Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Changes at Porter Post
The United States Postal Service will be
holding a public meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014 beginning
at 6:30 PM at the Porter Fire Hall. The purpose of this meeting
will be to address proposed changes in service at the Porter
Post Office to operate on a 2 hour per day basis rather than the
current schedule. The proposed plan would maintain Porter's
Saturday window hours at the Post Office. Public input and
support is a critical component in the USPS's process and all
citizens of Porter are reminded to return the survey distributed
by the USPS regarding this matter by January 15.
Protect Your Water Mains and Lines From Freezing
The City of Porter is advising residents to run a slow stream of
water from a faucet in your home or business to prevent water
mains on your property from freezing. As spring approaches, the
risk of water mains freezing will actually become greater as the
frost lines are driven further into the ground. To date the city
has experienced only 1 water main freezing, but neighboring
communities and the Lincoln - Pipestone Rural Water System are
reporting multiple main freezes. The frost line is currently
between 6.5 and 7.5 feet deep, and as deep as 9 feet in some
areas according to local rural water systems.
The easiest way to assess the risk of
freezing mains is to take the temperature of the cold water
coming out of the faucet in your home. After running the water
for a couple minutes, take its temperature, if it is below 37
degrees, you are in the danger zone of potential freezing. By
running a small stream, about the thickness of a small pen, at
all times in your home, enough water will move through your
water main to prevent it from freezing.
Property owners are responsible for costs associated with water
mains and pipes frozen within their property beyond the city's
water shut-off. Citizens concerned about the costs associated
with running their water can
feel free to contact a member of the City Council.
April City Council Meeting Date Change
The April City Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3
at 7:00 PM. The date and time change is to accommodate the city's
Truth in Taxation meeting that will be held at 6:30 PM on
Thursday April 3.
Public Notice - Truth in Taxation Meeting
The City of Porter will hold its Truth in Taxation meeting at
6:30 PM on Thursday, April 3. The meeting will take place in the
Fire Hall meeting room.
Porter Post Office to Remain Open Under Revised Office
Based on feedback provided by 75 Porter
citizens, the US Postal Service will be keeping the Porter Post
Office open, but with much shorter window hours than in the
past. Citizens indicated that under the 2 hour per day window
hour schedule, that 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM would be the ideal time
for the Post Office window to be open Monday through Friday and
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday. The Post Office Lobby will
continue to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for
patrons to pick up mail from PO Boxes and deposit outgoing mail
in the building.
Concerns were expressed about the pick-up time for outgoing mail
in our area. Under the Post Office's new schedule, all mail
leaving Porter and much of the surrounding area, departs at
approximately 1:00 PM daily. If a letter or parcel needs to go
out on a specific day, it is advised that you take it directly
to the Post Office by 1:00 PM that day to ensure that it goes
out on the truck. Letters picked up by route carries cannot be
guaranteed to make it to the Post Office by the mail departure
time and will likely go out with the following day's mail.
Postal Service representatives also
clarified concerns about how the Porter Post Office receives
credit for the mail that is handled and stamps sold. Only mail
received in the Porter Post Office and Delivered to the Porter
Post Office's PO Boxes is credited to the Porter Post Office.
Mail delivered street-side by route drivers is credited to the
Canby Post Office. For stamp sales, the current route driver has
been bringing stamp purchases to the Porter Post Office for
fulfillment when picked up within the City of Porter. All
stamps sold in the Porter Post Office, either through the window
or via PO Box are credited to the Porter Post Office, this is
also the case for any stamp orders addressed to the Porter Post
Office from anywhere. It was
also pointed out that stamps purchased online and delivered to
an address in the 56280 zip code are
now credited to the Porter Post Office as well.
Water Main Freezing Threat Ends
Citizens who have been running water in their homes and
businesses can now safely stop doing so. Porter Sewer and Water
Director, Larry Stoks, reports that the threat of lines freezing
from deep frost levels has diminished as the frost is now
leaving the ground. Another sure sign that Spring may come yet
Porter Community Market Day Sale
The Annual Porter Community Market Day Sale (aka. The Porter
Auction) will be held on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 9:30
Porter Harvest Festival Planning Committee to Meet
The Porter Harvest Festival Planning Committee will meet on
Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM at the park. In case of inclimate
weather the meeting will be at the Fire Hall. If you are
interested in helping with the planning and coordination of the
Porter Harvest Festival events, this is your chance to get
involved, anyone interested in helping is urged to attend this
City of Porter to Spray for Mosquitoes
Because of the high mosquito population this year and the continued
risk of West Nile and other mosquito carried illnesses, the City
of Porter has contracted with All-State Mosquito Spraying to
help control the pests within the city.
Spraying will take place on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 8:00
PM. If the weather is not suitable for spraying, a backup date
of Thursday, July 17 at 8:00 PM has been set. The vehicles used
for spraying will cover all streets and alleys within Porter.
Extra focus will also be put on the city park and tree lines
where mosquitoes are most concentrated.
During spraying, it is advised for humans and small pets to be
kept indoors. The spray is a safe compound for animals and
humans, but direct contact with the spray cloud is not
recommended. Depending on humidity levels, the spray will be
completely dry in 20 to 60 minutes after application.
The treatment is guaranteed to be effective for the first 30
days and should last up to 60 to 90 days.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact a member of
the city council.
Long-time Porter Resident Elvina Syltie Passes Away
Syltie, age 94, of Porter, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014
at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby. Funeral service will
be held 10:30 am on July 19th at Bethel Lutheran Church in
Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation will be
5-7 pm on Friday at Birk Funeral Home in Canby with a prayer
service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday one
hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in
Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Porter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are
preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church, Sanford Canby Hospice or
Elvina was born January 11, 1920 in
Albert Lea, MN, the daughter of Otto & Martha (Davidson)
Bergerson. She was baptized and confirmed at Lime Creek Lutheran
Church, Emmons, MN. Elvina was raised on a farm in Freeborn
County. She graduated from Emmons High School and then attended
the University of Minnesota. While she was in college, she
worked for her room and board. After one year of college, she
moved to Ivanhoe, MN and worked as an Extension Agent for
Lincoln County. While living in Ivanhoe, she met Hans Syltie and
they were married June 8, 1941 at Lime Creek Lutheran Church.
After their wedding, they made their home on a farm near Porter
and remained there for 38 years before moving into Porter upon
Besides raising her children and helping
on the farm, Elvina was very active in various organizations and
activities. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church where she
served in church offices, WELCA offices, Sunday School teacher
and a confirmant mentor. She also loved to volunteer her time at
the nursing home, church, 4-H and school. Elvina was a Lincoln
County Horticultural member, Extension member and Sons of Norway
member. When she had time, she loved vegetable & flower
gardening and straw crafts.
Elvina is survived by her children,
Karen (Harlo) Peterson of Naples, FL, Anita (Eff) Embree of
Bloomington, IL, Ellen (Bill) Spurlock of Lakeville, MN and
Harvey (Paula) Syltie of Porter, MN; six grandchildren, Sara
Spurlock, Lisa (Phil) Canfield, Edward Embree, Annalea Embree,
Michael (Kelsey) Syltie & Lindsey Syltie; two great
grandchildren, Adam & Kylie Asleson and many nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her
parents; husband (1983); brother, Lester Bergerson (1999);
sister, Orla Christianson (2005) and brother, Marvin Bergerson
Blessed be her memory.
Full Obituary and Online Condolences (through Birk Funeral
Mosquito Spraying Notification
The city will be re-spraying for mosquitoes in the City Park,
Porter Hall and areas surrounding the downtown parking lot.
Spraying will take place on Wednesday, August 13 beginning at
8:00 PM. It is advised for people and pets to stay out of these
areas while spraying is performed.
Porter Harvest Festival is This Week!
Porter Harvest Festival will be August 15 - 17
2014 Porter Harvest Festival Events Lineup
Off-Road and 1 mile Stroll and Roll Race Registration
Harvest Festival Facebook Page!
2014 Medallion Hunt
The medallion was found on the Northeast corner of Park
Avenue and Locust Street on Monday. Congratulations to
Blake, Natalie, Claire, and Brett on finding the
Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report
The City of Porter has released its
2013 Consumer Confidence Report for the city's drinking
water system. These reports are permanently filed under the City
Government section of this website.
Porter Harvest Festival Recap
The 2014 Porter Harvest festival is in the history books and
leaves a lot of great memories behind. Results and pictures from
Harvest Festival are being shared on the
Harvest Festival Facebook page.
September City Council Meeting Date Change
Due to Labor Day, the September meeting of the Porter City
Council will be on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 begining at 6:30
PM at the Porter Fire Hall.
Porter Community Cleanup Day is Tuesday, September 23
It's time to clean up our town and homes before harvest and the
inevitable winter arrives. Curbside pickup of approved items
will be provided in the early morning hours of September 23.
Leave items for disposal at the curb the evening of September
22. Recyclable items and appliances may be scheduled for pickup
with A to Z Recycling in Porter.
Change in Time for November 3 Council Meeting
The November 3 Porter City Council Meeting will begin at 6:00
General Elections are November 4
Residents of Porter and Wergland
Township will be able to vote for several local, statewide and
federal officials during this year's election. The polling
location is: Porter Fire Hall
301 Lone Tree Street
Porter, MN 56280
The polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Precinct Information and a Sample Ballot can be found in the
City Government section
of our website.
Porter Fire Relief Association Bingo Begins November 6
Porter Fire Relief's annual winter-time Bingo will begin on
November 6 and be held every other Thursday night at the Cut
Loose Lounge starting at 7:00. The Grand-Prize Blackout Jackpot
will start at $1,000 this year. Join in the fun at 7:00 on
Thursday, November 6!
Local Election Results
Of the 100 registered voters in Porter, 79 cast ballots during
the November 4 election for an 79% voter turn out. Here are the
hightlights from the local elections where there will be no
changes in the makeup of the city council:
Mayor: Donald Verschelde - 69 votes
Council (2 positions): Darlene Moeller - 54 votes
Josh Sumption - 76 votes
Treasurer: Judy Verschelde - 71 votes
View the results for Porter
voters in all statewide and local elections
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