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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission: Permit application for gas company tabled because of concerns over noise


Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

It sounds like a jet engine, Ann Anderson said.

Anderson, who lives in rural Chatfield near a Northern Natural Gas Company electrical compression station, was referring to the sound made when the company does a blow-bye, where they bleed off their natural gas pipeline.

Northern Natural Gas wants to install a second electric compressor at their facility located in Jordan Township. The second compressor would be 2500 horsepower and would replace the existing 1750 horse power engine, which would be used as a backup.

Anderson was one of several residents who live near the gas company facility who testified at Tuesdays public hearing during the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning meeting.

Rodney Herrick, who also lives near the station, said that the gas company has done four or five blow-byes in the last eight months - each one lasting about 20 minutes.

Deborah Anderson, who owns the land where the gas companys facility is, submitted a long list of conditions that the Commission should consider that included sound abatement and requiring a conditional use permit each time the company changes their engine.

During the hearing, it was revealed that the gas company had replaced the original compressor at least once, and possibly three times, since they were granted a CUP in 1997.

Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig said that he not been notified by the company of any changes. Craig told the Journal that when the original conditional use permit was granted in 1997 there were no conditions placed on size of the compressor engine.

That may change after Tuesday.

Harold Wilsie, a right-of-way agent representing Northern Natural Gas, said that the noise levels for the compressor met the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission standards for noise; he had a difficult time explaining the noise from the blow-byes. Wilsie speculated that the company had to do this whenever they were working on the line, noting that there had been a lot of expansion on the line recently due to increased demand.

When the original permit was issued, noise limits were placed at 45 decibels for the general operation of the engine. There was no mention that the gas company would be doing blow-byes on the line periodically.

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Special Section: Health, Mind & Body

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

They (government) need to recognize that the elderly are an important part of everyones lives and make it more viable to keep good employees.   Cherie Schroeder,   nursing home LPN

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Special Section: Health, Mind & Body

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

A few years ago, after 28 years working as a business analyst in the big city, Sue Betts found herself with an opportunity to do something else. So she did.

First, she moved back to her hometown of Lanesboro and, secondly, she b ..... 
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Peterson man wrongly sentenced to prison

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

On September 20, 2004, Judge James Fabian sentenced Terry Lee Hatlevig of Peterson to 54 months in prison for felony driving while under the influence (DWI). Hatlevig had pled guilty to felony DWI after being arrested on July 5 near Peterson. After s ..... 
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Sheriff Connolly looks back

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

Shortly after announcing his plans to retire, Jim Connolly sat down with the Journal to reflect back on his years as Fillmore County Sheriff. He was first asked why he was stepping down at the age of fifty-one.

It just feels l ..... 
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The Year of the Rooster

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
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It was hard to say when winter arrived. The decline was gradual, like that of a person into old age, inconspicuous from day to day until the season became an established relentless reality.  --Allain de Botton The Art of Tra ..... 
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Cozumel getaway

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

It was a few years in the making, but during Christmas and New Years, it all came together for Jim and Ruth Ostrem of rural Lanesboro. Their four children and families came from Minnesota, New Mexico and Virginia on Christmas Day to sunny Isla Cozum ..... 
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Sheriff Connolly resigns

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Sheriff Jim Connolly offered his resignation to the board to be effective April 29, 2005. Chairman Amunrud thanked him for his long service of 32 years, 16 of which he served as sheriff. Sheriff Connolly thanked his staff for their su ..... 
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Hearing set for Lutes-Scrabeck project

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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On Tuesday night, February 8, the Harmony City Council authorized their city attorney to begin drafting the development agreement for the Lutes-Scrabeck First Addition project. They also set a public hearing for March 8 on the matter.

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