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Amazed that it still works


Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

In keeping with its own commitment to discuss county facilities on the fourth Tuesday of the month, the County Board met last Tuesday with representatives of Kane and Johnson Architects of Rochester to discuss the heating and cooling system at the courthouse.

Mr. David Kane, principal in the architectural firm, led his team of engineers in an informative discussion with the commissioners that yielded yet another step forward in the courthouse remodeling process. With Mr. Kane were mechanical engineer Stan Maass and architect intern Jason Woodhouse.

As the discussion focused on the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC), engineer Maass pointed out to the commissioners that the current, outdated system is only about 65% efficient, whereas a new system could be as much as 90% efficient.

In describing the antiquated boiler and chiller system, Mr. Maass explained that he is "amazed that they are still working," no doubt a credit to the county’s maintenance supervisor. Both Mr. Maass and Mr. Kane also emphasized the important role the courthouse windows play in the efficiency of either the old system or a new one.

The timing of the replacement of the HVAC system and the windows soon became the priority issue in the discussion. "Can you elaborate on timing?" asked Commissioner Duane Bakke.

"It makes sense to do this remodeling all at once," replied Maass, while also acknowledging that county workers’ comfort level might be disrupted during a construction process.

"Well, there is no comfort level in here now," responded Bakke.

Mr. Kane, who has been working with the county for several years on courthouse upgrades, suggested that perhaps the remodeling could be done floor by floor. The county could vacate the bottom floor, renovate the windows and HVAC system at that level, then re-occupy the floor and move on to the top floor renovations.

However, Kane also pointed out that this scenario could prove to be quite expensive, predicting that a gap in construction would possibly mean different contractors and added administrative costs.

"Where would we move the first floor employees to?" asked County Attorney Matt Opat whose office and staff occupy the first floor.

To this, Mr. Kane and Mr. Maass explained their recommendations for a new HVAC system, with Maass recommending the county go with a new exterior power plant, perhaps in a separate .....
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Women of World War II

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Females played vital role in war effortBy Bonnie PrinsenMonday, July 2, 2001

This December will mark the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of the U.S.’s involvement in WW II. Because of thi ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 29th, 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, Jun 29th, 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, Jun 29th, 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, Jun 29th, 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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Birth Announcements

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Chris and Bonnie Grebin of Fountain are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Hannah Louise Grebin, born June 17, 2001, at 8:11 p.m. She weighed 4lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are John and Fran Grebin of Morris, IL. and ..... 
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