Public Notices April 22, 2020










ARTICLE IV. Level III Predatory Offenders

Sec. 20-80 Findings and Intent.

Repeat predatory offenders pose a serious threat to public safety. Individuals designated by the Department of Corrections as Level III offenders typically have a significant criminal history and have a high risk of re-offense. Most predatory offenders commit numerous offenses, have many more victims than are ever reported, and are prosecuted for only a fraction of their crimes. This makes the cost of predatory offender victimization to society at large, while incalculable, unmistakably steep.

It is the intent of this Section to serve the City’s compelling interest to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of Staples citizens by mitigating the concentration of Level III offenders as intended by Minnesota Statute 244.052, by requiring physical separation between the permanent and/or temporary residences of Level III predatory offenders.

Sec. 20-81 Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Section of the Staples City Code, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the following definitions, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Designated predatory offender. Any person who has been categorized as a Level III predatory offender under Minnesota Statutes Section 244.052, a successor statute, or a similar statute from another state in which that person’s risk assessment indicates a high risk of re-offense;

Permanent residence. A place where a person abides, lodges, or resides for 14 or more consecutive days;

Temporary residence. A place where a person abides, lodges, or resides for a period of 14 or more days in the aggregate during any calendar year and which is not the person’s permanent address, or a place where the person routinely abides, lodges, or resides for a period of four or more consecutive or non-consecutive days in any month and which is not the person’s permanent residence.

Sec. 20-82 Predatory offenders prohibition: penalties: exceptions.

(a) Prohibited location of residence. It is unlawful for any designated Level III predatory offender to establish a permanent residence or temporary residence within 1,000 feet of the permanent or temporary residence of any other designated Level III predatory offender.

(b) Measurement of distance. For purposes of determining the minimum distance of separation, the requirement shall be measured by following a straight line from the outer property line of the permanent residence or temporary residence to the nearest outer property line of the permanent residence or temporary residence of any other designated Level III predatory offender.

(c) Penalties. A person who violates this Section shall be punished by a fine of an amount not exceeding that set in accordance with Section 115 of this Code or confinement for a term not exceeding 90 days, or by both such fine and confinement. Each day a person maintains a residence in violation of this Ordinance constitutes a separate violation. Violations shall be reported to the Minnesota Department of Corrections and/or the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

(d) Exceptions. A designated predatory offender residing within a prohibited area as described in Section 20.82 does not commit a violation of this Section if any of the following apply:

  (1) The person established the permanent residence or temporary residence and reported and registered the residence pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Sections 243.166 and 243.167, or a successor statute, prior to the effective date of this Ordinance.

  (2) The person was a minor when he/she committed the offense and was not convicted as an adult;

  (3) The person is a minor;

  (4) The residence is also the primary residence of the person’s parents, grandparents, siblings or spouse;

  (5) The residence is a property purchased, leased, or contracted for and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections prior to the effective date of this Ordinance.

Sec. 20-83 Severability. 

The provisions of this Ordinance are severable, and if any provision of this Ordinance, or application of any provision of this Ordinance due to any circumstance, is held invalid, the application of such provision to other circumstances, and the remainder of this Ordinance shall not be affected thereby.


This Ordinance is effective this 14th day of April, 2020.



Diane Archer, City Clerk







AN ORDINANCE to change the due date for utility bills from the 10th to the 15th. 


Sec. 32-36. - Billing, payment and past due bills.

All municipal utilities shall be billed monthly and a utilities statement or statements shall be mailed to each consumer each month. All utilities charges shall be past due and considered delinquent if they are unpaid at the close of business on the fifteenth day following such billing, provided, that if the fifteenth day shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the time shall be extended to the close of business on the next succeeding day on which business is normally transacted. A penalty of ten percent shall be added to and become part of all past due utility bills. 

(Prior Code, § 4.2.01) 


Sec. 32-37. - Delinquent utility bills.

Charges for utility service shall be due on the monthly due date as specified by the city and shall be delinquent fifteen days thereafter. The city shall endeavor to collect delinquent accounts promptly. In any case, where satisfactory arrangements for payment have not been made, the utilities department may discontinue service to the delinquent customer by shutting off the water at the stop box and/or electricity at the meter connection box. When utilities to any premises have been disconnected, service shall not be restored to the same consumer except upon payment of all delinquent bills and a reconnection fee. The city clerk shall prepare an assessment roll on delinquent accounts as of September 1 of each year providing for assessment for the delinquent amounts against the respective properties served; provided, however, that this assessment procedure shall not be applicable in situations in which the consumer listed on the city records is only a tenant (lessee) and not the owner of the property. The assessment roll shall be delivered to the council for adoption on or before October 1 of each year for certification to the county auditor for collection along with taxes the following year. When the assessment is certified to the county auditor for collection, the amount is no longer considered delinquent. 

(Prior Code, § 4.2.02)


Adopted this 14th day of April, 2020.


Diane Archer, City Clerk







Closing date:

May 12, 2020


Sealed bids will be accepted until 10:00 a.m., May 12, 2020 by the Todd County Public Works Director/Engineer and County Auditor/Treasurer at 44 Riverside Drive, Long Prairie, Minnesota  56347 for the following construction projects:


CP 20:89

CP 20:107

CP 77-20-05


This is an abbreviated advertisement. A full advertisement can be viewed by going to the Public Works website at


Loren Fellbaum

Todd County Public Works Director/Engineer





Important Information Regarding Property 


This may affect your 2021 property taxes.


The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Villard Township will meet on April 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Villard Town Hall. the purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.

If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local Board of Appeal and Equalization. The board will review your assessments and make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization.


Mary Trantina Koenig, Clerk

Villard Township





planning commission

215 1st Ave. South, 

Suite 103

Long Prairie, MN  56347

-Phone 320-732-4420

-Fax 320-732-4803




Notice is hereby given that the Todd County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday May 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room, Historic Courthouse, 215 First Ave. South, Long Prairie, MN, or via phone conference call to consider the following applications. Please email or phone your wish to be included, if the meeting is not allowed open to the public. 320-732-4420,


•Call to Order.

•Introduction of Planning Commission Members.

•Approval of the April 2020 Planning Commission meeting minutes.

1. Robby Lemke: SW4 SE4 & part of NW4 SE4 of Section 19 of Long Prairie Township

Site Address: 23067 Ginseng Road. PID: 18-0024800

1) On site gun sales and to engage in business for intrastate sale of firearms

2. Greg Marthaler: S2 SE4 of Section 30 in West Union Township

Site Address: 11780 Stearns Line Road. PID: 27-0022700

1) To construct a grain bin that will exceed 100 feet of height.

3. Tyler M. Schlief: Part of N2 SE4 N of Hwy. 71 of Section 13 in Wykeham Township

Site Address: 36315 165th Ave. PID: 28-0010700

1) To establish a vehicle salvage yard, scrap metals salvage, and vehicle repair shop.

4. Darwin Sibell: Preliminary Plat ‘Sibells Subdivision Three’: Parts of Gov’t Lot 2 and Lot 3 in Section 5 of Gordon Township

Site Address: 20826 Eagle Drive. PID: 10-0003900

1) To create a two lot plat with one lot to be an ‘unbuildable outlot’ in Shoreland GD Zoning and AF2  Zoning.

All persons interested are invited to attend said hearing and be heard on these matters. If unable to attend, all correspondence must include name, mailing address and be received 48 hours before the date and time of the hearing.


Todd County Planning Commission

Michael Wiener, 







City of Staples Front Street Lot 

located south of Parcel 38-0052200 

and West of 7th St. SE


NOTICE is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Staples will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Staples City Hall to consider a request to vacate property known as City of Staples Front Street.



All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard on this matter. 


Publication date: April 22 and April 29, 2020


Diane Archer, City Clerk



Advertising Deadlines

Deadline for advertisements and copy is Friday, noon.

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