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March 23, 2015

Buffalo man wins $25,000 a year for life

Brian Elliot of Buffalo is Minnesota’s second Lucky for Life lifetime prize winner, reported the Wright County Journal-Press.

A ticket that Elliot purchased for the March 12 drawing matched the first five numbers to win $25,000 a year for life.

The odds of winning the $25,000 a year for life Lucky for Life prize are one in 1.8 million.

Glencoe looks at stormwater options

A plan, northeast drainage improvements in Glencoe, was the subject of a workshop recently, reported the McLeod County Chronicle.

City and county representatives, as well as state water experts and Buffalo Creek Watershed District board members considered a project that would redirect flood waters from the north and central portions of Glencoe eastward to the east ditch system.

The estimated cost of the project is $700,00 to $800,000.

Buffalo council works on Trailblazer facility

Buffalo City Council approved a public hearing for Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. regarding property tax abatements for the 2015 public transit facility project, reported the Wright County Journal-Press.

The City of Buffalo proposes to issue general obligation tax abatement bonds for up to 20 years, estimated to be no more than $226,800 per year, with a total amount not to exceed $3.4 million.

The funds will be used to finance improvements related to a Trailblazer Transit facility in the city.

New cruise business starting in Waconia

The last time an excursion boat cruise business operated on Lake Waconia was in 1904, reported the Waconia Patriot.

This year, Randy and Geralyn Luedtke will open Lace Waconia Cruises (LWC), a new excursion boat service on Lake Waconia.

Operating May through October, LWC will offer several cruise options featuring an inviting tiki atmosphere.

The business will operate three 30-foot tiki pontoons, including one double-decker Sniki Tiki Pontoon. All will be stationed at Lola’s Lakehouse on the south side of Lake Waconia.

Monticello approves cemetery rule changes

Full payment of fees prior to burial was among the key Riverside Cemetery rule changes approved by the Monticello City Council March 9, reported the Monticello Times.

City staff approached the Monticello Parks Commission with rule changes in the areas of grave purchasing, monuments, headstone placement, and time frame for burials.

Frustrations mount with SL apartments

Mountains of garbage and life safety concerns at a local apartment complex were the hot topic at the Silver Lake City Council meeting March 16, reported the McLeod County Chronicle.

City officials have been receiving complaints about the Villager Apartments on Grove Avenue.

This is not the first time garbage has been an issue at the complex, according to Police Chief Forest Hendriksen.

Brownton facing $12.5 million in improvements

Addressing Brownton’s most critical infrastructure needs could take several years and cost up to $12.5 million, the Brownton City Council heard at a special meeting March 10, reported the McLeod County Chronicle.

The improvements include sewer projects, street rehabilitation, and re-building lift stations.

Litchfield mayor gets little support for study

Litchfield Mayor Keith Johnson encountered another wave of resistance last Monday from city councilors who said they won’t support using city funds to study options for building a new recreation center, reported the Litchfield Independent Review.

Johnson said a committee has agreed to cover 30 percent of the study’s $20,000 cost.

Councilors noted a 2008 study conducted on a proposed water park failed to produce any results.

NYA Lions establish NYA Community Fund

The Norwood Young America Lions Club has established the NYA Community Fund for the purpose of improving the NYA community, reported the Waconia Patriot.

The Lions created the fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Carver County. The fund will collect, hold, and manage money for projects that will improve parks, facilities, and activities to improve life in the community.

Annandale man survives ISIS strike

Matt McAlpin of Annandale, a security contractor, survived an ISIS attack on his company’s Tripoli office in January, reported the Annandale Advocate.

McAlpin, 43, a 1990 graduate of Annandale High School, works for Team Exlog-Crucible, a security and logistics contracting firm that was based at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, at the time of the attack Jan. 27. He was about 50 meters away when a car bomb exploded.