November 26, 2014

Pederson appointed

to MAOSC Board of Directors

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Wendy Pederson, of Franklin, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities (MAOSC).

“I am very excited to begin this new venture,” Pederson said. “I hope that I will make a difference and hope to be a valuable resource and advocate for our small communities.”

Pederson is currently the City of Franklin’s Clerk and Treasurer, and has been in that position since 1998. Her position with MAOSC will not conflict with her current duties, as the meetings usually take place during the weekends.

MAOSC focuses on issues such as local government aid, transportation funding, and affordable housing for small cities in Minnesota.

There are over 250 cities in Minnesota that are members of MAOSC. For a city to qualify for membership, the population has to be under 5,000.

MAOSC consists of 12 regions in which there is a representative for each. These representatives make up the Board of Directors. There are also four at-large directors.

Pederson was appointed to represent Region 7, which includes counties Big Stone, Swift, Renville, Yellow Medicine, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, and Chippewa. Her term runs until June 20, 2016. Other members on the board include mayors, city council members, city treasurers, and city administrators from around the state.

The organization’s objectives are rooted in one main idea: “We all share the same goals of keeping our small cities in our rural communities a great place to live.”

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Santa is coming to YOUR town!

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The elves are busy building toys and Mrs. Claus is making sure Santa is eating his vegetables and staying in shape before cookies and milk are his only sustenance.

Once again Santa will be making stops in Fairfax, Franklin, Gibbon, and Morgan this December to visit the children.

Santa really likes this area of Minnesota because it reminds him of the North Pole so he makes sure to visit before Christmas every year. Sometimes when he’s down here, he has to wrangle up his reindeer, who enjoy frolicking and having fun with the deer in the woods. The reindeer like it so much that they lose track of time and forget to pick Santa up!

Each town hosts Santa in a different special way, so read what your town is doing.

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November 19, 2014

Holiday Shopping Night

in Fairfax this Thursday

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

If elbowing and pushing people out of your way in the wee hours of the morning to get that pair of slippers you just have to have for Uncle Ray on Black Friday doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, well, there’s another option.

The Fairfax Civic & Commerce Association (C & C) is sponsoring a Holiday Shopping Night in Fairfax on Thursday, November 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The C & C hopes that this special shopping night filled with deals will encourage citizens to check out what local businesses have to offer for the holidays. Home-based businesses will also set up shop downtown for a chance to check out those items as well.

Certain local businesses that close up shop at 5 p.m. on normal nights will stay open later with special deals. Some will even have door prizes, refreshments, and other goodies.

This is the third year Fairfax has had a Holiday Shopping Night. Members of the C & C got the idea after attending a holiday shopping night in Springfield and seeing the great turnout.

Check out the special Fairfax Holiday Shopping Night advertisements from local businesses on Page 3.