comfortable 75 degrees for their high on Sunday. Kimball was a warmer 81 degrees for one of the warmer temperatures across Minnesota. Average highs for that community are now 75 degrees. The weather was perfect for viewing the Perseid Meteor Show- ers on Sunday night. The sky was clear and the moon phase was just right for the show. I was down in Glenwood to view the show Sun- day night. A party of about 30 of us were able to enjoy nature's show! By the way, the full moon for the month of August will take place on Aug. 20. Some of the names for the August full moon are: "Full Corn Moon" and "Full Sturgeon Moon." Their names are "Red Full Moon" and "Grain Moon." Rain chances will return for the weekend. It is a long way off so things could change between now and then, but at this point the computer models indicate that we will have a chance of rain Thurs- day, Friday, Saturday, and Sun- day. It certainly doesn't look like a wash-out for the weekend, but some scattered or isolated thun- derstorms could take place. Temperatures will remain near average for this time of the year for much of the weekend. Weather history: On this date in 1961 a late summer heat wave pushed across Minnesota. Alexan- dria hit a record high of 95 degrees. Most of Central and West Central Minnesota topped out in the mid to upper 90s as well. Weather fact: Upper Midwest Flooding during the Summer of 2011 cost "over $2.0 billion in total damages/costs." The melting snow combined with above nor- mal precipitation "caused the Mis- souri and Souris Rivers to flood across the Upper Midwest" MN AT A GLANCE: Moorhead Low 50 High 75 Duluth Low48 High 72 Central Minn. Low 52 High 75 Twin Cities Low 57 High 78 Rochester Low 58 High 78 Marshall Low 55 High 78 Monday, Aug. 12: Mostly sunny. High 72 Low 55 Winds: S 5 mph. Prec. None Monday's sunrise: 6:20 a.m. Monday's sunset: 8:31 p.m. Normal High: 79 Normal Low: 59 Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1863 Heavy Parrott rifles opened from the low-lying sand bat- teries of Morris Island, S.C., fir- ing against Fort Sumter and Bat- tery Wagner. Although just a prac- tice to establish the range, the fir- ing marked the opening of a new Federal offensive in Charleston Harbor. In Mississippi, a skirmish occurred at the Big Black River Bridge, while the Federal Ninth Corp's First Division arrived in Covington, Ky., en route to eastern Tennessee. President Abraham Lincoln refused to give Major General John A. McClernand a new command. McClernand was relieved of corps command at Vicksburg by Major General Ulysses S. Grant. Thursday, Aug. 13, 1863 On Morris Island, S.C., Federal guns continued to practice their firing against Fort Sumter, now from both land batteries and naval guns. Skirmishes occurred at Pinev- ille, Mo., and Jacinto, Miss. Friday, Aug. 14, 1863 In Charleston, S.C., Federal guns continued their practice fir- ing for the third day in a row. Most of the action occurred at Sherwood, Wellington and Jack's Fork, Mo., but skirmishing also occurred at West Point, Ark., and Washington, N.C. Saturday. Aug. 15, 1863 As the month wore on, skir- mishing occurred at Beverly Ford and Hartwood Church along the Rappahannock line in Virginia; and at Bentonville, Ark. Sunday, Aug. 16, 1863 After urging from Washington, Major General William Rosecrans and his Army of the Cumberland commenced their march toward the Tennessee River and the Chat- tanooga from the area south of Tullahoma. Rosecrans delayed because, he said, of the ripening crops to be harvested, repair of railroads, and need of support on both flanks. In Charleston Harbor, S.C., Federal guns on Morris Island resumed their practice firing. For the past several weeks at Fort Sumter, crews of laborers were filling in damaged masonry with sand, strengthening the faces near Morris Island, and removed many of the guns, which left the garrison of five hundred with only 38 artil- lery pieces left. Federal Major General Gouverneur K. Morris assumed command of the Second Corps, replacing Brigadier General William Hays. Monday, Aug. 17, 1863 BOMBARDMENT OF FORT SUMTER With reverberating roars accel- erating in frequency, the 11 guns of the Federal breeching batter- ies on Morris Island, aided by naval armament, fired a total of 938 shots in the first major bom- bardment of Fort Sumter. Batteries Wagner and Gregg were also fired upon. Sumter's brick walls crum- bled under the blows of the Par- rotts, including the 200-pounder "Swamp Angel." But the rubble and sand formed an even more impregnable bulwark against the Federal fire. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1863 The second day of heavy bom- bardment at Charleston against Fort Sumter and Battery Wag- ner showed that the Federals were tenacious in their attempts to reduce the Confederate forts. Although severely damaged, the Confederate garrisons held on despite the pounding fire. President Abraham Lincoln tested the new Spencer rifle in Washington by firing a few shots in Treasury Park. Where Minnesota Regiments were the week of Aug. 12-18, 1863 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On detached duty in New York City until Sept. 16, 1863. 2nd Minnesota Volun- teer Infantry - On the march through the Cumberland Moun- tains and Tennessee River for the Chickamauga Campaign. 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On the march to Little Rock, Ark., until Sept. 10, 1863. 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On garrison duty at Vicks- MINNESOTA 1861 CIVIL WAR 1865 burg, Miss., until Sept. 12, 1863. 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try - On duty at Bear Creek, Miss., until Oct. 14, 1863. 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try-Participated in Brigadier Gen- eral Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try -Participated in Brigadier Gen- eral Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 8th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry- On duty at Fort Ridgely, Minn., until June 5, 1864. 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infan- try -Participated in Brigadier Gen- eral Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry-Participated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley's expe- dition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 1st Regiment Minnesota Cav- alry "Mounted Rangers" - Partic- ipated in Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. Brackett's Battalion of Minne- sota Cavalry - Participated in the Occupation of Middle Tennessee until Sept. 6, 1863. 1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery - On duty at Vicksburg, Miss., untilApril 4, 1864. 2nd Independent Battery, Min- nesota Light Artillery - On the march through the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River for the Chickamauga Campaign. 3rd Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery - Participated in Brig- adier General Henry H. Sibley's expedition in Dakota Territory until Sept. 12, 1863. 2nd United States Sharpshoot- ers, Company A - On duty in Virginia until October 1863.