August 26, 2015
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Small cities development grant available for Fairfax?

By Denise Bonsack, Publisher

At the Fairfax City Council meeting last week, the Council heard a presentation by Jeff Gladis of Western Community Action, Inc., in Marshall, Minnesota, regarding a Small Cities Development Program grant. He stated that it has been a long time since Fairfax has applied for one of these grants and requested that the council give him permission to write such a request.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development provides these funds annually for cities with populations less than 50,000 people and counties with less than 200,000. 

To qualify for a grant, the homeowner must meet income qualifications. Grant money can be given to address health and safety, energy efficiency, lead hazards and accessibility issues in a home. Eligible repairs include roofing, foundations, siding, windows, heating, electrical, plumbing, etc.

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GFW passes on propane, awaits wi-fi and GPS installation on busses

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Last spring, GFW Director of Transportation Greg Johnson had the opportunity to try out a propane bus in lieu of what they typically use – diesel.

“Propane is historically more steady in price,” Johnson said comparing it to diesel. “But you run through a lot more.”

The idea got started when Johnson was looking for a bus to add to their fleet. A dealer suggested he try out a propane bus for a couple of months to see what he thought.

The GFW District Transportation Department currently includes 20 buses and four vans.

Johnson mentioned that propane is also thought to be cleaner and greener than diesel. 

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August 19, 2015
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Fairfax Council approves mower purchase
Franklin Council addresses rip rap, pensions, and pet limits
GFW continues to work on nurse contract
August 12, 2015
Big crowd at Renville County 
buffer strip meeting

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Fire at rural Fairfax residence