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October 7 Edition

Jay Slater and Chad Kruse read for parts in 'Dearly Departed'

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Jay Slater, left, and Chad Kruse read Tuesday for parts in the latest community theater production, “Dearly Departed.” Trey Karlen directs the comedy, scheduled to be performed in January.

County considers wheel tax amendment

Kingsbury County Commissioners on Tuesday discussed a proposed change in the county wheel tax. The first reading of Ordinance #46, an amendment to the county’s current Wheel Tax Ordinance #37, is scheduled for the Oct. 20 county commission meeting.

Kingsbury County Auditor Amy Wilkinson said the amendment would raise the wheel tax from $4 to $5 per wheel. The present wheel tax is limited to $16 per vehicle, no matter how many wheels it has. The amendment would raise the limit to $60 per vehicle. Owners of vehicles with more wheels, such as semi-trucks, would then pay more wheel tax for those vehicles than they would on an automobile.

“It’s kind of a user tax, and in my mind, a fair tax,” Commission Chair Lee said. Lee said the change would also increase the county’s chances of receiving government grant funding for roads and bridges.

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New salon and insurance office open on Calumet

Two new businesses, a beauty salon and an insurance office officially opened for business this week on De Smet’s main street. The sign on the building still reads 'Berg Medical Clinic,' but that will soon change.

Stylists Arielle Miller and Allison Uttecht own and operate “The Parlour” in the former Berg Medical Clinic building at 221 Calumet Avenue.

Full hair styling, waxing, facials and nail services are available at The Parlour. Miller and Uttecht also plan to sell boutique clothing.

Ashley Warner, an Aflac Insurance agent, has also moved her office from its Third Street location into the Calumet Avenue building.

Warner has been an Aflac agent for five years. Because her job requires travel, she doesn’t have set office hours. But she takes appointments.

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