Tricounty News

kEden Valley Notice of candidacy filing for city councilor office


Notice is hereby given: That a Special Election in the City of Eden Valley, in the Counties of Meeker and Stearns, State of Minnesota, will be held on Tuesday, the 28th day of January, 2014, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8 p.m.

That the first day for filing affidavits of Candidacy will be Tuesday, the 19th day of November, 2013, and the last day for filing affidavits of Candidacy for said election will be Tuesday, the 3rd day of December, 2013, with filings closing at 5 p.m. that day.

Offices to be filled include one (1) City Councilor for a term to expire on December 31, 2016.

Dated this 1st day of November, 2013.

Mona Haag Clerk/Treasurer City of Eden Valley

Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2013.


City of Eden Valley Election Information


Notice is hereby given that a Special City Election of the City of Eden Valley, in the Counties of Meeker & Stearns, State of Minnesota, will be held on Tuesday,
September 10, 2013, between
12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m., at City Hall, 171 Cossairt Avenue West, in said City, to fill the following office to-wit:

ONE City Council for the Term to Expire 12/31/16

Mona Haag


Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Aug. 22, 29, and Sept. 5, 2013.


City of Eden Valley Ntice of Special Election for vacancy


To the Voters of

the City of Eden Valley:

A Special Election in the City of Eden Valley to fill a Vacancy on the Eden Valley City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  Absentee Ballot applications for eligible voters are available at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall and the City Clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, and Monday, September 9, 2013 until
5:00 p.m.

Mona Haag


Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Aug. 22, 29, and Sept. 5, 2013.


City of Eden Valley Public Accuracy Test


To the Voters of

the City of Eden Valley:

The City of Eden Valley will conduct a Public Accuracy Test of electronic voting equipment on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Eden Valley Civic Center, 171 Cossairt Avenue West.

Mona Haag


Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Aug. 22, 29, and Sept. 5, 2013.


Eden Valley construction project is back on track

Bids will be opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, for the $1,486,760  road and infrastructure project project. Despite delays in obtaining Mn/DOT approval that was expected this spring, it is expected that most of this project can still be completed during this construction season.

As of the July 3 council meeting, 12 major contractors had requested the bid materials so far, in addition to the “usual” local contractors, said city engineer Kent Louwagie of Bolton-Menk.

There are two related projects, dependent upon the city’s project. The high school building must permanently relocate a sewer line that was temporarily moved to allow construction of the new gym; that will be done in coordination with the city’s project for cost efficiencies. CP Rail will do extensive work on the rail crossing on State Street and this must be completed this year.

Mn/DOT’s concern for the project is the possible short construction time. Because of that, an interim completion date of Nov. 1 has been set for this year’s portion of the work, with all final work needing to be completed by Aug. 31, 2014.

Louwagie, the council, and Jim Rademacher of the city’s Public Works Department are working on changes and requirements for construction to ensure best traffic flow and least disturbance, and also to make sure that the annual Valley Daze parade will for sure return next year.

Storm shelter

During the storm that swept through Eden Valley during Valley Daze, there was some confusion about where people should go for shelter. Some were told to go to the high school, others found shelter in the basement of the library.

Part of this confusion was because lightning had struck the water tower the night before (Thursday) and knocked out the city’s civil defense siren. Fire and police personnel went around town Friday as the storm hit telling people to take shelter.

Officially, the storm shelter for downtown Eden Valley is in the hallways of the high school. In case of emergency, entrances to the school will be unlocked, and it will be handicap-accessible. In the future, this information will be relayed to all vendors who participate in Valley Daze.

As of the July 3 meeting, only one siren was working after the lightning strike; they are waiting for parts, and phone line issues need to be resolved. Telemetry at the water plant took a lightning hit, but it was up and running by noon the next day thanks to the city’s electrician.

Jim Rademacher reported that a CP Rail train engineer witnessed the lightning strike. It hit the top of the water tower, and exited through the gas main and up through the city office where it “fried” the copier and a computer modem as well as all the surge suppressors. There was no other computer damage, thankfully.

Utility easement vacation

The scheduled public hearing was held to vacate a portion of an abandoned street, Bell Street, in Eden Valley. The council agreed to do so, but could not vote or adopt the resolution because there was not a quorum. (There is currently a vacancy on the council, and member Cheryl Thielen did not attend the July 3 meeting.) It will be adopted at the Aug. 7 meeting.

Library kiosk request

Judy Thielen and Diane Thielen, representing the Eden Valley Area Library board of directors, requested a commitment from the council to pay one-half of annual delivery charges for a library kiosk system. The board is applying for two grants that would pay for purchase and installation of the kiosk system, and would pay the first year delivery, if granted. The council agreed to commit to the annual payment, about $2,500 per year, after the first year. (See photo above, and story on page 11.) 

Police report

The new squad car is in use and nearly finished; only the computer remains to be installed. New officer Zach Schwartz also is “up and running” and working out well.

Planning and zoning

One citizen, Michael Ripley, applied for a position on the Planning & Zoning Committee. It is anticipated that he will be appointed.

No one has yet applied for the Zoning Administrator position. Clerk Mona Haag will continue to perform these duties, as needed, through 2013. Applications are still being sought for the part-time position; apply at city hall.

The council unanimously approved the Planning & Zoning recommendations that included approving moving in storage sheds on three separate properties, while another such request was denied because setbacks were not met, and yet another was denied until land ownership could be shown. 

The next meeting of the Eden Valley city council will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Meetings are recorded and broadcast by Arvig on cable television.