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Special elections slated for Preston


Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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Monday's Preston City Council meeting had a bumpy start with a council that seems split on most difficult and contentious issues. With the recent passing of Mike Gartner, the city council is left with a two-to-two vote, especially when anything having to do with Heartland surfaces. Council member Heath Mensink moved that agenda item 18 having to do with a building permit for Heartland be tabled. The mayor, David Pechulis, had contended in a letter to City Administrator Fred Nagle that the "city can only issue a building permit (to Heartland) if it is in compliance with our ordinances." The law firm of Kennedy and Graven, who have advised the council on legal matters related to Heartland, have stated to the council that the facility must comply with 'local laws', which are the city's ordinances. Mary Tietjen of Kennedy and Graven says that since "the City Council has already approved the Conditional Use Permit for the construction of Heartland's facility. . . this would not be a valid basis to deny the building permit." Pechulis directed Fred Nagle in an August 9, 2003, letter not to issue a building permit to Heartland until the city council discusses this matter. Mensink argued on Monday that since Nagle was absent that the discussion of the building permit be tabled. The vote on tabling item 18 was deadlocked, Mensink and Council member Jerry Scheevel for and Pechulis and Council member Mike McGarvey against. Pechulis inquired whether council members had individually spoken to Nagle about the issue. When he asked Jerry Scheevel directly, Scheevel replied, "It is none of your business." This comment generated some muffled disapproval from some members of the audience. McGarvey, recognizing the deadlock and with a nudge from City Attorney David Joerg to get to a vote on the motion, voted with Scheevel and Mensink to table the building permit discussion until the next council meeting. It took fifteen minutes to just approve the agenda. At this point it looked like a very long and contentious night. Fortunately, members of the council made an effort to work together and efficiently on the remaining long agenda.Rec Center ReferendumThe steering committee for the proposed Recreational Facility has suggested that the city hold a referendum to see if citizens would support the City bonding for $1,500,000 in funding for the facility. Crescendo Consulting of Wi .....
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Funding, levies, and budgets on Lanesboro Council minds

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council adopted a proposed levy of $310,105 at their meeting September 15. An estimated eight percent increase in tax capacity is expected for Lanesboro; the city tax rate will remain at .75022. The impact of this will be an $87 in ..... 
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Floating in a cloudless sky

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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“Your first time up in a glider?” Steve Fischer asks me. Steve is a mechanical engineer from the metro area whose passion in life is flying gliders.   “Yah,” I shout out above the noise of the wind.   ..... 
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2003 drought reduces profit potential

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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There is a saying among farmers, no matter where they live, that it “always rains around here ten minutes before it is too late”. After abundant rainfall up until mid-July, the 2003 growing season appears to be one when the rains may be even later th ..... 
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County approves 2004 budget

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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“Department heads have really sharpened their pencils and come through", praised Policy Coordinator Karen Brown as the county board reviewed new figures submitted from county departments on Tuesday. Brown had informed offices, after last week’s meeti ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford generators selected; site approval next step

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Richard Fogal, chairman of the Electric Commission, presented the Commission’s recommendation to accept the Ziegler bid to the Rushford City Council at their meeting September 8. Ziegler’s (Caterpillar) bid was $43,000 less than their previous bid an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: City Council approves budget, sets levy

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a preliminary budget proposal, showing an increase in the city’s budget of $89,487. The city council on Tuesday, set the budget at $310,674, up from $221,187 in 2003. The 2004 levy was set at $458,805. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•David Ray Merkel, 42, Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, September 8 with Manufacture of Methamphet-amine, a felony.

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Take pride in American literary heritage and see “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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There’s a line in Streetcar Named Desire where high school English teacher Blanch Dubois laments the fact that her students don’t care much about their American literary heritage. And that got me to thinking about how, with the recent surge in patrio ..... 
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