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Maust suit scheduled for Thursday in Chatfield


Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Judge James Fabian will hear arguments in a mandamus suit brought against the city of Preston by Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling. Court is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Chatfield. The Mausts are asking the court to order the city of Preston to issue them a building permit. The Preston City Council has voted to deny issuing a building permit to the Mausts until the developers have obtained all necessary federal, state and local permits. The Council also says that it wishes to wait in issuing a building permit until any pending litigation relating to Heartland has concluded and the Council has had a chance to review the results. A suit brought by a local environmental group against the MPCA related to Heartland will be heard in Rochester on December 2.In their suit, the Mausts maintain that the city’s actions have prevented them from raising the necessary capital to finance the construction of the $50 million plant. They also claim it has delayed them from beginning construction and benefitting from state tax incentives.Judge Fabian was assigned to hear the case after Judge Robert Benson recused himself from the case earlier. It is yet unclear what legal firm will be representing the city of Preston. City Attorney Dave Joerg has removed himself from any legal issues concerning Bob Maust because Joerg has represented Maust in the past.The city hired the law firm of Kennedy & Graven to advise them on zoning issues related to Heartland. But the relationship between the majority of the council and Attorney Mary Tietjin of Kennedy & Graven is cloudy, as Tietjin has advised giving Maust the building permit. There is some speculation that the city will be represented by attorneys for the League of Minnesota Cities, the organization that holds the city’s liability insurance.A special closed meeting of the Preston City Council with representatives of the LMC was held on Thursday afternoon to discuss the pending litigation.

1940 Armistice Day Storm remembered

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The morning of Monday, November 11, 1940 started as a typical November day aside from the unseasonably warm temperatures. Wanting to make the most of the sixty degree day, people headed to Armistice Day ceremonies or other public events. Duck hunting ..... 
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County Board discusses new state audit regulations

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

With the state now allowing counties to hire their own auditors, thus saving dollars, Fillmore County, along with several others counties, have made plans to seek out a suitable firm to take on the work. Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, along with Shi ..... 
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Judge warns attorneys in zoning case to “come prepared” to trial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

Judge Robert Benson on Tuesday, presiding at a pre-trial hearing in the civil case between Fillmore County versus Eli and Matti Sla-baugh, chastised lawyers from both sides to “come prepared” when the case goes to trial on December 10 in Chatfield.[Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court Bench warrant issued for Lanesboro man, attorney files motion for mistrial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

A bench warrant was issued by Judge Robert Benson on November 3 for the arrest of Ryan Lee Peterson, 21, of Lanesboro, after Peterson failed to appear for sentencing. Peterson was convicted by a jury on October 2 of three felony counts of Assault in ..... 
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Election results 2003

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The results of Tuesday’s general election are as follows:

City Elections

•Rushford:

Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.

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A Sign of the Times

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

A piece of local history is on display at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul. The historical artifact is a hand-lettered sign advertising a teen dance in the Fountain elementary school gym during the1960's.

The sign is par ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied building permit once again

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

On a dreary, rainy Monday evening the Preston City Council faced a busy agenda. The council members maintained a business-like attitude with strained civility. The public attending the council meeting because of the proposed Heartland plant feel stro ..... 
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Heartland sues city of Preston

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Wednesday, two days after the Preston City Council denied a building permit to Bob and Elaine Maust, owners of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, to modify their warehouse located in the Preston Industrial Park, lawyers for Heartland filed a writ ..... 
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