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Send the money back?


Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

The county board was back in its chamber last Tuesday after having had a week off. The Commissioners, settled comfortably into their new, blue, high-back chairs, took on a full agenda as they got down to business.

Conspicuously missing was Commissioner Robert Underbakke who was recovering in St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from a stroke suffered on November 4. Chairman Gary Peterson briefed the board on Underbakke’s stable condition, and all wished him well and a speedy recovery.

The real business began with Jail Administrator Tom Smith coming before the board with a proposal from DLR Group of Minneapolis. The board had recently instructed both Smith and Sheriff Jim Connelly to obtain a quote from DLR to look at how the county jail campus might be expanded to include a new courthouse.

Smith presented the proposal, but discussion on it was limited and brief when the commissioners saw the price tag of $11,000. Originally, the Sheriff and Smith had asked the board’s approval for spending $2,000 on a DLR Group study that could show how the jail itself might be expanded. The scope of the study broadened when the board added in a new courthouse in the hope of getting conceptual drawings of what a whole new county campus might look like.

But it was obvious that no one expected the expanded proposal to carry such a high cost, and on a motion by Commissioner Duane Bakke and seconded by Commissioner Helen Bicknese, the board approved the original $2000 proposal.

Spring Valley Joint Powers


The Spring Valley City Administrator, Mike Bubany, was back on the agenda with a rewritten Joint Powers Agreement for a flood study to be conducted between Fillmore County and its Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Mower County and its SWCD and the City of Spring Valley.

As the Commissioners began to review the revised agreement, Commissioner Bakke took exception to some wording which included "improving habitat for plants and animals" and allowing "environmental groups" to be included in the review of the study.

"Environmental groups is a red flag for me," exclaimed Bakke. "Will you also have ag groups in there?" he asked.

In a consoling manner, Bubany replied, "I don’t have a problem pulling out habitat improvement and environmental groups."

Discussions on the proposed agreement’s reference to environmental language broadened when .....
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ELECTION 2000!

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Fillmore County election results By Journal Staff

Cumulative Election Results
for Fillmore County's 39 Precincts


As of 7:00 a.m on November 7, 2000, Fillmore County had 11,793 registered voters. ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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On top of the world

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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By Kristin O'ConnorNovember 13, 2000

The court is their domain. The ball their weapon of choice. The net their gateway to victory. This is the universe that the Mabel-Canton Volleyball Team has created through a legacy of domination in the S ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Born in the 19th century

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

In 1895, Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, Stephan Crane published The Red Badge of Courage, and a six-dollar railroad trip from Minneapolis to California took four days. It was also the year ..... 
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