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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 citys 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.On the expenditure side, the city expected a 20% increase in health insurance rates, costing an additional $12,000 in premiums. The community centers new roof will cost another $20,000 and Capital Projects increases were projected at $18,500. The council allocated a $20,000 capital reserve contribution for fire equipment, and a 3.5% cost of living raise for city employees. The city lost $48,000 in revenues due to cuts in Local Government Aid and other sources. It was decided to hold off on some capital projects, retrieving some dollars from the library, fire department, and park. By doing this, the council whittled the budget down to the final amount of $310,674. The council will revisit capital projects next year with the hopes of more money being available.Fire Department Stuart Morem of the Harmony Fire Department requested a decision on a resolution he presented at the last meeting. The agreement makes equipment, personnel, and other resources available to fire departments within Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties. There were two major changes within the agreement from past years. The first change relates to damaged equipment while aiding at another countys fire call. Each department shall be responsible for damages incurred with their equipment during a call regardless if it is in their county or not. The second change modification strikes the $25 per call rate and establishes an hourly charge of $200 with a maximum of $600 for each three-hour period while providing assistance. There was discussion again on charging a fee to residents for fire calls. Morem pointed out that many insurance policies have a notation on a set amount to cover a call. The council was not in favor of this option at this time. Approval was given on the resolution including the two direct changes. Other business The Sixth Street SE sanitary sewer assessments have been finalized with the costs coming in at $74,837. Six property owners have been notified of their financial responsibility with the basic figure at $2,672.75, based on a 25% assessment. Five of the six will have th .....
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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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Theres a line in Streetcar Named Desire where high school English teacher Blanch Dubois laments the fact that her students dont 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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Governor Pawlenty requests federal disaster aid for drought stricken counties

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Governor Tim Pawlenty has announced that he will request that approximately 49 Minnesota counties be designated as federal agricultural disaster areas by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture because of severe drought. The Governors announcement came du ..... 
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Dayton says he will sponsor disaster relief bill for drought

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Speaking in a teleconference on Wednesday with several media, including the Fillmore County Journal, Minnesota Senator Mark Dayton said that he would sponsor federal disaster aid legislation to provide relief for Minnesota farmers suffering crop loss ..... 
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Coleman cosponsors disaster relief bill for farmers

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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MN Senator Says Relief Bill Needed If Conditions Continue and Crop Insurance Falls Short

Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has joined Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Arkansas Democrats, in cosponsoring a disaster rel ..... 
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Local hatcheries are key to trout fishing in Minnesota

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Editors note: The Minnesota DNR, in consultation with interested parties, have put together a ten-year plan for improving trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota. This includes increasing the numbers of trophy size trout by improving habitat and imp ..... 
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Judge orders psychiatric evaluation in Morton manslaughter case

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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On Thursday, September 4, Judge Robert Benson ordered Trevor Lee Morton to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital to see if he is able to assist in his own defense.

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Trout stream plan aims to continue positive trend

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Anglers will find more large trout on their lines if a new 12-year fisheries plan for southeastern Minnesota streams achieves its goals.

The plan, prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, aims to improve stream quality, ..... 
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