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Bicknese looks at 2001


Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Second District Fillmore County Commissioner Helen Bicknese is the new chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2001. Commissioner Bicknese sat down with Journal Editor John Torgrimson to discuss some of the issues the county will face in the upcoming year. The following is a summary of their interview.

As the chair of the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners, what do you see as the main issues facing the county board this year?

Bicknese: I think that some of the main things well be looking at are Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Corrections (DFO) and Solid Waste. In Solid Waste the question is, are we going to be eliminating composting? If so, how is that going to work? We have an attorney that is looking at some of these issues and working with the Solid Waste Committee. DFO funding is getting very short. We will have to get additional funding from the legislature if DFO is to survive. Otherwise it is possible that each county will have to go it alone in conjunction with the Department of Corrections. It will be a critical year financially for corrections.

Talking about Solid Waste, Request for Proposals were due September 1, 2000, with contracts possibly commencing January 1, 2001. The county only received one proposal from Waste Management. What do you see is the timeframe on this?

Bicknese: The Solid Waste Committee is looking through it all with an attorney. We have some outstanding obligations that have to be considered - loans that need to be paid off and contracts with the Winneshiek County Landfill that have to be met. Solid Waste is one of the challenges facing the county board this year.

The Fillmore County Facilities committee started in August. Since issuing their recommendations on the courthouse, it is my understanding that the committee is on hold, waiting for the county board to catch up. Will the board move ahead on courthouse and other facility issues this year?

Bicknese: I think something will come forth. We are in the process of going ahead with the elevator in the courthouse this should be installed by September. I dont know how long it will take to make a final decision on courthouse needs in the long-term. We will have to look at funding. I cant speak for the whole board, and with two new members coming on, I am not sure if they will want to keep the courthouse here or relocate. The committee is also looking at othe .....
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Election 2000:

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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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 auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Up In Smoke

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Lately, there have been many commercials by teenagers on a crusade against smoking. They sight that Big Tobacco companies have targeted underaged smokers by using cartoon mascots, supporting high school sporting even ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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Whats In A Name?

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeos Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Rural Free Delivery

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

When it is seventeen minutes past noon, it is time for us to get the mail. Most of the time we can set our clocks by our mail delivery person who is very punctual. I once commented to him regarding his remarkable punct ..... 
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