September 1 – Ken van den Boom told us about Pickle Ball and had some local players demonstrate the game to us.
Ken van den Boom
Olivia Niday, Houston County Emergency Management Director, began work here in June 2017. Since we need plans in place to qualify for FEMA or Minnesota aid if the need arises, she is updating the Emergency Operations Plan for the county. She is a graduate of NDSU where she majored in emergency management.
Dave Walters, Root River Soil & Water Conservation District Manager, talked about conservation work to maintain and build flood retention structures in Winnebago Valley. Five to 6 structures have been completed. There has been alot of maintenance work due to flood damage over the past few years. They have planted cedar trees on some stream banks to control erosion in parts of the county.
Superintendent of Schools, Ben Barton, explained the upcoming referendum to be on the ballot on November 7. Caledonia is one of the top academic schools in Minnesota. To keep our upward trajectory, we need to keep the operating referendum. The current one is expiring and therefore we need to have a new one. This operating referendum has nothing to do with buildings or capital expenses. All schools in our area have operating referenda. The amount of the referendum is $460/student which is based on what is actually needed. Due to the refinancing of the building debt, the total school taxes will actually go down even with the referendum.