Archive for Happenings

Free produce distribution Wednesday, May 27

Boxes of fresh produce will be available for drive-through pickup on a first-come, first-served basis at seven area sites beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 27.

Locations include:

• Light of Christ Lutheran Church, 3976 County Line Rd SE, Independence

• Montrose United Methodist Church, 230 Center Ave.

• Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Railway St. E., Loretto

• Our Father’s Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave., Rockford

• Buffalo Covenant Church, 1601 Hwy. 25

• St. Thomas Catholic Church, 20000 Co. Hwy. 10, Corcoran

• Colonial Mall (Alleluia Lutheran Church), 403 Central Ave. E. St. Michael

Appropriate distancing and COVID-19 mitigation practices will be employed.

Voters may apply for absentee ballots now

ST. PAUL, MN – Starting today, voters may apply online for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them. Voters may request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 11 primary election and/or the Nov. 3 general election.

Voters do not need a reason to vote by absentee – any Minnesota voter may use this method to vote.

Voting absentee by mail is a good way to reduce community exposure to the corona virus – for voters, election judges, and staff.

Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website for more information.

Candidate filing period opens Tuesday, May 19

ST. PAUL, MN – Before a general election, there is a two-week filing period during which candidates can submit their affidavit of candidacy to the filing officer. Prospective candidates should contact the filing officer to learn which offices will be on the ballot at the upcoming election—some offices may only be up for election every two, three, four, or six years. Special elections to fill vacancies may have filing periods of different lengths.

The filing period for federal, state, and county positions is Tuesday, May 19, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.

The filing dates for city offices such as mayor and council member depend on whether the city holds primaries or not.

Candidates in cities where a primary is possible may file from Tuesday, May 19, until 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.

Candidates in cities where a primary is not held may file from Tuesday, July 28, until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The same rules apply for school board positions.

Click here for information on filing fees.

Emmer telephone town hall Wednesday, May 6

REGIONAL – US Rep. Tom Emmer announced Monday that he will host a telephone town hall from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.

“As Congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, it is my number one priority to answer to the people that I represent,” said Emmer. “I enjoy hosting in-person town halls, but due to the ongoing recommendations to social distance, I will be hosting a third telephone town hall to connect with my constituents. It is my duty to be transparent and accessible. I hope you will join me on May 6!”

A representative from the Internal Revenue Service will join Emmer.

The call-in number is 855-962-1252.

Loretto curbside leaf, grass collection Tuesday, May 5

LORETTO, MN – Tuesday, May 5, is curbside leaf and grass collection day in Loretto.

Brush must be tied in 3’ x 3’ bundles. Acceptable bags include paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic (usually clear or a translucent shade of green or white). Most home improvement, grocery, and  hardware stores now carry them.

Breakfast on the Farm canceled for 2020

CARVER COUNTY, WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Breakfast on the Farm Committee recently announced that the 2020 Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm event has been canceled.

Organizers explained, “In light of the recent progression of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the Center for Disease Control guidance on mass gatherings, it will not be possible to do this with a live event in June.

The Diers Corporation Family Farm has extended their willingness to host Breakfast on the Farm in June 2021. Watch for the announcement of the event date for next year.

Those who have already committed to a sponsorship through a donation of money for 2020, can either receive the money back or defer it to 2021.

Anyone planning to sponsor, but who has not yet committed, please, is encouraged to consider supporting the event in 2021.

For more information contact Pat Bakeberg at 763-242-4520, or