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Commissioners’ Report


Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

“We want to be prudent and fair as we look at this,” noted Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, as discussion focused on the county’s contract with Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) at Tuesday’s Fillmore County Board meeting.

“What level can we afford for next year?” Chairman Randy Dahl asked. He wanted to see the county’s share come in a bit higher than the state mandated $150,000 level. He suggested at least $160,000.

The Fillmore County libraries proposed a base of $185,000 for 2005 with cost of living increases tied to the federal consumer price index for 2006 and 2007.

Commissioner Marc Prestby cautioned board members as he pointed out that depending on when those numbers were picked out of the index, there could be a considerable difference in dollar amounts.

SELCO’s funding requests are based on the fact that rural residents are using city libraries. They feel cities and libraries can no longer continue to subsidize rural use of libraries.

The SELCO report notes that over a five year span, rural use of Fillmore County ranges from 35.93 % to 43.40 % of circulation with an average of 38.54 %. When a per capita formula was used, SELCO stated that the county fell short when compared to other counties. While reviewing funding formulas, SELCO suggested county funding between $188,817 and $257,204.

Chairman Dahl noted that the county has continued to increase its support each year and feels that many services have now reached a plateau whereby things should be leveling off.

Commissioner Duane Bakke pointed out that since 1991, the state’s contributions haven’t kept up to the cost of living, placing the burden on counties. He believed the Department of Education should step up to the plate and pitch in some funds.

Bakke motioned to give financial support in the amount of $165,000. This was seconded by Amunrud. The motion passed.

Next, rather than look at a percentage increase for 2006 and 2007, Dahl and the board felt comfortable giving a flat increase of $5,000 per year. This was approved.

Amunrud stated that this was the largest amount the county has ever given. Board members reminded the public that the 11 county region, of which Fillmore is a part of, houses 35 libraries and that this county has 20% of them.

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Harmony City Council Report

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

When Dwight Scrabeck and Jim Lutes sought city financial support for a new subdivision they were interested in developing on the south side of the city few weeks ago, Harmony council members could only sigh and shake their heads. It wasn’t that they ..... 
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Harmony City Council in brief

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Administrator’s notes

City Administrator Jerome Illg stated he’d filed four small claims in court for failure to pay up on accounts for fire and ambulance calls. He noted that the new, stricter policy for delinquent utilities ha ..... 
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Online News Update: Wieners puts Heartland air permit on hold

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s Note: Because of deadline restraints, this article does not appear in the Monday, April 19, 2004 edition of the Fillmore County Journal.

On Friday, April 16, Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners ruled that the air permi ..... 
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Mystery Cave opens season with new visitors center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
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When visitors come to Mystery Cave this season many will be surprised to find a 5,000 square foot visitors center fully equipped with exhibit halls, gift shop, restrooms and adequate parking. Built of southeast Minnesota limestone, the building sits ..... 
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Morten sentenced to 82 months in prison

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

Calling him a danger to public safety, Judge Robert Benson on Monday sentenced Trevor Lee Morten to 82 months in prison for the manslaughter death of Timothy Loeding.

Morten, 30, of rural Spring Valley, pled guilty to shooting L ..... 
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Mausts seek settlement of Preston suit

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal has learned that Robert and Elaine Maust have offered to settle their suit against the city of Preston for $300,000 and inclusion of Heartland in the state JOBZ program.

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Commissioners’ Report: Rural addressing and E911 moves forward

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
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Jeff Cooper, Fillmore County Information Systems Director, presented costs and contract figures related to software and support staff required in the process of rural addressing and eventual implementation of the E911 system to the Fillmore County Bo ..... 
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Spring Valley man sponsors 4th annual Trout Day May 1

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
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“I just love to fish!”

This love of fishing has led Jim Wernimont of Spring Valley to put on a non-profit Trout Day event at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park the past three years. The event is intended to bring people togeth ..... 
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