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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • City approves July 4th fireworks, says ‘thank you, but no’ to TV network offer

  • The St. James City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 19.


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  •     The St. James City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 19.
        Kicking things off, an Application for Exempt Permit for the Watonwan River Longbeards was approved, which means the group will be allowed to hold a raffle contest at the St. James Eagle’s Club on September 6.
        In addition, a Fireworks Application was also approved for the 4th of July.
        The fireworks will be located at Memorial Park over St. James Lake and provided by the VFW and the VFW Auxiliary. Mayor Gary Sturm srongly urged everyone to thank members of both the VFW and the VFW Auxiliary for their Independence Day contribution.
        For New Business, the City of St. James will be saying “thank you, but no” to Today in America, a television production company that had centered on St. James as a possible location for a five-minute segment on “Why Families Want to Live in St. James.”
        In exchange for the TV spot, The City of St. James was asked by Today In America to provide a cash “contribution” in the amount of $19,500.
        This seemed to be the deciding factor, as Mayor Gary Sturm pointed out that the city didn’t have that kind of  money to give.
        Before adjourning, EDA/Community Development Director Molly Westman addressed the council and the people of St. James, announcing that the city’s new website had gone live and that they were continuing to add more content as time progressed, including online applications for pool passes.
    Westman, however, did warn that the site was considered as “a working document.”
        Those interested can visit the new website at www.ci.stjamesnews.mn.us.
        In other news, Linda Buller annouced that the Save the Princess Theater fundraiser has raised nearly $19,000.

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