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Commissioners Report: County approves agreement with Harmony for development


Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

Mike Bubany of David Drown & Associates came before the county board at their Tuesday, March 22 meeting, to discuss a development agreement for tax abatement. The agreement requires cooperation between Harmony, Fillmore County and the developer, Lutes & Scrabeck, LLC, for a housing subdivision. The agreement was approved by the board.

Fillmore County Economic Development Authority Coordinator Mark Thein remarked that there was little risk to the county since if the homes arent built, then abatement isnt there. Once the contract is signed, parties are obligated from the date of signature. The developer can be reimbursed up to $150,000 or about one-half eligible expenses plus interest. The city of Harmony concedes to the county a veto power for a period up to 10 years starting in 2007. The City shall not create any new housing Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFs) within the city without first obtaining the consent of the County. The agreement was approved subject to minor language changes to be worked out between the county attorney, the city and the developer.

Septic System Replacement Loans

Clean Water Partnership Agreements are in effect for the South Branch River Watershed Project. Donna Rasmussen, SWCD, and Philip Burkholder, Auditor/Treasurer, asked the board to consider a General Obligation Note (GON) for the project. Rasmussen noted that it will cost between $1,000 and $1500 as a fee to set up the bond. She explained that the county is not obligated to pay back any more money than is loaned out. The money would be held in a revenue fund by the state. For the South Branch area the amount being considered would be $260,000 for Fillmore County and $40,000 for Mower County. Board members were interested in an expansion of the program for the whole county. Chairman Chuck Amunrud asked if $1,000,000 would be adequate for the whole county. Rasmussen thought that it would be. She warned that these were federal dollars and that in the proposed federal budget the program is being cut. The board approved a GON of $1,000,000 and asked Rasmussen to pursue ways to take the program county wide. The state must approve the expansion of the program.

These loans are only available for existing systems that need updating. The South Branch of the Root River and its tributaries were two to ten times higher in concentrations of fecal coliform bacteria than is the quality s .....
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Special Section: Horses

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

The coffee pot is always on, said Jordy Johns and Kim-Ann Hogan, the new owners of the Stone House Stables just outside of Preston. We want people to come, watch, visit and ask questions.

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Special Section: Horses

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

While some kids grow up riding their bikes or playing cops and robbers for fun, hundreds of American youth have a very different way of life: riding and training horses. Katelin Redalen, an eighteen year old from rural Lanesboro, is one of those youn ..... 
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A family of blues

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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GRANGER Schwarz und Weiss in German means black and white and refers to the simple life and old way of doing things. Like milking cows by hand, cooling it with groundwater and ice and transporting it in traditional milk cans. The Golden Ridge Chees ..... 
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Heartland withdraws application from MPCA

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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ROCHESTER The owners of Heartland Energy and Recycling, a proposed tire-derived fuel plant, have officially withdrawn their air permit application for the Preston, Minn. site. In a letter dated Mar. 7, 2005, and received at the Minnesota Pollution ..... 
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Agreement reached on engineer fee cap

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

HARMONY After an hour of negotiations, between engineers involved in the Lutes-Scrabeck housing development, an agreement was reached that would place a cap on city engineer inspection fees paid for by the developer of the project. A not to exceed ..... 
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L.A. Stories

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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The great thing about going to L.A. for a few days is that you dont have to hassle with carrying your passport or going through customs, which doesnt necessarily mean you are not entering another kind of country.

Ive always ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Im confident I can get you out of the contract, declared Attorney Terry Chiglo to the Rushford City Council at their meeting March 14. Chiglo informed the council the generator contract with Ziegler had seven deficiencies within it that could enab ..... 
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Zoning body okays gas permit, approves hog feedlot

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Back in February, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission tabled any action on an application for a conditional use permit by Northern Natural Gas Company (NNG) to add an additional compressor at their facility in Jordan Township because the ..... 
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