Tricounty News

Expanded channel catfish limit proposed for Sauk River chain of lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed experimental fishing regulation aimed at reducing an overabundance of channel catfish in the Sauk River chain of lakes as well as Long, North Brown’s, Eden, and Mud lakes.

The proposed regulation would increase the daily and possession limit for channel catfish taken from these waters to 10 fish, with only one over 24 inches. The public meeting will be held from
5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Cold Spring city offices, 27 Red River Ave. S., Cold Spring, Minn. Information on the fishery will be provided and comments accepted.


Sept. 8: Town Hall Meeting

Veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System are invited to participate in a town hall meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.

The town hall meeting is intended to provide veterans an opportunity to hear from and have concerns addressed by St. Cloud VA officials.

The meeting will be held in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8) on the
St. Cloud VA campus. Veterans served by the VA outpatient clinics in Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo can participate from those locations via video teleconference.

Because of limited parking caused by construction around the auditorium, veterans attending in St. Cloud should park in the lot to the north of Bldg. 111, and enter the Auditorium from the north entrance. 


Free nitrate water testing clinic Aug. 26


The cities of Eden Valley and Watkins are offering a free nitrate water testing clinic 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Eden Valley Civic Center.

Do you get your drinking water from a private well? If so, this clinic is for you.

Experts strongly recommend you test your water for nitrates. They are the most common contaminants in Minnesota’s groundwater. Elevated levels of nitrates are known to cause Blue Baby Syndrome, which can be fatal.

To collect the sample:

• Let tap run for 5-10 minutes

• Collect tap water in a clean plastic or glass container

• Keep cool

• Samples should be collected less than 24 hours prior to test.

Eden Valley Civic Center is located at 171 Cossairt Avenue West, Eden Valley.



Primary election results


A primary election was held in Minnesota and Wisconsin Tuesday, Aug. 12. 


Part of the election helped determine who will be on the November ballot for state and federal offices for each political party.

Facing off in November for U.S. Representative in District 6 (replacing Michele Bachmann) will be John Denney (IP), Tom Emmer (GOP), and Joe Perske (DFL).

Steve Carlson will represent the Independence Party for U.S. Senator; Mike McFadden (GOP) and incumbent Al

Franken (DFL) also will be on that ballot.


Phase One of jail remodel complete


The first phase of the Stearns County jail remodeling project is finished. Phase one involvedCell-RGB reconstructing the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) to accommodate the female housing unit and work release inmates, both of which were previously on the second floor.

Moving the female inmates to the first floor allowed for the addition of another 11 beds, going from 9 to 20 in the female unit. This is a growing jail population and will reduce the need to pay for transporting women to jails in other counties.