June 7 — Mike Tornstrom, Caledonia Ambulance Service Director, spoke about their need for another LUCAS machine for the second ambulance. We went to the Ambulance garage to see a demonstration of the equipment. Our club donated $1500 toward the purchase of the machine.
June 14, 2019 — Ted Kjos of MI Energy spoke about economic development work he does. This aspect of the coop has been growing lately due to micro brewery growth, industrial projects, and health related businesses. The funding source is through USDA onj a loan basis and grants. MI Energy has 2.4 million dollars in a revolving loan fund.
Electric vehicles present a challenge in providing charging stations. Private companies are getting into it.
Electric coops are studying the use of battery storage. It is very expensive at this time. MI Energy has a few in residences on a trial basis. Natural gas plants are being built to provide electricity because they can easily be turned on or off to compensate solar and wind energy sources.
MI Energy is working with broadband too.
June 21, 2019 — Marian Gavin and Polly Heberlein talked about the Farm to Table Dinner to be held September 14 at the Houston County Fairgrounds. It is a fundraiser for the new barn at the fairgrounds. This project involves many members of the community from buffalo and beef to garden greens and apple pie. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each. They will be on sale at the Wired Rooster beginning on July 15.
Installation of 2019-20 officers—
June 28, 2019 — Superintendent of Schools, Caledonia updated the club on the future of the school calendar. This is a process to study the feasibility of modifying the calendar towarda “balanced calendar” in the future. A preliminary survey was conducted and a series of community meetings will be held in the months ahead after which results go back to the committee and finally to the school board for a decision in January. Choices are to make no change, continue to explore the possibility, or to try it. The MN Dept of Education has to give final approval if it moves ahead. A balanced schedule does not change the number of student contact days, but it spaces them differently. This schedule has a 10 day break in the fall, winter and spring with a 9 week summer break.