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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Area school districts look for funding from votersBy John TorgrimsonMonday, October 29, 2001

On Tuesday, November 6, more than 180 school districts in the state of Minnesota will be asking voters to approve operating levies. Several school districts in our area including Houston, Spring Grove, Grand Meadow, Kingsland, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson, Chatfield, and Lanesboro will all have referendums before voters.

Most districts are facing reduced enrollments which translate into larger class sizes and fewer operating dollars. Meanwhile, increased expenses in the form of high heating bills, increased costs of classroom equipment and supplies have districts struggling to make ends meet. Many districts have made substantial budget cuts in the last few years.

School districts are taking advantage of changes in state law and the formula in which the state funds education to push for levy referendums.

Last year the legislature changed the way they fund education, moving away from a combination of state aid and local property tax. Beginning this year, the legislature will shift the funding of schools to state aid by buying down up to $415 per pupil unit of existing referendums from districts. If schools had operating referendums less than $415 in place, the state payment essentially eliminated that referendum. The legislature has also changed how agricultural property is assessed. For agricultural property, both homestead and non-homestead, property taxes are based on the market value of house, garage, and surrounding one acre of land.

In addition to buying down present referendums, the state assists districts with low property values with assistance called equilization, where the state pays a percentage of the revenues raised from the referendum.

Districts are proposing new levies for a range of reasons, including reducing class sizes, increasing operating funds and offsetting reductions in enrollment. As referendums are based on marginal cost pupil unit, the amount of money raised through tax levies will go down as enrollments go down.

By passing referendums, the voters are giving school boards the authority to levy up to the amount specified on the ballot. In reality, school boards could choose to reduce the amount collected based on changes in circumstances within the school district.

The following is a summary of referendums in Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Houston, Kingsl .....
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Planning Commission turns down subdivisionBy Mike McGrathMonday, October 29, 2001

At its monthly meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission failed to recommend approval of a proposed five-lot subdivision on 40 acres ..... 
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Council struggles with Coffee Street Bridge project

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 22, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council wasn’t sure it was ready to make a long-term commitment to the Coffee Street Walking Bridge project at their Monday, October 15 meeting. With an estimated price ..... 
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Former county commisioner gives input

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathThe fourth Tuesday meeting of the county board always includes a time for citizen input. Last Tuesday saw former 4th District Commissioner Robert Thompson come before the board to offer his advice on the sale of the County Farm and the ..... 
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Rushford embraces nanotechnology

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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High-tech incubator being planned

By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 29, 2001

“Nano, nano”.

That was Robin William’s non-sensical response to most situations as the quirky alien Mork to Pam Dawber’s Mindy on the ‘70s ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Oct 26th, 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, Oct 26th, 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, Oct 26th, 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, Oct 26th, 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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