Pierz City Council

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Residents on Vincent Street near Second Avenue in the city of Pierz would like a four-way stop put in the area due to increasing traffic, with some possible speeding issues. Mayor Toby Egan said the concern was brought to him by a resident. He talked to a few other neighbors and [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor With several of the requirements already met, the Pierz Council signed a resolution to take part in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program, at step one. City Administrator Scott Saehr said the program offered recognition for the city for the ways it is trying “to be a more green city.” He said [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Kevin Smude and Joel Fischer want to locate their new business, “Four Season Shrimp Co.” in the Pierz Industrial Park. After presenting their plan to the Pierz City Council Monday, the Council gave a preliminary go-ahead to sell two lots in a corner of the city’s industrial park — Lots 1 [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Premium Property LLC, owned by Chris Young, is the newest business to locate in the Pierz Industrial Park. The agreement between the city of Pierz and the business for Lot 8, Block 1, was approved Monday night. The agreement offers assistance to the business as have agreements with other businesses locating [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor As it has for the past eight years, the Pierz City Council agreed Monday to a 0 percent increase in the city’s levy. It will remain flat at $280,515. The city showed a $104,000 surplus last year and after a budget meeting, where some one-time increases in the budget were made, [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor With a vote to pay off the remaining $110,000 for its Cassie Street Bond, the city of Pierz is one step closer to becoming debt-free in 10 years. That’s part of a goal the Council put together several years ago and provided the city doesn’t bond for another project. By paying [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor The city of Pierz purchases its electricity wholesale from Minnesota Power and resells it to its residents at a lower rate than those outside the city would pay. With Minnesota Power to increase its rates to the city by 6 percent, effective July 1, the question wasn’t whether the Council should [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Minnesota Power, which sells wholesale electricity to the city of Pierz for resale to its residents, will now maintain the city’s electrical services. Crow Wing Power served the city by maintaining its power lines and poles for 16 years. With the retirement of Jerry VanKeuren, the company decided to discontinue its [...]

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