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Vol. 5 No. 2

Prepared and paid for by the City of Cologne

April 2012


Cologne ¾ Intersection with U-turns Hwy 284

(February 22, 2012)

3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Fire Station


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Standard & Poor’s Fire Affirms Department Bond Rating Steak Fry

Revised layout based on Nov 14, 2011 public meeting comments All Hwy 212 movements are retained Accommodates heavy trucks Vastly increases intersection safety Delays are minimized Construction to start in August, 2012

MnDOT finalizes Hwy. 212 intersection plans


fter several months of discussions and meetings, MnDOT has finalized the Hwy 212/284/CR 53 intersection. The City of Cologne initiated the discussions with a June 6 Resolution 11_15 requesting a stop light and/or slower speed limits on Hwy 212. Throughout the discussion process MnDOT was adamant in not allowing stop lights and slower speeds. The state agency was convinced neither of those options would provide a safer intersection. MnDOT’s first proposal was an R-Cut design that would require a majority of North/ South traffic to use Village Parkway to cross Hwy 212. After public meetings and input from the community, MnDOT redesigned the intersection to include U-turns so that North/South traffic could continue to cross at Hwy 212.

Emergency vehicles will have access to go straight across the intersection while normal traffic will need to make a right turn and use the U-turns 800 feet away to access north/south bound traffic or east/west traffic in lieu of left turns. The city was able to persuade MnDOT into extending the U-turn lanes closer to the north/south bound intersections, allowing a quick crossing into the U-turn rather than merging on the highway and then crossing over. This should also allow tractor/trailers a safer crossing into the U-turn lane. The $1.3 million dollar project will be paid for with 90 percent federal and 10 percent MnDOT funding. A $250,000-$300,000 stop light would have been paid for by the local taxpayers had it been allowed to be installed. A fall construction is planned.

New R-Cut highly successful in Willmar

Hwy. 212 free right access removed


ate in the discussion a nd t he prel i m inary design stage, MnDOT notified the City of Cologne that the free right access to Hwy. 212, and the acceleration lanes, were being removed. This will cause all north/south bound traffic to come to a complete stop while waiting for access onto Hwy 212. While M n D O T ’s s e n i o r staff was in favor of maintaining the free rights, their technical staff felt it was a safety issue. Their concern was a motorist may use the free rights as access to the U-turns to jump a head of traffic at the stop sign. This maneuver would cause the motorist to merge over three lanes of traffic in a short distance.


n DOT recent ly installed an R-Cut U-turn intersection on Hwy. 71 near Willmar. Highway officials claim the intersection should reduce accidents by at least 80 percent. So far there has been 100 percent reduction in accidents, according to Jon Henslin, MnDOT traf-

fic engineer for the Willmar area. Dick Arne, a Willmar insurance adjuster for 17 years, was sure they made a “huge mistake...what were they thinking of? But I lived to fi nd out I was way wrong because they haven’t had any accidents and it’s been

over a year.” Arne has driven through the intersection many times from different directions and finds it easy to use. “It’s hard to make a mistake there now, just follow the signs.”

The Cit y wa s extremely disappointed in the late change of design plans. Instead of a llow ing all east/west bound traffic to merge with accelerating speeds on the free right, they will now be forced to a complete stop and then attempt to merge with traffic traveling an average of 67 mph.


ta nda rd & Poor’s p e r formed a rev iew of t he City’s financial standing in Febr uary of 2012. After the S&P review they determined the City was to maintain it’s A+ bond rating with a stable outlook.

Commercial improvements planned


ocal operators of M & M Home Contractors, Inc. have purchased the old Cologne Meat Market building located next to Holiday Stations and car wash. They are looking to transform the building into office space and storage for their insulation and contracting business. The City allowed a utility easement waiver and will work with the property in regards to storm water runoff. Congratulations to M & M Contractors on a very nice improvement to the business district.

COMMUNITY CENTER • Wedding Receptions • Graduation • Baby & Bridal Showers • Family & Class Reunions • Community Functions

Seating for 400 Super Sound System Variable Lighting

952-466-2064 1211 Village Parkway • Cologne, MN

Dance Floor Serving Kitchen Community Room

Source: Article from the West Central Tribune, January 11, 2012.

City of Cologne

Cologne City Council

Park & Recreation Board

1211 Village Parkway, P.O. Box 120, Cologne, MN 55322 Web site: or

Mayor Bernie Shambour Don Meyer Scott Williams Matt Lein Jill Skaaland The City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m.

Craig Pexa Scott Rynerson Open Park Board position

Planning Commission

District #108 Community Education

Marcia Tellers Joel Sievers Kenton Exner David Reif Don Meyer (Council Rep) The Planning Commission meets on the 1st Monday at 6 p.m.

531 Morse Street, Norwood Young America, MN 55368 Phone: (952) 467-7390 Web site:

Contact Us City Hall/Clerk’s Office ........................................(952) 466-2064 John Douville, Administrator ............ Public Works .................................... Terry Bullock, Jeff Wildung Cologne-iSP .........................................................952-466-2184 Emergency/after-hours public works pager..............................................(612) 579-7054

Mark Kalstas Mark Willems

Win $500, help protect water


innesota’s lakes and rivers need your help! And, Carver County Water Management Organization is hosting a competition aimed at doing just that.

Join the fun:

Cologne Area Senior Citizens


he Colog ne A rea Senior Citizens group continues to enjoy gathering for social events, lunches and card playing. Pictured here is the group celebrat i ng Ma rdi Gras wearing festive beads and enjoying a soup and sandwich lunch. New member are always welcome. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Room at the Cologne Community Center at 1:30 p.m. Please consider joining them for a fun afternoon!

Check out the Cologne Fitness Center The City of Cologne has a

Batter up! Hollanders baseball season gets underway

top-of-the-line fitness center located in the City Offices/ Community Center building. Members enjoy 24/7 access, top-of-the-line equipment, locker rooms with showers and satellite TV and radio. Colog ne F it ness Center offers fitness reimbursement to qualified members. Current participating insurers include Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, UCare and Preferred One. To date, our members have received over $2,200 in fitness reimbursement. If you would like additional information regarding the fitness center, contact the City Offices at 952-466-2064.

Hard to be sad about GLAD Days!


he Cologne Hollanders would like to thank everyone who has helped make the offseason a success. We would also like to welcome all of you to “The Hill” to enjoy a baseball game or two this season. The season is starting up! Thank you again for being the best fans that a team could ever ask for!!!

2012 Cologne Hollanders Schedule @ Norwood


Sat., June 16

Young America (FTH)



Sun., June 17





Tues., June 19

@ Hamburg


Sun., May 13

Green Isle


Sat., June 23


Sat., May 19

New Germany


Sun., June 24


Sun., May 20



Sat., June 30

@ St. Boni


Tues., May 22

@ Young America


Sun., July 1

@ Green Isle




Sun., July 8





Sat., May 5

St. Croix


Sun., May 6


Sat., May 12

Sat., May 26

Thursday, June 14

@ Glencoe


Tues., July 10

@ Chaska


Sat., June 2



Sun., July 15

@ Brownton


Sun., June 3



Tues., July 17

@ Belle Plaine


Sun., June 10



Sun., July 22

@ Plato


Tues., May 29

Aquatic Invasive Species are transported by humans. So in order stop the spread of Aquatic invasive species we need to educate and inform the citizens the best way to do that. One of the main practices citizens can adopt is to perform boat inspections before and after entering a water body. C a r v e r C o u n t y Wa t e r Management Organization is hosting an AIS video contest. The objective is to create a 2-3 minute, clever, entertaining and educational video on aquatic invasive species and demonstrate how to do a boat inspection. The first place entry is $500, second place is $300. Videos can be submitted via mail to Carver County Government Center or by uploading on YouTube and sending in the link. For complete rules and regulations visit www. Please help us in spreading the word on how to protect our water resources.

– Cologne Hollanders

Sun., April 29

One threat to Minnesota’s lakes and rivers which is increasingly making news headlines is Aquatic Invasive Species (zebra mussels, curly leaf pondweed, Eurasian water milfoil and more). The presence of aquatic invasive species changes the ecology of lakes and rivers, decreases native fish populations and harms fisheries, makes beaches unsafe and causes billions of dollars of damage to public property.


ark July 27 and 28 on your calendar for the annual GLAD Days festivities! Many, many family activities over the fun weekend are planned. Blurred Vision will highlight the dance at Lions Park. Plans are being made for a tractor show along the new Lions trail. Other planned activities include: A 5K run, sheaphead & kickball tournaments, and Kids Fest activities including costume con-

tests, rides, smokehouse and bounce houses—plus many more activities. Teen activities may include bean bag tournament, GPS treasure hunt and hayrides to a bonfire! A lot of planning is yet to be worked out and volunteers are needed. Next Glad Days planning meeting is 6:30 p.m. May 7 at DaBoars Bar & Grill. You can contact Betsy Pysick at colognegladdays.

2012 seal coat project set


he following streets are scheduled for seal coating this summer. Village Parkway north of Silver Leaf Trail, Adams Avenue, East Louis St., Mill St., Jacob Ave. S., Edward Ave. S., Pleasant St. E, Adams. Circ., Playhouse St. E.

Community Calendar Sat., April 28 Fire Department Steak Fry Fire Station 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sun., April 29 Pancake Breakfast St. Bernard’s Catholic Church 8:30 a.m. to noon

Academy Spring Fling coming soon


he community is invited to join in the fun at the Fourth Annual Cologne Academy Spring Fling on Saturday, May 19, at the Cologne Community Center. The day will truly have something for everyone. The Medallion Hunt kicks off the Spring Fling with clues found at, beginning the last week in April. The person able to locate the medallion will be awarded a $50 VISA Gift Card. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with a 5K Run and Family Walk. Information and registration forms are ava ilable at w w, or by calling the school office at 952-466-

2276. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. act iv it ie s w i l l i nclude: Carnival Games, Bounce Houses (weather permitting), Scholastic Book Fair, Si lent Auct ion, Vendor B o ot h s, F re e C ont e st s and Demonstrations, Face Painting, the Carver County Mounted Posse and much, much more. Come hungry to enjoy the great food concessions available, including fresh grilled pork chops! All proceeds from this event will go toward completion of the community playground located on the south side of the school grounds. We hope to see you and your families at the Spring Fling.

Sun., April 29

Academy’s second expansion underway


ologne Academy’s second expansion will be completed in time for the start of the 2012-2013 school year this September. The 13,019 squarefoot addition will include a state of the art science lab for middle school students, over 1,400 square feet for the school’s band and music curriculum, a new K-8 art studio, and computer lab. The main school entrance and administration offices will be moved to the new addition,

which will be in the center of the school building when the next three expansions are completed in approximately five years. The new space will also include a lunchroom and kitchen. This fall the Academy will welcome 100 new students, bringing enrollment to approximately 400 students. Cologne Academy’s staff will also expand including an additional five classroom teachers.

Come Together: A Celebration of Community Norwood Young America Legions Park 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sat., May 19 Cologne Academy Spring Fling

Sun., April 29 Zion Church

Noteworthy: Seasonal reminders for Cologne residents


he City of Cologne reminds residents of the following ordinances: All dogs/cats in the City must be licensed. Summer mowing — do not mow grass clippings onto the street.

Odd/Even lawn watering from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SA N ITA RY SEW ER ALERT: Do NOT dispose of baby wipes, hand wipes or cleaning cloths into the sanitary sewer system. This costs city residents tens of thousands of dollars a year in maintenance costs.

Summer waste water rates go into effect AprilSeptember. The summer wastewater rates are based on the average water use of October through March. So remember October wastewater is based on actual water usage!

Zion Confirmation Reunion 11 a.m.

Mon.-Fri. June 11-15 Zion Church Vacation Bible School “Amazing Desert Journey” 9 a.m. to noon

July 27 and 28 Glad Days