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: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Richmond News continued from page 12 or not to pay the additional $22,000, billed by Xcel outside of the contract. Council consented to pay the original amount of $147,000 to Xcel. Water Waste Water Report - A written report was presented to each member of council, sum- marized by Kron. Mr. Bode stat- ed that Chad Johnson has done an awesome job in conjunction to the Main Street project and all that was required. Fire Department - Fire Chief Chuck Merten stated that there was a total of seven calls in the month of October: 5 medical, 1 brush fire and 1 mutual aid. Training consisted of an auto ac- cident trauma situation scenario set up by their trainer, Mark. There were two different "mock" situations for this training. Merten stated that applications were in the paper for new mem- bers and will close applications on November 15th. Streets/Public Works - Direc- tor Gordon Dingmann stated he has started fall cleaning and preparations for winter. He has also marked hazard areas for snow removal. Sandblasted, painted and prepped equipment. Load of scrap going to recycling. Finishing wiring on Main St. Mr. Dingman also discussed the snow removal ordinance for Rich- mond. Parks and Arena - A written report was presented to each member of council, summarized by Kron. The arena is running well and in to the season for about a month. Various update were given on the parks. The last piece of the Glacial Lakes Trail was to be completed October 25th, but now looks as though it will not be until spring. The DNR will also let him know about snowmobiling on that part of the trail this winter. AMC is planning next seasons concerts. Resolution 199-13 Approving RLCA Seasonal Part Time Em- ployees - Mayor Kron ask for a motion to approve Resolution 199-13. Motion made by Evens, seconded by Mathiason. Ap- proved unanimously. Other a. Consideration of Resolution 200-13'- Jacobson Side Yard and Lot Width Variance - Councilor Mackedanz explained the situa- tion as it was discussed with the Planning Commission. Mayor Kron asked for a motion to ap- prove Resolution 200-13. Motion made by Mackedanz, seconded by Evens. Approved unanimous- ly. b. Consideration of Resolution 201-13 - Jacobson Lot Split- Mayor Kron asked for a motion to approve Resolution 201-13 . Motion made by Mackedanz, sec- onded by Evens. Approved unan- imously. c. Consideration of Resolution 202 - 13 - Certification of Delin- quent Utility Bills. List of delin- quencies were presented to coun- cil. Mr. Bode stated that once council approves, this list would not go to the county until No- vember 29th. Mayor Kron asked for a motion to approve Resolu- tion 202-13. Motion made by Mathiason, seconded by Paczkowski. Approved unani- mously. d. Block Party - Mayor Kron discussed the planned "Holiday Block Party", a combined effort of the Richmond CNC and the City of Richmond to celebrate the completion of the Main St. Proj- ect. Mr. Bode asked for a consen- sus from council for providing hotdogs for the event and there has been some "pledges" made to help offset the costs, which he figures to be no more than about $6OO.OO. e. Newsletter - Cindy would like submissions no later than November 15th. f. Timesheets - no later than December 8th. Council Reports: a. EDA- n/a Meeting sched- uled November 26th. b. Planning Commission - Councilor Mackedanz stated they held a public meeting regarding the Jacobson property. c. Parks/RoCoRi Trail-Coun- cilor Paczkowski stated that a meeting was scheduled for the next day. d. Tri City Cable - Next meet- ing scheduled for January. Police Chief Committee-n/a Close Meeting for Employee Review Reconvene regular meeting Request for Council Action - Purchase Requisitions Alloca- tions and Transfers Consideration of Employee Step Increases: Resolution 206-13 Cindy An- derson - Mayor Kron asked for a motion, seconded by Evens. Passed unanimously. Resolution 207-13 Kevin Mooney. Motion made by Mathi- ason, seconded by Paczkowski. Yea: Mackedanz, Mathiason, Paczkowski. Nay: Evens, Kron. Passed. Resolution 208-13 Gordon Dingman.Motion made by Paczkowski, seconded by Mathia- son. Yea: Mathiason, Mackedanz, Paczkowski. Nay: Evens, Kron. Passed. Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters - Short discus- sion on 4-wheeler for snow re- moval on sidewalks. Meeting Adjourned. Safe Holiday ShoppingX Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, has officially replaced Black Friday as the most popular day to shop for the holidays. While "Cyber Monday" has come and gone, online shop- ping will continue throughout the holiday season. Shopping on- line for many means avoiding the crowds, but it also opens the buy- er up to attacks from scammers and hackers Every year, more people head online rather than to the mall to get their holiday shopping done. Last year, 96.5 million Americans shopped on- line during Cyber Monday while 79 million Americans shopped at brick-and-mortar retailers on Black Friday, according to the National Retail Federation. Following are the "Top 10 On- line Shopping Tips" by the Better Business Bureau for holiday shoppers to help fight unscrupu- lous online retailers, scammers and hackers: 1. Protect your computer - A computer should always have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti- spyware software and a secure firewall. 2. Shop on trustworthy web- sites - Shoppers should check on the seller's reputation and record for customer satisfaction. Always look for the BBB seal and other widely-recognized "trust marks" on retailer websites and click on the seals to confirm that they are valid. 3. Protect your personal infor- mation -Take the time to read the site's privacy policy and un- derstand what personal informa- tion is being requested and how it will be used. If there isn't one posted, it should be taken as a red flag that personal informa- tion may be sold to others with- out permission. 4. Beware of deals that sound too good to be true - Offers on websites and in unsolicited e- mails can often sound too good to be true, especially extremely low prices on hard-to-get items. Con- sumers should always go with their instincts and not be afraid to pass up a "deal" that might cost them dearly in the end. 5. Beware of phishing - Legiti- mate businesses do not send e- mails claiming problems with an order or an account to lure the "buyer" into revealing financial information. If a consumer re- ceives such an e-mail, the Better Business Bureau recommends picking up the phone and calling the contact number on the web- site where the purchase was made to confirm that there really is a problem with the transac- tion. 6. Confirm your online pur- chase is secure - Shoppers should always look in the ad- dress box for the "s" in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the "lock" symbol before paying. If there are any doubts about a site, right-click anywhere on the page and select "Properties." This will let you see the real URL (website address) and the dialog box will reveal if the site is not encrypted. 7. Pay with a credit card - It's best to use a credit card, because under federal law, the shopper can dispute the charges if he or she doesn't receive the item. Shoppers also have dispute rights if there are unauthorized charges on their credit card, and many card issuers have "zero lia- bility" policies under which the card holder pays nothing if some- one steals the credit card num- ber and uses it. If you are going Chuck's Computer Service Your personal computer specialist I will come to your home or office for all your computer needs in: general repair . general assistance software installation adware/virus removal networking 320-255-1067 I Chuck Hansen 320-241"1440 Cold Spring Record to shop on classifieds web sites like Craigslist, never wire money and only buy locally. 8. Keep documentation of your order - After completing the on- line order process, there may be a final confirmation page or the shopper might receive confirma- tion by e-mail. You can also save a copy of the Web page and any e-mails for future reference and as a record of the purchase. 9. Check your credit card statements often - Don't wait for paper statements; check your credit card statements for suspi- cious activity by either calling credit card companies or by checking statements online regu- larly. 10. Know your rights - Feder- allaw requires that orders made by mail, phone or online be shipped by the date promised or, if no delivery time was stated, within 30 days. If the goods aren't shipped on time, the shop- per can cancel and demand a re- fund. There is no general three- day cancellation right, but consumers do have the right to reject merchandise if it's defec- tive or was misrepresented. Oth- erwise, it's the company's policies that determine if the shopper can cancel the purchase and re- ceive a refund or credit. Out and About! Break away from the madden- ing, Christmas shopping crowds and take in the World Famous Fish House Parade, November 29th in Aitkin, MN, celebrating its 23rd year! The townsfolk gather each year, the day after Thanksgiving, to regale the com- ing of Minnesota's longest sea- son- Winter! This annual ritual experience is punctuated by the remarkable parading of ice fish- ing houses loaded on trailers, in pick-up truck boxes, or other means of conveyance on their way to the 365 frozen lakes sur- rounding this rural Minnesota community. The craziness begins the Friday after Thanksgiving in downtown Aitkin as Aitkin's World-Famous Fish House Pa- rade hits the street at 1:00 p.m. The parade was spawned from a keen sense of humor sharpened by dry Scandinavian wit and hardened by long Minnesota win- ters. A great day for the whole family! Remember to dress warm! The parade is open to anyone who wants to enter a float with an ice fishing thene[ For more information, please call 218-927-2316. "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" includes more than 100 rare artifacts from the era, as well as a recreated speakeasy and multimedia dis- plays. The exhibit opens Novem- ber 9, 2013. The exhibit includes rare artifacts, a "recreated" speakeasy, films, photos and much more! For more informa- tion, please call 651-259-3000. Experience Christmas 1918 with the Lindbergh's for a histor- ical peek at Christmas' gone by Saturday, November 30, 2013! Come step back in time with us and visit the Lindbergh home in "1918" as first-person living his- tory characters portray family members and hired workers, and ready the house for Christmas. Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children $6. Hours:10am - 4pm. For more information, please call 320-616-5421. Generational display comes to an end on December 31st! Min- nesota's Greatest Generation is on display at the Minnesota His- tory Center. Step into the lives of Minnesota's Greatest Generation in this 6,000-square-foot exhibit. True stories from this amazing group of people will take you through each era and leave you inspired. Members of Minneso- ta's Greatest Generation are peo- ple we know, they are our grand- parents, our parents and our next-door neighbors. These re- markable people grew up during the Depression, came of age dur- ing World War II and participat- ed in the post-war boom - creat- ing a lasting legacy that has shaped us all. In addition, visit the 1968 Exhibit also on display the Minnesota History Center! 1968 was a pivotal year for a generation coming of age and a nation at the peak of war. Presi- dent Johnson spoke of a country "challenged, at home and abroad" while his successor, Nixon, promised that "the long, dark night for America is about to end." Please call 888-727- 8386 for hours, admission and di- rections. The "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" exhibition at the Min- nesota Science Museum ends January 5, 2014! At 15,000 square feet, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. It uses a combina- tion of never-before-seen arti- facts, hands-on activities, and immersive environments that in- clude re-creations of an under- world cave, the starry night sky, and a vibrantly-colored mural room, to explore the rise and eventual decline of this fascinat- ing culture's ancient cities. The Maya Exhibit is designed to give visitors a glimpse at a cross-sec- tion of Maya life from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya so- ciety. Visitors will also get a close look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden ancient Maya culture. Admission is $21 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors (ticket price includes admission to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed and the Science Museum's permanent exhibit galleries). For more information, please call 800.221.9444. Thanksgiving 8000 Calorie Poem May your stuffing be tasty, May your turkey be plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! - Anonymous Have a Wonderful Thanks- giving! Til Next Time-- by Mary Ann Hermanutz - 252-3017 Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 is this week. Best wish- es for a great holiday to each of you! It's usually a day we think about being with extended fami- ly; although that's not always possible. It's a day to be thankful to God...for family, and friends; all our loved ones, near and far. People are most important on our list of thanks. Health and well-being, jobs and homes, for these too we give thanks. The list gets pretty long, when you give it some thought, we skip the com- plaints on this day and concen- trate on all our Blessings. God loves us all and walks this life with us at all times and for this we are grateful at all times, but pie as part of the celebration. The feasting of Thanksgiving Day is traditional, based on the first American Thanksgiving din- ner of the Pilgrims. A feast at harvest time was the thing to do. When food was plentiful, they feasted and they also were cele- brating God's goodness of a good harvest to see them through the winter. We're all familiar with the origins of the holiday. The Pilgrims and Indians at Ply- mouth Rock got together; the men hunted, the women cooked and the kids helped prepare for several days. Finally the tables were filled to overflowing with wild game and harvest vegeta- bles. A day to remember and re- we especially make it public on peat! this holiday. This is one of our oldest holi- Most Americans think of days, dating from 1621. Days of turkey, cranberries and pumpkin thanks and prayer were set aside St. Cloud, MN 320-654-1522 wwwJlsheatingalet info@hsheatingalet Page 13 by the colonies on different dates dents, policy makers and opinion on and off over the next 100 leaders which opened in 2010 years or more. George Washing- just a few blocks from Congress. ton proclaimed such a day in It's called the Kirby Center. 1789 and again in 1795. By 1858 Recently the Kirby Center has the day was celebrated in 25 been using Hillsdale College fac- states and two territories and in ulty, visiting scholars and influ- 1864 President Lincoln designat- ential conservatives to focus di- ed the last Thursday of the rectly on the Constitution and on month for the feast. Thanksgiv- why restoring Constitutional ing was switched to the 3rd Government in America today is Thursday by President Roosevelt the key to restoring liberty. and then since 1941 and Act of Many students participating Congress has set it on the 4th in the 2013 Washington Hills- Thursday. The Pilgrims honored dale Internship Program at Kir- and thanked God for the harvest by Center attend evening courses and feast and friends. We need to while serving full-time intern- look to God too and acknowledge ships in Congressional offices, His supreme place in our world, think tanks, media and news Students are always thankful outlets, national security agen- on this's vacation time! cies and private sector compa- Many workers get holiday pay an pies. extra to be thankful for. Family For more information about get togethers and relatively easy upcoming events at the Kirby cooking; even for a large number Center, as well as access to a and safe roads and cars to get us wealth of resources such as video back and forth. Remember to archives and published scholarly drive carefully. This is one of the articles, visit: www.thekirbycen- worst holidays for traffic acci- dents. Slow down, it's better to SOLAR: Proposed SOLAR be a little late; then not at all, projects are located in Stearns right? County. Edina-based Geronimo Whatever our traditions they Energy is proposing the 100- all include thanking God for His megawatt Aurora Solar Project gifts; oftentimes we do this at the which would have 25 sites in 18 great celebration of "Thanksgiv- counties. Two of the largest ing Eucharist" which is the would be located at Paynesville Mass. We continue the tradition and Albany and a smaller one of bringing non-perishable food near Brooten. These three would items to Church this week and comprise more than 20 percent of weekend for the needy; sharing the entire project; making God's bounty with one another in Stearns one of the leading solar- Thanksgiving! energy companies in the state. *** Stearns is considered an "attrac- Sunday, December 1 is the tive" site because it has good so- First Sunday of Advent, 2013. lar resources and includes a lot We can't say the season sneaks of Xcel Energy's service area. up on us. The ads, stores, media The energy produced by the $250 have been talking Christmas million Auroran project would sales since Halloween. In fact, flow directly into local communi- this is the first year that some ties where it's needed, reducing stores are opening on Thanksgiv- the cost of interconnection and ing Day instead of waiting until need for transmission lines. The early Black Friday. The trouble project would connect to Xcel's is, that's what all the hype is local substations in Albany, Pay- about. Christmas shopping, nesviUe andBrooten. rather than getting oneself ready The proposal was to be made for Christmas, that's what Ad- on Wednesday, November 23rd vent is all about. Being aware to the Stearns County Commis- that Christ is "coming" soon. sioners. A new solar mandate by It's time to prepare our hearts Governor Dayton earlier this for Him; this first week we con- year requires Xcel and other ma- centrate on repentance, cleaning jor utilities to generate 1.5% of up our act so to speak. One of our their power from the sun by most popular practices is the Ad- 2020. After the county gets on vent Wreath with its candles board (there are 4 other propos- and evergreen branches repre- als that mostly involve natural senting the approaching Light of gas; only Aurora is solar), an ad- the World and His Everlasting ministrative judge has to issue a promise of redemption. We use recommendation (DEC) and the Psalm 24 this first week, asking State Public Utilities Commis- the Lord to guide us and teach us sion will likely make its decision His ways as we trust in Him to in February, 2014. save us by His coming. Solar Farms emit no poilu- Holiday Gift Program: Need tants or greenhouse gases, create to get in the Christmas Spirit? no noise and are low to the The Rockville Lions Club is ground making them generally again sponsoring a Holiday Gift good neighbors. The 2 large ones Program. If you would like to would dwarf the county's exist- help them support our communi- ing half-megawatt solar farm at ty, donations would be appreciat- St. John's University built in ed. 2009. Including buffer land, the The program needs Cash or Albany site would encompass Toys. Toys may be dropped off in about 230 acres and the Pay- the box at the Rockville Parish nesville one about 378 acres; the Center, City Hall, or the Granite smaller one at Brooten (15 mega- Community Bank (First National watt) would cover 12 acres! Bank) or in the entryway of Holy MARS: On Monday, Novem Cross Church, Pearl Lake. Cash ber 18th, 2013, NASA's newest or checks written out to Rockville robotic explorer, MAVEN, took Lions can be sent to P.O. Box off towards MARS. Its goal is to 406, Rockville, MN 56369. unravel the mystery of the red If you would like to sponsor a planet's radical climate change. family or a child or have any Maven will spend an entire questions, please call Rosie at year measuring atmospheric gas- 252-6473. Donations stay in the es as it orbits Mars which is 440 local area. million miles from here! It will Families in our areas who are take Maven until September 22, in need of money or other items, 2014 to reach its destination and are asked to contact the Holiday start its experiments; it's possi- Gift Program by filling out an ble we'll be getting updates occa- application. These can be picked sionally from this robot in the up at the Rockville City Hall, sky. Post Office, Granite Community F-100 Milk: One of the best Bank, Granite Edge Cafd and en- solutions for starving kids is F- trances of Rockville and Pearl 100 Milk. The distended bellies Lake churches. Please fill out seen on some starving kids and drop in the mail to P.O. Box comes in part, from a swollen liv- 406, Rockville, MN 56369 by De- er. It's typical of kwashiorkor cember 4, 2013. Constitution: There is a Cen- ter for Constitutional Studies Rockville News and Citizenship located in Wash- ington, D.C. which educates stu- continued on page 14 A health plan. An account. A tax-saving idea. 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