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Zoning body okays gas permit, approves hog feedlot


Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

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 company representative couldnt answer the commissions questions. The zoning group was especially concerned over noise issues related to blow-byes, when the gas line needs to shut down for maintenance or construction. Nearby residents testified at the public hearing last month that it sounded like a jet engine going off.

Your wasting our time, Commissioner Duane Bakke said at the February meeting to Harold Wisle, the companys right of way agent, when Wisle couldnt answer the technical questions related to noise.

On Thursday night, Wisle seated himself behind the small army that came with him, including a lawyer, a sound engineer, and other company representatives, too many to mention.

And when Duane Bakke asked the group if they could keep the sound below 45 decibels, as required by the countys zoning ordinance, it was the lawyer who did the talking.

Attorney Joseph Cade told the group that the standard was 55 decibels, which is set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, whose jurisdiction for regulating utilities exceeds the authority of state and county government. Cade even implied that he wasnt sure that NNG needed to be in front of the county zoning body in the first place.

Nonetheless, the NNG team

explained that they wanted to add a 2500 horsepower compressor to their facility and keep the existing 1750 horsepower compressor as a backup. The expansion is due to consumer demand. Only one compressor would run at a time.

Sound engineer, Duane Luzum of NNG, told the commission about efforts to mitigate sound, including 30 foot cylinder mufflers. He explained that 75 decibels is the equivalent to a car passing by. Luzum did not anticipate any difference in noise with the larger compressor.

I dont anticipate any noise change. The noise should be relatively the same, Luzum said.

Rod Ditbrenner of NNG explained that the blow-byes were done when the pipe line had to be expanded or maintained. This required a block valve blow down for safety reasons. Ditbrenner said that they would not have to do thi .....
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Lanesboro School Board: Art mural and rec center dominates meeting

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Two very unconventional community projects dominated discussion at the Lanesboro School Board meeting. There were further updates on the proposed Recreation/Youth Center, but discussion started off with a proposal by Lanesboros arts community.[Read the Rest]

The Irish Minstrels sing their way around Ireland

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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Editors note: Last September the Irish Minstrels, a traditional Irish music group from Spring Valley, Minnesota, toured Ireland, singing their way from town to town. Theres no better way to meet the locals than by playing Irish music in a pub in th ..... 
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A touch of Spring at Cumberland Island

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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Cumberland Island located off the southwest corner of Georgia is a welcome getaway for a couple of winter-weary nature enthusiasts down from Minnesota. For four days in the middle of February what better place to be than the already spring like envir ..... 
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Mausts and Heartland throw in the towel

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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Shortly before the Preston City Council was to meet on Monday, March 7, an unsigned letter from Bob and Elaine Maust was delivered to the city office stating that the Heartland Energy & Recycling project, as has been presented, is no longer under co ..... 
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County Boad approves partnership with MnDOT

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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County Engineer John Grindeland briefed the county board at their Tuesday meeting about an agreement between the state and county, where local units of government to perform work on behalf of MnDot.

On occasions when the stat ..... 
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City and developer disagree on engineering inspections

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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The main order of business at the Harmony City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 8, was a public hearing on the Lutes-Scrabeck housing development. The developers are planning on building a subdivision that will consist of 14 lots. The estimated cost ..... 
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Norby fills vacancy on council

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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The Lanesboro City Council meeting began Monday night with the interviewing of applicants for the council seat left vacant when Jerome Halvorson resigned. Robert D. Norby was the lone applicant for the position. In his written application for the pos ..... 
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MPCA issues formal order on Heartland calling for EIS

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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On Tuesday, March 1, 2005, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) issued its supplemental findings of fact, conclusions of law and order for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston ..... 
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