Dale Stringer III was officially inaugurated as the new Mayor of Clarkfield last night at the beginning of the city council meeting. He is set to finish out the term of former mayor Jeff Lobdell, who resigned last month following a series of employee disputes. Stringer was warmly welcomed by the council and community members in attendance. He joins his father, Councilmember Dale Stringer, Jr. in city government.

Clarkfield Care Center Executive Director Shari McNamara updated the council on care center finances. The facility is currently at 84% occupancy, substantially above the anticipated occupancy rate of 69.5% McNamara said that this has helped boost profits and keep the care center above it’s budgeted benchmarks for the year.

Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson informed the council that the county was increasing its hourly prosecution service fee to $100. Yellow Medicine and Clarkfield have a long-standing agreement whereby the county prosecutes some misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases normally within the jurisdiction of the municipality. The council voted unanimously to approve the new contract.

City Administrator Amanda Luepke informed the council that 44 residential and 14 commercial participants have responded to the Small Cities Grant. Assuming the city won the grant, the city would be eligible to rehabilitate 14 residential homes and four commercial businesses. The preliminary grant proposal will be submitted by Thursday, November 9.