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Blackduck City Council holds regular meeting

The Blackduck Police Department may hire another full-time officer. The Blackduck City Council gave approval at their regular meeting on Monday, March 10.

A notice of vacancy was also discussed for the council. The city is looking for Blackduck residents who have a strong desire to become involved in local government. If interested, the council asks that a letter of interest be submitted to City Hall.

Other items on the agenda included a vote to approve a training request from Police Chief John Wilkenson to attend the 2014 Safety and Loss Control Workshop, which will be held on March 25 in Bemidji.

Two training requests were also approved for Christina Regas, city administrator, to attend conferences in Burnsville and Plymouth, Minn.

The first conference will help familiarize Regas with Banyon Data Systems, the computer software that she uses. Angel Bublitz, deputy clerk, will attend the conference with Regas.

The second is the 2014 Minnesota Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association conference.

The council had two donation requests. The Blackduck Area History and Art Center had a request but no one was present to discuss the issue with the council.

The North Country First Responders was present at the meeting to request a donation. Mayor Daryl Lundberg asked if the organization had a dollar amount to which they responded they would take anything.

A member of the responders noted that it costs about $1,500 for a first responder to get started.

Bob Klug, public works supervisor, mentioned that it may be a matter that the Blackduck Fire Relief Association could donate to. The issue was tabled until next month.

The council also scheduled a public hearing to declare the special election results for 6 p.m. Monday, March 17 at City Hall.

The planning commission was present to recommend that the city vacate Carl Avenue so it would become property of Anderson Fabrics. The council passed the motion to give the street to Anderson Fabrics, who will likely use it for parking.

Jillian Gandsey

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