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Board moves beyond budget


Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

While the residents of Fillmore County were casting their votes in the primary election, the County Board was whisking through a rather light agenda at last Tuesdays meeting.

As Commissioner Donald Boyum was the only Board member who was contested in a reelection bid, most of the Commissioners were in a safe position to chide their fellow member about the pressures of election day. Boyum, who easily accumulated the highest number of votes in his district, seemed to take their jokes in good spirit.

Nevertheless, the business of running the county must go on, and with a sense of relief at completing a challenging task, the Board approved the resolution for the tax levy payable in the year 2001. The new levy was set at $5,070,696, an increase of $417,428 over the year 2000 levy.

The Board had struggled for weeks in the development of the budget, trying hard to keep the levy increase at less than 10%. The new levy amount resulted in an increase of 8.97%.

The overall County revenue budget was set at $23,026,885 to cover an expense budget of $23,426,572. The shortfall in the revenues will be covered by unspent, carry-forward fund balances and reserves, which helped to alleviate the need to increase tax levies even further.

Flood Control

The Spring Valley City Administrator, Michael Bubany, was before the Board to discuss the creation of a joint powers agreement between Spring Valley, Fillmore County, and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), to work with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in the development of a plan which could help mitigate flooding in the city.

The proposal for the joint powers board was the result of a recent meeting between multiple government agencies which included the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Army Corps of Engineers, and the NRCS.

The development of the joint powers board would provide funding mechanisms for the development of flood control projects that could help control the volume of water which might flow into the city during flood conditions.

"Would this program only be for Spring Valley? inquired Commissioner Boyum. What about down river? Would your solution move water faster?" To these questions, Bubany responded that the talks so far have been on how to control the water entering the city. He a .....
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Boyum and Ryan prevail in primary

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

Incumbent First District Commissioner Donald Boyum out-polled three other candidates to garner the most votes in Tuesday's primary. Boyum will meet Randall Dahl in the general election on November 7. Dahl beat Lyle M ..... 
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In the line of duty

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Spring Valley men go west to battle forest firesBy Carol ThouinMonday, September 18, 2000

Reality television such as Big Brother and Survivor may have dominated the programming schedules this summer, but it was the stark reality of anoth ..... 
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Dad

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call Ive always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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More on Weeds

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

OK, so I got a little carried away two weeks ago when I wrote about loving your weeds. Maybe tolerating some of your weeds is a little more appropriate. Maybe I have a really weedy garden this year and I know you do ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Wed, Sep 20th, 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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Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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"Please Dont 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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A walk in the woods

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

Theres always a welcome relief to a September. The kids are back in school, the humidity and temperature drop a point or two and even the pesky summer bugs are starting to disappear. Its a perfect time for a walk i ..... 
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A Favorite Teacher

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September, 2000

The sunlight is suddenly different. Insects seem to respect our peace and quiet at night a bit more than they did a few weeks ago. There is a scent of dust on sunny days and the air feels cooler and dryer than just days ..... 
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