October unofficial School Board minutes

The Kimball School Board held their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. The consent agenda was approved, including hiring two paraprofessionals. The principals reported on great things happening in classrooms, Character Strong activities, a shortage of substitute teachers and para’s, a volunteer for fitness center supervision, band concert/dinner for fundraising, additional elementary…

Friday Update, Oct. 15, 2021

By Mark Messman Superintendent, EV-W District #463 I’m hopeful my update finds you doing well, maintaining good health, and enjoying some fall festivities. I’d like to take a moment to provide some timely updates and make you aware of our desperate need to hire paraprofessional staff. Since the beginning of the school year, we’ve been…

Kimball approves snow removal contract with MnDOT

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At the Oct. 5 regular meeting, the Kimball city council approved the annual MnDOT snow removal contract, now that there are two people to work snow removal. Chad Koren said the plan is to clean the streets, MnDOT to finish plowing, and then to clear the parking lanes the next…

Watkins continues to seek trailer park clean-up

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Two letters have been sent recently to the out-of-state owners of the Watkins Trailer Park about the blight there, with abandonned and dilapidated trailers, and overgrown brush. The owners responded that they are bringing in a landscaper, asked for permission to crush on-site those that are not acceptable for transport…

Eden Valley approves final assessment for 2021 street project

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Four property owners had registered objections to the planned assessment to their properties for the 2021 street project in Eden Valley. Two of them spoke in opposition during a public hearing at the Oct. 6 regular meeting of the Eden Valley city council. The total project cost is $3,565,553 with…

DNR temporarily bans farmed deer movement into and within Minnesota

Emergency action will provide time to understand connections between known CWD-positive farms and identify and prevent transfer from potentially exposed herds The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the importation and movement of farmed white-tailed deer into and within Minnesota. This emergency action took effect Monday, Oct.…

How to handle your Medicare coverage if you move

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are moving to a different area of the country to be near our daughter. Will this affect our Medicare benefits? Will we need to adjust our coverage or re-enroll in a new plan? Moving Away Dear Moving, Moving can indeed affect your Medicare benefits depending…

Social Security announces 5.9 percent benefit increase for 2022

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday, Oct. 13. The 5.9 percent -cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022. Increased payments to approximately 8 -million…

Social Security announces redesigned statement

Now available with a my Social Security Account On Monday, Oct. 4, Kilolo Kijakazi, acting Commissioner of Social Security, introduced a new look and feel to the Social Security Statement, available online through the my Social Security portal at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and by mail. The Statement is one of the most effective tools people can use to…

Minnesota National Guard prepares to support COVID-19 testing sites

Seventy-five soldiers and air-men from the Minnesota National Guard are preparing to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts starting Monday, Oct. 13. “The Minnesota National Guard’s motto is ‘Always Ready, Always There’ and demonstrates our commitment to support Minnesota citizens,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General. “We have supported public…