The Spring Grove City Council could not predict the outcome of the nine-man state championship game on Friday, Nov. 24, but they had a good feeling.

In the future, Nov. 24 will be known as “Spring Grove Football Day,” and it’s the day the Spring Grove football team played and won the nine-man state championship in 2017.

The day was installed to recognize players, coaches, parents and fans.

Syttende Mai music fest

Patrick Longmire, Jr., of Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ and Red’s IGA, asked the council for a temporary land use permit and temporary liquor license to host a music festival during the Syttende Mai celebration weekend.

“Syttende Mai has a new thing this year,” Longmire said. “We have Joe Diffy coming to our stage.”

The concert will feature three bands, located on the ground below the fest building. Gates would open at 5 p.m. with the first band starting at 6 p.m., and the concert would be done by 10:30 p.m. to respect the city’s noise ordinance.

Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ food truck and other area food trucks were also invited to the event.

Longmire said he had paperwork for the state of Minnesota signed and ready to go for the event.

He also mentioned the committee would buy the liquor from the city and sell it at the event. The committee may ask the fire department if they are interested in helping out at the event.

The road between the Fest Building playground and the Spring Grove Manor, 3rd St. NE, would be blocked off after the parade to allow for set up and security.

Tickets are predicted to be $20 in advance, $25 at the door, Longmire said. Wristbands will be required for those who are old enough to consume alcohol.

Longmire said he plans to have 2,000 tickets available, but more realistically, hopes for 500 to 750 people for the event.

To put on the event, he added the committee has secured $13,000 in sponsorships.

“We’ve had insane support from Spring Grove, Caledonia, Mabel and Rushford businesses too,” Longmire said. “We still need more. I don’t want to rely on ticket sales too much.”

Mayor Sarah Schroeder said the city’s insurance should be able to cover events like this, though she would have to check with the agent.

Council member Karen Folstad said if Eitzen can go from 300 people to 10,000 on the Fourth of July, Spring Grove can too.

“We’re excited. It will be good for the whole town,” Longmire said.

The council approved the permits, pending the approval of insurance for the event.

Other news

The council approved a list of expenses to give the school for the football and baseball fields maintenance, as per their request.

At an earlier meeting, the council asked the school to pay about $5,000 for upkeep to the field.

The city chose Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP) insurance for its employees.

Under this plan, the city would pay $300 a week, or $900.00 a month for all eligible employees who receive long term disability health insurance through the city.

The provider also gave City Clerk/Treasurer Erin Konkel a quote for short-term disability, which would be $400 a year for employees.

Konkel also mentioned the union may want to reopen the contract for negotiations.

The city approved bids from Four Seasons Maintenance to repair trip hazards on the sidewalks along Division Avenue. The project was awarded at $2,550 near the Spring Grove Family Chiropractic and $4,300 near the Post Office.

The option was given to land owners to split the cost of the work with the city. That option will be available before or after the work is complete.

The council brought back verbiage about adding e-cigarettes to the city’s tobacco ordinance. The new addition means e-cigarettes are treated the same as regular smoking tobacco.

The complete addition is available at city hall for citizens to review.

The council also approved changes to the junk vehicle policy, which now includes the city’s definition of a junk vehicle.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Spring Grove City Council will be on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at 168 W. Main St.

The council will also hold its Truth and Taxation meeting that night.