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Public Notice of Informal Probate of Will - Gatherridge
5/24/2016

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF KITTSON
IN DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No.________
In Re: Estate of:        )
    Charles W. Gatheridge,    )
        Decedent.        )
NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
    Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the decedent’s Will dated September 10, 2013, has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Any objections may be filed with this court and will be heard by the Court after proper notice of hearing.
    Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Paul C. Gatheridge, whose address is P.O. Box 66, Humboldt, MN 56731, as personal representative of the estate of the decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of hte personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Section 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the estate including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate.
    Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
    Dated: May 16, 2016
/s/ Tracy Larson
Registrar
Roger C. Malm
Brink, Sobolik, Severson,
Malm & Albrecht, P.A.
Attorneys for Applicant
P.O. Box 790
Hallock, MN 56728
(218) 843-3686
(May 25, June 1, 2016)
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Public Notice
5/24/2016


Kittson Central School Board Minutes - Feb/March 2016
5/3/2016

Kittson Central School Board Minutes
February 22, 2016
    The Board of Education of #2171 met in regular session February 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kittson Central Boardroom. Members present were Mark Johnson, Mat Kuznia, Katie Langen, Crisa Mortenson, Richard Mortenson, Eric Ristad and Mike Sugden. Also present were Superintendent Jaszczak, Mark Bernstrom, Katrina Halfmann, Jami Carr, and Sandra Lindgren.
    The meeting was called to order by Chair Sugden. The agenda was approved by Kuznia, seconded Ristad and carried by all in favor. Motion C. Mortenson, seconded Langen to approve the January 27, 2016 school board minutes. Motion carried. The bills having been audited and found correct were ordered to be paid on motion R. Mortenson, seconded Langen and carried by all in favor. Bills were approved for $51,125.69 and post payment bills (hand payables) were approved for $26,719.17. Payroll Electronic Fund Transfers in the amount of $199,697.88 and Payroll Checks in the amount of $51,171.58. Total January Donations $7,239.20. End of the month balances were:
    01    $1,870,884.85
    02    (528.01)
    04    (12,111.10)
    07    58,619.22
    08    30,223.14
    10    1,210,497.07
    Total    $3,157,585.17
    Respective members and administrators gave board and administrative reports. Motion Kuznia, seconded Ristad to approve the General Obligation School Building Refunding Bonds, Series 2016A as presented by Ehlers.  Motion carried. Motion Ristad, seconded Kuznia to approve the Review and Comment to MDE for the proposed auditorium. Motion carried. No was in attendance for the St. Vincent School Closing Hearing so our requirements are met.
RESOLUTION CONCERNING
SPARSITY REVENUE AS CONCERNS THE CLOSING OF THE
ST. VINCENT SCHOOL
    Member Johnson moved the adoption of the following resolution:
    Since 1994, Kittson Central School District #2171 has operated an elementary school located at 911 Pacific Ave St. Vincent MN  56755. For FY 16 the school board has operated as grade kindergarten through 2.
     The District would like to proceed with closing the St. Vincent site effective the end of the current fiscal year, but the District cannot proceed with the closure without the adjustment to sparsity revenue as authorized by State Statue 126 C.10 Subd. 8a.
    126C.10 GENERAL EDUCATION REVENUE
        Subd. 8a Sparsity revenue for school districts that close facilities.
    A School district that closes a school facility or whose sparsity revenue is reduced by a school closure in another district is eligible for elementary and secondary sparsity revenue equal to the greater of the amounts calculated under subdivisions 6, 7, and 8 or the total amount of sparsity revenue for the previous fiscal year if the school board of the district has adopted a written resolution stating that the district intends to close the school facility, but cannot proceed with the closure without the adjustment to sparsity revenue authorized by this subdivision. The written resolution must be approved by the board and filed with the commissioner of education prior to the start of the fiscal year for which aid under this subdivision is first requested. A school district whose sparsity revenue is affected by a closure in another district is not required to adopt a written resolution under this section.
    Kittson Central School District #2171 hereby requests an adjustment to sparsity revenue as authorized by this subdivision.
    The motion for the adoption of the resolution was duly seconded by Langen.
    On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Johnson, Kuznia, Langen, C. Mortenson, R. Mortenson, Ristad, and Sugden
    And the following voted against: None
    Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
RESOLUTION CLOSING THE
ST. VINCENT SCHOOL
    Member R. Mortenson moved the adoption of the following resolution:
    The St. Vincent site of the Kittson Central Schools, located at 911 Pacific Ave. St. Vincent MN  56755 will be closed at the end of FY16, subject to approval of sparsity revenue authorization by the Minnesota Department of Education.
    Notice was published in the Kittson County Enterprise and a hearing concerning the closure was held February 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
    The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Kuznia.
    On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Johnson, Kuznia, Langen, C. Mortenson, R. Mortenson, Ristad, and Sugden
And the following voted against:  None
Whereupon said resolution passed and adopted.
    Motion Langen, seconded C. Mortenson to approve the 2016-2017 school year calendar as presented. Motion carried.
    Superintendent Report
    The next school board meeting will be held March 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kittson Central boardroom. Motion Langen, seconded Ristad to adjourn meeting. Motion carried.
Sandra Lindgren
Recording Clerk
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Kittson Central School Board Minutes
March 29, 2016
    The Board of Education of #2171 met in regular session March 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kittson Central boardroom. Members present were Mark Johnson, Matt Kuznia, Katie Langen, Crisa Mortenson, Richard Mortenson, Eric Ristad and Mike Sugden. Also present were Superintendent Jaszczak, Leola Schultz, Riley Sugden, Madison Muir, Taylor Urie, Lindsey Gullickson, Rod Stark, Margie Holmgren, and Sandra Lindgren.
    The meeting was called to order by Chair Sugden. The agenda was approved by Ristad, seconded C. Mortenson and carried by all in favor. Motion R. Mortenson, seconded Langen to approve the February 22, 2016 school board minutes. Motion carried. The bills having been audited and found correct were ordered to be paid on motion Langen, seconded Kuznia and carried by all in favor. Bills were approved for $59,468.14 and post payment bills (hand payables) were approved for $12,299.92. Payroll Electronic Fund Transfers in the amount of $233,539.36 and Payroll Checks in the amount of $61,548.11. Total February Donations $1121.58. End of the month balances were:
    01    $2,075,268.47
    02     (8,751.29)
    04    (21,735.50)
    07    68,787.39
    08     29,564.14
    10    1,210,497.07
    Total     $3,353,630.28

    Respective members and administrators gave board and administrative reports. Senior Class representatives presented the Senior Class Itinerary. Motion R. Mortenson, seconded Ristad to authorize Superintendent Jaszczak to apply for the FY17 Title I and II Grants. Motion carried.
RESOLUTION
Kittson Central School
Hallock, Minnesota  56728
Date March  2016    
Motion by Kuznia        Seconded by Langen        
AUTHORIZING A KITTSON CENTRAL ABSENTEE BALLOT BOARD
    WHEREAS, Kittson Central is permitted by Minnesota Statute 203B.13, Subd. 1 to authorize a Kittson Central Absentee Ballot Board; and
    WHEREAS, this authorization will bring uniformity in the processing of accepting or rejecting returned absentee ballots to Kittson Central Acting Clerk that would consist of a sufficient number of election judges as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22; and
    WHEREAS, this will eliminate the need for election judges to perform this technical and time consuming task on election day wherein the county absentee ballot board can begin this process 46 days prior to an election; and
    WHEREAS, this will speed the processing of accepted absentee ballots delivered to the precincts to be incorporated into the vote counts on election day; giving election judges more available time for the voters at the polls; and
    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Kittson Central School Board hereby authorizes Kittson Central Acting Clerk to implement a Kittson Central Absentee Ballot Board that would consist of a sufficient number of election judges as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22 to perform the task
    VOTING AYE,
School Board Members Johnson, Kuznia, Langen, C. Mortenson, R. Mortenson, Ristad, Sugden
    VOTING NAY None
    ABSTAINING None
State of Minnesota
County of Kittson
   I, Sandra Lindgren, Acting Clerk of Kittson Central School, State of Minnesota, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true and correct copy of a resolution duly passed at a meeting of the Kittson Central School Board held on the 29th day of March, 2016.
   Witness my hand and official seal at Hallock, Minnesota the 29th day of March, 2016.
Sandra Lindgren
Kittson Central Acting Clerk
    Motion C. Mortenson, seconded Johnson to approve the first reading of the Extra-Curricular Drug Testing Policy. Motion carried. Motion Johnson, seconded Kuznia to approve hiring Lindsey Gullickson as Head Girls Track Coach and Cortney Christensen as Assistant Girls Track Coach. Motion carried.
    Superintendent Report
    2016-17 Staffing was mentioned, along with the early/late starts for the 2016-17 calendar. Member Sugden will present diplomas this year. The next school board meeting will be held April 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kittson Central boardroom. Motion Langen, seconded Ristad to adjourn meeting. Motion carried.
Sandra Lindgren
Recording Clerk
(May 4, 2016)
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Lancaster School Bd Proceedings 4/19/16
5/3/2016

LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD
PROCEEDINGS
April 19, 2016
    The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in the district office. The following members were present: Diamond, Hanson, Jerome, Nelson, Nordin, and Weleski. Also present were Supt. Swiontek, Teacher Rep. Laura Reese, Rebecca Huber, Shannon Hunstad (via google) and Mendy Coffield.
    Chairperson Hanson called the meeting to order and took roll call. The agenda was approved with the movement of agenda items VI. h-j to appear after the Administrative Report on a motion by Weleski, second by Nelson. UC.
    On a motion by Weleski, second by Nordin, the minutes of the regular meeting on March 15, 2016, and the special meeting on April 13, 2016, were approved as presented. UC.
    On a motion by Nelson, second by Jerome, Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) were approved in the amount of $51,799.50, Payroll EFTS $78,244.53, and the bills were approved for payment as presented in the amount of $78,986.05. Check numbers 38142-38189. UC.
    The Budget, Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
    Supt. Swiontek presented the Administrative Report:
    1. Referendum discussion will be held later in the meeting. We did receive updated numbers from Springsted.
    2. Board members for the Graduation program were discussed. The NWRIC has hired a new director for the fall. Kyle Erickson will replace Tammy Nielsen. There will be a one-month training period where we will have an overlap of salaries.
    On a motion by Weleski, second by Diamond, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Continuing Contract request as presented by Supt. Swiontek for Samantha Alme.
    On a motion by Nordin, second by Weleski, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Continuing Contract request as presented by Supt. Swiontek for Jaime Peterson.
    Huber thanked the board for the opportunity to teach at Lancaster School. She also gave a presentation on her availability for students, teaching techniques, testing and quiz details, and the possibility of adding her own website to assist students and families with her classes.
    Chairperson Hanson thanked Huber for her presentation.
    Member Nelson introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION RELATING TO
TERMINATION AND NON-RENEWAL OF TEACHING CONTRACT OF
REBECCA HUBER,
A PROBATIONARY TEACHER.
    WHEREAS, Mrs. Rebecca Huber, is a probationary teacher at the Kittson County Independent School District No. #356.
    BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 356, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122.A40, Subdivision 5, that the teaching contract of Mrs. Rebecca Huber, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 356, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2015/16 school year.
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that written notice be sent to said teacher regarding termination and non-renewal of her contract as provided by law, and that said notice shall be in substantially the following form:
    April 19, 2016
    Mrs. Rebecca Huber
    31 North Bryan Avenue
    Hallock, MN 56728
Dear Mrs. Huber:
    You are hereby notified that at the regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District #356, held on April 19, 2016, a resolution was adopted by a majority roll call vote to terminate your contract effective at the end of the current school year, and not to renew your contract for the 2016/17 school year. Said action of the board is taken pursuant to M.S. 122A.40, Subd. 5.
    You may officially request the school board give its reasons for the non-renewal of your teaching contract. For your information, however, this action is taken because of your failure to meet the expectations of the Lancaster Public School (Kittson County Independent School District #356).
Sincerely,
SCHOOL BOARD OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #356
Chris Jerome, School Board Clerk
cc: R. Huber Personnel File
    Supt. Swiontek thanked Huber for her presentation.
    The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Hanson and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor: Diamond, Hanson, Jerome, Nelson, Nordin, and Weleski, and the following voted against the same: None, whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
    Hanson presented information on the EMC billing situation. We are waiting for a response from Halpern Law Firm.
    Stacy Childers, Springsted, updated the referendum Estimated Taxes for Excess Levy. Dr. Swiontek presented this to the board.  
    On a motion by Nordin, second by Jerome, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Non-Certified Contracts for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 school years as presented.
    On a motion by Diamond, second by Nordin, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the transfer of Nicole Thompson as Special Education Teacher to an Elementary Teacher position effective 2016/17.
    On a motion by Weleski, second by Nordin, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Jamie Whitlock as Special Education Teacher for the 2016/17 school year.  MA8.
    On a motion by Weleski, second by Diamond, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Alex Strege as the Summer Recreation Assistant.
    On a motion by Weleski, second by Nelson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the lane change request of Samantha Alme from BA to BA+15 effective May 1, 2016.
    On a motion by Diamond, second by Jerome, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Rod Hennen, Robert Carr, and Dan Younggren as KCC Boys’ Golf Coaches beginning with the 2015/16 school year.
    On a motion by Nordin, second by Weleski, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, adjusts the KCC Girls’ Track coaching staff to be: Head Coach: Lindsey Gullickson, Assistant Coach: Cortney Christenson.
    On a motion by Diamond, second by Hanson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, authorizes the Superintendent to file applications for the ESSA programs for the 2016/17 school year.
    All three board member parents will take part in the graduation program: Diamond, Jerome, and Weleski.
    The next regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.
    Hanson adjourned the meeting at 9:04 p.m.
George Hanson, Chairperson
Chris Jerome, Clerk
(May 4, 2016)
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Public Hearing Notice
4/26/2016

Public Hearing Notice
    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held in front of the Kittson County Board of Adjustment on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 am in the upstairs meeting room of the Kittson County Courthouse, 410 South Fifth Street, Hallock, MN.  At the public hearing a request for a Conditional Use Permit will be heard from Zach Beaudry on behalf of the Hallock Coop Elevator Company.  They propose to build a Commercial Ag Grain Elevator on the E1/2 NE1/4 and W1/2 NE1/4 of Section 1 in Skane Township.  The proposed business location will require a zoning change from Agricultural to Commercial as stated in the Kittson County Zoning Ordinance.
    The location of the property that is the subject of this hearing is legally described as follows:
Sec-01 Twp-160 Range-049 73.88     
    AC E1/2 NE1/4
Sec-01 Twp-160 Range-049 72.61
    AC W1/2 NE1/4
    Any persons interested may attend and be heard at the time of this public hearing.  Any persons who have written objections to file who will not be present at the hearing must file their written objections with the zoning administrator not later than 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
Lane Nordin
Zoning Administrator
Kittson County Courthouse
410 S 5th St Suite 212
Hallock MN 56728
(April 27, 2016)
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Notice of Testing Optical Scan Voting System
4/26/2016

NOTICE OF TESTING OF OPTICAL SCAN VOTING SYSTEM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2171
(KITTSON CENTRAL SCHOOL
DISTRICT)
STATE OF MINNESOTA
    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Independent School District No. 2171 (Kittson Central School District) shall perform a public accuracy test of the optical scan voting system to be used in the District’s May 23, 2016 special election.  The test shall be conducted at: Kittson Central School, Hallock, Minnesota on May 2, 2016 at 5:00 o’clock p.m.  Interested individuals are authorized to attend and observe.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Lindgren at 218-843-3682 ext. 272.
Dated: January 27, 2016        BY ORDER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
By: /s/ Sandra L Lindgren
School District Clerk
Independent School District No. 2171
(Kittson Central School District)
State of Minnesota
(April 27, 2016)
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Notice of Location
4/26/2016

NOTICE OF LOCATION
WHERE BALLOTS WILL BE COUNTED
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
DISTRICT NO. 2171
(KITTSON CENTRAL SCHOOL
DISTRICT)
STATE OF MINNESOTA
    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the election judges for Independent School District No. 2171 shall count the ballots cast in the School District’s May 23, 2016 special election at the following locations:
    COMBINED POLLING PLACE:
       Kennedy Center
       Kennedy, Minnesota
    COMBINED POLLING PLACE:
       Kittson Central High School
       Hallock, Minnesota
Dated: January 27, 2016
BY ORDER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
By:  Sandra Lindgren
School District Clerk
Independent School District No. 2171
(Kittson Central School District)
State of Minnesota
(April 27, May 4, 2016)
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