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Something smells fishy


Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Monday, April 2, 2001

A lot of people have been asking me why the county is dumping the county engineer, Steve Voigt. "What has he done wrong?" they ask, implying that there is some smoking gun somewhere that would point to malfeasance or insubordination or some such offense that gets employees fired today in these here United States.

While I have yet to hear of any smoking gun, most people I have talked to seem to think there is something fishy with the way the county board has handled this.
The first sign that the public had that something was awry came on February 20 when the county board decided to advertise to hire a county engineer. This sent a pretty clear message to the incumbent engineer that he had better starting cleaning his desk.

The motion was made by Commissioner Duane Bakke and seconded by Marc Prestby and approved unanimously. What was unusual about the motion was the fact that there was no discussion on the matter. Considering the fact that the county board cant purchase a roll of toilet paper without a debate of some sort, the silence on this issue speaks volumes. It was obvious that the commissioners had been talking to each other out of school. While this is not necessarily a violation of the open meeting law, (more than two commissioners meeting at one time requires an open meeting with prior public notification), it does indicate that there were at least a lot of mini-summits going on behind the scenes.

At the time of the motion, Prestby, as well as Commissioner Randall Dahl, had been on the job as commissioners a little over one month, and while this might be enough time to get ones butt settled into a chair, its probably not enough time on the job to begin evaluating employee performance with any degree of accuracy. Given the two new commissioners skittishness in voting on a range of issues over the first month, the certainty in which the two voted to advertise to hire a new county engineer can only be described as remarkable.

At the March 13 county board meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to terminate the county engineer. Because Voigt is still on a probationary contract the board did not need to show cause. A higher standard would have required that they document the reasons for termination and show, in measurable ways, how the employee failed to meet the terms of their employment. One can only assume that over the past year the county board, or the Highway Committee, or .....
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Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Planning Commission puts Eagle Cliff on hold; deals with sub-divisions

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, March 26, 2001

The Fillmore County Planning Commission tabled for 30 days any action on a request by Eagle Cliff Campground for a conditional use permit to establish a Bread & Breakfast at their campground in Holt Tow ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy Mike McGrathMonday, March 26, 2001

At its regular meeting last Monday evening, the Lanesboro City Council held a discussion with representatives of the Bank of Cashton, Wisconsin about the fate of the building known ..... 
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Caught in the path of progress

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001


There is a big change coming to Preston. Yes, the ethanol plant is going to expand, which will probably mean a taller stack and a stronger odor. But that change may be dwarfed by what the Minnesota Department of Tra ..... 
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Ecuador revisited

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By Al MathisonMonday, March 26, 2001

I was told that there is a new super highway, an engineering marvel of sorts, that runs from Ecuadors capital, Quito, high in the Andes Mountains, down to the Pacific Ocean, that cut ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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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