Pierz City Council

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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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Public Works Administrator Bob Otremba told the Pierz City Council that 14 garden plots were available for rent this year at $30 each. Otremba said the city would till the soil and water was available on the site. The lots are located near Horizon Health and are 25-feet by 25-feet in [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Three industrial park lots were sold for $1 each with a waiver of assessment fees, by the Pierz City Council Monday. Although approval was given, the vote was 3-2. The motion was opposed by Council Members Mike Menden and Don Bujalski. Originally, the lots had been purchased by the city in [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor  Several fees for services provided by the Pierz Volunteer Fire Department will cost a bit more. For two of the services, the first hour of service was never billed, but will be from now on. In the past, the first hour of service for pumper #1 and tanker #1 was not [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor  With so much snow and no place to put it anymore, the Pierz Council approved closing down the skating rink at Billig Park near the Pierz Fire Hall. Public Works Supervisor Bob Otremba sent the information with Council Member Mike Menden, explaining the problem. The snow has built up so much [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Public Access Television in Pierz, Channel 10, was up and running Tuesday after the City Council approved an operating policy for the station, Monday. Among other items, the policy outlines Pierz access users as residents (18 or older), businesses, groups or organizations residing in Pierz or non-profit organizations serving Pierz. These [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Anna Gruber, the Pierz city administrator for the past five years, will say goodbye to the city. The Council accepted her resignation and two-week notice with regret, Monday. Gruber has accepted the position as city and county manager for regional services at the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples. “Thank [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor  The city of Pierz does not have an ordinance addressing lot splits within its limits. But that will soon change. Any changes made due to lot splits, when one property owner sells a portion of their property to another, are recorded with the county, often without the city’s knowledge. Pierz City [...]

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