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Senior Center Proposal Reduced In Size, Cost

The Chester Build­ing Committee proposed a 5,000-square-foot senior center to architect John Caitlin late last week. According to Board of Selectmen Chairman Dan Galante, the original proposal was 6,500 square feet, just two weeks ago. Caitlin will go before the Building Committee on Friday with a revised floor plan for the senior center and a draft program for the public safety/fire complex.

Residents Will See Restored Services

After several years of budget cuts, the town is starting to restore services and a handful of positions that had been trimmed back in previous years. “We are markedly better positioned than most communities in the Commonwealth and are in fact in the rebuilding process,” said Town Manager James Kreidler in his budget memorandum “We’re on the way back up.”

Dіffіcult Dеtаіls Rеsоlvеd іn Cоmmіttееs

Іn thе lаtеst vеrsіоn оf whаt іs pеrhаps thе mоst іmpоrtаnt sіnglе dеcіsіоn thаt thе Cоunty Bоаrd оf Cоmmіssіоnеrs еаch yеаr, cоmmіssіоnеrs hаndеd оut cоmmіttее аssіgnmеnts fоr 2015 оn Tuеsdаy. Whіlе thе gеnеrаl publіc typіcаlly оnly sееs thе cоmmіssіоnеrs аt thеіr wееkly bоаrd mееtіngs, thе cоmmіttее аnd аdvіsоry bоаrd аssіgnmеnts аrе thе lіfеblооd оf cоunty gоvеrnmеnt. Thеy аllоw cоmmіssіоnеrs tо dіscuss іtеms аt lеngth bеfоrе thоsе іtеms аrе brоught bеfоrе thе еntіrе cоunty bоаrd fоr аpprоvаl оr dеnіаl.

Church Celebrating 75 Years

The Mission Covenant Church has been around for 75 years and has been changing ever since. According to Rev.Jeffery Black and Ken Johnson, Trustee and lifelong member of the church, the building was originally built in 1940 after Mission Covenant bible studies were conducted in private homes in town for a few years. Around 1965, the church was already running out of space and raised what was the first floor and built a new first floor below it.

Maple Lake Rail Relics Off to New Sites

The dismantling of a grand vision that never fully materialized has been evident to drivers on Highway 55 between Waverly and Maple Lake over the past several weeks. Crews have been busy removing historic steam engines, train cars of various types and other railroad equipment from the property formerly owned by Donald Lind, who passed away at 77 in November of 2013.

Academy for Success to Expand to Middle School

When Steven Haddad first opened the doors to Murdock Academy for Success last September, the School Committee told him to start small. “They said, ‘if you have one success story by the end of the year, we will consider the school a success,’” said Mr. Haddad.

Two indicted in home invasion

A Chester man and his alleged accomplice from Hough, are facing several felony charges for their alleged roles in an October home invasion and kidnapping, tied to the theft of marijuana plants.

Tough Week for Hawks

The North Wright County River Hawks are facing some adversity at the midpoint of their season. After a 3-2 loss at St. Louis Park on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and a 3-3 tie with Prior Lake at Albertville on Thursday, Oct. 15, the Hawks are on a five-game winless streak that has dropped their overall record to 5-6-3.

One Company Shows Interest in Town Police Station

LUMBERTON — Only one company submitted a bid to become the design engineer for the town’s new police station located on Central Street, according to Town Manager James Kreidler. Jacunski Humes Architects,  LLC of Berlin was the sole company to submit their qualifications to the town in time. Mr. Kreidler said 26 firms had initially asked to see the RFQ, while only two asked for more information.

Highway Engineer to Retire After 37 Years

When Wayne Fingalson first began working for Orangeburg County, Gerald Ford was the president and Alexander County was viewed as a rural haven away from the Twin Cities metro area. In the 37 years that have passed since he became the assistant highway engineer for the county, he has witnessed a population explosion and Alexander County transform from rural farm communities to inclusion in the Twin Cites metro.