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Inside the News Winthrop News Wednesday, October 10, 2012 * Page 2 Gibbon Council sets assessments for Ash Avenue Street Project by Doug Hanson An assessment hearing was held last Wednesday prior to the Gibbon City Council meeting to review and approve the property assessments for the Ash Avenue Project. When the fast totals came out in early September, there were several resi- dents with concerns, especially those property owners with a comer lot. Chuck Vermeersch, project engi- neer for Short Elliott Hendrickson, stated that some assessments were reviewed and revised to meet the city's assessment policy. City Clerk Jim Berger stated that Gibbon's pol- icy is to charge for footage on the address side of the property. Berger also stated that there were some inconsistencies on how the engi- neering finn did some of the assess- ments. Vermeersch met with many of the concerned property owners prior to the Assessment Hearing to review the revised figures. The project will cost approxi- mately $1,470,000. Of that total property owners were assessed $258,934 or 18 percent while the city funded $1,211,066 or 82 per- cent. A breakdown of the city fund- ed portion showed that $204,811 ( 17 percent) will come out of the Water Enterprise Fund; $500,000 (41 per- cent) comes from the Local Road Improvement Grant; and $506,255 (42 percent) will come from a General Levy. Residents can pay off their assessment in full or any part of the assessments they wish to up front. Otherwise the assessment will be put on their property taxes and spread out over 15 years with a 4.8 percent interest rate. Vermeersch stated that the con- tractor will come back next spring to fix any problems and apply the final layer of blacktop. The Gibbon City Council passed a resolution to approve the assess- ments as amended. Vermeersch also reported that SEH has meet with the Department of Health on the water plant project. The design is moving forward with everything still on schedule. A pre-application will be resub- mitted in October for the grant for the water treatment plant. The full application is due in December with funding awarded in June of 2013. Work is expected to start on the plant prior to receiving word on the grant. Caregiver Catalyst Answers for the New Generation Caregiving and Holidays Dear Caregiver Catalyst~ My mom has been the care- giver for my dad the last few years - up until she passed away suddenly in June. He is now liv- ing with me. I am looking ahead to the holidays because our extended family's tradition is to gather for various celebrations at my parent's home. Dad has made it very clear that it is important for him to "host" at least Thanksgiving this year. I am happy to have everyone come over here but I am a bit concerned about all the prepa- ration as well as caring for him. Can you give me some sugges- tions on how to make the day a pleasant one for all of us? Signed, Nervous Dear Nervous: Holidays and special events are times most peo- ple look forward to celebrating. When you are caring for a person with health issues, these special times can become stressful. Here are a few tips from Joumeyworks Publishing to help make your next :special event an enjoyable one: Keep your same routine to help reduce stress for you and your dad. Keep it simple and don't try to do too much; save your energy for the things that you enjoy the most. Keep a room available for your dad that is quiet so he can rest if the day becomes a bit over- whelming to him. Invite others to help; offer suggestions and invite family members to choose how they would like to assist. As a caregiver, you have great organi- zational skills so take some time to map out coping techniques for upcoming special events. By doing so, your dad and you will have an enjoyable time. - Caregiver Catalyst Communication & Alzheimer's Dear Caregiver Catalyst~ My mom suggested I write to you. My grandma has Alzheimer's and it is so sad. Sometimes she acts lile she used to and sometimes shedoesn't. I guess I need to get used to it because it's all a part)f growing old. She lives with us and when she has her rough dys I don't know how to talk wth her. I usually help with her are on the weekends. Do you have any advice for me? Signed, 16 Dear 16: Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging and affects 5.3 million Americans. It is a degenerative disease of the brain that affects daily life func- tion and occurs when brain tissue deteriorates causing a decline in memory and mental ability. While there is medicine to slow down the process of Alzheimer's, there is no cure for the disease. The website www.HomeCaringAdvice.com offers the following tips on com- munication that you may find helpful: When talking with your loved one, call their name and make eye contact with them. Ask questions that will get a yes or no response (this limits the amount of choice they have, but not their choice altogether.) Make certain background noise is reduced that may affect their hearing or con- centration. Avoid baby talk or talking down to them. Don't crit- icize them for not understanding. Patience and step by step direc- tions can aid during the morning routine. Try to do things with your loved one instead of for them. Give them encouragement and praise when they do some- thing correct. - Caregiver Catalyst The Caregiver Catalyst is a monthly column. SEND YOUR QUESTIONS TO: caregivercata- lyst@yahoo.com Commissioners to consider bond documents Sibley County Commission- ers are expected to take action on Tuesday on whether or not to approve bonding for the Renville Sibley Fiber-to-the-Home proj- ect. Both Sibley and Renville County Commissioners, decided they needed clarification on issues raised by their bond attor- ney. Sibley County Commissioners were given an opinion from Dorsey & Whitney, the bond attorney, that the county was not authorized under statute to participate in this type of a project. Ten of the eleven communi- ties have approved the final bonding documents, pending review and approval of their bond attorneys. The eleventh community, Henderson, will make a decision after the Sibley County Commissioners vote. According to the RS Fiber Marketing Committee, postpone- ment delays the project timeline by a couple of weeks, but it will not negatively affect the final outcome of selling bonds to finance construction of the proj- ect. The RS Fiber Joint Powers Board met last Tuesday and reaf- firmed its enthusiasm for the project. -The Gaylord Hub Trade school enrollment on the rise As overseas production opera- tions return to the United States, enrollment in trade schools contin- ues to rise. Despite high levels of unemployment, domestic manufac- turing companies are finding it dif- ficult to fill positions, thanks in part to an attitudinal shift over the years wherein young people did not consider manufacturing a respectable or attractive trade. Such attitudes are starting to change, as indicated by the surging enrollment at trade schools. The Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, for example, is experiencing its highest enrollment in years, with students young and old looking to take advantage of the growing number of available manufacturing positions. Thanks to high demand, the school has even introduced a six-month certificate program for the First time in its his- tory. Many manufacturers have bemoaned the lack of qualified machinists to fill positions, and those manufacturers are emphasiz- ing that today's machinists must be computer literate and be skilled in computer-aided design and engi- neering. That increased demand for skilled workers has driven up their wages. In fact, a 2012 study from Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce noted that 63 percent of workers with associate's degrees in the fields of science, technology, engi- neering or manufacturing earned more money than the average per- son with a bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences. As trade schools continue to benefit from the return of manufac- turing jobs, recent college gradu- ates continue to find a job market that is less than welcoming. Analysis of government data for the Associated Press found that in early 2012 half of recent college graduates were either unemployed or unde.remployed (working in positions unrelated to their degree). Such a reality has been advanta- geous to trade schools; which have become an increasingly attractive option for the masses of unem- ployed men and women. Notice of Meeting The Sibley CountyAg Association will hold their Annual Meeting & Election Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8:00 pan. at the Sibley County Fair Office. Guidecraft Sibley Health Science Education Center Open House October 16, 2012 4:00 pm to 8:00pm Slbley East School District and Slbley Medical Center cordially invite you to an Open House for the new Health Science Education Center. Stop in and see the newly remodeled facility and visit with staff and students. 607 w Chandler St Arlington, MN Located south of Sibley Medical Center Chicken Noodle Soup onion flakes Ingredients: salt and pepper 1 package frozen noodles Directions: 1 large can chicken, broth and all Put all ingredients in a pan and chicken broth (8 cups) bring to a boil. Simmer till noo- shredded carrots dies are tender. 00totndaot00t.ttl Grow Parsley Wet a clean sponge and sprinkle with parsley. Place near a window and you will soon have a large clump of foliage. GFW Student Enrollment Summary Figures from October 5th Grades 2011 2012 EC. 13 12 Kindergarten 65 53 1 st 52 64 2nd 49 49 3rd 55 47 4th 53 53 Elem Sch Total 287 278 5th 58 57 6th 66 64 7th 61 71'i ' 8th 55 57 Middle Sch Total 240 249 9th 75 66 10th 75 75 11th 82 69 12th 67 74 High Sch Total 299 284 Grand Total 826 811 Rules of the road apply to cyclists, too * obeying traffic signs, lights and road markings; and * using correct hand signals. Not every cyclist obeys the rules. In many major cities, cyclists routinely ignore traffic lights while repeatedly failing to make proper hand signals. That's especially disconcerting in cities like New York, where special bike lanes have become the norm on some of the city's busiest streets. ,. Sharing the road safely remains a concern for-motorists; cyclists andpedestrians. If bicycle riders do their part to obey the 'rules of the road, fewer altercations and accidents may occur. Riding a bicycle is beneficial for many reasons. Not only does riding a bicycle reduce the number of cars on the road, but such an activity is also great exercise. However, when riding bicycles, cyclists must keep in mind that the rules of the road that apply to cars do also extend to bicycles. In many areas of the country, bicycles are subject to the same rules as other two- and four- wheeled vehicles. That includes yielding to pedjrshs'aaad  obey- ing signage. Other rules include: * riding on the correct side with traffic; * when turning, always using the turning lane; Lots in Green Isle forfeited to state Forty-three lots owned by the Rosemount Development Corporation in the City of Green Isle have been forfeited to the State of Minnesota, according to the Sibley County Auditor's Office and the Sibley County Assessor's Office. A few of the lots are located in the Green Isle Third Addition and Green Isle Fifth Addition. Most of the lots are located in the Green Isle Sixth Addition and Green Isle Seventh Addition, according to the Sibley County Auditor's Office. ,, The special assessments, delin- quent property taxes, penalties and interest on the 43 lots is $717,280, according to the Sibley County Auditor's Office. Future assess- ments in the amount of $188,191 have been cancelled. 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Roberts said the County will appoint a viewing team to review, set a value and determine if any lots have a conservation status and run this information back to the Department of Natural Resources. Times for a discounted sale of these properties will then be set up, he added. "This takes time and most like- ly will not happen until 2013 at the earliest," said Roberts. "Also there is a right of redemption by the pre- vious owners once the sale takes place." The City of Green Isle original- ly bonded for the development of the seven additions. The special assessments were to be used to make the bond payments. Although it is public record, Kristi Brutlag from Abdo Eick Meyers, LLC, said she could not provide information on the number of bonds, the annual payments of the bonds and the amount of money remaining on the bonds until she reviewed the matter with the Green Isle City Council. -Arlington Enterprise Sibley Medical Center 2012 Flu Clinics Offering: Seasonal Influenza Shot and Nasal Flu Mist Spray Winthrop clinic - Sibley Medical Center Wednesday October 3rd 4-7pro Arlington Clinic- Sibley Medical Center Thursday October 4 th 9-5pm Gaylord Clinic - Sibley Medical Center Thursday October It th 1-7pm Henderson Clinic-Sibley Medical Center Monday October 15  4-7pm Please bring your insurance card and come prepared to fill out a short questionnaire requiring an address, phone number, and social security number Please contact Meghan Stowe, Clinic Nurse Manager #507-964-8472, or Donna Schiro, Infection Prevention #507-964-8410, with questions or concerns Must have: Strong PC/Software Skills Strong Math Skills Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills Excellent Time Management, Organizational, and Multi-Tasking Skills Ability to Work Independently and/or in a Team Environment High Level of Attention to Detail Hourly Pay, Holiday, Sick & Vacation Pay, Health Ins. and 401k. Guidecraft is an equal opportunity employer. Apply In Person Only - Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. * Hwy. 19 West, Winthrop b f