Parliamentary snafu leads to special meeting cancellation
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
The special meeting that was planned for Monday to consider the verbiage of a referendum on the Civic Auditorium has been canceled.
The referendum was proposed at the Aug. 13 St. Croix Falls City Council meeting by Alderwoman Joy Zasadny.
The move for the referendum failed with Brent Waak and Kirk Anderson voting against it, and Zasadny and Chris Chell voting for it. Mayor Arnie Carlson had broken the tie, voting nay.
However, the matter was brought back for re-consideration at the last city council meeting Aug. 27, and therein lies the problem.
Since the matter had been defeated, it would have taken a member of the council from the prevailing side to bring it back for consideration. Carlson does not count as he is the mayor, not a voting member of the council.
So as it stands, there is no way for the referendum to move forward unless either Waak or Anderson bring the matter forward.
If they chose to do so, a meeting will have to be scheduled prior to Aug. 28, when the paperwork for the referendum would have to be turned in to Polk County.
Smooth sailing sought a-round the course
By Lynda Berg Olds
Play is up at the Village of Luck Municipal Golf Course - by 12 percent over last year and four percent over the year before. These were among the many positive statistics revealed at Monday night's regular meeting of the Luck Golf Commission.
It was also noted that 58 percent of the rounds thus far this year are by 'anniversary' members and there were a whopping 4,592 rounds played just in the month of July. This equates to 150 rounds per day, making the course crazy busy, a new record.
It was noted at the meeting that slow play is no fun for anyone and the Golf Commission members are working to remedy congestion on the course and brainstorming about things to do better next year.
Course Operations Superintendent Kevin Clunis stated, “Traffic management needs to be improved around the Clubhouse.”
That said, so does slow play on the course, which has room for improvement, especially during peak hours. (And there are some etiquette issues as well.) One of the ways play can be managed is obviously by adjusting the tee time settings. Tee times are generally set at eight minutes.
Commission member Bruce Anderson said most people don't manage to hit the green on the first hole, a long par three, and therefore things get backed up, bottle-necking on the very first hole.
Clunis concurred, saying only about five or 10 percent of golfers hit the first green, which is a bit deceptive, uphill – and plays longer than it looks. At any rate tee times will likely be adjusted to at least every 10 minutes – particularly during peak times (especially Saturdays).
The new rock monuments were talked about and at least eight of them of them have already been spoken for by hole sponsors.
The Big Cup tournament will go on indefinitely, but apparently will no longer be the Ravenholt Big Cup. Rather, for this year, it will bear the late Tommy Goalen's name – and going forward will be determined – and perhaps changed annually, “in honor of...” The Big Cup has traditionally been the last hurrah of the summer.
Nepotism was the final item on the Golf Commission's agenda and the subject was broached by Clunis.
St. Croix Falls senior Tyler Cooper has declared that he will be joining the Minnesota Golden Gophers as a guard on their offensive line.
At 6'4” and 295 pounds, Cooper received offers from Michigan, North Dakota State, South Dakota State as well as other universities. He was even talking to the Wisconsin Badgers at one point.
Cooper recently announced his decision after giving his answer to the Gopher coaching staff. He will be the 23 player of the Class of 2019.
The move seemed to be the best fit for Cooper. Both he and his family have been lifelong Gopher Fans, and he was born in Minnesota.
“It's always been a childhood dream of mine to play for the Gophers,” observed Cooper.
The decision wasn't all that easy. With offers poring in, he considered the pros and cons of each school. Cooper even traveled to Wyoming to check out their program, whose head coach is known for creating great offensive linemen.
“It was really nice, great facility, brand new,” said Tyler, but in his mind he was working out a decision that would affect the rest of his life. “It wasn't bothering me too much, but it was nice to pick a school and be done with it.”
As he plays his final season of his high school football career on the hallowed field below the esker, he will be transitioning from tackle to guard, which is where the Gophers will most likely use him.
Both parties held their primary elections on Tuesday and now Polk County knows who their next sheriff will be.
Brent Waak received 2,003 votes and Tony Grimm received 1,809.
Patrick McLafferty, who was running as a write-in candidate for the democratic party received 73 votes, short of the required amount which is at least five percent of the vote cast in the jurisdiction or district for the party's gubernatorial candidate at the last general election or the number of votes equivalent to the minimum number of signatures required on nomination papers for that office, whichever is more.
“I am humble to win,” stated Waak. “I so appreciate all the support we had during the campaign. I want to thank Tony Grimm for his approach to this race.”
In Grimm's concession statement he said: “It looks like we lost by a couple hundred votes. I think we had a fantastic campaign and our message was clear. Congrats to Brent Waak and his family for a fantastic campaign. We will support his agenda wholeheartedly.”