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Commissioners’ Report: Sand and rock quarries’ lists are available


Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board started their Thanksgiving week off with a quiet agenda, cleaning up some year-end items.

There had been several inquiries by commissioners as to the number of rock quarries and sandpits in the county. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig presented a report that shows the county having 42 active rock quarries and sand pits, with an additional 38 non-active sites. He also noted that many years ago non-descriptive sites were quarried when farmers built barns. These are out there, somewhere, but are not officially listed in the Zoning Office.

Craig’s report noted type (sand or rock), active or nonactive, property owner’s name, map code number for locating purposes, subdivision, section, township, and actual operator. An expanded wall map can be viewed at the Zoning Office, and another will be available soon at the board’s meeting room.

It was noted that if an owner were to haul product from his “inactive” site for any other purposes than his own use, a permit must be reapplied for. Permits are normally reviewed every five years. There is also a mandatory minimum setback of 1,000 feet for any construction near quarries/pits. A current permit aids in keeping the 1,000-foot requirement in place.

The commissioners discussed briefly the reclamation procedure of an abandoned/closed site. Some counties require a “final shot” whereby the quarry’s smooth face is dynamited one last time, leaving the blasted rock left untouched. No action was taken on this.

Feedlot Ordinance

Mike Frauenkron, Soil & Water Conservation District, presented the final draft of the county’s Feedlot Ordinance. At last week’s board meeting, there were a few items that required language clarification. This included treating the city of Rushford Village as a township in regard to minimum setback requirements, section 728.12 so as not to jeopardize possible future construction; defining a RA District as a Rural Residential District; and eliminating the statement “no incorporation of manure is needed when applied to growing crops”, section 728.14. It was felt this language wasn’t needed. The board approved the final feedlot ordinance draft.

Other business

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Rushford City Council Report: Housing development issues concern council

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford Council had the opportunity to hear more about potential housing development in the city at their regular council meeting November 24, 2003. Doug and Marie Botcher, owners of Meadows Inn Bed and Breakfast, presented a letter to the Rushf ..... 
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The Story Project will touch your heart

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

Nine Dragon Press of Preston has published its first book, A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse, which features the writing of thirty-four local authors.

Page after page, the word pictures trigger your memory and ignite your sen ..... 
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Commonweal’s Scrooge holds up a mirror to our own stingy hearts

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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A writer once said (I think it was Minnesota’s Carol Bly) that no matter what your faith, going to church on Sundays is a good thing if only because it’s the one place we’ll be reminded weekly that we should be good to each other.

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All creatures great and small

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Man is the only animal that laughs, but when you look at some people, it’s hard to understand how the animals keep from laughing.

E.C. McKenzie

In 1945, Herbert Fisch of Spring Valley graduated from Iowa ..... 
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A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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The Story Project of Fillmore County, which began last January when the Journal asked readers to send in their stories - the kind we tell around the kitchen table and pass on to our children - is now at the printer and due out the first week of Decem ..... 
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Heartland vs. city of Preston expected to be heard in Houston County

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Attorneys for the city of Preston have responded to a writ of mandamus filed by Robert and Elaine Maust, who are asking that the court order the city to issue a building permit to Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC.

In court pap ..... 
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Preston City Council adopts interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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At a special meeting of the city council Tuesday evening, November 18, an ordinance mandating a temporary moratorium on industrial use or building permit applications was adopted.

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County Board revisits 2004 budget

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

As the Truth and Taxation date moves closer, the Fillmore County Commissioners once again reviewed the county’s 2004 budget that currently stands at $6,054,716. This puts the levy increase at 8.34%. That’s 2% under the allowed levy limits according t ..... 
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