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Journal Opinion


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Facilities Committee served the people well
March 26, 2001

For all practical purposes, the the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have concluded their work.

Commissioned by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners in July, the committee presented their findings to the county board on Thursday night, March 15.

The group was asked to study the county’s facilities, with special attention given to the courts, corrections, law enforcement, highway, courthouse and solid waste departments. They were not to concern themselves with finances, design issues nor construction techniques.

Over the course of several months, each of the ten committee members gave considerable personal time and effort to this cause, by attending meetings, visiting sites and listening to people. Each member discharged their duties with a civic mindfulness that had the best interests of the county and its citizens in mind.

Some of the member comments, directed toward the county board on that night, were especially notable for their frankness and common sense.

•Past commissioners have been derelict in their responsibilities in maintaining the courthouse over the past 40 years.

•The new county office building should have been created as part of an overall master plan to meet the county’s long-term space needs.

•The county needs to deal with its court security problems and the need for additional jail space.

•The county needs to sit down with the city of Preston and discuss the courthouse, as well as its space needs, and look at a range of reasonable options.

•The county needs to develop short and long term objectives, as well as an overall master plan for its facilities.

The committee recommended that the county board create an ad hoc group made up of commissioners, facilities committee members and citizens of Preston to develop a plan of action.

In its report, the committee wrote:

“It appears that the county needs to spend money to upgrade and maintain its facilities on a planned basis. To not do so only means having to do so when there is no alternative and that could happen all at one time. Keep in mind that fiscal responsibility does not mean not spending money, it means spending it responsibly.”

The Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have served the people of Fillmore County with a job well done. They deserve our thanks and gratitude.

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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted ai ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001I have been reading about the County Engineer not being offered a contract. I have not heard or seen anything in the paper about the commissions being dissatisfied with his work. This whole thing, to me, smacks of closed meeting ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, March 26, 2001

In response to John Torgrimson's column on March 19, 2001, I was the Lanesboro Art Council Board member that suggested " 'apathy for the organization was so great' that perhaps it would be best t ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Beverly M. Smith

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Beverly M. Smith, 74, of rural Spring Valley, a homemaker, died March 12, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a patient a short time.

Beverly Maxine Eich was born Jan. 20, 1927, near Ostrander to Frank and Della (Allen) Eic ..... 
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson, 75, of rural Wykoff, died March 13, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lars Christian Nikolai and Engeborg (Pedersen) Nielsen. He was r ..... 
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Charles Thomas Murphy

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Charles Thomas Murphy, 78, of Whalan, a retired Quarve and Anderson Construction Co. employee, died March 13, 2001 at Winona Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lake City and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. H ..... 
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