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Murray County Board of Commissioners Shooting Stars 4-H Club receives state award

April 4, 2013

By Dorothy Bloemendaal
The Murray County Board of Commissioners opened their meeting on Tuesday, March 26 with the flag pledge and a moment of silence remembering long time fellow commissioner William Sauer who passed away on Monday, March 25. Sauer had served as commissioner for 20 years in District 5.

Ditch bills on County Ditch # 35 and CD # 82 for engineering and viewers report were approved for payment. Liquor licenses were renewed for Carlson Corner, Michael Ruppert d/b.a. Ruppert Oil Company, Pete’s Corner, Chandler Cooperative -Cenex Convenience Store, Trail’s Edge General Store, Brian’s Supper Club & Tavern, and Key Largo, LLC.

A resolution was adopted to establish the minimum National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and documentation requirements for Murray County. Ten departments within the county are required to receive this training. A single point of contact within individual departments in the county or municipality in the event of a catastropic event will be responsible for implementing the various components of NIMS in a timely manner.

Ken Hakeman’s building maintenance position was extended to April 5. Paul Counter was hired as building maintenance worker as of March 27. He has a business degree from SMSU and has worked at a cleaning company in Marshall and grounds maintenance for the county.

The local Shooting Stars 4-H Club was recipient of $250 for their project of a frisbee golf course. Several club members and advisors were present to receive the award. They were one of two clubs in the state chosen for this reward.

The board recessed to attend the Murray County lodging study meeting to discuss the availability of places to stay in the county. Neil Lindscheid presented the study which was funded by the University of Minnesota Crookston EDA Center and the U.S. Depart-ment of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the Murray County EDA. The survey had over a 60 percent return on the questionnaire. The primary reason to stay overnight in the county was for vacation and recreation and many were campers not needing other housing. A high percentage would host an event at a hotel in Murray County if space was available. The majority of those staying over night in the county usually stayed with family for family functions such as weddings, reunions, etc. Others are forced to go to other cities in the area for accommodations. Suggestions were made for options instead of a hotel such as bed and breakfasts, one room facilities, “Vacation by Rental”, “Home to Home”, and Summit Lake Lodge at Hadley, Shetek Lutheran Camp Lodge and perhaps other places to stay.

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