April 23, 2014

Farewell Mr. Fairfax…

Fairfax C&C member Sara Waibel presents Ted Domeier with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award at the annual banquet on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Volunteering was just one of many traits Ted possessed.  Standard-Gazette file photo

By Denise Peterson, Publisher

Ted Domeier, 68, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 13 at the hospital in Redwood Falls. 

His death will leave a huge hole in the Fairfax community and the surrounding areas. 

Ted was extremely active in his community…to the extent that some say he was its heart and soul. And in the process, he left his mark on the many other hearts and souls he touched. 

He volunteered on the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Squad for many years, and was an active member of St. Andrews Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus group. 

He owned the Fairfax Agency, selling insurance to many people and businesses in the area. But he was more than an ‘insurance salesman’ to his customers. He was a trusted advisor, and a friend. He prepared taxes, served as deputy registrar and city assessor. 

Ted knew that being a businessman in a small town went well beyond the walls of the business. He would go to Smokey Hollow for coffee and cards, and to brighten someone else’s day. People rarely left his presence without a smile on their face.

He cared about his town, and he volunteered tirelessly for the community. He was often seen spraying weeds on ‘Main Street’ to keep the town looking neat. He supported various groups, attended local events, and could be counted on to be ‘designated grill master’ whenever the situation called for it. 

If a new business came to town, Ted would become their first and best customer and a tireless promoter. He wanted to see everyone succeed and would do whatever he could to help them. Dave Busch of Dave’s Full Service said Ted was instrumental in helping him get his start. “He gave me the opportunity to get into business for myself and also promoted it for me. He was such an amazing guy,” said Dave. “He gave his full commitment to everything that he was involved with.”

If you needed him and you asked (and sometimes if you didn’t), he was there. Somehow he just knew when and where he was needed. He was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2012 by the Fairfax Civic and Commerce Association. Ted’s niece, Becky Hess stated “He wore more hats than Dr. Suess!” 

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State Bank of Gibbon to merge with Minnwest Bank

Minnwest Bank and State Bank Of Gibbon announced today the signing of an agreement to merge. Completion of the transaction, which is currently expected to occur in the third quarter of 2014, is contingent upon regulatory approval. State Bank of Gibbon had consolidated assets of $26.5 million and $24.2 million in deposits, as of December 31, 2013.

John Tester, president of State Bank of Gibbon, stated, “The Tester family is honored to have served the citizens and community of Gibbon and the surrounding area for four generations, beginning with the founding of the bank by Robert Tester in 1894.  I am grateful to our loyal customers and friends, and wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation for their many years with us. The Tester family is excited about the newly merged bank and the role it will play in Gibbon’s future.”

Douglas Karsky, president of Minnwest Bank, stated, “Minnwest Bank is dedicated to helping build the Gibbon community and we look forward to serving our new customers with more financial products and services including Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Online Bill Pay, mortgage and other loans. We strive to offer personal one-on-one service along with the expertise and convenient technology customers are looking for”. 

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April 16, 2014

Fairfax Council approves Phase I of Well Head Protection Plan

By Denise Peterson, Publisher

At their regular monthly meeting on April 8, the Fairfax City Council approved Phase I of the Well Head Protection Plan as presented by Dave Nieman of the MN Rural Water Association. Nieman presented a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Health that outlined the current state of the City’s water supply. The next step is to develop a plan to use over the next 10 years to protect the water supply. The Council will establish a committee and will likely need to hire a consultant to complete the next phase of the plan. 

Larry and Karen Severt approached the Council to see if the city had any interest in purchasing the 25-foot lot on the south side of the bowling alley. The Council will discuss options and requested that the Severt’s present them with a suggested purchase price.

Councilmember Brad Augustin presented information regarding the RS Fiber Project and the Amended Joint Powers Agreement. Council approved signing the agreement on a 4-1 vote, with Councilmember Fahey voting no.

Council approved the Fire Protection Agreement with the Rural Fire Association.

Council also approved the Mosquito Control contract with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. in the amount of $4050 on a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Todd Kiecker voting no.

City Administrator Seibert-Volz indicated that the GFW Middle School’s Clean-Up Day is scheduled for May 9 and 10. Council indicated that the city would pay for the dumpsters and recycling as they have in the past.

Police Chief Scott Froehlich presented Council with a letter of resignation from Jared Danielson. Council accepted the resignation.

Craig Marti reported that he has noticed some cracking in some of the new streets. Marti will wait until the frost is out of the ground and then reevaluate to determine what needs attention. 

Fahey reported that the Parks Committee met and the season passes for the swimming pool will increase in price this year. A single season pass will be $75 and a family pass will be $110. Other passes will also increase.