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County hopes to complete two bridges, CSAH 35 work by end of November

WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder reported to commissioners Tuesday that a pair of bridges in the county -- one on County State Aid Highway 18 and the other on a dead-end road in Lorain Township -- should be completed by the end of this month.

Construction on the CSAH 18 bridge is slated to begin on Monday, with the project ready for bituminous paving by the end of next week.

In Lorain Township, the bridge may not be completed until the last week of November.

Schnieder also reported that rains earlier this week have created some delays on the CSAH 35 project in Worthington. Bituminous paving is slated to begin today.

"By the end of next week, we hope to have the bituminous paving wrapped up," Schnieder said.

In other news Tuesday, the board:

* Approved final payment of $53,675 to Jones Caulking & Tuck Pointing; $167,429.90 to Prairie Sons, Inc., for the boiler system replacement project; and $16,361.38 to Clair Van Grouw Construction for a window replacement project, all at the Nobles County Government Center.

* Approved a request for storage space in the Government Center garage for a 50-bed pod unit that belongs to the Southwest Emergency Preparedness Team. Three of these pods were purchased for use in the 18-county area of southwest Minnesota, and Worthington was selected as one of the sites to house a pod.

* Approved a contract with Mike's Mini-Excavating to provide snow removal at Prairie Justice Center. The new three-year contract is at a per-event rate of $723.

* Approved the purchase of a work station for Nobles County Community Services, if it is found that a station in storage cannot be used in the NCCS office. A new work station containing four cubicles was priced at $18,538.

* Approved termination of a communication site lease agreement between the Nobles County Sheriff's Office and Millennium Telecom, LLC. The lease of tower space is no longer needed since the county moved to the ARMER system.

* Approved a conditional use permit for Gary Reker, Adrian, to continue operation of a gravel pit, hot mix plant and concrete recycling center on Minnesota 91, north of Adrian, in Olney Township.

* Accepted an emergency management performance grant of $19,351 as a reimbursement for the 2012 fiscal year.

* Appointed library director Julie Wellnitz, auditor-treasurer Sharon Balster and assessor Joe Udermann as voting delegates to the Association of Minnesota Counties annual conference.

* Appointed county employee Ed Busch to lead a mine safety training for maintenance employees to be in quarries, gravel pits and stock pile areas during operations.

* Learned there are 19 candidates thus far for the Nobles County Administrator job. Applications close on the position Nov. 15.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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