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Emotions rule over law at Board of Adjusment meeting


Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, July 30, 2001


The inevitable chaos that develops from arbitrary and capricious public decision-making was evident at last Thursday’s meeting of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment.

To a packed, standing-room-only crowd, County Commissioner Duane Bakke, speaking from the audience, defied the legal opinion of County Attorney, Matt Opat, and insinuated that the County Board would not enforce the county’s zoning ordinance if Opat’s office were to take action to uphold the law and require a family to move a mobile home that is not in compliance with the zoning ordinance.

The incident began when Robert Livingood and family came before the Board of Adjustment to request relief from a decision of the Zoning Administrator, Norm Craig. Craig had informed the Livingoods that they must remove a mobile home that was not in compliance with the zoning ordinance.

The mobile home had recently been moved onto a site in Section 24 of Fountain Township, along Highway 52, to replace a previous mobile home that had not been in compliance. For many years, there had been a mobile home on the site, but when Livingood sold off most of his farm, and the zoning ordinance changed to limit non-farm homes, the original mobile home became a non-conforming use.

A few years ago, the Livingoods sold the original mobile home and it was removed from the site. However, this year they moved in another mobile home and did not get a permit to do so. The new mobile home became a second non-farm home on the quarter-quarter section and was not eligible for a permit. Craig ordered the mobile home removed and the Livingoods came to the Board of Adjustment for relief from Craig’s decision.

As the Board of Adjustment took comments from the Livingoods and the audience, it became clear that the majority of those speaking saw this as a moral issue rather than a legal problem. Several citizens spoke in support of the applicant’s character, some adding that the young men who had invested in the mobile home and hoped to live there were "the most decent boys I’ve ever met," and "should not be knocked down" by the rules, "this early in life."

Fountain Township Clerk, Dan Graskamp, also spoke and stated the Town Board’s opinion that there is an ordinance in place and that it should be enforced. The mobile home should be removed.

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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Iron medallions to adorn LanesboroBy Mike McGrathMonday, July 23, 2001

Visiting artist and sculptor Coral Lambert, a native of Manchester, England, formally thanked the Lanesboro City Council last Monday evening for its support and encouragem ..... 
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Courthouse workplan shaping up

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Monday, July 30, 2001

At its Fourth Tuesday meeting, the County Board met with architect David Kane, of Kane & Johnson, Inc., Rochester, and worked out a phased schedule of renovations for the courthouse.

The commissioners had hoped t ..... 
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Welcome to Mexico City

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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America’s oldest big city might just be its friendliestBy Al MathisonMonday, July 30, 2001

We had been in the city that is widely regarded as the largest and most dangerous one in the Western Hemisphere for a couple hours ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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