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PAGE 18 October 20, 2016 mbL d The general election is less than three weeks away: Nov. 8. The fol- lowing individuals filed for local office by the Aug. 16 deadline. Watch the Tri-County News for questionnaire responsesfrom each candidate. Eden Valley city council Incumbent Brent Bengtson is the sole applicant for Eden Valley mayor. Three individuals have filed for two four-year seats on the city council: Patrick Becker, ]eft Bradshaw, and Troy Huschle (Bradshaw is an incumbent). Kimball city council Two individuals have filed for Kimball mayor, a four-year term: incumbent Tammy L. Konz, and Duwayne E. Orbeck. Megan Kiffmeyer has filed for a two-year council term, and Sheryl Olson has filed for a four-year coun- cil term. There is one vacancy for which no one has filed. South Haven city council Two individuals filed for the two-year office of mayor: Norm Bodeker and incumbent David Kothe. Three individuals filed for the two four-year terms available on the council: incumbent ]essica ]arvis, ]ames Canesi, and Misty Bayefl. One person filed for the single two-year term council seat: Dustin Nicka; Nicka had been appointed recently to fill out a term until the November election. Watkins city council Two candidates filed for the job of Watkins mayor: incumbent Frank Eder and Robert M. Wright. Incumbents Susan Unterberger and Marc Wirz filed to be re-elected to their council seats. EV-W school board Two people filed for the two two-year school board seats: Nathaniel "lay" Brovold and Lori Dockendorf; both were appointed to fill those seats until the November election. Four peo- ple filed for the four four-year terms on the school board: Ann Lemke, Sarah Kuechle, Robert Flaschenriem, and Robert Stenger; all but Lemke are incumbents; Shelley Kern will not run again for the school board. Kimball school board With three terms expiring (Heather Hooper, Bob Stein, and Tim Zipoy), there were four affi- davits of candidacy filed with the school district: Hooper, Kafla Davis, Jeffrey Lerum, and Zipoy. South Haven question Voters in the city of South Haven will have a question on the ballot whether to allow sale of on-sale liquor on Sundays within the city. A view of the 1927 school building at Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary School. The district is working proactively to update and preserve this building to be cost-effective and also because there is no other space to build a new one. The Facilities Task Force made up of a broad spectrum of district residents will report to the school board in December and make recommendations on what district-wide projects to do when, and how to pay for them. Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua. II Weeidy award..winnins newspaper Breaking news and obits on Fa: Website wilh 16 years of archives- FI E access / i 70 Main Street So. EO.Box 220, Kimball MN 55353 (320) 39H-, 0 or (320) 453-6397 By lean Doran Matua, Editor Karen Pundsack, executive director, and Brandy Cantor came from the Great River Regional Library to the Kimball city council meeting Oct. 4. They explained the review process for the 32 libraries, and how they're trying to assess and standardize minimum space and services for each. Because 75 percent of GRRL funding comes from counties, they are account- able for spending to the counties. Facilities review and compliance services are expensive, and they need to know that the city is com- mitted to keeping the library (which they are). Specific shortcomings with the current Kimball library were dis- cussed: lack of accessibility, noise barriers needed between library and council room, there are only 742 square feet (far too small for the collection we should have based on usage), there should be significantly more computers, and there's no space for a self-checkout machine. The council unani- mously approved moving forward with a needs assessment to make recommendations for future growth. The goal is to prevent the library from becoming obsolete, and to provide services needed by today's users. Forty percent of the library's circulation is books ordered from other libraries and placed on "hold" at the Kimball library. This is a strong indication that Kimball needs a much larger collection. The council will continue to look at options for expanding space for the library, and dealing with other shortcomings of the Kimball library now and for the future. Dialogue will continue with the GRRL on these issues, and the council approved the idea of the GRRL doing a more in-depth study of the issues. veteran to To all Central Minnesota Veterans organizations: We at Air Max appreciate every- thing that our nation's veterans have given us as a country. We also i understand that at times, while they have been willing to give all so that we may experience the American Dream, it is difficult for veterans themselves to experience that dream here at home. This winter we have decided to give back to a local veteran in need and do our part to say thank you. In coordination with St. Cloud Stand Down, Air Max will donate a complete installation of a new fur- nace (natural gas or propane) to a deserving veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran. Package includes a new Maytag furnace, required piping and ven- tilation, electrical wiring and per- mits. Everything needed to keep a vet and his/her family warm this winter. All Maytag furnaces include a 12-year warranty- high- est warranty in the business! Electrical wiring to be provided by our friends at Liberty Electric. Applications need to be sub- mitted for review no later than Oct. 31, 2016. Furnace installa- tion is planned to take place early November, 2016. Mobile home furnaces are not included in this promotion. Veteran or surviving spouse must be the owner of the home, they must reside within Stearns, Benton or Sherburne County, and they must be occupy- ing the residence as well. Applications can be found at the St. Cloud Stand Down office, all area VFW and American Legion Posts, at the Air Max office and at From all of us at Air Max Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning- we salute you! Refugee-resettlement expert to speak at SCSIJ Emily Hipps will discuss dis- placed persons who flee to Minnesota, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at St. Cloud State University's Atwood Memorial Center theater. Hipps is the development and communications coordi- nator for International Institute of Minnesota, a nonprofit, ref- ugee -resettlement agency in St. Paul. Her presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is $1.50 an hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp. In 2015, the Institute reset- tled 465 refugees from 13 nations of origin: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The Institute's definition of a refugee: A person who has fled his or her home nation, and who cannot return because of a well- founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, national- ity, political opinion, or member- ship in a particular social group. Institute programming includes job training, language classes, refugee resettlement, and immigration, citizenship and anti-trafficking services. Hipps previously worked as a Fulbright Fellow in central Turkey and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker at the Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Cue College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her remarks are sponsored by these St. Cloud State enti- ties: Faculty Research Group on Immigrant ~Workers and the School of Public*Affairs.