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Nyberg to retire as Vining Postmaster

When the door to the Vining Post Office opens, Phyllis Nyberg is quick to peak her head around the window and great the guest to her adopted home. In a town with a population of just 78, there aren’t very many people that Nyberg doesn’t recognize.
With the exception of a rare day off, Nyberg has been the smiling face behind the window at the Vining Post Office each day since 2001. She was officially hired by the United State Postal Service in the spring of 1994 as a Postmaster Relief after the previous postmaster asked Nyberg if she would be interested in applying for the job.  
In 2001, Nyberg began working full-time at the post office when the postmaster retired, but was not officially hired as postmaster until 2004. As the only full-time employee of the Vining Post Office, Nyberg works six days a week, every week, in order to make sure to mail is delivered on time.  read entire story. . . .

Deer Creek approves no levy increase

The Deer Creek City Council will not increase its preliminary tax levy for 2015.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday night, the Deer Creek City Council approved a zero percent preliminary levy increase over its 2014 levy. Though the levy can be lowered when it is finalized in December, it cannot be increased.
Prior to approving the zero percent increase, several council members said they would like to see taxes stay flat if possible in Deer Creek and look at places to cut expenses should the need arise next year.
In addition to approving the preliminary levy, the council approved a new assessment policy in town. According to the new policy, developers will be responsible for 100 percent of improvements to a newly developed property in the city limits. This includes things like hooking up to the water/sewer line, sidewalks and roads.  read entire story. . . .

Henning School to host levy meetings

Representatives from the Henning School and a committee of community members will be hosting three public meetings over the next month concerning the upcoming Capital Project Levy.
The next meeting will be held on October 6 at the Vining Community Center with another meeting being held on October 13 at the Henning Community Center.
A final meeting will be held on October 27 at the Ottertail Community Center. All three of the meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

New power line runs through Otter Tail County

CapX2020 is a joint initiative of 11 transmission owning utilities, including Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Company. Included are four 345,000-volt transmission lines and one 230,000-volt line.
One of the projects runs through southwestern Otter Tail County.
This is the largest development of new transmission in the Upper Midwest in nearly 40 years. The lines are projected to cost more than $2 billion and cover nearly 800 miles.
The CapX2020 line running through Otter Tail County is a double circuit 345,000-volt transmission line. It’s being built between a new Bison Substation west of Fargo, the existing Alexandria Switching Station in Alexandria and the new Quarry Substation west of St. Cloud.
Otter Tail Power Company officials say the new line will improve community reliability in Otter Tail County and other areas along the route. The project is also expected to support additional generation development, including renewable generation, in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Construction of the Fargo to St. Cloud 345,000-volt line started in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Otter Tail Power Company customers should expect about a 6.5 percent rate increase sometime in the coming months due, in part, to construction of the line.
However, CapX2020 is not the only reason for the upcoming rate increase.  read entire story. . . .

CEO program underway at Henning, Perham, BL

The first year of Otter Tail county’s CEO (creating entrepreneurial opportunities) is underway with 12 students from Battle Lake, Henning and Perham.  ¶  The class is designed for students to learn about all of the business opportunities in the area and start their own business by the end of the school year. As a student in this class I have already faced some challenges and am growing as a business person.
My train of thought is changing on everyday, normal things. For example when I see advertising I start to consider what the marketing and sales team had in mind when they put it together. I also find myself thinking of ways to improve the businesses I deal with everyday.
Lauren Anderson said “I can’t wait to get started on my own business, and see what I can accomplish.”
Mason Truax is “really looking forward to the fundraisers, and soon creating a business that I can call my own.”  read entire story. . . .