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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Quarries dominate planning commission meeting


Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Commissioner Randy Dahl thinks that when quarry operators lie to a county commissioner, they should have their quarry permits revoked. Dahl told as much to Jeff Roverud of Peterson Brothers of Harmony at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting on Thursday night.

Dahl had started out explaining that he thought quarry operators were responsible for dust control, even if a contract trucker was hauling from the quarry. He then went on to explain an incident where he was told on the phone that trucks weren’t hauling at a quarry near Lanesboro, only to drive to the site and see trucks hauling. This constituted the lie Dahl was referring to.

When Dahl segued into a discussion about employee inefficiency, Roverud took exception and told him as much.

“I take exception to that, sir, “ Roverud said. (Emphasis on the sir).

This bit of psychodrama was played out during a public hearing for Peterson Brothers’ renewal of a conditional use permit (CUP) for the Douglas Quarry in Fillmore Township.

Also testifying during the hearing was Jeremy Pavlish, a hydrologist with the DNR in Rochester. Pavlish had concerns about the quarry, especially in regard to its potential impact on Watson Creek and the groundwater that feeds it.

Pavlish recommended placing conditions on the CUP: that the quarry go no lower that it presently is; that any fractures on the quarry floor be bermed; and if water rises, that the DNR and MPCA be notified immediately. These conditions were eventually adopted into a motion by the Planning Commission to the County Board that they approve a CUP for the Douglas Quarry.

Also discussed during the hearing were problems with blasting at the site. Roverud agreed to try using half a blast load to see if it reduces fly rock coming out of the quarry onto adjacent fields. Roverud agreed to invite Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to the next blast event to monitor the situation.

Sanford Quarry

The Planning Commission turned down a request by Roger Sanford to develop a quarry on property he owns in York Township. Sanford ran into a buzzsaw of opposition.

Mark White, Manager of Forestville State Park, representing the DNR at the meeting, referred to a letter sent to the Zoning Department that opposed granting the CUP. White said that dye tracing .....
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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with m ..... 
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Harmony Wastewater project coming closer to target

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The following is a summary of the July 15th council meeting.  Charles Janski, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, met with the council and gave an update on the project. Following a telescopic inspection of more than 7, ..... 
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Davids: “We did some good things for rural Minnesota”

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

Journal Editor John Torgrimson sat down with Representative Greg Davids of Preston this week to look back at the recently concluded 2003 Minnesota legislative session. Here is a summary of Torgrimson’s interview with Representative Davids:
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Sanchez in court on ATV charges

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

Juan Carlo Sanchez appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, July 7 for a Rule 8 hearing. Sanchez is being held in the Fillmore County Jail and is charged with 27 counts related to the theft of ATV’s and other motor vehicles. This include ..... 
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County Board accepts reviews on GIS and Coordinator positions

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

In 2000, the board enlisted the services of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a firm that reviews county job descriptions, their ongoing changes, and current duties. The firm makes recommendations on classifications that e ..... 
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Four area churches merge into United Lutheran Church

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

We are four rural congregations joining together through the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer to share God’s loving ministry. We will teach and invite others while encouraging and equipping God’s children to grow in Christian faith.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley vacated, cooperative development moves ahead

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The public hearing on the vacation of the platted alley behind the old school building was first on the agenda of the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7.

Eric Ruen, president of the Bethlehem Church Council, presented the ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Bonding, street improvements and travel expenses

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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A busy agenda engaged the council for all of three hours with Mayor Pro-temp Mike Gartner conducting the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Pechulis.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates laid out his recommendations for sel ..... 
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