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Courthouse re-shuffle will take place in mid-March


Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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David Kane and Jasen Andring, architects, Dean Sand of CAM, and project manager David Johnson gave their monthly report. Sand reviewed the latest change orders effecting the contingency fund, which stands at a (+) $267,050.00; $89,280.01 has been tapped into as of Feb. 13th.

The moving date for the switching of departments was changed from the end of February to March 15, 16 & 17th. There were too many construction projects finishing up that would have created a conflict with departments trying to remain functional and move at the same time. The first trial in the new courtroom is scheduled for March 22.

Some construction delays focused around tile coming from Italy. This has now arrived and tilers will be able to complete their work. The laying of carpet is also coming to a completion and much of the furniture has also arrived. A preliminary punch list will be drawn up with items still to be taken care of.

The roofs culmination is still under the microscope as workers are playing tag with a leak in the courtroom. The old roof is off and its replacement was forthcoming. Johnson felt the majority of the roof would be secured very soon.

With Phase II of construction to begin in only a few weeks, the architects noted with caution that the first two to three weeks of this next phase would be critical. The gutting of the targeted areas, including both upper and lower levels, could be concealing conditions that the project manager and architects may have to work through. Then again, there may be no surprisesits a crapshoot when dealing with an existing building. These conditions can have a big effect on the contingency funds balance. During this time, the elevator will be in use. The side staircases on each end of the building and the main staircase will be under construction.

On a related construction topic, Judge Robert Benson requested clarification on the use of Criminal Justice money that was turned back over to the county. At the last meeting, some of these funds were penciled in for purchasing of 52 spectator chairs at $171 a piece, and two attorneys tables at $940 a piece. He would like these funds to be used for items that may have been missed by the original drafts of the courtroom, or put on hold due to needed fact-finding missions. This could include special software that would translate the Court Reporters transcript into the no .....
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County working harder at recycling

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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Sandra Benson, Recycling Educator, briefed county commissioners on the countys recycling habits in 2003. Benson stressed that they are working on encouraging schools and businesses to improve upon their recycling habits.

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Hein to run for District 31-B seat

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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Al Hein, 55, a farmer from Mabel, has announced that he will run for the District 31-B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Hein said he will seek the DFL endorsement for his candidacy.

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Public Enemy #1: Obesity

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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Overweight and obesity may soon cause as much preventable disease and death as cigarette smoking.  Surgeon General David Satcher, 2002

According to the Center for Disease Control, in 1999-2000, an esti ..... 
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Heartland on hold

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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On Tuesday, February 17, Judge Joseph Weiners ordered the Pollution Control Agency to reconsider its facts of findings and conclusions of law regarding whether Heartland Energy & Recycling Ltd. should be required to undergo a rigorous Environmental ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Hwy 52 to start Fall of 2004

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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The Preston City Council met Tuesday night with decorum and thoughtful deliberation until the final minutes of the meeting. Council member Jerry Scheevel introduced a resolution that maintained that Mayor Pechulis call for an ethics investigation of ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Computer problems resolved

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council chose to replace outdated computer hardware at their February 17th meeting. City administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that, because the staff could not even print a balance sheet, the city auditors could not ..... 
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Davids confused by Judges comments

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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Rep. Greg Davids said he was confused by Judge Joseph Weiners implications in his recent ruling that Davids tried to influence the MPCA or speed up the process in the regulatory agencys dealings with Heartland.

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Fillmore Central School Board: District waits for approval for Reading 1st grant

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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It was an energetic team of staff members from Fillmore Central elementary and middle school that reported to board members on their efforts in applying for a $280,000 grant to be used in upgrading the schools reading program.

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