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Public Notices June 7

Winthrop City Council
Meeting Minutes
Monday, April 24th, 2023
A Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Winthrop was called to order at 7 p.m. on april 24th, in the city council chambers of the City Hall, for the purpose of conducting city business.
Councilors Present: Mayor Edwards, Councilors Trebelhorn, Schmidt, O’Connor, Wickenhauser,
Councilors Absent: Councilor Machaiek
Staff: City Administrator Michael Looft, City Clerk Heather Haun, Public Works Supervisor Troy Martin, Officer Brian Hasbargen
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Pledge of Allegiance.
David Bengtson, business owner at 220 2nd St E. – Bengtson Family Dental, had concerns and comments over the 2nd Street Project. His first concern was over the 8th Street Project that happened in 2015 and expressed concerns that some of the same problems might happen. He inquired about the new paved parking lot. Bengtson was also concerned about where the construction crew would put their equipment overnight.
Tom Witucki, citizen at 309 N Main St, had concerns over the 2nd Street Project with regards to his snowplowing business and his ability to continue to be effective at removing snow. Witucki also was concerned about businesses being viable during and after the project is completed. He states that “other business owners” and “residents” do not like the planters or improvements in front of their businesses; there was no mention of names or businesses.
Superintendent Horton, GFW School District, spoke and thanked council for their support and the community’s support of a 67% yes vote. He also commented on the 2nd Street Project, thought it was a great way to attract new teachers. Horton would like to collaborate on housing and attracting new teachers to the area.
Establish Current Agenda – Looft requested to add 4.5 UFC Donation
Motion made by O’Connor to approve with the addition, second by Trebelhorn. Motion carried.
Motion made by Trebelhorn to approve minutes and unaudited financials, seconded by Wickenhauser. Motion carried.
5.1 Updated Cost Estimate for 2nd Street
ISG Representative Bryan Petzel will give an update on cost of the 2nd Street Update to infrastructure. See the attached information concerning cost participation and upgrade costs. There are two sheets, the cost estimate, and the breakdown of each item for upgrades.
5.2 Approval of Purchase Agreement for Sale of Real Property (A) Two real properties exist at the end of 2nd Street, 141 N Hennepin St and 201 N Hennepin St, that need to be removed (demolished) for the 2nd Street Project to move forward. The council will act separately on 109 N. Hennepin.
Looft advised these would be good to get rid of whether or not the project goes through do to them being condemned.
Motion by O’Connor to approve the purchase of real property, seconded by Trebelhorn. Motion carried.
5.3 RSFiber – Notice to Vacate Property (A) The current outdoor storage area for RS Fiber located at 106 Brown St S. is looking to be redeveloped into a new ambulance barn and possible community garden area. The current arrangement is a 6 month notice to vacate. This would also void the $400.00 rental agreement that we have with RS Fiber (Attached is the original agreement)
Looft advised there is a 6-month notice required, asking for a notice to vacate.
Motion by Schmidt, seconded by O’Connor. Trebelhorn asked about the month-to-month lease, Looft explained it would sever all agreements. Motion carried.
5.4 Creation of Utility Commission
There are many challenges facing our utility committee and future decisions may require additional members to give input. The Utility Committee is currently facing rate increases, fee increases and capital expenditures that will impact the future of utility work in Winthrop. Recommendation from the Mayor and staff is to put a 5-person Utility Committee together to tackle these important issues and get community input. The 5 members would include 1 council person and 4 residents from the community. The commission would have other duties including reviewing rate increases, utility budgets, rebates, and yearly give-back programs.
Looft explained there is a lot of challenges facing the utilities. Recommending the rate setting be done by a board. Trebelhorn asked if a recommendation came from the commission if it would still be up to the council to approve. It was confirmed that council would still have to approve the recommendations. Schmidt asked if this would be a stipend type commission. Trebelhorn advised that she thinks it is important to recognize the value of a person’s time.
Motion made by Trebelhorn, seconded by O’Connor. Discussed application process. Motion carried.
5.5 Cost of Billing Inserts
Each month non-profits can insert notices to residents in their utility bills. Per our internal policy, non-profits receive 2 free inserts. The cost of each insert is $381.79 and costs continue to rise. For Grackle Days alone, it cost the city an additional $763.58.
Motion for option A by Schmidt, seconded by O’Connor. Motion carried.
5.6 Fire Department Air Pack Equipment Upgrade
The fire department has, for the past six years, put in a FEMA grant to help cover the costs of Air Pack Equipment. The Air Packs are currently non-compliant and need replacement. The council will approve a prepared invoice next council meeting.
Motion for the purchase of ten air packs by Trebelhorn, second by Wickenhauser. Motion carried.
5.7 Police Department Policy Adoption: Impact Munitions
This policy adoption comes at the request of Police Chief Anderson. The policy will allow the police department alternative options for using live munition in escalated situations. Impact munitions are a less lethal option for police departments to use. There is currently no financial impact to this policy. Current shotguns are already converted into less lethal shotgun options.
Motion by Trebelhorn, second by Schmidt. Motion carried.
5.8 Agenda Action Item Review Process
The Charter Committee met on April 18, 2023, and discussed Chapter 2 of our charter and they asked that council review the guidelines for agendas, meeting formats, and special meetings. Council could ask the Charter Commission to meet again to amend.
Mayor would like language cleaned up for who can add to the agenda.
Looft – Closing the city hall from the 1st to the 5th, will be able to access emails, notice was given to the newspaper and signs posted. Email phishing using email of the mayors. City’s are getting taken for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Would like to do a work study at 6 pm on May 1st on Winthrop Market, Followed by a special council meeting at 7pm. Been working a lot on 2nd Street, spoke to Allina, they are really excited for it. Held our annual insurance meeting rates went up about 6 %.
Martin – Public Works is sweeping streets. Getting the park ready for visitors. Collapsed storm sewer in the park, started digging it out, old concrete 15 in tile.
Ambulance – meeting with LMC requesting longer for the building. The PD is about three weeks behind due to permitting issues. Requesting to insure up until August. The committee is still in the planning phase for the new building. EAP launches May 1st.
Cable Commission – meeting coming soon, got the bid squared away and will be bringing it back into the commission.
Park – waiting on bids for pavilion.
Library – Working on friends of the library group, national library week.
Motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:13 PM by Wickenhauser, seconded by Trebelhorn. Motion to adjourn carried.
Michael Looft
City Administrator
Agenda for a Special Meeting of the City Council Meeting
Monday, May 1, 2023– 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:32pm.
Rollcall: Mayor Edwards, Councilors Trebelhorn, Wickenhauser, Machaiek, O’Connor, councilor Schmidt abstained from the meeting but was present.
Motion to approve council agenda as presented Trebelhorn, seconded by Machaiek. Motion carried.
a. Winthrop Market LLC
The council is looking for a recommendation from WEDA to approve the purchase of Winthrop Market LLC.
Motion to approve the first two points of the resolution, to approve the loan to the EDA for the purchase of 104 N Main Street for the amount of $158,000 and contingent upon the approval of the WEDA and their contingencies and agreements with Winthrop Market LLC.
Motion to approve by Machaiek, seconded by Trebelhorn. Motion tied; Mayor Edwards voted in favor. Motion Carried.
Motion by Trebelhorn to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Pete. Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:24pm.
Michael Looft
City Administrator


Assumed Name/Certificate of Assumed Name
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 333
The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.
1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted:
Diamond B Farms
2. Principal Place of Business
27493 521st Ave., Winthrop, MN 55396
3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address:
Travis J. Bauer, 27493 521st Ave., Winthrop, MN 55396
Heather K. Bauer, 27493 521st Ave., Winthrop, MN 55396
4. I, undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath.
/s/ Travis J. Bauer, Owner
Date: 5-19-23
Email Address for Official Notices
List a name and daytime phone number of a person who can be contacted about this form:
Travis J Bauer 507-276-0271
FILED 05/31/2023
/s/ Steve Simon
Secretary of State


Probate Division
Court File No. 72-PR-23-31
Estate of
James J. Youngblom,,
It is Ordered and Notice is given that on July 11, 2023 at 10:45 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 400 Court Avenue, Gaylord, Minnesota, for the adjudication of intestacy and determination of heirship of the Decedent, and for the appointment of Janey H. Youngblom, whose address is 332 Chenery Street, San Francisco CA 94131, as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate, including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.

Dated: 05/23/2023
/s/ Jessica Maher
Judge of District Court
Dated: 05/23/2023
/s/ Karen V. Messner
Court Administrator
Attorney for Petitioner
Mary Kay Mages
Blethen Berens
219 N. Broadway, Suite C,
PO Box 428
New Ulm MN 56073
Attorney License No: 0339313
Telephone: (507) 233-3900
FAX: (507) 354-7297

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