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CLARA CITY — MACCRAY School Board members are expected to decide Monday evening whether to ask district voters to consider a $20 million proposal to build an elementary school and fine arts center alongside the high school in Clara City, and close the elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard. A coalition of residents from Raymond and Maynard will be asking school board members to consider an entirely different option: Invest in upgrades to the West and East elementary schools and keep them open.
MONTEVIDEO — City Council members in Montevideo agreed to make an offer to purchase a two-acre parcel being eyed as the site for a new fire hall. Council members approved making a $108,900 offer for the land at their meeting on Monday, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The offer is based on an appraisal recently completed for the city.
REDWOOD FALLS — The Minnesota Inventors Congress is taking its annual show to the Twin Cities area in 2014, ending a 56-year run in its home community of Redwood Falls. Program Director Deb Hess announced the plans Thursday, saying that the decision has been a difficult one but necessary. Inventors have been urging a move to an urban venue to increase the exposure they can receive.
GRANITE FALLS — The Greater Minnesota Partnership is hosting a meeting to gather input on rural economic development needs from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort south of Granite Falls. The Partnership is looking for input as it develops its agenda for the 2014 legislative session. Executive Director Dan Dorman, a small business owner, former legislator and former executive director of the Albert Lea Economic Development Authority will lead the meeting.
REDWOOD FALLS — The Minnesota Inventor’s Congress is taking its annual Congress to the Twin Cities area in 2014, ending a 56-year run in its home community of Redwood Falls. MIC Program Director Deb Hess said in announcing the move today that the decision has been a difficult one, but necessary. Inventors have been urging a move to an urban venue to increase the exposure they can receive. It’s expected that an event in the Twin Cities will attract a larger crowd.
WATSON — A district court judge has ruled in favor of the city of Watson in a civil lawsuit brought against it by the Watson Community Fire Fighters. District Judge Dwayne Knutsen dismissed the case in a summary judgment entered Oct. 1. The ruling means that the city of Watson can continue to contract with the city of Montevideo for fire protection services.
OLIVIA — The Renville County Board of Commissioners took a step Tuesday toward appointing a new public works director/highway engineer. At the meeting Tuesday, commissioners also approved a newly revised health ordinance, and continued discussions on the need to bring the county parks into compliance with state health codes for camping. The commissioners informally indicated that they would offer the public works/highway engineer position to Jeffrey Marlowe.
GRANITE FALLS — Gas lines in the home where Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke were fatally shot had been cut, it was revealed in district court in Granite Falls on Thursday. Andrew Dikken, 28, of Renville, made his second appearance in court on two, second degree intentional murder charges in the Sept.
Hundreds of visitors will be discovering the Upper Minnesota River area as they arrive for the 10th annual Meander Arts Crawl Friday through Sunday. The event offers a self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 artists who make the Upper Minnesota River counties their home. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS — Having already told the history of the Upper Minnesota River Valley from the ice age to the era of pioneer settlement, what more can playwrights Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord teach us? What our future can be like. That is an underlying theme in their next, unique live theater production, “Granite Falls: Saturday Nights!” Audience members will stroll the modern day Main Street of Granite Falls as more than 40 local actors bring back what it was like in the heyday of rural, small-town life in the 1940s and 1950s. The free pr