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Sharp shooter takes aim

Xtreme sports shooter Patrick Flanigan put on a quite a show in Velva last week, despite high winds. His exhibition shooting was enjoyed by a couple hundred people, on hand for SunPrairie Grain’s customer appreciation dinner at the Velva rodeo grounds last Wednesday, July 15.

Posted 7/21/09 (Tue) read more »

Don't walk on the oil!

With any luck, the signal lights will be moved and First Avenue reopened by this weekend, Monday at the latest. The move was announced at Tuesday’s public meeting with contractors. While the Main Street project is running about two weeks behind the original schedule, contractors say they’re gaining a couple days a week, and hope to be back on schedule soon.

Posted 7/21/09 (Tue) read more »

Why shop Velva?

As local businesses continue to struggle with customer loss due to the Main Street construction project, they aren’t just sitting around complaining. At a meeting last Wednesday, July 15, business owners, operators and employees gathered at the Star City Golf Course clubhouse to brainstorm and share ideas for promoting sagging Main Street businesses.

Posted 7/21/09 (Tue) read more »

Work continues, funding discussed

Work continues on Velva’s Main Street project, and at Tuesday morning’s meeting, contractors anticipated steady progress, barring inclimate weather.

Posted 7/14/09 (Tue) read more »

Rain won't delay street work

At Tuesday morning’s meeting, contractors said that morning’s rain wouldn’t impede progress much. “It won’t delay us past today,” said Dustin Keller of Keller Paving. “It will just make everything muddier.”

Posted 7/07/09 (Tue) read more »

We have a new sidewalk!

By the time you read this paper, Central Avenue in Velva should be open to traffic. At Tuesday morning’s meeting in Velva, representatives from Keller Paving said they would be paving the east lane of the south block on Velva’s Main Street that day, and planned to have Central Avenue open by Wednesday.

Posted 6/30/09 (Tue) read more »

Central to open by Fourth

“As of right now, I don’t see any reason we can’t have the paving done and Central open by the Fourth.” Those words from Justin Thurn of Keller Paving provided reassurance to business owners and Fourth of July organizers alike.

Posted 6/23/09 (Tue) read more »

Yes, Velva, there is a parade

Although Velva’s Main Street is in shambles, due to the construction work, the city’s annual Fourth of July parade will go on always. Just down a different path.

Posted 6/23/09 (Tue) read more »

City hosts annexation meeting

Velva City Commissioners met with property owners last Thursday, June 4, concerning the proposed annexation of their land into the city. According to city officials, the meeting was to allow the property owners to address concerns before the formal protest hearing on June 15. The commission is trying to annex all property that falls within the city’s levee system. On hand were several private land owners, along with Cory Schmaltz, manager of Farmers Union Oil, and Bruce Carlson and Randy Hauck of Verendrye Electric Cooperative. VEC’s main offices would part of the annexation, as would property now owned by F.U. Oil, which plans to build a new facility along Highway 52 West.

Posted 6/09/09 (Tue) read more »

Contractors vow to speed up work

“These businesses are really hurting,” said Velva City Commissioner Scott Blotter at Tuesday morning’s weekly meeting with construction contractors. “They need to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I can’t stress enough how important the Fourth of July is to their business.” The highway improvement project on Velva’s Main Street is till running several weeks behind schedule, delayed in part by the late delivery of custom-made manholes.

Posted 6/09/09 (Tue) read more »