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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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Notice of Special Election
4/19/2016

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2171
(KITTSON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT)
STATE OF MINNESOTA
 

Public Notice of Intent
4/12/2016

To Approve Kittson County's Solid Waste Management Plan
Kittson-Marshall Rural Water System
4/12/2016

2015 Drinking Water Report
Kittson County Board Proceedings
4/12/2016

Kittson County Board Proceedings March 15, 2016
Hallock City Council Minutes
4/12/2016

Hallock City Council Minutes January 4, 2016 & February 1, 2016
The Commioners if the Department of Education Review & Comment
4/12/2016

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVIEW AND
COMMENT ON THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROPOSAL OF
KITTSON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT #2171

Assessment Notice
3/29/2016


Kittson County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance
3/22/2016

Kittson County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance
    The County of Kittson, State of Minnesota, ordains:
    Section 1. Purpose or Findings. Tobacco smoke is a leading cause of disease in nonsmokers and a major source of indoor air pollution. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory infections, decreased respiratory function and other health problems. Secondhand smoke also causes an estimated 7,000 lung cancer deaths in America each year. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Neither the separation of smokers and nonsmokers, nor the introduction of new ventilation systems, can eliminate the health hazards caused by secondhand smoke.
    Unregulated electronic delivery devices closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking as users inhale aerosolized liquid nicotine and other substances heated by an electronic ignition system. They produce an aerosol or vapor of undetermined and potentially harmful substances, which may appear similar to smoke emitted by conventional tobacco products. Their use in workplaces and public places where smoking is prohibited creates concern and confusion and leads to difficulties in enforcing the smoking prohibitions. After testing a number of e-cigarettes from two leading manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that various samples tested contained not only nicotine but also detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including tobacco-specific nitrosamines and diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. The FDA’s testing also suggested that quality control processes used to manufacture the products are inconsistent or non-existent (“Summary of results: Laboratory analysis of electronic cigarettes conducted by FDA, Food and Drug Administration, July 22, 2009; http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm173146.htm.
    By reducing the exposure of young people to adult smoking and unhealthy role modeling the elimination of smoking and vaping in public places furthers Minnesota’s goal of reducing youth smoking. In addition to Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, and New York are among the states that have adopted laws ending all smoking in bars, restaurants, and other public places, as have the nations of Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. There is no legal or constitutional “right to smoke.”  Business owners have no legal or constitutional right to expose their employees and customers to toxic chemicals, whether in tobacco smoke or otherwise. On the contrary, employers have a duty to provide their workers with a workplace that is not unreasonably dangerous.
    Accordingly, the Kittson County Board finds and declares that the purpose of this Ordinance is to:
(1) Protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Kittson County from the adverse effects of  secondhand smoke and the use of electronic delivery devices.
(2) Affirm that the right to breathe has priority over allowing people to smoke or use electronic delivery devices.                     Section 2. Jurisdiction. Pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 145A.04-.05, this Ordinance shall apply throughout all of Kittson County including the municipalities therein. Nothing in this Ordinance shall prevent other local levels of government within Kittson County from adopting more stringent measures to protect citizens from smoking as defined in this Ordinance.
    Section 3. Definitions. 
(a.) "Electronic Delivery Device" means any product containing or delivering nicotine, lobelia, or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking in the delivery of nicotine or any other substance through inhalation of     aerosol or vapor from the product. The term includes any such devices, whether they are manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, or under any other product name or descriptor.
(b.) “Indoor Area” means all space between a floor and a ceiling that is bounded by walls, doorways, or windows, whether opened or closed, covering more that 50 percent of the combined surface area of the vertical panes constituting the perimeter of the area. A wall includes a retractable divider, garage door, or other physical barrier, whether temporary or permanent. A standard (0.011) gauge window screen with an 18 by 16 mesh count is not considered a wall.
(c.) “Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act” means Minn. Stat. Section §§ 144.411-417, as it may be amended from time to time.
(d.) “Place of Employment” means any indoor area where one or more individuals perform any type of service for consideration of payment under any type of contractual relationship, including but not limited to an employment relationship with or for a private corporation, partnership, individual, or government office. This term includes any location where one or more individuals gratuitously perform services for which individuals are ordinarily paid.
(e.) “Public Place” means any indoor area used by the general public, including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, any other food or liquor establishment, retail stores and other commercial establishments, schools and other educational facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, auditoriums, arenas, meeting rooms, and common areas of rental apartment buildings.
(f.) “Smoke” or “Smoking” means the inhaling or exhaling smoke from any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other tobacco or plant product, or inhaling or exhaling aerosol or vapor from any electronic delivery device. Smoking shall include being in possession of a lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation or an electronic delivery device that is turned on or otherwise activated.
    Section 4. Prohibitions. 
Subd. 1. Building Entrances. To ensure that tobacco smoke or vapor from electronic delivery devices does not enter public places and places of employment and those persons entering such places are not exposed involuntarily to tobacco smoke or vapor from electronic delivery devices, smoking is prohibited within twenty-five (25) feet of entrances, exits, windows and ventilation intakes of public places and places of employment.             Section 5. Responsibilities of Proprietors. The proprietor or other person, firm, limited liability company, corporation or other entity that owns, leases, manages, operates, or otherwise controls the use of a public place or place of employment shall make reasonable efforts to prevent smoking by:
(a.) Posting “No Smoking” signs that comply with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act Rules (Minnesota Rules), part 4620.0500, as amended from time to time.
(b.) Refusing to serve or service any person acting in violation of this Ordinance.
(c.) Asking any person who smokes in an area where smoking is prohibited to refrain from smoking, and, if the person does not refrain from smoking after being asked to do so, ask the person to leave. If the person refuses to leave, the proprietor, person, or entity in charge shall handle the situation consistent with lawful methods for handling other persons acting in a disorderly manner or as a trespasser.
    No proprietor, person or entity in charge of a public place or place of employment, may retaliate or take adverse action against an employee or other person who, in good faith, reports a violation of this Ordinance.
    Section 6. Other Applicable Laws. This Ordinance is intended to complement and go beyond the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 144.411-417, as amended from time to time. Nothing in this Ordinance authorizes smoking in any location regulated by any other laws or applicable regulations.
    Section 7. Violations and Penalties. 
A person who violates any provision of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor. A person who violates any provision of this Ordinance within one year of a previous violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each violation and every day in which a violation occurs or continues, constitutes a separate offense.
    Section 8. Severability. If any portion of this Ordinance, or its application to any circumstances, is held invalid, the remaining provisions shall be considered severable, and shall be given effect to the maximum extent possible.
    Section 9. Effective Date. The Kittson County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts this Ordinance on the 15th day of March,  2016. The ordinance shall be effective upon passage by the Kittson County Board of Commissioners and its publication in, accordance with the law on the 23rd day of March, 2016.
(March 23, 2016)
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