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County Board of Appeal and Equalization


Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

On June 16 county assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the role of the board and summarized 2014 sales, new construction, and valuations at the Board of Appeal and Equalization. One residential appeal was acted on.

Board member Duane Bakke asked if any of the fourteen (city and township) local boards granted any appeals this year. Blagsvedt confirmed that none had been granted this year. If a property owner appeals at the local city or township board and is not granted his/her appeal, the next step is coming to the county board.

The board is tasked with ensuring equalization based on facts presented and the property tax law. They have the authority to review assessments throughout the county. The board can increase or decrease estimated market value based on evidence provided. The burden of proof is on the appellant who can support his case by producing an appraisal and/or comparable sales.

By state statute property is reassessed at maximum intervals of five years. The county has 19,100 taxable real estate parcels and each year 20% are reassessed. About 1400 parcels are tax exempt, which includes properties like churches and schools.

The 14 cities within the county had a total of $7.78 million in new construction in 2014, which was over $2 million less than 2013. Townships and cities together had nearly $16.84 million in new construction in 2014, which was down over $3 million from 2013.

The total estimated market value of all properties within the county is $4.1 billion. Over three-quarters, or $3.14 billion, is agricultural/rural land. Residential properties account for $785 million. About $60 million is classified as seasonal recreation and $120 million is classified as commercial/industrial/B&B.

With the 2015 Fillmore County assessments there is a slight increase of 0.16% in total value countywide over 2014 assessments. The total value for all townships was down 0.18%. The total value for all the cities was up 1.75%. Whalan and Preston had the largest percent increases.

There were 15 commercial/industrial sales county wide with a decrease of 0.81% in value. There were 38 agricultural/rural sales countywide with a decrease of 0.47% in value (A soils remained constant at $7,400/acre; B and C soils had a $100/acre decrease to $7,100/acre; pasture, woods, and waste increased by $100/acre or $2,800/acre, $2,600/acre, and $1,900/acre respectively; and seasonal r .....
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Rushford Village awards bid; reviews permitting requirements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village has awarded the bid for the 2015 Pavement Management Plan to Dunn Blacktop Company, of Winona, in the amount of $158,838. Engineer’s estimate for the work was $140,000. Costs related to street widening were significant ..... 
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Kingsland personnel and calendar changes ok’d

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

Kingsland School Board met on June 15 in regular session. Members present included Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Ann Oeltjen, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the consent ag ..... 
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Kingsland personnel and calendar changes ok’d

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland School Board met on June 15 in regular session. Members present included Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Ann Oeltjen, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the consent ag ..... 
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Support the Court plans dedication of Owen Onsgard Memorial Courts in Houston

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Education

Support the Court, a Houston, Minn. community group, will present a completed multi-use sports court to the Houston Public Schools at the court adjacent to the Houston Elementary School on Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m.! The facility, Owen Onsgard M ..... 
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Lanesboro - small business celebration

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Eric Leitzen welcomed ten new business owners to Lanesboro at a mass ribbon cutting ceremony on Coffee Street on June 9, 2015. After introductory remarks from Mayor Robin Krom, each new busine ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.” It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canne ..... 
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Verna Elmira Haugen

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Verna Elmira Haugen, 88, of Lanesboro, died Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Verna was born Feb. 11, 1927, in Holt Township, Fillmore County, to Andrew and Matilda (Evenson) Olson. She attended school through ..... 
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Rose Ann Barker

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Rose Ann Barker formally of Harmony, Minn., passed away March 19, 2015, while in hospice care in Phoenix, Ariz. Rose Ann Donna Mae was born July 28, 1929 to Charlie and Agnes Anderson in Remer Minn. She graduated from Remer HS in 1947. Upon grad ..... 
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