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Don’t forget to vote – Township elections and annual meetings Tuesday, March 10

WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Victor, Middleville, Woodland, and Marysville townships will be electing new officials Tuesday, March 10.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. An annual meeting will take place at each township hall following the election.

Victor Township

Where to vote: Victor Township Hall, 8718 90th St. SW, Howard Lake.

Who’s up for election:

David Hoover’s term as supervisor is up, along with Sean Groos’ term as treasurer.

Groos re-filed for the treasurer position, and David Glessing and Ryan Bakeburg filed for the supervisor position.

Middleville Township

Where to vote: Middleville Township Hall, 3014 Co. Rd. 6 SW, Howard Lake.

Who’s up for election:

Judy Forst re-filed for the two-year treasurer position, and Jim Jacobson re-filed for the three-year supervisor position. Both candidates are running unopposed.

Woodland Township

Where to vote: Woodland Township Hall, 9065 Clementa Ave. SW, Montrose.

Who’s up for election:

Woodland Township features two open seats, including the supervisor position of Dan Domjahn and the treasurer position of Paula Wood Lavigne.

Both incumbents re-filed and are running unopposed.

Marysville Township

Where to vote: Marysville Township Hall, 3733 Dempsey Ave. SW, Waverly.

Who’s up for election:

Jane Hurley is running for supervisor, to fill the remaining year in the position previously held by Dick Sawatzke. (Sawatzke passed away in June 2014, and Hurley had been appointed to his seat.)

The three-year supervisor position of Augie Riebel is also up, and Riebel has re-filed. There were no other filings.

Annual meetings without elections

Some area townships conducted their elections in the fall. These townships still have an annual meeting Tuesday, March 10.

• Bergen Twp. – 8 p.m. at the Bergen Town Hall, 16595 Babcock Ave., Lester Prairie.

• Hollywood Twp. – 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Town Hall, one block east of the Hollywood Sports Complex on County Road 122.

• Watertown Twp. – 7 p.m. at the Watertown Township Office, 3580 Co. Rd. 10 N., Watertown.

• Camden Twp. – 7 p.m. at the Camden Township Hall, 315 State Ave. S., New Germany.

• Winsted Twp. – 8 p.m. in the Vollmer Room at the Winsted City Hall, at 201 1st St. N.

Girl from Liberia experiences rural Carver County

NEW GERMANY, MAYER, MN – Liberia may seem like a different world, but in some ways, 18-year-old Gifty Kollie’s life back home wasn’t so different from the lives of teenagers in America.

In fall 2014, Gifty made the 5,667-mile journey to Minnesota, and met her rural New Germany host family, Dave and Becky Henning.

Look for her story in the Monday, Feb. 23 edition of the Herald Journal. For an online subscription to the paper, click here.

New Germany City Council to discuss blight issue

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will continue its conversation about blight issues at property owned by Jim Clark during its Tuesday, Feb. 17 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include township fire contracts, an amendment to the Carver County emergency management plan, renewal of the city’s garbage contract, and a review for the city clerk.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Waconia teen to appear on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ Feb. 13

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Joe Dertinger of Waconia will be on the TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The show airs on KSTC-TV Channel 45, and is raising money for Shriners Hospitals for Children. A celebrity contestant picked Dertinger, who is a National Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals this year, as their “in-studio lifeline.”

To learn more about the show, check out

Date changed for New Germany council workshop

NEW GERMANY, MN – The New Germany city council will conduct a workshop meeting to discuss the future of the Trophy Lake Estates property Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The meeting had been scheduled for Feb. 24, but was changed due to schedule conflicts. The meeting is open to the public.

New Germany to continue Trophy Lake Estates discussion Feb. 24

NEW GERMANY, MN – After discussing the Trophy Lake Estates property at its regular meeting Feb. 3, the New Germany City Council plans to continue the dialogue at a workshop meeting later this month.

The workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at New Germany City Hall, and will include a review of the bank’s previous offer.

Glenwood State Bank had offered the city $200,000, and offered to give the city the 11 non-lake lots and one 2-acre outlot along Carver County Road 33 in exchange for reducing the assessments on the remaining lots.

The bank would continue to look for a buyer for the remaining 25 lake lots.

In January, Mayor Steve Van Lith said the total assessments are currently $653,389. By accepting the proposal, the city would lose about $400,000.

City Clerk Twyla Menth said the council will likely recommend a counter-offer. No decisions will be made until the next regular board meeting.

Odds and ends
In other business, the council:

• raised firefighters’ compensation from $7.50 per call to $10 per call, beginning in 2016.

• heard a report from Ehlers, the city’s financial consulting firm, regarding requirements on bond disclosure.