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County Board takes no action on Heartland request


Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board sent a quiet message to the Heartland folks at their Tuesday, July 13, meeting: “We’ll deal with you in our own good time.”

The board decided not to put Heartland’s JOBZ issue on their upcoming July 27 agenda. The request apparently came from Heartland’s lawyers after the Preston City Council approved swapping the Preston Iron Works for Heartland in the city’s JOBZ zone on June 28. In order for Heartland to be eligible for business subsidies, the swap has to be approved by other taxing districts, which includes the county and Fillmore Central School District.

Policy Coordinator Karen Brown said that a copy of the Preston City Council resolution approving JOBZ for Heartland was passed on to the county by Heartland attorneys.

“What do you want to do with this?” Chairman Randy Dahl asked the board. “Are we going to refer this back to the EDA?”

“I don’t feel like doing anything,” Commissioner Duane Bakke responded. “We don’t have an official request from them (Heartland).”

“I think we’re putting the cart before the horse here,” Commissioner Marc Prestby commented.

“Heartland has to come here and request it? Otherwise - we have a business subsidy policy in place and they can follow that?” Bakke responded. “I can see this taking at least a month. They have to have a completed application in place.”

The board approved a Business Subsidy Policy the week before, including application procedures.

“The EDA meets on the 28th and I think their agenda is set for this month already,” Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said.

Dave Williams, a member of SEMEP, an environmental group opposed to the Heartland project, urged the board not to grant the proposed tire plant time on the 27th.

“Heartland should be expected to go through the hoops and apply correctly,” Williams said.

The board agreed. No action was taken on the matter.

Preston Spring Street

The board discussed the problem of some houses in Preston experiencing cracks and other damages from the recently completed County Road 17 project. Some residents have complained about damages, but have so far been rebuffed by contractors and their insurance carriers, denying any wrongdoing.

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Journal Opinion: 2004 presidential tickets – a battle of balanced opposites; Quote of the week

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

SALT LAKE CITY - So the stage is set for the presidential campaign.  It’s a pair of Kennedy-style liberals against a brace of diehard conservatives. Both pairs are maneuvering for the centrist vote that may assure them the pr ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair starts Tuesday

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

The 145th running of the Fillmore County Fair begins Tuesday, July 20 in Preston. Pictured are scenes from last year’s fair.

Follow this year’s 4-H winners online at   www.fillmorecountyjournal.com

Soiney variance and Spande subdivision top zoning meeting

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Four months removed from Judge Benson’s ruling on the Slabaugh case, the court case continues to haunt meetings of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment.

The Board’s first order of business on Thursday, July 15, was a varianc ..... 
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Harmony woman learns to live with debilitating disease

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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HARMONY - On the telephone, Anissa Teslow of Harmony is a soft-spoken, quiet, and seemingly timid young lady. Upon meeting her in person, however, one is greeted by a pleasantly assertive, strong-willed and courageous woman who is very open to a good ..... 
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County farm, tax abatement and county shop top board agenda

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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PRESTON - Compared to my last assignment covering a government meeting, the June 28 special Preston City Council meeting where there was a threat that anarchy would reign and that hostages might be taken, covering the Fillmore County Board of Commiss ..... 
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Journal Opinion: Bush aims weapons of malnutrition at Cuba - Dream Town - Quote of the Week

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

By Sarah Stephens  The values of faith and family mean a lot to Ana Karim, a Cuban-American from Richmond, Va. and a Mennonite pastor. She has two very ill uncles living in Cuba. For the past decade, she has used a US license ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Citizens petition in opposition to ditch solution

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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The Preston City Council’s agenda Tuesday night was filled with items meant to improve life in Preston. A group of twenty-seven residents from a five block area petitioned the council to consider other possible solutions to the storm water run-off th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council explores electrical options

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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Representatives from UMMPA (Upper Midwest Municipalities Power Agency), Dairyland Power, and Tri-County Electric presented their cases at a joint meeting of the Lanesboro City Council and the Public Utilities on Tuesday night, July 6, as the council ..... 
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