NEWS-July 23
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The Renville County Board of Commissioners will be considering a proposed Wheelage Tax at their board meeting this morning (Tuesday) at 11 in the board room. The wheelage tax is a dedicated revenue for transportation. The public is invited to attend.

Farmfest is set to be at Gilfillan Estate outside Redwood Falls Tuesday, August 6th - Thursday, August 8th. The Minnesota Farmers Union will be giving six bikes away. Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President, says this is a great time for anyone involved in farming who likes to discuss farm policy and share ideas. There will be a Minnesota Farmers Union Agency Children’s Pedal Pull, each afternoon at 1 p.m.; National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson will be on the Farm Bill panel Tuesday morning, Aug. 6th at 10:30 a.m.; and there is a free watermelon feed, Thursday afternoon, August 8th at one in the forum building.

The new memorial park on New London’s main street was dedicated Saturday morning, with local dignitaries, including Mayor Bill Gossman, making comments. Dale Peterson, a member of the Robert Ihlang American Legion Post, had the idea for the project and headed a committee that developed plans and procured funding for the project. The granite slabs tell the early history of New London, the origin of the Crow River dam, the federal fish hatchery story, the New London Legion story, and honors each branch of the military.

The Minnesota River Board is running low on funds and considering its next move. The joint-powers board has been responsible for cleaning up one of the most seriously polluted rivers in the state. Some environmental groups have labeled the Minnesota River one of the most polluted rivers in the nation. Stevens County Commissioner Donny Wohlers says the Minnesota River is contributing to the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, with nearly 60% of nitrate pollution in the Gulf originating in Minnesota and, of that pollution, more than half is thought to have originated in the Minnesota River Basin. Stevens Commissioner Ron Staples is on the River Board. He says the board doesn't want to disband and "give up" on cleaning up the river. The joint powers board is considering ways to increase their operating reserves, including increasing contributions from the thirty-eight Minnesota Counties who drain into the Minnesota River.

There will be a new garden tour and all-new demonstrations during this year's Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center's gardens. Horticulture Director Steve Poppe says there will be tours through the annual garden, activities in the children's garden, and several agriculture tours. The annual "Hort Night" will be held Thursday, July 25, from 5-9.

The last in a series of workshops titled "Art in the Garden" will be held this week. The series is sponsored by the PRCA Gallery in Morris and will feature two PRCA artists and teachers. Jayce Koester (cost-ur) says the workshop will combine nature poetry writing with nature photography. The final workshop will be held Friday afternoon at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Wetlands Office. To register, visit the webpage of Morris Community Education.

The City of Alberta will host their 34th Annual Alberta Kids Day & Street Dance this week.On Saturday, kid's games, a reptile exhibit, climbing wall, and dunk tank will be set up on Alberta's Main Street. Games start at 9 that morning. A street dance featuring Tom's Music starts in the evening. All proceeds go to the Alberta Area Improvement Corporation to repair and add to the Alberta youth playground.

A magician who goes by the name Star Michaelina will be in Morris this week. The Morris Friends of the Library are hosting the magician for a children's show on Thursday morning.The free show starts at10:30 a.m. at the library. For more information, contact the library.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announces a public comment period on proposed amendments to state rules regulating animal feedlots. The comment period started yesterday (Monday) and ends August 26. The purpose of the rule update is to address law changes, provide clarification, and remove out-of-date portions. For more information, log on to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website and search for “feedlot rulemaking.”

Work will start today (Tuesday) at the intersection of County Highway 9 and County Highway 90, according to the Kandiyohi County Public Works Department. This construction will result in a modification of the County Highway 9 detour. Through traffic will be diverted west on U.S. Highway 12 and north on State Highway 23. The construction zone is closed to through traffic. Construction on the County Road 9 project is scheduled to be complete this year. Motorists are reminded to slow down for their safety and the safety of the workers as construction continues. Duininck Inc of Prinsburg, Minnesota, is the prime contractor for the project

Dr. Kathy Steffen, English instructor at Ridgewater College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at a university at a historic city (Pereiaslav-Khmelnsytsky) in the Ukraine for the fall 2013 academic year. She proposes to teach two different education courses. After her fall semester in the Ukraine, she will be teaching a creative writing course in Costa Rica from the end of January to the end of March.

Yesterday (Monday), the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash involving a tractor at a rural Watkins residence. 64 year old David Kuechle of rural Watkins, was driving a Kubota L2550 4 wheel drive tractor with a front end loader and a brush mower on the back. He was was mowing the ditches near his residence when he got too far on the incline of the ditch causing the loader to roll two times. One of the times the loader rolled Kuechle was struck by the rear tire. He was taken to the St Cloud Hospital. This crash is being investigated by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

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