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The Upsala School Board held their first meeting of 2024 and held off on a number of organizational items due to absent members. This included appointing someone to fill James Warga’s open seat after his resignation. With Warga’s resignation, the board is looking to appoint a new member to fill...
The Long Prairie City Council approved a new Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) policy at a special meeting Dec. 27. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, city employees who work part-time, including firefighters and emergency responders, will accrue ESST at a rate of .033 per worked hour. Full-time workers will...
The Osakis School Board held their annual organizational and regular meeting last Monday. Little changed for the board as Michael Collins will continue to be chairperson, Becky Hensley will be vice-chairperson, Amy Weisser will be clerk and Cory Goodwin will be the treasurer. The board acted on...
The Upsala School Board recently approved its final levy for the year 2024 at $1,249,777, more than 17 percent above the levy for 2023. Even with this increase in the levy, the district is still on the wrong side of the balance sheet. The Upsala School District may have to face some tough...
Attracting, let alone retaining, qualified peace officers has become a difficult thing over the past few years for cities and small counties. Once, there were dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants for a single position. Now, a city is lucky if they are able to get a handful of applicants. This...
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School Board held a reorganization meeting on Jan. 2, 2024. Through discussion about what it means to be a stakeholder, Board Member Stacy Lux stated that the Stakeholders Group is a group of about 20 people that currently meets at the elementary school at noon. It was...
The Long Prairie City Council uncapped longevity pay for city employees at a special meeting on Dec. 27. “This is a good way to continue to increase for the staff that are here,” City Administrator Ted Gray said. As of the new year, city staff will be eligible for longevity pay of an accumulating $...
A three-member council met at Long Prairie City Hall for the first meeting of the year, held on Jan. 2, 2024. The council took up new business regarding the Long Prairie Municipal Airport. The city has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Minnesota Department of Transportation...
The Todd County Board of Commissioners elected Commissioner Barb Becker as chair at their Jan. 2, 2024 reorganization meeting. Commissioner Randy Neumann was elected as vice chair. Each year, the commissioners have voted to rotate who is the chair. Both Becker and Neumann have the most experience...
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School Board passed a resolution to replace the secondary school’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system over the next two summers. The board met on Monday, Dec. 18 in full attendance. The HVAC system has been a recurring agenda item, and the board...

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