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By Brian Wolf

Have you ever wished that you could start over with life?

When I look back at my life, I know I would do many things differently knowing what I know now. If I could, I would love to start all over again.

I would do things differently with my friends and family. I would do things differently in school. I would even do things differently in my career choices. Come to think about it, there is more that I would change than keep the same. This doesn’t mean that I’m unhappy, I just think I could do things better if I had a “do-over.”  See more at . . .

Learn about public transportation: Meeting in Waverly Thursday, July 31

WAVERLY, MN – Anyone interested in learning about Trailblazer Transit and how public transportation can help them is encouraged to attend a meeting Thursday, July 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Waverly City Hall.

Coffee, cookies, and Information will be provided.

New law that takes effect Aug. 1 will help protect private data

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota House of Representative public information services released a summary of some new laws that will take effect Aug. 1.

One of these new laws addresses date privacy.

Data breach prompts new protections, penalties Several recent high-profile data breaches by public employees, including one by a former Department of Natural Resources employee who inappropriately accessed thousands of driver’s license files, spurred a new law that lays out penalties and preventive measures for these actions. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville) and Sen. D. Scott Dibble (DFL-Mpls), the law will:

• require procedures for ensuring that private data is accessible only to those whose work assignment calls for that access;
• expand current law to require all government entities, not just state agencies, to notify individuals if a breach of their data has occurred; and
• establish penalties for employees responsible for the breach. Once it has been determined that a breach has occurred, a report will be required that, at a minimum, must include:
• a description of the type of data accessed or acquired;
• the number of individuals whose data was improperly accessed or acquired;
• the name of each employee determined to be responsible for the unauthorized access or acquisition; and
• disciplinary action, if any, taken against each employee involved. Those whose information has been compromised will receive written notification from the government entity of the breach, and the opportunity to request of copy of the completed report. HF183*/SF211/CH284

HLWW School Board will discuss MAWSECO lease


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board will discuss McLeod and Wright Special Education Cooperation Organization (MAWSECO) leasing and renovating the old middle school building, after the new one is complete.

Other business the board will discuss include:

  • transportation contract;
  • cabinetry for new middle school;
  • new district logo; and
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) notifications.

For an update after the meeting, check back with HJ Blogs.


Mayer City Council to award plowing contract

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council will consider awarding a contract for snowplowing during its Monday, July 28 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include discussion of a noise ordinance variance and street repairs.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a workshop meeting.

Workshop agenda items include water shutoff valves, general fund budget, ordinance enforcement, public works facility, and a review of the city’s noise ordinance.

Wright County Board to discuss DNR land acquisition for Lake Maria State Park

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will discuss Minnesota Department of Natural Resources land acquisition for Lake Maria State Park during Tuesday’s meeting.

Other items on the agenda include discussion of a contribution to Meeker County for a storm warning siren and approval of final acceptance of the County Road 75 overlay project.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.