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Thursday, September 1, 2011 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Community Page 3 City of Kimball proceeds with plans for street, water, sewer improvements The new Kimball city council now includes (front) Paula Capes and mayor Tammy Konz, (back) Eric Loewen, Nate Osmundson, and Joe Krippner. Capes was sworn in Monday night, Aug. 29; she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. the filter tank (that removes iron from the water) has developed a leak. The plant will be sandblasted and repainted after steel repairs are completed. The city is able to take advan- tage of financial assistance (it qualifies for this based on its cur- rent indebtedness), with a low- interest loan available, and eligi- bility for a grant above and beyond the loan amount. The projected cost of this proj- ect is $2,786,400, of which $414,000 is not eligible for USDA funding. The city has been advised to refi- nance two of its existing bonds (totalling just over $2 million) within the USDA loan, at a lower interest rate of 3.75 percent or less. The USDA loan would be $3,537,000; a USDA grant is avail- able for up to $854,000 (after all the loan funds are utilized); and By]can Doran Matua, Editor Just over a dozen Kimball res- idents and business owners attended the Monday, Aug. 29, special city council meeting in Kimball. The meeting was a public hearing on planned street, water and sewer repairs in the city, plans that have been in the works since February 2009. SEH engineer Randy Sabart gave a PowerPoint presentation showing the current state of streets and drainage in the City of Kimball, and then explained what improvements are being proposed. He also explained that the funding is primarily from a USDA-RUS (Rural Development) loan intended for water and sewer improvements; not all of the proj- ect qualifies for USDA funding. The city streets included in the project are Spruce Ave., Elm St., Oak St., Cherry St., and Hazel Ave. west of Elm St. Also included are three alleys. Water mains (originally installed 1933-35) and sewer lines (from 1955) will be replaced in these streets and alleys, and the street surfaces, sidewalks, curb and gut- ter above the pipes will be replaced. (Street repairs in other areas would not be eligible for USDA funding, and would be totally at city and tax- payer expense.) Streets will gener- ally remain the same width they are now; widening streets also would be ineligible for the USDA program. The Kimball water tower is in dire need of re-painting, inside and out. The tower was purchased, pre- owned, in 1970. Its paint coating system includes lead (which must be contained), and it has deterio- rated on the inside and ouside. The water treatment plant, located in Willow Creek Park, needs work as well. There are paint issues, like the water tower, and St. Cloud Area Job Fair Sept. 13 Tuesday, Sept. 13, has been set as the date for the 15th annual St. Cloud Area Job Fair 2011. The job fair will be held at the St. Cloud Civic Center and is scheduled to run from 1-5 p.m. Sponsored by Minnesota WorkForce Cen- ter/Job Service, Benton County Economic Development, and St. Cloud Times, the job fair is free to the public and offers an excel- lent opportunity for numerous employers and job seekers to meet at one location. "The job fair continues to be a success each year," said Linda ozamp, manager of WorkForce Center/Job Service. There were 1,300 job applicants at last year's job fair. Yozamp continued, "Dur- ing this economy, the Area Job Fair is another way for jobseekers to talk with employers about current or future job openings." Since many employers inter- view or schedule appointments for job applicants right at the job fair, applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their r6sum6 if they have one and dress as if they were going to an ihterview. If you would like more information, please call a WorkForce Center/Job Service representative at (320) 308-2929. A.W.A.K.E. Support Group meets sleep apnea during the AW.A.K.E. Support Group (A.N.A.K.E.: Alert, Well and Keeping Ener- getic) and annual health fair from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Windfeldt room at Centra- Care Health Plaza. People diag- nosed with sleep disorders are encouraged to attend. Venders from various home care compa- nies will be available with the lat- est equipment and to answer any questions. The next A.W.A.K.E. Support meeting will be in May. If you think you may have a sleep disor- der, or would like more informa- Sept. 21 More than 12 million Amer- icans are believed to have some degree of sleep-disordered breath- ing, including sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common but serious disorder in which breathing stops for 10 seconds or longer numer- ous times during sleep each night. Sleep apnea in turn is a major risk factor for a number of serious and even life-threatening health prob- lems, including heart attack Troy Payne, MD, Sleep Cen- ter medical director, will discuss positive airway pressure, sur- gery, oral appliance therapy and new experimental options to treat $414,000 does not fall within the USDA guidelines for funding. After questions from the public were answered, the council voted unanimously to proceed with the planned improvements. SEH will now begin designing the project for submission to USDA this fall for approval by Spring. It is hoped the project can be bid in April or earlier, and construction is sched- uled for summer 2012 into the fall, with final touches to be completed in 2013. According to the preliminary projections, 110 properties will be affected by construction and most will be assessed for 25 percent of the repair costs, from $162 at the lowest up to $13,000 at the high- est; the city will pay the 75 percent balance. The city office has USDA homeowner loan and senior/dis- ability grant applications. Legion Auxiliary meeting change The Frederick A. Metcalf Unit 261 American Legion Auxil- iary meeting will be changed to Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays for the 2011 and 2012 year. Our first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Ameri- can Legion Post 261 in Kimball. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday each month beginning in September. Cindy May, Unit president Why life insurance? Because people depend on you. How much and what type? That depends on you too. Call me today for a free, no-obligation Life Insurance Needs Analysis. Thomas Ehlinger Agency, Inc.- 39A Maus Drive #3 Kimball, MN 55353-0010 (320) 398-3645 American Family LLfe nsurance Company Home Office - Madison, Wl 53783 , 20O6 0023 - II06 www.tricou ntynews. M N Card of Tha00 Birth Heritage House of Kimball Vinar would like to thank Jack Wessling for driving us around in his beau- tiful car for the Kimball Days Parade. We greatly appreciate it and for him being "Our Friend" at Heritage House and all the musi- cal talent he shares with us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!! Joyce A. Quast LPN/Manager Audrey M. Gladys S. Gloria Olson HHA. Former Louise Guhl students perform in piano recital Sept. 4 Former students of the late Louise Guhl will perform in a piano recital in her honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. Performers include Mar- ilyn (Ruotsinoja) Kiffmeyer, St. Cloud; Jennifer (Isaacson) Anderson, Mound; Gregory Servin, Long Lake; Mary (Elliot) Lorence, Excelsior; Janet (Ander- son) Magnuson, Maple Grove, Yvonne (Dahlman) Danielson, Stillwater; Carlynn (Anderson) Lundeen, Cokato; LeRene (Carlin) Soderberg and Flo Osness, Dassel. Following the recital, there will be a reception for the public at the Dassel History Center where there is an exhibit Celebrating Louise Guhl. Jeremy Vinar and Julia Messer are happy to announce the birth of their son Ross John, born Aug. 12, 2011. Ross weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces, and he measured 18.75 inches long. Grandparents are Dwight and Diana Vinar of Kimball and Rhonda Ingebrigtson and Marvin Messer, both of South Haven. KAHS Class of 1981 reunion The Kimball Area High School Class of 1981 plans a reunion for Saturday, Oct. 8. 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