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Cold talk on a cold day


Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

Last Friday, the Fillmore County Board met in its last session of the year 2000. Although the agenda was light, even with sub-zero temperatures occurring outside the building, there was a lengthy discussion on a noisy air conditioner.

This was Commissioner Robert Underbakkeís last meeting after serving on the Board for sixteen years. Underbakke had chosen not to run for reelection this past November and announced that he would miss being a commissioner.

As the meeting got under way, the Board heard from Karl Dirkson of TSP Engineering in Rochester on ways to remedy some recurring problems at the new Fillmore County Office Building.

The first problem area was with a computer equipment room that is experiencing higher temperatures than are called for in the specifications. The manufacturerís specifications for the equipment in the room call for a stable temperature not to exceed 75 degrees. However, due to the volume of equipment in the room, the temperature has been hovering in the 80 to 85 degree range.

Dirkson felt that the higher temperature in the room did not pose a problem. He offered that any modifications made to the temperature control equipment would probably require that temperatures change in other parts of the building. The Board took no action on this matter.

The other problem area was with the excessive noise levels of an air conditioning condenser located just outside some offices on the north side of the building. Dirkson presented the Board with five options for correcting the noise level, which disturbs employees working on that side of the building.

While the options ranged in price from $3200 up to an unknown amount that seemed too high to even quote, the Board decided on an option that would create sound baffles on top of the condenser that would direct the sound upward, above the height of the wall and windows.

The Board has been dissatisfied with the building contractor, Nelson Construction of Caledonia, and has retained $10,000 of their payment. Commissioner Duane Bakke, asserting that the original decision of the contractor on the placement of the condenser outside of the office windows had brought on the noise problem, recommended that the Board not use Nelson Construction to make the modifications but instead use another local contractor. The decision on which contractor to use will be made later, after Dirksonís firm has prepared a design .....
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MPCA erred in Reiland expansion

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

Fillmore County District Judge Robert Benson ruled on Friday, December 22, that the MPCA Citizens Board erred when it found that an Environmental Impact State-ment (EIS) was not necessary for the proposed Reiland Farm ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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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 auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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The Plight that Failed

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

I did not make any New Yearís Resolutions for this year. My wife told me the one that I made last year was enough to last her for a lifetime. It wasnít so much that she told me not to, it was the way that she made her ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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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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Educating a State

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

What are our educational problems? There is no such thing as a perfect school, but we can try to get as close as we can. Minnesota has many education problems in its system, some of which were addressed at an open for ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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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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Bird Brains

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday,December 11, 2000

While some may beg to disagree, I believe most birds are smart, real smart. Far more intelligent, in fact, than science ever gives them credit for. Unlike many ornithologists (bird scientists) who evaluate avian though ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

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