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July 6, 2015

Cosmos man cries fowl over chicken ban enforcement

Cosmos residents Dale and Kathrynn Jackson have had the same morning routine for the past 40 years — wake up to the rooster’s call and then fry up four eggs from the backyard hens for breakfast. That routine drastically changed this month after the Jacksons were ordered to get rid of their flock of chickens, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

Jackson said he plans to contact a lawyer to see what options he might have for getting his chickens back. Cosmos City Administrator John Douville said the ordinance banning chickens within city limits was put into place in 1992. He said he doesn’t know why the ban has not been enforced at Jackson’s residence until now.

Cargill changes to affect Monticello facility

Cargill has announced several changes in leadership within its North American animal protein businesses that will directly affect the Cargill Kitchen Solutions facility in Monticello, the Monticello Times reported.

Cargill is combining its Monticello-based egg business and Wichita, KS-based value added meats business to create Cargill Value Added Protein, which will be headquartered in Wichita. John Niemann, currently president of Cargill Food Distribution, has been appointed president of Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats.

Buffalo school receives large donations

The donations total of the 2014-15 school year was presented at the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School Board meeting June 22, the Wright County Journal-Press reported. The school district has received $175,835 in donations, plus $61,917 in grants. The grand total of donations and grants is $237,752.

The board accepts donations every month, and the total for June was $5,290 in donations, plus $18,550 in grants. Some of the larger donations included $1,000 from the United Way for BHS Student Care, a telescope donated by a local couple, and accessories to the high school.

Hamburg council member’s website draws concern

Hamburg City Council Member Richard Odoms’ website, www.hamburgminnesota.com, drew some extra attention during the Hamburg City Council meeting June 16, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

The council plans to have the content examined by Minnesota Information Policy Analysis Division (IPAD). The site features links to radio broadcasts, pictures, weather, a “Salute to Hamburg” program and additional information such as community events and fire department pages. The council noted that it wants to make sure that public data is kept separate from private data.

State funding increase impacts Annandale schools

Annandale School District Superintendent Steve Niklaus recently reviewed the actions taken by the Minnesota State Legislature, regarding school funding, the Annandale Advocate reported.

In total, early childhood through 12th grade education received an increase of $525 million over the next two years. The education omnibus bill negotiated in the special session increased the basic formula by $117 per pupil in 2015-16, and by $119 per pupil in 2016-17. That is a 2-percent increase for both years. School readiness funding for preschool was increased by $30.8 million, and early learning scholarships were increased by $48.3 million.

Carver Co. Historical Society wins prestigious awards

The Carver County Historical Society in Waconia recently won the Minnesota History Award and the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for its redesigned website and book, “Two Wars on the Frontier, Diaries of a Soldier,” the Waconia Patriot reported.

The Award for Merit is given to those superior in history programs, projects, and people. The local historical society also won an award for technology. The website was a three-year project. Officials sent out a survey to all the historical society’s members on what they wanted to see in the new website, and used a legacy grant to fund it.

Glencoe 96-year-old finally gets high school diploma

Verda Graupmann Templin, 96, received an honorary diploma from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School June 28, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

The graduation took place during the McLeod Historical Society and Museum’s dedication ceremony for Templin’s school, McLeod District 6. Both the dedication and the diploma were a part of the Glencoe Regional Health Services’ Just One Wish program, which grants wishes to patients in long-term care. Born in 1919, Templin left school after eighth grade at her father’s command. The family lived on a farm in Biscay, and needed Templin’s help to care for the cows.

Hutchinson man arrested after alcohol-related crash

Andrew Kyle Bergum, 35, of Hutchinson was arrested Thursday following an alcohol-related crash near Stewart that involved the driver’s three young children, KDUZ reported.

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Bergum is being held at the Renville County Jail pending an initial court appearance. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident. Information in a press release indicates Bergum had been driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup northwest of Stewart when he drove onto the shoulder of the road and over-corrected, which caused the vehicle to roll into the ditch and land on its roof. No one was injured in the accident, but Bergum’s children were transported to the Hutchinson Health emergency room as a precaution.

MN unemployment rate up slightly in May

Minnesota’s unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in May to 3.8 percent, and employers cut 200 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted figures that Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released in June, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

Trade, transportation, and utilities led all sectors in May with 6,600 new jobs. Other industries that added jobs were financial activities (up 900), government (up 300), construction (up 200) and information (up 200).The following sectors lost jobs: professional and business services (down 4,400), leisure and hospitality (down 1,600), manufacturing (down 1,000), education and health services (down 900), logging and mining (down 300), and other services (down 200).