Monday, October 7, 2019

County Seat Coffee House Purchased

On Monday October 7,  I attended an ribbon cutting ceremony for the County Seat's new owners. I was asked to say a few words and I wanted to share my speech with my readers.

One of the things I really enjoy about being Mayor is the opportunity to celebrate with my neighbors. Today is truly a day to celebrate. Up north there is a saying, “you don't buy a cabin, you buy a lake” that is because you can make the cabin into something better but the real value is in the lake.

When Michelle Douk and Wa Phy purchased the County Seat from Adrianne McNiff and Kristin Alexander, they not only bought a successful business but bought into a thriving community as well.

Shortly after the new owners bought the business I had the opportunity to speak with Michelle and I was happy to hear about their plans for the business, their past experience in the restaurant industry and their obvious passion for our community. We spoke about how they plan to expand the offerings, while maintaining those items that had made it such a great success already.

Our new owners have decades of combined experience in the restaurant industry. They have a track record of running a successful Chinese restaurant in Rochester, experience working in the cost conscious corporate environment of Mayo and they understand the importance of great customer service. I know this past experience will serve them well in their new business, and will allow them to grow here in Mantorville.

Today as we cut this ribbon we celebrate both the past and the future. We celebrate the success that the County Seat has already enjoyed and we celebrate the next new chapter for this business. I would like to welcome Michelle and Wa and wish them all the happiness and success that they have hoped for and thank them for their investment into our community.

Welcome and Congratulation!
Now lets cut that ribbon.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sen. Senjem recognized by LMC

The League of Minnesota Cities has recognized Sen Dave Senjem for his leadership and for his efforts to promote legislation that allows cities to do their job more efficiently. The LMC sent a copy of this letter to all the Mayors in our district and I wanted to share their letter with my readers.
LMC Letter of Recognition for Sen Senjem

Friday, September 6, 2019

54th Marigold Days Schedule

2019 Marigold Days Events

1pm-4pm Restoration & Log House Tours Main St North
4:00pm – 7:00pm Quilt Show Registration Opera House
5:30pm  Dedication of Bell Tower Clay St & 8th St
6pm Field of Flags Presentation  8th Street & Highway 57 
          Flags will be displayed all weekend  

1pm-5pm Restoration & Log House Tours North Main St
4:00pm – 9:00pm Flower Show Registration Greek Revival House
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Spaghetti Supper Congregational Church
6:30 pm – 12:30 pm Street Dance Mantorville Saloon

6:00 am – 10:00 am Pancake Breakfast Fire Hall
8:00 am – 5:00pm  Flea Market Riverside Park
8:00 am Co-Ed Softball Tournament Mantor Field
8:00 am Registration Kids’ Fishing Contest Goat Island
8:30 am 5K Stagecoach Run Hwy 57 & Cty 12
8:30 am – 10:30 am Kid’s Fishing Contest Goat Island
9:00 am – 11:00 am Antique Appraisals  Welcome Center
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Quilt Show Opera House
9:30 am – 5:00 pm Flower Show Greek Revival House
10:00am—5:00pm Dessert & Ice Cream Social Senior Center
10am-5pm Restoration & Log House Tours Main St North
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Big Iron Classic Truck Show Fairgrounds
11:00am K-M Lions’ Rubber Duck Regatta Goat Island
12n — 3:00 pm Bingo Old Relay Lot Clay St
12n-3:00pm  Rookie the Clown  Old Relay Lot Clay St 
2:00pm K-M Lions’ Rubber Duck Regatta Goat Island
3:00pm  Bean Bag Tourney  2pm Sign-up.  Saloon
3:30 pm Big Iron Classic Truck Parade Hwy 57
6:00 pm Big Iron Truck Pull Kasson Fairgrounds
7:00 pm  Royalty Crowning & Awards Music Stage
8:30 pm Fireworks Goat Island (Rain Date: Sunday)
8:00 pm – 12:30am Fire & Rescue Dept Dance   Fire Hall

9:00am- 4:00pm Flea Market Riverside Park
8:00 am Softball Tournament Mantor Field
8:00 am – 9:30 am Car Show Registration 6th & Clay Street
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Quilt Show Opera House
12:00n – 5:00pm   Dessert & Ice Cream Social Senior Center
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Car Show 5th Street West
10:00 am Congregational Church Service Music Stage
10am-4pm Restoration & Log House Tours Main St North
10:00 am – 4:30 pm Flower Show Greek Revival House
1:30 pm Grande Parade
3:00pm K-M Lions’ Rubber Duck Regatta Goat Island
3:00pm Firefighter Water Fight  5th St West

Monday, September 2, 2019


Come one, come all help celebrate the end of summer. Mantorville will once again hold our annual celebration, Marigold Days, and there will be a parade, firman's dance, quilt and car shows, melodramas and much much more. Don't miss our community celebration this year.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Mantorville First Responders Honored

Sheriff Scott Rose presented the Mantorville First Responders with a certificate and plaque for heroic efforts saving a human life. The honor was presented tonight at the Dodge County Government Center.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mail Scam Going Around

I received a mail item last week from "The Bergmann Neighborhood" with a website address to go to in order to share information. I just received another call from one of our residents about the "West Street Neighborhood" project. These letters as far as the City knows are a scam, and do not represent legitimate usage. Please disregard these letters and do not go to the website.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tragic Accident in Mantorville

Yesterday morning a Mantorville resident lost his lift in a tragic work site accident. Mr. Darrel Faulkner passed after an accident involving his bicycle and a construction vehicle. The Dodge County Sheriff's office, Minnesota Highway Patrol and Kasson Police all responded to the incident within five minutes of the call. Care11, Fox47 and the Post Bulletin have more details on the incident. Mr. Faulkner served his community as a K-M Lion member and in other ways. Darrel's effort and support of our community will be greatly missed. Please keep the Faulkner family in your thoughts and prayer during this difficult time for them. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Another Great NNO Event

This years event was a great success. We had a beautiful park and great weather. Thank You to everyone that helped make this a success and also to everyone that spent the evening with us. Not everyone got to see the cake before it was cut so I wanted to post a picture of it here.

Chestnut and 5th Water Line Break

We do have a waterline break in the City of Mantorville in the area of 5th Street West and Chestnut Street. If you are experiencing no water or low pressure, that is why. Crews are on there way in to fix it. You can expect for the water to be shut off for the next few hours.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Aug 6 National Night Out

Tuesday Aug 6th is our annual National Night Out. We will once again take time at the end of the summer to come together as neighbors. The National Night Out movement started to promote drug and crime awareness, focus on alternatives and bring communities together. This year we will be meeting at Riverside Park from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Come celebrate with us and touch base with your City Council and Staff. I hope to see everyone there.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Third and Fourth Streets Projects moving forward

The last few weeks have seen many setbacks and challenges with our on-going street projects. I wanted to share the latest communication we have had from the crew working on third street.

Subject: Mantorville, MN - 2019 Street & Utility Improvements project - week
of July 29th

Good Evening,

This email will serve as a notification of the work to expect within the
week for the 2019 Street & Utility Improvements project which encompasses
work within Walnut Street, 3rd Street, Clay Street and the intersections of
Clay St & 4th St and Walnut St & 4th St.

Construction items completed last week:

* All the underground utility lines have been constructed and are in

* The roadways have been constructed to aggregate base.
* Concrete curb & gutter has been constructed within the project and
concrete sidewalk work has begun.

Below are a list of Construction items scheduled to take place this week:

* Driveway and sidewalk construction will be taking place over the next
few days. Please do not drive on newly placed concrete for 7 days.
* Middle of this week, Elcor Construction will begin shaping the gravel
roadway in preparation for paving.

Please park on side roads and within the alleyway over the next week to
allow concrete driveway and roadway construction to take place.

* Paving is scheduled for the first part of next week.
* Ditch grading and restoration work to follow over the next few weeks.

This schedule is weather dependent and is subject to change.

*Reminder: Please mark garbage cans with your address and set them out near
the road the night prior to your scheduled garbage day. Elcor will bring
them to a central location to be collected and bring them back at the end of
the day.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at any time.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Gov. Walz to visit area

On June 29th I reached out to the Gov. Walz's office and asked about a State Emergency declaration. Last week a representative from Walz's administration toured the City. Last week Dodge County also submitted an official request for State and Federal consideration. Following up from these request
Governor Tim Walz will be coming to Dodge County to survey the damage to our area. I will be meeting with the Governor along with other Mayors in the area and Dodge County officials. These declaration will allow Mantorville to recover some of our flood related losses.

Volunteers available for cleanup and disposal

Local volunteers will be available the next couple of weeks helping clean up and carry out flood related debris. (mid July to end of July - specific dates and times will be updated at the end of this week). The debris that the volunteers carry out will be picked up by a local refuse hauler and will be covered under City, State and Federal dollars. Only those residents that were served by the volunteer groups will have their debris picked up over the next two weeks. You must be on the list of people that need help in order for the volunteers to assist. To be added to the list, call the Dodge County help line at (507)635-6420 and leave your name, address, best contact number and what damages you sustained as a result of the floods and what you need help with as far as removal. The volunteers will place the debris on the curb and the haulers will pick this up.

Dodge County is issuing badges that will identify legitimate volunteers so residents know they are working with an approved group. Anyone attempting to sell services or is missing a badge is not authorized and should be reported to local Law Enforcement.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Dodge County Volunteer Assistance available

All Dodge County Residents: Volunteer organizations will be coming to Dodge County during the next few weeks to assist residents and communities in recovering from the flood(s). These teams will be contacting residents to find out what type of assistance they need and trying to arrange times to help out. It is important that you contact the Dodge County Hotline so your name can be put on the list. If you haven't done so already, call (507) 635-6420 and leave your name, address, best contact number and what damages you sustained as a result of the floods and what you need help with. Volunteers can only reach out to those that are on the list.

These volunteer teams will NOT try to sell you anything so if someone contacts you trying to sell you something, they are not legitimate. Report those to Law Enforcement. All volunteer teams will have identification badges indicating they are registered with Dodge County. We will post the list of groups/organizations coming to town as we are made aware.

Even if you don't need help but have sustained damage, it is important for you to contact the hotline number above so we can track all the damage. The Dodge County Assessment Teams will be out this week looking at damaged homes to get a better understanding and try to get more assistance.

Happy Belated 4th of July

With the events of the last few weeks it was easy to forget to take time to celebrate our Nations birthday. I hope everyone took time to reflect of just how lucky we are to live in this nation. I couldn't think of more appropriate words for this holiday than the lyrics of Justin Moore "Ones that didn't make it back home". Thank you to all veterans for your duty and sacrifice.