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Jan 23


Posted on January 23, 2018 at 8:21 AM by Ryan Hiniker


Drainage update 1/22/2018



Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

·         On February 6th at 9:15 am we will be having the CD28 final acceptance hearing and final engineering report.  The hearing is in the Blue Earth County Commissioners board room; second floor of the Historic Courthouse at 204 S. 5th St, Mankato MN 56001.  Affected landowners should receive notice by mail at least 10 days prior to the hearing date.


Project Updates:


  • No project updates at this time.  All projects are shut down for the winter season.  Spring will be a very busy time for drainage as we will have two, possibly three, major projects going next spring. 


Drainage Minutes:blizzard 2

Pretty quiet in the drainage world lately, which is to be expected with the weather we’ve been having.  Pictured is the blizzard that I thought we'd never get this season. 

The past few weeks have been mostly meetings and paperwork.  The meetings that we have been having are landowner meetings to discuss possible repairs or improvements for our aging drainage systems.  Almost all of those meetings have resulted in decisions to move towards improving the systems.

I came across a neat article on the MN Department of Natural Resources website for those of you that are looking to stay active outdoors this winter.  Most of these activities are family friendly to get everyone out and about during these winter months.

For those that are looking to get out this week, you can tour the latest and greatest in the agricultural world. Stop by the MN AG Expo at the Verizon Center this week starting Wednesday.  There will be a number of good speakers on key topics.  I plan on attending two of the speaking topics on Wednesday myself as they relate to things in drainage management.  Check out the link for more show information including speakers and times.

This time of year, we are busy with internal office work, including planning for upcoming drainage projects, and also other behind the scene stuff.  Levies, splits and bonding are parts of the moving wheels of drainage management that operate quietly in the background.  This is the time of year, many of those time consuming and paperwork intensive things are getting done.  For me personally, it’s a good thing for me to learn these tasks as it makes me a more well-rounded drainage management person. 

We will have a very busy spring 2018, much as we did spring of 2017.  I look forward to another good year in drainage and the challenges it may bring.

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of January 15 – January 19:


  • No inspections last week; inspections are usually fairly quiet this time of year.

Please call with issues you observe on our public drainage system, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county and only two of us in the drainage department.  We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we receive them.


We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist