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County continues budget hearings


Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Highway Engineer, Steven Voigt, is hopeful that he will have half a million dollars of unused highway funds this year to apply to his 2001 budget. This, in addition to advance payments of $2 million from 2002 county state aid funds, would give the county a $12 million road and bridge budget in 2001. It would also leave a million dollars in highway funds in reserve, something that Voigt is concerned about.

Voigt presented these issues to the county board last Tuesday, as part of their discussions about the 2001 Highway Department budget.

Voigt's budget is the most ambitious highway budget in recent memory and will require $1 million in local levy. But as commissioner Donald Boyum said, quoting commissioner Duane Bakke from the previous week, "People don't mind paying for roads."

The rest of the board agreed, accepting Voigt's budget of $12,137,950. This is $4.25 million more than the $7,883,729 that was budgeted for roads and bridges in 2000.

The board has completed their initial hearings with department heads regarding the 2001 budget. The board has to finalize their budget by September 15. Truth in Taxation hearings, at which time the public can comment on the budget, will take place in December.

Social Services. Is Fillmore County the welfare magnet of Minnesota? Apparently some commissioners have been asking that question lately. Tom Boyd and Gail Bunge assured them that the same rules apply to all counties in Minnesota.

"Fillmore County is in the ballpark with other rural counties," Boyd said, citing comparable figures in other rural counties to the number of cases in Fillmore County.

Boyd went on to point out that Fillmore County does have a higher number of Medical Assistance cases, which fluctuates by income and age levels. "We have seven nursing homes in Fillmore County," Boyd said. "In the 1990 census, we had one of the highest populations of people over 80 in the state."

Bunge showed the board that the number of cases have dropped considerably over the past five years. However, she said that while the number of cases are down, the job responsibilities of intake workers are more complex and time consuming than in the past.

"The orientation given to clients at intake takes 45 minutes," Bunge said. "And Medical Assistance requires a time consuming eligibility determination process."

Bunge, who supervises intake workers and carrie .....
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Riverfront possible site for Lanesboro Art Center

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Approximately 40 people attended a town hall meeting in Lanesboro last Tuesday to discuss possible sites for a proposed regional art center.

The city of Lanesboro has received $100,000 from the Minnesota Legisl ..... 
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Flood meeting held

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

After being flooded three times in as many weeks this summer, Spring Valley is looking at ways to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

So last Monday, August 7, a host of local, state, and feder ..... 
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A growing market

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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By Jill O'NeillMonday, August 21, 2000

Jack Hedin does not look the part of a professional. His muddy jeans, T-shirt and rubber boots wouldnít even fit in on casual Friday. But to Suzanne Cooper and her family of Winona, Hedin and the crew at ..... 
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The Blight is Everywhere

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Can we talk enough about Tomato Blight? I donít think so. Up until last week I was so full of myself. Oh no, I had added compost and mulched and done all the right things, you all had blight, but not me. But I have been ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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Sun, Aug 20th, 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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Further tales of White Beaver

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature article in the Journal regarding the historical origins of Lanesboroís Buffalo Bill Days, (It all started with White Beaver, July 31, 2000). Due to the usual constraints of space, the f ..... 
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Cars

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my fatherís side was quite mature when I was born. Iím sure he must have been almost seventy. I donít think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasnít the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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