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Board corks York


Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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By Mike McGrath
Monday, October 30, 2000

At last Tuesdayís meeting, the County Board of Commissioners brought to an end the debate on the issue with York Township over whether the township should receive additional compensation for maintenance of its roads during the County Route 44 construction project.

In a change of position from the previous meeting, Board Chairman Gary Peterson cast the swing vote in a 3-2 decision to deny the claim. The Board had until October 26, 2000 to make a decision for or against the claim. After that date, any indecision on the Boardís part would have required the county to pay the claim, as the county must act on claims within 30 days.

The only new testimony on the issue came from former township officer Charles Morgan. "All we had was a farmerís agreement," asserted Morgan in referring to his agreement with former County Engineer Gene Ulring. "He told me he would take care of this in his office, that heíd have trouble bringing this before the Commissioners (for payment)."

After the current county engineer Steve Voigt offered that he had no new information on the claim, Commissioner Don Boyum offered his opinion on a settlement. "Iíve no foundation to pay or not to pay, but Gene evidently made an agreement. I propose we take the claim and divide it by 2, then subtract the engineering costs for which they received a credit, and pay the difference." Looking at County Attorney Matt Opat, Boyum inquired, "Will that work?"

To this, attorney Opat replied, "You need to have reasons why you are allowing or disallowing the claim."

After a brief discussion, Commissioner Duane Bakke repeated his action of the previous meeting and moved to disallow the claim in full. Commissioner Robert Underbakke seconded his motion.

To legitimize his action, Bakke gave eight reasons for the motion: 1) The township had been paid for haul road maintenance, 2) they had been paid for grader time, 3) they had been paid by contractors for additional damage, 4) no other townships knew of an agreement with Ulring to pay detour route costs, 5) the Stateís statutes deal only with haul road compensation, not detours, 6) there is no precedent for this type of claim, 7) payment would indicate a change in county policy without criteria for future claims, and 8) both the County Attorney and the County Engineer recommended disallowing the claim.

At this point, Chairman Peterson .....
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County employees concerned about asbestos work

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 30, 2000

Vern Johnson of Kane & Johnson Architects of Rochester held a meeting with Fillmore County employees on Thursday morning to address some of the concerns employees had over the as ..... 
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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State Senate District 31By Al MathisonMonday, October 30, 2000

This year the race for Minnesota State Senator District 31 is between David Blanchard (D) and Kenric Scheevel (R). Scheevel was first elected to the seat in 1 ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Oct 29th, 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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Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Changes in Music:
Good or Bad?
By Chris GuttormsonMonday, October 30, 2000

How does the music of today reflect the personalities of its listeners?

There have been many changes in music over the past two decades (and over sever ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Oct 29th, 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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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whatís this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Election year notes

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Iíve got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Iím finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellec ..... 
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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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