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Spring Valley ambulance director to retire August 15


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council heard a presentation by Brian Hoff of Fillmore County that furnished information on the 2014 levy and the effect it will have on taxes. Meeting at 5:30 was the Board of Review to give the public an opportunity to question property values. The total value of the City of Spring Valley is $113,879. New construction is $375,000. Ag/rural land came in at $6,420 and residential valuation is $86,724. Seasonal valuation was $1,168 and commercial at $18,389,300. Exempt and public utilities was rated at $113,619,500.

The Fillmore County 2014 Assessment Summary stated that the 2014 assessment year continued to see prices increase for agricultural land. There were 45 agricultural sales that resulted in a median ration of 75.4 percent of the estimated market values. Productive tillable land sold as high as $10,000 per acre. The median value of tillable land is now at $7,150 per acre. Pasture value is now $2,700 per acre and woods value is $2,500. Waste land stayed at $1,800 per acre.

Throughout the county there were 191 residential/seasonal rec residential residential sales. The overall median ration for the county was 98.9 percent of the estimated market values. The cities of Harmony, Mabel and Peterson all required a decrease in value. Peterson’s reduction in value was based on the five year history of sales. Preston and Rushford cities had a value increase.

Twenty-three commercial sales county wide had a median ration of 94.8 percent of the estimated market values. Chatfield city had the required sample set of six commercial sales that required a reduction in value of 5 percent.

There were no members of the public attending the Board of Review and the regular meeting was convened at 6.

Griffin Construction Co., Inc. was awarded the bid on a section of CR 1 from Spring Valley north to the county line. The cost to the County was $656,977 and $50,809 for the City.

Next on the agenda was a letter from Jim Cooper announcing his intentions to retire as ambulance director effective Friday, August 15, 2014. Todd Jones asked if there will be a retirement party and Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that they will do what they normally due when someone retires. Bires asked what the next step would be and Zimmer said they will “deal with it in a work session.”

Council approved a Proclamation recognizing the week of May 18-24 as Emergency Medical Servic .....
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Harmony bloodmobile exceeds goal by nine

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on April 1, 2014, succeeded in collecting 47 units of blood, exceeding its goal by nine. There were 48 presenting donors and one first-time participant. Congratulations to these donors who reached the following milest ..... 
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MILC program extended and start month revisions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. - Tammy Martin, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Fillmore County announced that the 2014 Farm Bill extended the MILC program until September 1, 2014, or until the date on which the new Dairy Margin Protecti ..... 
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MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide. •April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Ce ..... 
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Dresbach bridge ramp, rest area closure began April 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to southbound Highway 61 and the Dresbach rest area closed on April 15 as the Dresbach Bridge construction continues. Motorists traveling I-90 west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota will enc ..... 
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Beef council’s referendum voted down by producers - Minnesota beef producers decline fee increase

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s beef producers have rejected the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council’s proposed referendum asking for an increase in check-off dollars. Sixty-three percent of the 1,525 voting producers voted against the ..... 
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Pork checkoff leaders finding new opportunities in South America - Board members meet with farmers and trade leaders to address global challenges and expand markets for U.S. pork

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. – Examining emerging market opportunities and creating new partnerships to tackle global challenges was the focus of a recent study mission conducted by the 15 farmer-directors of the National Pork Board during a week-long tour of Br ..... 
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Fillmore County Dairy Princess crowned

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association held a Dairy Princess and Ambassador Recognition on March 30 in the afternoon at the Fillmore County Extension Office in Preston. During the recognition Melinda Woods was crowned the 2014 Fillmore Count ..... 
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Craig Laverne Asleson

Thu, Apr 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Craig Laverne Asleson, 56, of Faribault, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the District One Hospital in Fairbult. Craig was born January 10, 1958 in Rochester, Minn. to Laverne and Arlis (Lietz) Asleson. He attended Dover-Eyota schools. Crai ..... 
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