Ask the Chief
High School Football Games
We have three home high school football games starting on Oct. 23 and the players are excited about the opportunity to play. These games are not open to the public. The state of Minnesota has limited the number of people at each game due to COVID-19, therefore, there is a very limited number of tickets that will be provided to the players and their families before each game.
This was not a local decision and the school must follow the rules to be able to participate. I encourage anyone who does not have a ticket to contact the school for instructions on how to watch the game via streaming online (there is a fee to watch the game online).
You can also go to the City Hall Bar and Grill and watch the game there as they are going to stream the games in the bar and restaurant.
The Police Department will be called to deal with anyone who tries to sneak into the game or to bully the staff working the gate. Please be responsible and don’t jeopardize this opportunity by behaving poorly. The players have worked hard to be able to play the few games that are being allowed.
It is hard to believe that in early October many locations in Minnesota along with North and South Dakota recently received measurable snow. That means it is time for my friendly reminder about “Snow Emergencies” in Minneota.
We have a city ordinance that says no vehicle shall be parked on a street after a snow emergency is declared. To give you as much notice as possible we use the following procedure:
(1) The Minneota Street and Police Department agree that a future Snow Emergency will be needed. We make this decision based upon the National Weather Service forecast.
(2) We provide a minimum of a 12-hour warning before the Snow Emergency enforced. This warning is posted on the City of Minneota Facebook page, cell phone messaged via Nixle, and given to the Marshall area radio stations to broadcast when possible. The notice is posted by 4 p.m.
(3) At 4 am the following morning (12 hours following the notice) we begin plowing the streets. This is the same time that I start writing tickets. Any vehicle found parked on a street will be cited.
(4) The Snow Emergency remains in effect until it is canceled on Facebook and Nixle. For severe weather, a Snow Emergency may last for several days. Tickets will be issued every day at 4 am until the Snow Emergency is canceled.
To avoid a ticket we encourage you to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Minneota or to sign up for the free Nixle messaging service. You can sign up for Nixle by messaging our zip code – 56264 to 888777. If you have specific concerns or questions please contact Chief Bill Bolt at 507-360-7864 or stop in at the Minneota City Hall.