Wanamingo-Kenyon

Wed
22
Oct
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Wanamingo approves subdivision of land

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – In preparation for the sale of a property, the Wanamingo City Council approved a minor subdivision request during its October 6 meeting. Ag Partners Cooperative and Scott Nelson filed an application to split the parcel that the car wash is located on adjacent to Cenex. City Administrator Michael Boulton said the land was never split or officially sold when the car wash was built. The former Farm Country Coop and Nelson had an agreement in which Nelson paid taxes and payments to the company. 

Wed
15
Oct
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Wanamingo hires new public works employee

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The Wanamingo City Council approved the hiring a Brad Kennedy for the Public Works maintenance worker position at the October 6 council meeting. The position became available last month after Public Works Director Steve Haggstrom submitted his letter of resignation. October 6 was also Kennedy’s first day on the job. 

Wed
08
Oct
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Meet the new staff at KW Elementary School


New staff at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School are, from left to right: Demian Jackman (art), John Medcraft (emotional behavior disorders), Beth Windhorst (deaf and hard of hearing students), Roxy Rolstad (media center educational specialist), and Cody Anstedt (fourth grade).

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Five new staff members are in the classroom and hallways of Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School this year. Below you will find out more about Demian Jackman, Cody Anstedt, Beth Windhorst, Roxy Rolstad, and John Medcraft. 

Demian Jackman

Wed
01
Oct
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Staff changes are many at KW Schools

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – As the 2014 fall school year started, new staff was still being hired to fill vacant positions in Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools. About a dozen new faces will be seen in the classrooms and throughout the building. At the September 22 school board meeting, the board approved the following personnel changes.

Robin Hutton was hired as DCD special education teacher on August 25. Her annual salary will be $45,985 based on a master’s degree step 9.

Cody Anstedt was hired as an elementary school teacher on August 27. Her prorated annual salary will be $34,026 based on a bachelor’s degree step 1.

On September 2, Lisa Roosen was hired as a special education assistant to work in the middle/high school. She will be paid $12.22 per hour.

Holly Schaefer was hired on September 9 to work as a special education assistant. She will be paid $13.42 per hour.  

Wed
17
Sep
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Wanamingo seeks a new public works maintenance worker

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – After several years of service to the City of Wanamingo, Public Works  Director Steve Haggstrom submitted his resignation on September 3. At the September 8 regular meeting, the council offered their thanks to Haggstrom for his work and dedicated effort over the years. Haggstrom’s last day will be October 4.  The council accepted his resignation. 

Upon hearing of Haggstrom’s intention to resign, the personnel committee and City Administrator Michael Boulton decided to advertise for a public works maintenance worker, as opposed to a director. Posting for the position ended September 8. The council reviewed applications received prior to the meeting. The council will conduct a special meeting on September 22 to meet with candidates. 

Public Works report

Wed
27
Aug
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Wanamingo approves funds for SEMMCHRA

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – A transfer of $28,025 to the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) for Heritage Hill was approved by the Wanamingo City Council on August 11. The amount will be taken from the operating reserve fund established by the city to cover operating shortfall and capital expenses. As per an agreement with SEMMCHRA, the city is obligated to provide up to $50,000 per year for the facility until SEMMCHRA acquires the senior living center through re-bonding.

At the annual budget meeting on July 28, Buffy Beranek and Joe Wheeler of SEMMCHRA presented the projected expenses for 2014 to the council and requested a transfer to their operating reserve fund to cover expenses. Operating losses for 2014 were projected at $24,525. The SEMMCHRA representatives asked that the city transfer this amount to them. The city will levy $25,000 for this in 2015. 

Wed
20
Aug
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Schumacher awarded job for business expansion work

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Schumacher Excavating beat out four other contractors to be awarded work on the Cenex 4 Addition project. The city’s engineering firm, WHKS, estimated that earth grading, street work, and utilities construction costs would be around $670,010. Bids ranged from $625,729 up to $867,101. After reviewing all bids the Wanamingo City Council carried a motion on August 11 to accept the low bid from Schumacher. Mayor Ryan Holmes said “We are pleased with this number.”

WHKS has been in contact with Al Schumacher who indicated that he would like to begin work within days of the bid being awarded. Concern was expressed over the need for the contractor to have all licenses and erosion control measures (required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) in order before any earth is moved. The council members agreed that all necessary legal requirements must be in hand before Schumacher begins. 

Wed
13
Aug
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KW School non-certified staff receives slight increase

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – At the July 28 Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board meeting, the negotiations committee presented the agreement with the non-certified employees and salaried staff. Contract negotiations stipulate:

• No increase to non-certified staff for the 2013-14.

• Add 1% to the 2013 non-certified salary school for 2015.

• Give 1% increase to non-certified staff for 2014-15. 

• Carryover of one unused personal leave day to the next year.

The agreement with non-certified staff was approved. 

The district settled contract negotiations with teacher back in May.

Personnel changes

Wed
13
Aug
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Irrthums are a Farm Family of the Year


The John Irrthum family of Wanamingo, representing Goodhue County, was one of 74 families in Minnesota chosen as 2014 Farm Families of the Year by the University of Minnesota. In front, from left to right, are Pat and Linda (married to John); in back are Clint, John, and Marcus.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Representing agricultural achievement in diverse farming operations, 74 families from throughout Minnesota were honored by the University of Minnesota as 2014 Farm Families of the Year. In Goodhue County, the John Irrthum family of rural Wanamingo was selected for this honor. Upon being informed of the award John’s response was, “Wow! Really?” 

In 1969, John’s parents, Walter and Pat Irrthum, moved to a farm in Minneola Township. John grew up milking Ayrshires and Holsteins there. Along with his wife Linda, their sons Marcus and Clint, and his mother Pat, John continues the family dairy farming tradition. 

Wed
30
Jul
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Wanamingo officials prepare for Cenex 4 Addition development

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – On July 14, city engineer Brandon Theobald of WHKS Engineering of Rochester informed the Wana-mingo Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the city council that the scope of the Concast expansion project has changed slightly. The business in the Industrial Park would like to expand their site and has been working with the city toward making this happen by purchasing land to the south of their business. Currently the land south of Concast and Marcstone is an outlot. For Concast to purchase additional land from the city and expand their site, the city must prepare the Cenex 4 Addition for infrastructure and development. 

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