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Update From Coulee Region Sports League Regarding 9U – 14U Summer Rec Season

COULEE REGION SPORTS LEAGUE UPDATE – APRIL 27

Hello everyone and thanks for your continued support of the CRSL. The Covid-19 virus has put a lot of difficulties on how we should proceed with our summer. We want to make a safe & educated decision with also giving hope to our youth to play sports at some point this summer. We have made NO decision on whether to continue or cancel the season as of now. We still plan on moving ahead with our season with some changes listed below if allowed.

*At this time it would be almost impossible to start the first of week of June. We will be following the Governors orders and making a smart decision based off of those orders. Were hopeful organizations can start to meet with their teams in late May or Early June.

*We are planning on running our 9U-13U baseball & softball programs in late June, all of July and the first 2 weeks of August. Under these circumstances the league will conclude Thursday August 13. (no dates have been set or finalized. dates will be finalized once approved by Governors orders.)

*Our 14U programs will run late June, and all of July. The season will conclude July 30.

*HS division can’t not start until July and will most likely run 4/5 weeks only in July. Fees will be changed at the appropriate time.

*New rules and game management tasks are being constructed and approved currently to have a safe and fun summer.

*Moving forward we will have an update weekly on Monday evenings. This updates will provide our newest information pertaining to the league.

Again thanks everyone for being patient. If you have any questions please email us at crsportsleague@gmail.com.

April 28th, 2020|Categories: News|

Reminder to City Residents Regarding Fire Pit Restrictions

The City of Caledonia would like to remind its residents to be sure that your fire pit is up to City Code standards before putting them to use. Listed below is the Caledonia City Code regarding fire pits and open burning restrictions. If you have any additional questions regarding fire pits, please contact our Public Works & Zoning Director, Casey Klug at (507) 725-3462.

  • 93.19. – OPEN BURNING RESTRICTED.

No person shall allow, cause, or permit open burning, except that open burning is permitted in the following circumstances:

(A)  Disaster rubbish. The open burning of rubbish, including landscape waste, for the duration of the community disaster period in cases where an officially declared emergency condition exists.

(B)  Recreational fires. Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies, provided the fire has a total fuel area of two feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height. Fuel is limited to clear wood (no chemicals or additives) or charcoal. Recreational fires cannot be conducted within ten feet of a structure or combustible material, unless contained in an enclosed barbecue grill or a commercially manufactured patio burner, which has legs elevating the unit off the ground and has the burning area completely enclosed with screen. Recreational fires must be fully extinguished by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and shall not burn between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

(C)  Training fires. Fires set for the purpose of bona fide training of public or industrial employees in fire fighting methods, provided that the training fires are conducted in compliance with rules established by the State Department of Natural Resources.

(D)  Variance. Any person wishing to conduct open burning of materials not permitted herein may make application for a variance to the Fire Chief.

(E)  The storage of gasoline in overhead farm-type storage tanks is prohibited in all areas, except those zoned agricultural and except in the agricultural districts, it is prohibited to keep in above ground storage more than 15 gallons of gasoline. No more than five gallons of gasoline shall be kept in private garages or other buildings attached to resident dwellings in the city.

(F)  All gasoline storage containers shall be constructed of materials marked of a color consistent with laws, rules, and regulations of the state thereunto appertaining.

(G)  All state, county and local burn bans will supersede this section.

April 24th, 2020|Categories: News|

Update Regarding T-Ball & Pee Wee Baseball Season

Dear T-Ball & Pee Wee Parents,

The City was approached by the Community Education office earlier this week about them providing a T-Ball/Pee Wee program this summer. In the interest of our youth in Caledonia, we have decided to have them provide this program. Our intent is to have all participate in one program so as not to have friends playing apart. We did not want people having to decide which program their children would be participating in.

If you have already signed up for our program, we will be refunding you in full. If you only registered one child for T-Ball or Pee Wees, we will void the check that you provided for registration fees. If you registered one child for Pee Wees and another child for a different age group, we will void your current check and would like you to send us a new check for your child that is currently registered for 9U – 14U.

Caledonia Community Education will be sending out their information ASAP, so please be looking out for that.

If you are wondering on whether your child should participate in Pee Wees or our baseball/softball program, here are some points to ponder:

Boy: We have had Pee Wees age group as 6-8 with the birth date being 4/30. If you have a 7/8 year old, you may want to consider registering him in the 9 & Under baseball program. This would depend on how many years your son has participated in our program and if you feel that he is ready for a more competitive level of play. Last year, we had 2 teams in the 9U division of the Coulee Region Sports League: one was all 9 year old players, the other was 8/7 year old players. Please bear in mind that the parents of the 7 year old players felt that they would benefit in a more competitive league: 2 games/week, some home and some away, with 1-2 practices a week.

Girl: If you have an 8 year old and feel that she is ready to play in a more competitive atmosphere, you might want to consider signing her up for the 10 & Under Softball program. As with Baseball, games would be home and away 2 nights a week with 1-2 practices a week. I don’t feel that a 7 year old would do well in this league.

Please note that our registration for Softball/Baseball deadline is April 25. We will be getting information from the Coulee Region Sports League on April 25 concerning how the summer program will proceed due to the pandemic.

If you have questions about the Community Education program, please contact Gretchen Linzmeier at gretchen_linzmeier@cps.k12.mn.us

As always, the City wants to provide a fun and safe program for our youth in the summer. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.

April 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Caledonia Ambulance: A Memo to the Communities We Serve

During these uncertain times related to the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency medical services (EMS) and first responders remain committed to providing the best care to those in need within our community. While we prepare and train for all emergencies, no plan can anticipate all possible variables, and the COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges in the way we deliver care.

Please be aware that we have adopted some additional guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of our providers, patients and the general public:

  • When arriving to a patient’s residence, a single team member will first evaluate and assess the individual prior to others assisting. This evaluation will include screening questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms
  • Emergent care and resuscitations cannot be done by providers until wearing their prescribed PPE. This may result in brief necessary delays when the team arrives as they prepare to provide care while remaining safe
  • Respiratory procedures increase the risk of exposure. As a result, we will be limiting our airway interventions when possible
  • All patients will be masked and required to keep their mask on during their transport
  • At the request of hospitals during the pandemic, family is not allowed to accompany the patient. It is suggested that family members provide a contact phone number for the hospital to follow up
  • If the patient is ultimately dismissed from the emergency department, they will require someone to pick them up

Thank you in advance for supporting our EMS and public safety partners. Please understand that in order to continue to provide care to our community, we must take these precautions with our EMS providers and first responders.

April 14th, 2020|Categories: News|

City-Wide Spring Clean-Up Begins Monday, April 27

Spring clean-up is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 27 and end on Friday, May 1. Residents shall be responsible for having their items set at the curbside by Friday, May 1 at 7:00 a.m. A final sweep will be done at this time. Only acceptable materials will be collected.

Acceptable items include grass, vegetables, leaves, and other kinds of vegetation in its natural state. These items should be placed by the curb in biodegradable bags or cardboard boxes, not garbage containers. In an effort to become more environmentally friendly, the City of Caledonia is requiring residents to use paper biodegradable 30 gallon leaf bags. Bags are available at Caledonia True Value. The weight limit for each bag or box shall be 40 pounds. Leaves & grass MUST be put in the proper container or they will not be collected. Tree branches and brush will be accepted so long as they are cut into pieces not to exceed four feet in length and six inches in diameter and are tied into bundles. The City will NOT collect materials which are not cut or bundled as described. Plastic bags will NOT be collected.

Examples of items which shall not be collected are dirt, rocks, concrete, furniture, dimension lumber, blacktop, and garbage.

The City of Caledonia tree disposal site will be open free of charge for anyone wishing to haul their materials to the dump at their own convenience during spring clean-up from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. In addition, the tree disposal site will still be open regular hours during spring clean-up. Regular hours are Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Questions concerning the clean-up may be directed to the City Clerk’s Office at (507) 725-3450.

April 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

City Hall, Public Library, Police Department, and Auditorium Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

Due to the spread of the coronavirus in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, the City of Caledonia is closing Caledonia City Hall, the Public Library, the Police Department, and the Auditorium to the public until further notice. City staff will be available to assist citizens by phone at (507) 725-3450 and by email. If you need non-emergency assistance from the Caledonia Police Department, please call (507) 725-3889.

Utility bill payments can be placed in the payment box outside City Hall. Utility bills can also be paid online through Payment Service Network, which can be accessed through the City of Caledonia website. Utility bill payments can also be made by calling City Hall at (507) 725-3450. If a utility bill is paid by calling City Hall, the City will waive any surcharges for using a debit card or credit card. This waiver does not apply to payments made through Payment Systems Network.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the City is taking an abundance of caution to protect both City staff and the community.

April 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

Update From Coulee Region Sports League Regarding Summer Baseball & Softball Season

Due to the update given by the Coulee Region Sports League, we have decided to extend the registration deadline for 9U – 14U baseball and softball to Saturday, April 25. While City Hall is closed to the public until further notice, you may submit your registration with a check in the City of Caledonia drop-box outside of City Hall. If the season is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will be fully refunded for your registration. Please feel free to send us a message or an email at caledoniaparkrec@hotmail.com if you have any questions. You can read the Coulee Region Sports League’s response below, or click the button to the right of this message for a printable version.

Update From Coulee Region Sports League

Coulee Region Baseball & Softball Community,

During these trying times as we all manage these difficult circumstances we have come to the obvious conclusion that something must be done with our deadlines for our League. At this time the league scheduling and processing is currently on hold. As much as we would like to get back to normalcy in all of our life’s we realize it is impossible to hold organizational registrations and tryouts for our teams. Below are our updates we have made to our upcoming season and registration:

• REGISTRATION – On hold until further notice. We will be following guidelines from the Wisconsin Governors office as well with respect to our neighbors from Minnesota. Once registration is open we will give organizations a 10 day notice to hand in registration information. We will have another update April 25.

• SEASON- We realize there is a possibility we may have to make adjustments to our season. For example if we can only play in July we would still like to do that with adjustments. We know baseball/softball are unique sports and it takes time for youth to have their arms and bodies ready to compete. We will take this into account before jumping into any decision. If we can play ball at the start of June we certainly would love to do so.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL- Due to our seniors losing most If not all of their senior season we are allowing graduating seniors to complete for this year only. Coaches will make their own decisions on this team by team but us as a league will be allowing it. We will also be keeping updated weekly standings via our Facebook page for this league. Both games in the doubleheader will count in the standings and Championship T-Shirts will be handed out to our winners of each league.

• FACEBOOK PAGE – Moving forward we will be using Facebook so your parents and coaches can retrieve information ASAP about how we are moving forward. https://www.facebook.com/Coulee-Region-Sports-League-112836793707738/. This will be a much easier way to consistently update our community with updates. We will no longer be using our website for this.

• Tournaments – We will be updating all of your tournaments on our Facebook page tomorrow night. If you have changed or moved a date please let us know ASAP.

• Questions – Email us @ Crsportsleague@gmail.com

• BE SAFE & STAY HEALTHY – Enjoy your families and stay safe. Sports are so crucial to the development of our young people and we look forward to that part of our life again.

– Coulee Region Sports League

April 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

Delivery of 2020 Census Paper Questionnaires Begin

Paper Forms Sent to Households to Remind Them to Respond

About 64 million households across the nation are receiving a paper questionnaire in the coming days as the U.S. Census Bureau continues to ensure responding to the census is easier than ever. Of the nation’s households, 46.2% have already responded to the 2020 Census. The remaining households will receive a paper questionnaire starting April 8.

“If you’re among the nearly half of all the nation’s households that have responded already, thank you!” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years.”

While nearly half of all households have responded online to the 2020 Census, some may prefer to receive a paper questionnaire. About 22% of the country received a paper form at the beginning of the census.

Some areas where census takers were originally going to hand-deliver forms in person will now receive a letter in the mail from the Census Bureau reminding them to participate. Even if households don’t receive a letter in the mail, the Census Bureau will drop off a census invitation and paper form as soon as it is safe to do so. Census takers will also follow up with all households that do not respond on their own.

Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. They can choose to respond online at 2020census.gov in English or 12 other languages, or receive assistance through language guides and videos available in 59 languages. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address.

“Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends and loved ones to complete the census too,” Dillingham said.

The public should respond for the number of people living at that address as of April 1. Responding now to the 2020 Census will minimize the need for a census taker to follow up and visit your home in person later this year.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency response, schools and bridges over the next 10 years.

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.

The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020census.govover the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, or by paper through the mail.

April 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Mayoral Declaration Declaring a Local Emergency

WHEREAS, the mayor of the City of Caledonia, Minnesota (“Mayor”) finds that the following local emergency (“Emergency”) exists in the City of Caledonia, Minnesota (“City”):

  1. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization determined that the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a pandemic. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national state of emergency as a result of the pandemic.
  2. On March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-01 declaring a state of peacetime emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota. The Governor’s Executive Order triggered activation of the City’s emergency management plan and enabled the City to exercise its emergency powers.
  3. The spread of COVID-19 in the United States and Minnesota has raised serious public health concerns and resulted in a great deal of uncertainty. Much remains unknown about the virus and how it spreads.

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes Section 12.29 authorizes the Mayor to declare the existence of the Emergency, to invoke necessary portions of the Emergency Operation Plan, and to authorize aid and services in accordance with interjurisdictional agreements; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes Section 12.37 authorizes the City, acting through its governing body, to: (1) enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat the disaster by protecting the health and safety of persons and property and by providing emergency assistance to the victims of the disaster; and (2) exercise the powers vested by that section in the light of the exigencies of the disaster without compliance with time-consuming procedures and formalities otherwise prescribed by law; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that the Emergency is sudden and could not have been anticipated; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that this situation threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the community and threatens the provision and delivery of city services as a result of the Emergency; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor finds that the Emergency poses the risk of and may cause catastrophic loss of public health, safety, and welfare if not immediately addressed; and

NOW, THEREFORE, as the Mayor of the City of Caledonia, Minnesota, I declare that a Local Emergency exists effective at 9:00 p.m. on March 23, 2020 in the City of Caledonia, Minnesota.

This declaration of a local emergency will invoke the City’s Emergency Operations Plan. The portions that are necessary for response to and recovery from the Emergency are authorized, including but not limited to all appropriate community containment and mitigation strategies. To the extend normal state laws and city policies and procedures impede an efficient response or compliance with federal and state directives and recommendations, the city clerk/administrator, emergency management director, and their designees are authorized to suspend compliance with those laws, policies, and procedures and to take those actions necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

Dated: March 23, 2020.

Mayor’s Declaration of Local Emergency
March 30th, 2020|Categories: News|

City of Caledonia Compost Site Hours

The City of Caledonia’s compost site will be opening on Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 AM.

The site will be open from Wednesday, April 1 – Saturday, September 30 (or as weather permits).

The composite site will be open from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday for the month of April.

There is no fee for City of Caledonia residents.

Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

March 27th, 2020|Categories: News|