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Board hears from Facilities Committee


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, March 19, 2001

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners met with the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee last Thursday evening to hear first hand the committee’s recommendations on the courthouse and other county buildings.

The Board appointed the committee of citizens last summer to look at the current state of the courthouse, the jail, the highway department and the solid waste facilities. In September, the committee recommended the county build a new courthouse next to the new office building and the existing jail.

In October and November the committee met with law enforcement and highway personnel and recommended the existing jail be remodeled to accommodate more prisoners and to meet the requirements of the state Department of Corrections.

Thursday night’s meeting was the first face-to-face meeting of the two groups and the commissioners got an earful. After calling the meeting to order, Board Chair Helen Bicknese yielded the chair to Facilities Committee Chair Glen Kopperud, who opened the discussion by explaining how the committee arrived at its recommendation.

"We examined the facilities and we found there were things wrong with the courthouse. Some of these were expensive items," explained Kopperud. "We also looked at the (current) separation of the courthouse and the jail."

Soon, most of the members of the committee joined in the discussion with their thoughts. Larry Miller of Canton said that although the committee didn’t examine what the impact of moving the courthouse would be on the City of Preston, the group did believe that Preston needed to be involved in the discussions.

Another member of the committee, Deb Staley of Spring Valley, told the commissioners that the county needed to be "as visionary as possible," and grow into a new facility. She, too, affirmed the need to have the City of Preston involved in the process.

"Little has been done on maintenance in the last 50 years," stated committee member Brigid Eickhoff. Referring to the courthouse building, she added, "It’s pretty far gone right now."

Stafford Hansen put it more bluntly: "The County has been derelict in their duty. The building was built in 1957 and it still has the original furnace."

After about twenty minutes of committee testimony as to the decadent state of the 1950s era courthouse, the discussion shifted to what needs to happen and what is already happen .....
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy John TorgrimsonMonday, March 12, 2001

The historic Lanesboro dam was the topic of some concern at Monday’s Lanesboro City Council meeting.

The hydro-electric plant has not been able to generate electricity ..... 
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Board resolves to terminate engineer

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

It was Commissioner Gary Peterson’s last meeting on the County Board, and probably the most significant event of the meeting was the Board’s unanimous approval of a resolution to terminate the one-year probationary appoi ..... 
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SONS OF NORWAY

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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A cultural link to the recent past By Mary JergensenMonday, March 19, 2001

It was the beauty of the region that attracted Norwegian settlers here over a hundred and fifty years ago, and it’s the beauty that continues to a ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 16th, 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, Mar 16th, 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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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 16th, 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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Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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