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Change is good


Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners dealt with a full slate of policy and administrative items at its weekly meeting last Tuesday.

Putting to rest some old business, the board approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for Dan Miller to operate two saws as a one-sawmill site on 2.5 acres in Amherst Township. The CUP did not come easy, however, as nine conditions were placed on the owner to help alleviate the impact the operation will have on the surrounding neighbors, road and environment.

Besides the conditions placed on the CUP by the planning commission: a 50 foot clear area setback from the road; no standing or parked trucks on the road; a maximum site size of 2.5 acres; and both driveways always open, the board also added five conditions of its own.

The board's conditions require the operator to "substantially" remove the sawdust from the site each week; have no more than 35 slab bundles stored at the site at any time; have no more than two saws operating at the site; use the township road to the west as the designated haul route; and control dust on the road to the satisfaction of the township board.

Social Services


Social Services director Tom Boyd was before the board to discuss his department’s budget. Faced with rising costs, specifically in the child home placement sector of services, Boyd informed the board that a levy increase of 10% would probably have to be penciled into the budget for 2001.

Boyd’s office placed 26 children in temporary homes during the first six months of this year, and the cost of that work amounted to $214,000 of the $250,000 of expenditures for his office. Besides the child placement costs, the social services department is also experiencing increased personnel hours per caseload. The Fillmore county average is 240 hours compared to a state average of 120.

The board listened intently as Boyd presented his arguments for increasing the levy amount for social services by nearly $87,000. The 2000 levy was $868,744.

"If you had 10% (increase) would you be back the next year with 2 to 3 percent?" inquired Commissioner Duane Bakke.

"Probably," Boyd said. "There have been years when we didn’t increase the 2% and should have."

To which Chairman Gary Peterson acknowledged that in the past the county has "gotten caught with our levies down."

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Chainsaw sculptor at Fillmore County Fair

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In his jeans and sport shirt and work boots, Dave Watson doesn't look much like a chef anymore. Specks of sawdust are sprinkled throughout his hair and clothes, and the heavy apron he wears to protect his clothes is spott ..... 
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FILLMORE COUNTY FAIR

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Thursday Results
DAIRY SHOW RESULTS
CHAMPION SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Matt Sloan CB
RESERVE SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Fred Williams MBB
CHAMPION INTM. SHOWMANSHIP: Carlena Sloan CB
RESERVE INTM. SHOWMANSHIP: Michael Johnson CC
CHA ..... 
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FILLMORE COUNTY FAIR

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Open Class
NEEDLEWORK
Grand Champion-Lois Brekke, Lanesboro - Quilt
Champion- Jeanette Fortier, Chatfield - Hardanger
Reserve Champion-Laurice Kneeskern, Preston - Quilt
Sally Jeske,Wykof - Tree Skirt
LaVonne Feuerhel ..... 
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Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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7-20-00 Preston, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Contestants line up for the "Kiss the Pig" contest at the Fillmore County Fair on Thursday night.

7-20-00 Preston, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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There's a winner every time! Thursday night fair goers fun times at the St. Columbans bingo tent!

Fillmore County Fair 7-18-00

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Justin Brown of the Arendahl Hi-Flyers 4-H Club shows off his market pen duck which was named champion waterfowl on Tuesday night.Justin Brown of the Arendahl Hi-Flyers 4-H Club shows off his market pen duck which was named champion waterfowl on Tues ..... 
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FILLMORE COUNTY FAIR

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Wednesday Judging Results
4-H Ambassador Report
Thursday, JULY 19, 2000

SWINE SHOW RESULTS

CHAMPION MARKET SWINE: Chellsey Lind FE
RESERVE MARKET SWINE: Colby Lind FE

CHAMPION LEAN GAIN/DAY BARROW: Aaron Dri ..... 
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