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County learns about PACE financing


Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Peter Lindstrom, Clean Energy Resource Teams local government outreach coordinator, gave a presentation on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing at the board’s February 9 meeting. Lindstrom was introduced by Don Farrow and Sam Smith of Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA). Smith will serve as the new Fillmore County EDA director.

PACE is a financing tool to make energy efficiency upgrades to commercial/industrial buildings or non-profits. It is long term, low cost financing that is paid back through a voluntary special assessment on the owner’s property taxes. The repayment schedule can be up to 20 years. There is no upfront cost.

Energy upgrades financed by the program include renewable energy resources like solar and biomass, as well as, efficiencies in lighting, insulation and other energy saving measures. The amount of financing for the improvements can be no more than 20% of the assessed market value of the property. Interest rates are around 4.5%. Lindstrom explained that the process always begins with an energy assessment to identify energy savings opportunities. There are several other basic qualifications for PACE financing, including, but not limited to, being current on mortgage and property taxes and “consent” from current mortgage lender.

Two public entities administer the program; the Rural Energy Board and the St. Paul Port Authority.

The county was asked to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the Port Authority of the city of St. Paul for the PACE financing program. Once the county enters into the agreement, all of the county including municipalities within the county, are eligible for the program. The county may deduct a charge for staff time. The county has no financial liability if a business fails. If a business is sold, the financed improvement payment transfers to the next owner since the repayment is a special assessment on the property taxes.

Commissioner Harry Root said he works with dairy farmers; he suggested that everyone of them should do an energy assessment. Commissioner Duane Bakke asked if it can be used for new projects. Lindstrom said it could be used for new projects, but it still will be limited by 20% of the assessed property value.

Bakke commented that he didn’t see a downside. Preston city administrator/utility general manager Joe Hoffman attended the meeting to learn more about the program. H .....
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Lanesboro Public Library to create a reading garden

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

LANESBORO, MN – Lanesboro Public Library has been awarded a Legacy Community Collaboration grant from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) to create a reading garden that will frame the entrance to the library. Located on the south side of t ..... 
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Fillmore Central students chosen for Dorian Honor Band

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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Fillmore Central High School is proud to have eight students selected to the 2016 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 - Monday, February 29, 2016 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. ..... 
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Free water testing at National Trout Center

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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On Saturday, Feb 20, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the National Trout Center will be conducting free water testing at our location in Preston, Minn. We will be working with the Fillmore County SWCD experts to test water for nitrate concentrations. Th ..... 
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Newburg combined charities results

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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The 2015 Newburg Combined Charities has ended with a total of $915. The money will be divided among the following charities: American Cancer Society, $243; American Heart Association, $213; Arthritis Foundation, $168; Courage Center for Children wit ..... 
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365 days

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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By Magnolia Decker “Love is not a big enough word.” A quote from one of my favorite movies, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, this captures the idea that love can be for everyone and can be shown every day to let the important individuals in ou ..... 
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Rochester City Lines expands public transportation options New daily departure to Preston, Fountain and Chatfield began February 1

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
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Janury 25, 2016 - With an eye toward future growth, Rochester City Lines is expanding bus service for commuters along the U.S. 52 South corridor with the launch of a 4:40 p.m. departure serving Preston, Fountain and Chatfield. The new route, which w ..... 
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ACT on Alzheimer’s Harmony program offered on Tuesday, February 16

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

The ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Committee will host a Program on being DEMENTIA FRIENDS on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Greenfield Lutheran Church. The Dementia Friends initiative by ACT on Alzheimer’s shar ..... 
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Highway 52 fatal accident January 28

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
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On January 28, 2016 at approximately 8:40 p.m., the Fillmore County Emergency Dispatch Center, 911, received calls of a personal injury accident on Highway 52, north of Fountain near 300th Street, north of an area commonly referred to as Nelson Hill ..... 
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