The Houston County Recycling Center located at 105 North Grant Street in Houston, MN is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, May 14, 2022. FREE disposal of qualifying household paint in one gallon containers or smaller and FREE disposal of qualifying residential or agricultural chemicals with a limit of 200 lbs. per household. Interested businesses and large quantity generators should contact the County prior to the event.
Medications, e-waste, used oil, antifreeze, and batteries will not be accepted. Prescription medication drop-off boxes are located at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and at La Crescent City Hall.
Customers are to remain in their vehicles and arrive at the site with items in the vehicle’s trunk, bed or trailer. See fee schedule below for items being disposed of.
The collection is provided to residents of Houston County with support from the MN Pollution Control Agency, The MN Department of Agriculture, PaintCare Inc., and La Crosse County.
Swimming lesson sign up will be held at the City Auditorium on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm and on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Session dates include: Session #1 June 20-July 1, Session #2 July 11-July 22, and Session #3 July 25-August 5.
Group classes are held Monday through Thursday at 9:00am and 10:00am for levels 1-3 and at 11:00am for levels 4-6 with make up classes planned for Fridays. Private lessons will be available Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Please contact City Hall with any questions regarding lessons at 507-725-3450.
The City of Caledonia is seeking residents to serve as election judges in 2022. There are three elections scheduled for 2022: Special Election (US Congressional District 1) May 24, Primary Election Day August 9, and General Election Day November 8.
Judges receive training in various duties including: greeting and registering voters, providing ballots, assisting voters as needed, overseeing ballot-counting machines, and compiling precinct voter statistics at the end of Election Day.
In Caledonia, Election Judges are paid $13.00 an hour. Election judges are granted time off from work by law. Potential judges must be eligible to vote in Minnesota; be able to read, write, and speak English; and attend a training session provided by local election officials.
Interested persons can apply and learn more about serving as an election judge by contacting City Hall at 507-725-3450.
The Tree Disposal site located at County Road 3 East of Caledonia is expected to open April 1, 2022. Tentative hours are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am- 4:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For any questions please call City Hall at 725-3450.
All buildings in the county will be seeing at least a 20% increase on their valuations for taxes payable in 2023. Please see link below for more information or contact the Houston County Assessor’s Office at 507-725-5801.
Since the ribbon cutting ceremony held on October 16th, the new Pocket Park is being enjoyed by residents in the community and downtown businesses. We are truly thankful for the following donations that made the Pocket Park another location to display what Caledonia has to offer to visitors and community members. To watch the transformation of the park mural and to see pictures from the ribbon cutting ceremony, click on the link provided below.
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for Saturday, October 16th at 2:00 pm to celebrate the new Pocket Park in downtown Caledonia. The mural included in the park was funded by a $7,500 grant from the Arlin Falck Foundation. The project was spearheaded by the City of Caledonia’s StreetScapes/Caledonia Green Committee.
On September 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., Caledonia’s elected officials, staff, contractors, and guests celebrated the groundbreaking for Caledonia’s new wastewater treatment facility. Participants included Senator Jeremy Miller, Representative Greg Davids, Mayor DeWayne “Tank” Schroeder, Councilmember David Fitzpatrick, Councilmember Robert “Bob Klug,” Councilmember Amanda Ninneman, City Clerk/Administrator Adam Swann, Public Works/Zoning Director Casey Klug, Project Engineer Eric Lynne (of Donohue & Associates), Project Manager Pat Doyle (of Wapasha Construction Co.), and Wapasha Construction Co. President Thomas Peplinski.
Mayor Schroeder and Clerk/Administrator Swann thanked Senator Miller and Representative Davids for helping the City obtain a $7,000,000 direct appropriation for the project from the State of Minnesota in 2020. The direct appropriation will reduce future rate increases for single-family residential customers by an estimated $19.20 per month for 20 years and will reduce future rate increases by a much larger amount for commercial and industrial users.
The new wastewater treatment facility is anticipated to be completed by fall 2023. The construction cost is estimated to be $13,529,000 based on the bid accepted from Wapasha Construction Co., and the total project cost is estimated to be $16,122,889, including all engineering, legal, and administrative costs.
In addition to the $7,000,000 direct appropriation from the State of Minnesota, the project is being funded in part by a $821,794 grant from the Minnesota Public Facility Authority’s Green Project Reserve Fund. The remainder of the project cost is being paid for by a 20-year loan (with a 1% fixed interest rate) from the Minnesota Public Facility Authority’s Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.
On Friday, August 20, 2021, national correspondent Kris Van Kleaves of CBS News interviewed Caledonia Mayor DeWayne “Tank” Schroeder about the announcement that Miken Sports would be closing its operations in Caledonia and offshoring many of the jobs to China. Mr. Kleaves also interviewed U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Caledonia residents Kari and Jerome Neumann, and Sarah Glasrud, owner of Good Times restaurant in Caledonia, about how they felt about the news and the impact it would have on Caledonia. CBS News aired the story on September 6, 2021 and then again on September 12, 2021.
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Sarah Pederson of Lucid Painting recently completed an 8′ x 48′ mural in downtown Caledonia at the site of the future pocket park. The mural was paid for by a $7,500 grant from the Arlin Falck Foundation. The project was spearheaded by the City of Caledonia’s StreetScapes/Caledonia Green Committee.