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County continues budget hearings


Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Highway Engineer, Steven Voigt, is hopeful that he will have half a million dollars of unused highway funds this year to apply to his 2001 budget. This, in addition to advance payments of $2 million from 2002 county state aid funds, would give the county a $12 million road and bridge budget in 2001. It would also leave a million dollars in highway funds in reserve, something that Voigt is concerned about.

Voigt presented these issues to the county board last Tuesday, as part of their discussions about the 2001 Highway Department budget.

Voigt's budget is the most ambitious highway budget in recent memory and will require $1 million in local levy. But as commissioner Donald Boyum said, quoting commissioner Duane Bakke from the previous week, "People don't mind paying for roads."

The rest of the board agreed, accepting Voigt's budget of $12,137,950. This is $4.25 million more than the $7,883,729 that was budgeted for roads and bridges in 2000.

The board has completed their initial hearings with department heads regarding the 2001 budget. The board has to finalize their budget by September 15. Truth in Taxation hearings, at which time the public can comment on the budget, will take place in December.

Social Services. Is Fillmore County the welfare magnet of Minnesota? Apparently some commissioners have been asking that question lately. Tom Boyd and Gail Bunge assured them that the same rules apply to all counties in Minnesota.

"Fillmore County is in the ballpark with other rural counties," Boyd said, citing comparable figures in other rural counties to the number of cases in Fillmore County.

Boyd went on to point out that Fillmore County does have a higher number of Medical Assistance cases, which fluctuates by income and age levels. "We have seven nursing homes in Fillmore County," Boyd said. "In the 1990 census, we had one of the highest populations of people over 80 in the state."

Bunge showed the board that the number of cases have dropped considerably over the past five years. However, she said that while the number of cases are down, the job responsibilities of intake workers are more complex and time consuming than in the past.

"The orientation given to clients at intake takes 45 minutes," Bunge said. "And Medical Assistance requires a time consuming eligibility determination process."

Bunge, who supervises intake workers and carrie .....
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Sawmills back on the agenda

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

The Fillmore County Planning Commission met last Tuesday, evening and spent the greater part of the meeting discussing a proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding sawmills.

The zoning ordinance was c ..... 
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To pay or not to pay

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

The county board seemed to wade through one administrative dilemma after another as it met last Tuesday in its role as Fillmore County governmentís top managers. Still haunting the board in the execution of its duties i ..... 
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First memories

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Growing up in the 1930ísBy Neil HaugarudMonday, September 4, 2000

By Neil Haugerud

Some folks say they can remember as far back as when they were one year old. For me life memories begin on Good Friday, April 19th, 1935, I was ..... 
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Weeds, wonderful weeds

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

Iíve heard it again. ĎOh, Iíd love for you to see my garden, Virginia, but Iím so embarrassed because of all the weeds.í Well who is missing out here, you or me? Iíd love to see your garden, weeds and all. I love weed ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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"Please Donít Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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An afternoon in La Crosse

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldnít help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economicall ..... 
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Lord of the Dance

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

My wife told me that I had won first prize and was chosen to be her escort for her all-school reunion last weekend. I actually looked forward to the event, especially when it was her reunion and not mine. It was unlikel ..... 
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