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The Kelliher City Council met Nov. 8 for a special meeting to canvass the election results and then its regular meeting. Council Members present were Mayor Darin Latterell, Ramona Gehlert, Laura Nelson, Don Erickson and Vicky Rabe. Staff present included city clerk Shelli Krueth, head bartender Tom Heck and city maintenance supervisor Chuck Schultz A special meeting was called to canvass the election results. The local election results were: Mayor: Darin Latterell and Council members Richard Skoe and Dan Persons.
Members of the Northome City Council met in regular session Dec. 1 for the last meeting of the year, hearing updates on the airport and the water and sewer project. Members present were Councilmen Jack White, Jerry Struss and Bill Eitenmilker and Mayor James Schneider. Absent was councilor Larry Salmonson. Clerk Tom Bonar was present as was Richard and Linda Dreher and Dick Grabko of SEH. Prior to the regular meeting, the public budget meeting was held. No citizens were present. During the open forum, councilman Eitenmiller read a letter regarding damages at the cemetery.
Blackduck took on the Kelliher/Northome Mustangs Dec.
The Northome City Council met Nov. 3 for the regular meeting then called a special meeting to canvass votes from the Nov. 2 general election at the Northome School Nov. 10. Those present were Councilmen Jack White and Larry Salmonson and Mayor James Schneider.
For almost 87 years, music lover and retired head start teacher Lucille Schue has lived in the area, 62 of those years, she lived on the family farm. "I was born at home," said Schue. "We had a big log house in the middle of the field and that's where I was born. We lived there until dad built the farm house then it was used for the cows," she said. Schue grew up milking cows and hauling and stacking hay on the farm. She loved animals she said and it showed. "When we had cows in the old log house I used to go in and play with them," she said.
Members of the Blackduck City Council met Nov. 9 for it's regular meeting, minus the mayor, Scott Palmer. Vice-mayor Kevin Beck called the meeting to order, getting down to the business at hand. As no one was present for the forum, Beck called for approval of the consent agenda, which was, after a short discussion, was approved. Correspondence and the presentation of the bills was next to come before the council.
The Northome City Council held a special meeting Oct. 27 to hear a presentation on the water and sewer rates and to discuss the 2011 budgets. Present for the meeting were councilors Jack White, Jerry Struss, Larry Salmonson and Bill Eitenmiller. Mayor Jim Schneider was not in attendance. Staff present included the Clerk/Treasurer, Tom Bonar; Maintenance Supervisor Cory Lindley and head bartender Angel Stradtmann. Others present included Jordan Vandal of Midwest Assistance and Brenda Shull. A water and sewer rate presentation was given by Vandal.
For someone who never wanted to be involved in the world of medicine, new Blackduck Ambulance Service manager Molly Rucinski sure doesn't show it. Rucinski was brought into the world of medical technicians by a friend when she worked at a sub shop in Bemidji years ago. "I was 19 and we had this GFG food salesman who was an EMT instructor," Rucinski explained.
While Minnesota's governor hasn't quite been decided yet and could take some time to sort out, local races have been decided quickly. Blackduck's mayor Scott Palmer lost his seat to former Blackduck councilman Jason Riggs by a vote of 118-96. The last time these two ran against each other, Palmer was re-elected to his position. Councilman Daryl Lundberg retained his seat with 184 votes while Cory Veazey won outgoing councilmember Kevin Beck's seat with 106 votes. Kelliher's current mayor Darin Latterell was reelected with 90 votes and ran unopposed.
Members of the Blackduck City Council met for the second meeting of the month Oct. 18, hearing an indepth update from liquor store manager Shawn Waldo. Before Waldo spoke, the council went over the Pine Tree Park inspection report. According to the report, the park was found to be in very good condition.