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Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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No consensus at planning commission hearingBy Mike McGrathMonday, December 17, 2001

The courtroom in Preston was nearly at standing room capacity last Thursday evening as the Planning Commission held a public hearing on changes to the zoning ordinance.

Chairman Mike Tuohy called the meeting to order, and with no other business on the agenda, the public hearing was opened. "We are still open for good ideas," stated Tuohy as he explained the process to the large crowd.

First to speak was Donna Rasmussen, the Water Planning Coordinator for Fillmore County. Using one of the maps from the Geologic Atlas of Fillmore County, Donna explained how layers of limestone and shale that resemble a layer cake underlie Fillmore County.

According to Ms. Rasmussen, the shale layer is nearly impermeable, and when water moves vertically down through the limestone it begins to move laterally when it hits the Decorah shale. The water continues its laterall movement until it comes to the surface on the side of a hill, at the edge of the shale.

The shale boundary coincides with the bluff terrain and is well marked on the geologic bedrock map. Where the water exits the ground poses a potential threat for contamination from septic systems.

"I just want to make you aware of this," she told the planning commission.

However, Ms. Rasmussen’s comments fell deafly upon Stafford Hansen of Sumner Township who was the next speaker and called for more development throughout the county.

"We need reasonable zoning," declared Hansen. "I want to see more people, more houses," he continued. Hansen called for unrestricted development on 2.5-acre lots throughout the county.

Fillmore Township Clerk Sandy Hulbert was next to testify, and she cautioned the group that people should weigh the pros and cons of more development. Hulbert warned that city people on 2.5-acre lots in the country would complain to township officers about untimely snowplowing and other services.

A woman who recently bought a farm in Pilot Mound Township told the commission that development should occur within the half-mile limit of cities, and the lots should be smaller than 2.5 acres. "You guys have so much community here that you could lose if you have two and a half acre lots," she warned.

However, not everyone was in agreement with the woman. "Don’t take rights of property owners away when they have buildable sites to sell, .....
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Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Ambulance and Fire crews to be separate in the futureBy John P. LevellMonday, December 24, 2001

At 5:16 PM, Mayor John Brose called the Dec. 17, 2001 Lanesboro City Council meeting to order. Council members John Dollar, Hal Cropp, Kevi ..... 
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Commissioners approve Barr subdivision

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Discuss addition to courtsBy Mike McGrathOn a motion by Commissioner Randy Dahl, the Fillmore County Board approved the preliminary plat for the Barr subdivision in Fillmore Township.

The approval came with six conditions, most of whi ..... 
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Together at Christmas

Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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A story by Bonnie Prinsen
Monday, December 24, 2001

A version of this essay was originally printed in 1999 by Voices of Michigan: an anthology of Michigan’s finest new authors under the title "An Instinct For Grief."


Wit ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Dec 21st, 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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Dec 21st, 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, Dec 21st, 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, Dec 21st, 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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Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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