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An overflow crowd of 530 people gathered Wednesday at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church to pay their respects to DFL State Sen. Gary Kubly, who died Friday at age 68. A 16-year veteran of the Legislature and ordained Lutheran minister, Kubly was celebrated as a "bridge crosser" who brought people of differing views together and as someone who lived his Christian beliefs as a citizen and legislator. "A soft-spoken giant with a heart that truly cared and a life that truly sang," said the Rev. Steve Carmany, pastor of Granite Falls Lutheran Church. Gov.
GRANITE FALLS -- An overflow crowd of 530 people filled the Granite Falls Lutheran Church today in Granite Falls to pay their final respects to State Sen. Gary Kubly, who died Friday at age 68. The 16-year veteran of the Legislature and Lutheran minister was celebrated as a "bridge crosser" for his ability to bring people of differing views together, and as someone who lived his Christian beliefs. "He saw his faith following Jesus directly connected to his being a citizen," said Bishop Jon Anderson. Gov.
A lot of kind words, all of them deserving, are being offered as we eulogize Gary Kubly. I'd like to add one because it will always define him for me. Compassion. I believe it motivated much of what he did. I also believe some of his compassion came from the fact that he saw what many never see.
SACRED HEART TOWNSHIP -- Neighbors and property owners bordering a proposed off-highway vehicle park in Renville County want the county to stop it dead in its tracks. The proposed $1.3 million park near the Minnesota River in Sacred Heart Township has the support of the township board of supervisors and the Minnesota River Valley ATV Club. The county is currently applying for grant funds for the proposal. It has not yet made a final decision on whether to go forward.
PRINSBURG -- Central Minnesota Christian School has now raised just over $6 million toward its $8.5 million capital campaign goal, according to information from the school. The funds will make possible a two-phased building project to expand and modernize the school facilities in Prinsburg. Constituents voted Oct. 29 to authorize the project.
GRANITE FALLS -- All five of the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioner seats will be up for election in November. A likely need for redistricting will put two of the offices on the ballot, the commissioners learned this week. The recent death of a commissioner and the completion of two terms bring the other seats up for election. County Administrator Ryan Krosch said unless cities in the county add voting precincts, which is unlikely, population changes will make redistricting necessary for districts 5 and 4.
OLIVIA -- By a 3-2 vote, the Renville County Board of Commissioners continued steps toward the possible development of an off-highway vehicle park near the Minnesota River. The vote on Tuesday allowed the county to meet a deadline that day and submit an application for $150,000 in federal recreation grant monies toward the park's development. Supporters and opponents watched as the commissioners continued discussions on the proposal.
OLIVIA -- Renville County's Board of Commissioners will have a tile outlet into the County Ditch 132 system blocked unless the landowner petitions to have the drained land assigned a benefit and assessed for costs accordingly. The commissioners issued the ultimatum Tuesday in response to a drainage dispute aired one week earlier. Richard Kurth added tile to property he owns in Boon Lake Township in 2009. Landowners Steven Wick and Brad Wick asked the commissioners to order that a tile line Kurth installed be blocked. The tile line carries water across the sub-watershed to Ditch 132.
OLIVIA -- By a three-to-two vote, the Renville County board of commissioners continued the steps towards the possible development of an Off Highway Vehicle Park near the Minnesota River. The vote this morning allows the county to meet a deadline today to submit an application for $150,000 in federal recreation grant monies towards the park's development. The county is looking at developing a $1.3 million OHV park east of the Enestvedt Seed Farm along Renville County Road 15.
OLIVIA -- Farmers in Renville County installed what may be a record amount of sub-surface tile lines to improve cropland drainage in the last year. Back-to-back "wet''' years and the rapid growth in private tiling is straining the public drainage systems that ultimately carry that water to the Minnesota River and Crow River. The growth of farm drainage to improve productivity became the focus as ProAg of Renville County hosted a forum on water quality as part of its annual meeting Tuesday in Olivia. Contractors installed roughly 8 million feet of drain tile, or roughly 1,500 miles, in Renvi