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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied more building permits


Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Monday evening the sidewalks and roads were slippery and hazardous, so too were the actions of the Preston City Council in its ongoing struggle with Heartland Energy and Recycling. The council chamber was again full to capacity, but only six citizens stayed until adjournment which occurred after 11:00 p.m. Tom Dunnwald, the attorney hired by the city council for the Heartland matter, met with council members in a closed meeting that was supposed to take twenty minutes but stretched into about ninety.

When the public meeting was reopened, Robert Maust, president of Heartland, read a statement into the record warning the council that if they failed to issue the building permits, he would be forced to go back to court. His contention was that the same rule of law applies to the permits denied on November 3, 2003, as that which was applied to the September 26 permit by the court. The recent court decision on the September permit was that “a building permit shall issue when the application complies or conforms with the terms and provisions of the zoning chapter.” He cautioned the council members that damages would soon exceed one million dollars and that a reckless action on their part could “leave the City with huge damages to pay.”

The council discussed what they saw as deficiencies in Maust’s building plans and drawings; accessory buildings were too close by a few feet to the main building, a proposed wall limited driver vision, and the fact that the submitted drawings had been done by an engineer not an architect. These were not in conformance with Preston ordinances.

There was extensive discussion on the question of whether the council had complied with city and state law which required them to give written notice of deficiencies in the application within ten or fifteen days. Maust maintained that he’d never heard a word about the deficiencies until right now. Grant Boadwine, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said that he’d never discussed any discrepancies with Maust. Boadwine said that he thinks the time is past, meaning the ten or fifteen day period. Mayor David Pechulis claimed that City Administrator Fred Nagle had talked to Maust about the accessory building or ‘bag house’ being too close to the office. But Nagle said that he wanted to make it clear that he didn’t distinctly remember talking to Bob Maust about the bag house.

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“Last Flight of the GooneyBird”

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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For about 16 years Duke Hust thought about getting his book Last Flight of the Gooney Bird published. Then one day while in Lanesboro and conversing with Eric Thiss of Zoo Books he mentioned his wish. Eric got on the horn and introduced Duke to Mark ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Financing tools – bonds and TIF district

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council had good news and bad news December 15th at their regular meeting. The good news: Lanesboro’s new $1.3 million electric generator has been installed and could be operational by month’s end. This generator should pay for its ..... 
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Harmony couple visit son stationed on the USS NIMITZ

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and the moral courage of free men and women.   ~Ronald Reagan

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Testimony given in county zoning suit

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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CHATFIELD - Fillmore County District Judge Robert Benson heard testimony in a suit brought by Fillmore County against Eli and Mattie Slabaugh of Canton Township on Wednesday. At the center of the dispute is the site location of a house the Slabaugh’s ..... 
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Moose trial scheduled for March in Preston

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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Floyd Moose, 40, of Chat-field appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing. Moose is charged with 11 felony counts, including attempted murder, arson and several counts of kidnapping related to an incident on March 23 ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Rewriting city ordinances strikes a nerve

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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The task of rewriting Harmony’s ordinances in order to bring them up to League of Minnesota Cities standards challenged city council members on Tuesday as they reviewed the first chapter of the ordinances. City Administrator Jerome Illg pointed out t ..... 
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Area grocer gives shoppers' choice

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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When Spring Valley businessman Don Lanning opened his IGA grocery store on Spring Valley's north side in 1987, customers were treated to many conveniences and amenities not found in the small community. In just a few weeks, customers will be treated ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Wayne Selmer Grant, 43, of Harmony, has been charged with child neglect endangerment, malicious punishment of a child, and domestic assault related to an incident on November 3. According to the criminal complaint ..... 
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