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Board seat to be vacant 30 days


Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Even with the best of planning, it appears that the Fillmore County Third District Commissioner’s seat will be vacant a minimum of 30 days.

Commissioner Gary Peterson announced at the January 23 county board meeting that he would be resigning the seat he has held for the past 16 years. In a written announcement, Peterson said that he “will be leaving this table (county board) as soon as the people of my district elect a replacement.”

But it now appears that a seamless transition will not be possible. According to Fillmore County Auditor Angela Burrs, election law dictates that a special general election cannot be held less than 30 days or more than 60 days after the seat becomes vacant. Consequently, regardless of when Peterson officially steps down, the third district seat will be vacant a minimum of 30 days.

Burrs is thinking that the special general election will be held sometime between April 3 and April 17, depending when Peterson’s last official day in office is.

“Once we know the exact date that Commissioner Peterson vacates the office, we can then set the filing period for candidates,” Burrs said.

Burrs went on to say that a special general election needs to follow all of the procedures of a general election, including advertising the filing dates, having ballots printed and getting election judges and precincts prepared. She also said that in the event that there are more than two candidates for the post, a primary election will need to be held. That will also require ballots being printed up.

Burrs said that she hopes that any primary election could take place on March 13 when township elections are taking place.

The Fillmore County Board is expected to discuss the Third District vacancy and set dates for the special general election at their February 6 meeting.

John Torgrimson
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Commission deals with sawmill permits, tower

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Mike Tuohy’s first act as newly elected chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission was to implement a sign up system for the public to give input at public hearings.

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Benson denies MPCA request

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, February 5, 2001

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The war against grime

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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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.

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A tribute

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

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Winter Birds

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

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Escape from America

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

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