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Board of Adjustment alternate Kent Holen, at right with back to camera, rises from the table after Board of Adjustment members Greg Myhre, left, and Tim Orr vote to remove him from participating in a public hearing. CRAIG MOORHEAD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Board of Adjustment alternate Kent Holen, at right with back to camera, rises from the table after Board of Adjustment members Greg Myhre, left, and Tim Orr vote to remove him from participating in a public hearing. CRAIG MOORHEAD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Thursday, February 04, 2016 11:34 AM
The 2016 version of the Houston County Board of Adjustment got off to a rocky start on Thursday, Jan. 28. Planning Commission representative Glenn Kruse recused himself from an appeal hearing, which pitted a group of citizens against the decisions of county staff.

  • In less than a month, persons who are customers of Tri-County Electric Cooperative based in Rushford and Hawkeye REC of Cresco, Iowa, will be asked to vote to combine the two organizations. Every member of the two electrical cooperatives will be mailed a ballot in March concerning the proposed consolidation.  

  • Historic Bluff Country, Inc., is once again experiencing a financial setback after discovering a former director allegedly took money from the organization. Charges have been filed in Fillmore County District Court against Trisha Ann Parrish of Rushford. She faces felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $10,500 from the organization she was entrusted to lead.

  • Houston County derailment puts tankers in river
    Federal, state and local officials flocked to the scene of a Houston County freight train derailment last week. Fifteen Canadian Pacific rail cars ran off the tracks three miles south of Brownsville, six of which ended up in the Mississippi River.

  • The Spring Grove Board of Education held its first session of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Director Aaron Solum was re-elected chairman, while Shannon Schuttemeier was named vice-chair. Christian Myrah will serve as clerk, and district accountant Tanya Elton treasurer.

  • The Spring Grove Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted to sign a 13-page developer's agreement with Nisse Treehouse, LLC, on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

  • Houston County commissioners requested an advance on their allowance on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

  • The Houston County Historical Society and the Caledonia Chamber of Commerce have nominated the Houston County historic jail building for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Heart Bombing Project, a campaign that sheds light on historic treasures throughout the state. 

  • Board of Adjustment removes alternate, tables decision on mine’s CUP reversal
    The 2016 version of the Houston County Board of Adjustment got off to a rocky start on Thursday, Jan. 28. Planning Commission representative Glenn Kruse recused himself from an appeal hearing, which pitted a group of citizens against the decisions of county staff.

  • Idaho, London and Vancouver locate the win for Spring Grove Geography Bee champ
    On Friday afternoon, students gathered at Spring Grove Public School to test their geographical knowledge during the first round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools throughout the United States, including the five U.S. territories, are participating in this 2016 bee. The winner of each school contest will then take a test and, up to 100 of the top scorers will then be eligible to compete in their state’s bee. The winner of the state bee will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national championship rounds.

  • The non-Amish community has been reaching out to Amish neighbors near Canton since Jan. 11, when a fire destroyed not only a home but is presumed to have taken the lives of two Amish men – Yost Hershberger, 58, and his son, Benjamin Hershberger, 18.

  • News Leader, co-owner win awards  in Minnesota Better Newspaper Contest

    The Fillmore County News Leader and Bluff Country Newspaper Group co-owner David Phillips were recognized last week for excellence during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) annual convention. 

  • The Spring Grove Area Veterans Memorial Group, LLC, (SGAVMG) reports they are making excellent progress with the project to plan, design, fund, construct and dedicate a suitable memorial to honor Spring Grove area veterans. 

  • Seventh grade students dominate district spelling bee

    For more than 90 years, there has been a national spelling bee in the United States. The national spelling bee is “administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company. Its purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives,” explains the Bee’s website, www.spellingbee.com.

  • The Spring Grove City Council approved a commercial building permit on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The document will allow Darcy Thorson to construct a new commercial childcare center at 206 2nd Ave. NW. The vote was unanimous, with just one council member (Nancy Nelson) not attending.

  • Houston County commissioners accepted the resignation of building maintenance foreman John Dollar, as well as the resignation/retirement of home health aide Anita Meyer during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19. 

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