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Commissioner's Report


Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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County Board whittles away at zoning ordinanceBy Mike McGrathThe proposed new zoning ordinance was back on the County Board’s discussion table last week, but due to time constraints the commissioners only discussed the building setback requirements that are being proposed.

The current county ordinance requires that all new structures be set back 100-feet from the centerline of a road or 40 feet back from the edge of the right-of-way, whichever is greater. Under the new proposal that is part of the planning commission’s package of changes, the setback would be changed to 63 feet.

At the beginning of the discussion, Zoning Administrator Norm Craig informed the board that he has three applicants who want to construct structures within 100 feet of a centerline of a road, but they were waiting to see if the board would change the ordinance so they wouldn’t have to pay the $250 fee required for a variance application.

To this, Board Chairman Duane Bakke directed Mr. Craig to proceed with the processing of the applications under the existing ordinance that is in effect. However, this did lead to a discussion about whether the board could pick items, one by one, out of the proposed ordinance and approve them as law.

As the conversation developed, Chairman Bakke inquired whether there could actually be two rules on the setback, one for existing homesteads and a separate one for new homesteads.

"Sure, we could do that, if that is the board’s wishes," replied Mr. Craig.

At this point, the County Attorney, Matt Opat, reentered the meeting and clarified that the purpose of the Board of Adjustment is to determine if those existing homesteads would have a hardship, and thus need a variance for building closer than the setback requirement.

Commissioner Marc Prestby agreed with Mr. Opat, and after the double standard proposal was eliminated, Mr. Prestby initiated a conversation on the merits of the existing law versus changing the setback to 63 feet.

"I think that 100 feet is too much," stated Mr. Prestby.

Commissioner Helen Bicknese agreed that 100 feet was too much and reminded the board that it had been 73 feet in the past, and that a vote of the board two years ago to change the setback to 70 feet had been defeated based on feedback from township officers. She said she now favored changing the setback to the old 73-foot limit.

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The making of a family

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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105 members and growingBy Carol ThouinMonday, April 22, 2002

Someday, when the kids are grown, life will be different. The memo pad on the refrigerator will read "afternoon at hairdresser," or "browse through the gall ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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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, Apr 19th, 2002
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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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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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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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Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Tollefsrud~Williams

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Berenell and Kathy Tollefsrud of Mabel wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Ann, to Heath Williams. Heath is the son of Danny and Linnett Williams of Mabel.

Heather is employed at Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C. of Decorah. H ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Neil and Courtney Gudmundson are proud to announce the birth of their son Brayton Jamerry. He was born April 3, 2002 weighing 5 lbs. 5 oz. and was 17- 3/4 in. long.

Grandparents are Sharon and Steve Paulson of Peterson and Karroll and Laura G ..... 
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College/School News

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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•Angela Petrillo, a senior from Fountain, is one of 13 Luther College students participating in the Luther Theatre/Dance department production “The Hundred and First,” held March 13-16 in Storre Theatre on the Luther campus, Decorah, Iowa. Petrillo, ..... 
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