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Heartland JOBZ is a no go without county support


Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

According to a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) official, the state agency does not have the statutory authority to grant a JOBZ to any applying business unless they have the full support of all of the taxing districts impacted by the subsidy.

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners recently voted not to support a business subsidy for Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC despite approval from the city of Preston and the Fillmore Central School Board.

“This is a local program with local control,” Meredith Udoibok, Director of the JOBZ Office at DEED, told the Journal. “We’re not sitting up here with a magic wand saying who can be in and who can’t.”

Udoibok said that without the support of all taxing districts, the (Heartland) application does not meet the requirements for DEED approval.

Mark Thein, Director of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority, said that all parties involved in the Heartland Job Opportunity Business Zone application have been notified of the county’s decision, including the city of Preston and DEED.

The county’s action makes it impossible for Heartland to receive a JOBZ subsidy from the city of Preston, or any other community in Fillmore County, without the support of the county board.

Heartland would be eligible to apply for JOBZ at another location outside the county under a different unit of government’s sponsorship.

The city of Preston is expected to take up the JOBZ issue at its November 15 meeting. If Heartland is not able to receive JOBZ status the terms of the lawsuit settlement requires that the city of Preston pay the developer $325,000, of which $57,500 would come from the city with the balance being picked up by their insurance company.

Sheriff alerts county board of increased jail costs

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

Sheriff Jim Connolly addressed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners at their November 10 meeting about the possible need to increase the 2005 budget for jail costs. He explained that there is a waiting list of people who have a sentence to serv ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council votes to grandfather in kennel, keeps ordinance

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Harmony City Council voted 3 to 2 to allow a kennel owned by Kathleen Wherley to continue to operate in the city. The issue dominated the council’s November 9 meeting.

Prior to moving to Harmony, Wherley inquired if the cit ..... 
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Commentary: Collateral Damage

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

As of November 9, a week after the presidential election, 1145 American soldiers have died in Iraq. Another 8201 have been wounded. We are less sure about Iraqi civilian deaths as it is difficult during times of war to track non-combatant deaths.[Read the Rest]

Commentary: Winners and Losers

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

I bet 250 bucks on the election and lost. In frustration I asked myself – who like me might be licking their wounds and who might not be?   In our area, the man caught on tape disagreeing with a local mayor – saying he had pe ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Skate Park gets a new home

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council agreed on a new site for the proposed skate park at their Monday, November 8 meeting. The council voted unanimously to locate the park just west of the Bass Pond Parking Lot. The measure needs confirmation from the Lanesbor ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Water and electric rate public hearings slated

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
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At their regular November 8th meeting, the Rushford City Council set public hearings on both water (6:15 p.m.) and electric (6:30 p.m.) rates for their next meeting date, November 22nd. Engineering firm BDM has recommended at least a 61-cent increase ..... 
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Buckthorn – look for it!

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

During my car drives this past week I have been saddened by the amazing spread of buckthorn in the woodlands and roadsides I’ve passed here in Fillmore County.

This is the time of the year that the non-native plants are revealed ..... 
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Commonweal offers a plate of family values for the holidays

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

At a time when the country is clamoring for more “family values”, the Commonweal Theater of Lanesboro is offering a Christmas production with more family values than you can shake a stick at.

“A Sanders Family Christmas” opened ..... 
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