School District 166 to proceed with parking lot improvements

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:22am

In March, the School District 166 school board accepted the low base bid from Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. for the school parking lot expansion of $134,293. At that time the board asked Superintendent Schwarz to ask for bids for other alternatives in addition to the base bid, such as paving the increased lot and adding some parallel parking spots. Thoreson, Inc. was again the low bidder for the additional work totaling $52,377, which the board approved unanimously.

The board also directed Superintendent Schwarz to seek bids for phase 2 of the parking lot expansion, noting that it would be more cost effective to have all of the work completed at the same time. Board Member Deb White said the school grounds are public property and needs to be taken care of. She pointed out that all taxpayers pay the abatement bonds, so it is the best source of funding for such projects. “It’s cheap, cheap, money,” she said.

White added, “I don’t want to wait until someone gets hurt out there to say, ‘Gee, I wish we had…”

The board passed a resolution to move forward with an abatement bond of $236,000 to be repaid over four years. A public hearing will be held to share the abatement bond information with the public on Thursday, May 21 in the Jane Mianowski Conference Center at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Board Member Terry Collins asked that drawings of the parking lot expansion be available to the public at that meeting.

Board Member Sissy Lunde said the parking lot project was discussed at the latest Safe Routes to School (SRTS) meeting. Lunde said the group feels there will be a need for parent and community education about the new parking area. She said she and other members of the SRTS group would be willing to be on hand to help direct traffic and explain the changes, if needed.


Culvert concerns in Hovland

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:20am

At a recent county board meeting, east end Commissioner Frank Moe asked about a county culvert that was blocked and caused a Hovland resident’s yard, driveway and basement to fill with water. The flooding occurred after a rain, but it wasn’t a major weather event, said Moe.

Highway Maintenance Supervisor Russell Klegstad said the highway department had responded, bringing gravel to create a small berm to block the water while the culvert was being cleared. It took only 15 minutes from the time the berm was built for water to subside to a trickle into the basement.

Klegstad said the 4x4 foot culvert was too small and needs to be replaced with a larger one, but at this time there is no budget or time to plan for one. It had plugged, said Klegstad, because of ice on the bottom of the culvert and debris getting stuck in the culvert’s top half.

“I am asking you for an expedited plan to fix this,” said Moe, adding that for the last 10 years or so residents in the area have asked for the culvert to be replaced.

County Engineer David Betts said he doesn’t have the time or the staff needed to plan for an immediate fix, adding that it could cost about $250,000.

 “We have two big bridges, the Junco and the Cross river bridges nearing collapse that we are working on. I’m short two people and I don’t see my staff getting better for at least a year.”

Betts suggested rolling this project into one an upgrade on the Arrowhead Trail, which isn’t currently being planned. Moe said that was too long to wait.

A small culvert will be put in at the beginning of the homeowner’s driveway, said Klegstad, and that may provide some temporary relief.

Betts said he would submit a proposal to receive bridge bonding, “Otherwise we can’t afford to fix this.” 

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CONTACT: Diane Pearson
DATE: 04/23/2015 09:45am

Dockside Fish Market

Dockiside is now OPEN for the season

Dockside Fish Market is now open for the season.
Hours are 9-6pm daily but closed for the next 3 Sundays.
Today we have:
Smoked Trout Chowder, Scallop and Corn Chowder and Butternut Squash Soup
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Lot of your favorite frozen items and cheeses.
Freshly made Smoked Salmon spread and lot’s of Smoked Fish.
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WatersEdge Trading Company SALE!

WatersEdge Trading Company, located next door to Coho Cafe in Tofte, is having a HUGE storewide sale.  All merchandise is 15% - 30% off!  Winter clothing and footwear is 30% off and everything else in the store is 15% off.  Hurry in and check out all of our new spring arrivals and the winter items too!  We are super excited to announce we are now carrying a brand new line from Spain, Desigual.  Hurry in while the picking is good.  Sale goes today thru Sunday, April 26th.


Discounts may not be combined.  Not valid on previous purchases.  All winter clothing and footwear sales final.

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DATE: 04/23/2015 09:20am