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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 changed earlier this year to require conditional use permits (CUPs) for new and expanding sawmills. The proposed amendment would require that all sawmills now operating be permitted.

Commission member Duane Bakke disagreed with the stipulation that the sawmills be required to renew their CUPs every five years. Bakke thought that a sawmill permit should be similar to a feedlot permit, which is a one-time permit except in the case of expansion or change of ownership.

"Iím concerned that if a sawmill is financed through a bank, then the financing would be contingent on the five year renewal of the permit," Bakke said.

Among those in attendance were a dozen or so Amish sawmill operators, and one of them addressed the planners, saying that his banker had already pointed out that a five year renewal requirement could pose financing problems. The planning commission seemed in accord that the five-year renewal should be stricken from the amendment.

The commission went on to discuss various other matters relating to sawmill activity including, parking areas, setbacks and timetables for removal of slab bundles, sawdust and boards. They agreed that one of the biggest problems concerning sawmills was that trucks were using the township roads to load logs and slabs. Various ways of prohibiting this practice were discussed, including having a setback of 20 feet from the right of way for the piling and stacking of logs, slabs and sawdust.

The planning commission eventually decided it would be best if county attorney Matt Opat and zoning officer Norm Craig rewrote the proposed amendment, adding this stipulation and some of the other changes that they had discussed. The amendment will be considered at public hearing once again, during the next planning commission meeting, scheduled for September 21.

New county feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron, who previously served as Houston Countyís feedlot officer, was introduced to the planning commission,. Frauenkron said that a feedlot advisory committee had been set up in Houston County and he felt the group had served a useful purpose. The committee, he said, was made up of five members, of which four of them were farmers and one a non-far .....
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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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Survivors

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

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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