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Taking charge of change


Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Fillmore County leaders to meet on zoning issues By Mike McGrathMonday, February 19, 2001

On the last Monday evening of this month, the Fillmore County Board will hold a joint meeting with the Fillmore County Planning Commission to discuss land use planning and zoning issues that face the county in these changing times. A joint meeting of the County Board and the Planning Commission is a rare event, but it may signal the beginning of a new era of commissioner involvement in planning policies that govern land use.

This meeting comes at a time when changes are taking place in county leadership. At the beginning of the year, 2nd District Commissioner Helen Bicknese assumed the duties of Chair of the Board. Bicknese has been on the Board since 1994.

Joining Chair Bicknese at the commissioners table are two new commissioners, Marc Prestby and Randy Dahl, whose predecessors had a total of 42 years experience on the County Board. In April, the number of new commissioners will increase to three when the 3rd District elects a replacement for Gary Peterson, who recently resigned from the Board after sixteen years in office.

Rounding out the Board is two-year veteran commissioner Duane Bakke, a farmer representing the 4th District, and also the only commissioner who sits on the Planning Commission.

When the County Board and the Planning Commission meet next week, there will likely be discussion about subdivisions in the rural areas, the number of non-farm homes that should be allowed in the agricultural district, and even whether or not the county should allow bunkhouses for hunting parties. Other discussions may include feedlots and resorts, though feedlots have not been as much of an issue at planning commission meetings as they were several years ago.

External pressures

In state demographic reports, Fillmore County has long been considered a poor county. In spite of this notoriety, the demand for Fillmore County land is not waning. In fact, prices have raised steadily since the late 1990s, fueled by a demand for agricultural land, recreation property, and affordable single family homes in the budding "bedroom" communities of Chatfield, Rushford, and Spring Valley.

However, along with those higher prices have come higher property taxes. Many areas of the county were reassessed in 2000, and some property owners who saw significant increases in their property values are now .....
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Board asked to approve violation

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2001

Last week, the Fillmore County Board came within minutes of approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application for a sawmill that is in violation of the County’s own Zoning Ordinance.

As presented to the Bo ..... 
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FFA/FLA

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, Februar 12, 2001

Click below to see photos of the following school's FFA and FLA/FHA groups.
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Keeping hope alive

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Spring Valley family copes with ALSBy Carol ThouinMonday, February 12, 2001

When Wes Blakeslee was a youngster growing up on a farm near Mystery Cave, he'd spend hours in the garage tinkering on motors and engines. "He li ..... 
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Now I think that I know it all

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 12, 2001

I had written six hundred and seventy-six words in longhand on Wednesday. I always compose my subject in longhand and then, when I’m satisfied with it, I type it and send it off for publication. I had just finished ty ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 16th, 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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The X.F.L. is C.R.A.P.

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2001

Like most Americans, I was intrigued by the XFL when it was first being advertised in the fall. I thought it could be the return to real football. Tough, smash mouth type football that players like Dick Butkus (who, b ..... 
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A Step Back in Time

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2000

The elderly lady behind the counter says, "Here are your tickets. You must go upstairs now and when you hear the bell, you must come down and begin the tour. No one is allowed into the Clock Museum without a tour guid ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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