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Coleman will sponsor Rural Renaissance Act


Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

On Wednesday, Senator Norm Coleman announced plans to sponsor legislation that would invest $50 billion in rural America designed to improve an aging and somewhat outdated infrastructure.

Called the Rural Renaissance Act, each state would get a minimum of $50 million to invest in rural public works projects. The projects would be for communities with populations of under 50,000.

Speaking in a telephone interview from Washington with media, including the Journal, Colemen said the investment is needed to improve wastewater treatment facilities, provide affordable housing, develop high speed internet and build community facilities. Coleman envisions a broad definition of public works.

“Throughout rural America, the lack of funding is undermining the ability of small communities to address their needs, attract new jobs and development,” Coleman said. “The needs are there. Rural communities can’t do it themselves.”

Coleman said that the legislation is an outgrowth of visits he and his staff have made to all 87 counties of Minnesota.

If passed by Congress in the 2004 session, the act would create a quasi-governmental non-profit organization - the Rural Renaissance Corporation - that would issue $65 billion in bonds. The RRC would distribute $50 billion to states to implement eligible projects in the form of grants to communities over a one to three year period. $15 billion would be kept in a fund to repay the bond principal over a 10 year period. Corporations needing tax credits would invest in the fund by purchasing bonds.

Coleman called the financing of the project a creative way to generate the necessary capital without further adding to the nation’s debt.

“The Rural Renaissance Act will empower residents and businesses to upgrade their community’s aging infrastructure, attract new investment and jobs, while still maintaining their small town values and way of life,” Senator Coleman said.

TJ Liquor

Preston City Council: Council spells out conditions for Heartland building permit

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

The council had passed a similar measure at their regular October 20 meeting. But Tuesday’s action spelled out, in more detail, the conditions the Mausts would need to meet in order for a building permit to be issued in the future.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Lee Allen Comstock, 20, Spring Valley, and Amber Lee Finley, 23, Chatfield, were charged with two felony counts of check forgery stemming from an incident on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the ..... 
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LMC brings Road Show to Chatfield

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.  According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Pu ..... 
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Ancestral search leads to Telemark

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sabotage, heavy water, and atom bomb are words one would normally not expect to encounter when merely trying to locate ancestral farms in Norway. Knowing only that the two farms were located in the area of Tinn i Telemark, my family and I set our cou ..... 
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Preston City Council: Heartland denied building permit

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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At the October 6 Preston Council meeting it was decided to get an opinion from Mary Tietjen of Kennedy and Graven before approving or denying a building permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling. The attorney was to contact the MPCA to see what permits ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Preston’s Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Benson will hear Morten case

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Loeding on August 29.

On September 16, Morten’s attorney, Chris Ritts, had asked that Judge Benson to remove himself from the case. Benson had presi ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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The October 7, 2003 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer ..... 
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