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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 councils November 9 meeting.

Prior to moving to Harmony, Wherley inquired if the city had any restrictions on the number of domestic animals a person could keep. She was told that there were not.

In August the city adopted a new ordinance that prohibits kennels, which is defined as housing four or more domestic animals. This put Wherley, who breeds Norwich Terriers, out of compliance with the ordinance.

Council member Sherry Hines believed that the council should take into account the fact that Wherley researched the issue before moving to Harmony and that the rules were changed after the fact. Hines, as a member of the EDA, was impressed with the numbers of people who buy dogs from Wherley, as evidenced by several letters of support from people all over the country.

Council member Gerald Shuck believed that grandfathering in Wherleys kennel might be the fair thing to do.

Council members Mark McKay and David Kingsley both supported keeping the ordinance as is, believing that the kennel is a nuisance.

Two neighbors of Wherley spoke out about the problems of living nearby.

Tony Weber, a Fillmore County Sheriffs Deputy who works nights, said that the situation is pretty bad.

Its a nuisance when you cant even enjoy your own yard on your day off, Weber said. Don Hanson, who lives nearby concurred with Webers assessment.

Wherley countered by saying that there are other dogs in the neighborhood barking and that she makes every effort to keep hers quiet.

I take my dogs in as soon as they start barking, Wherley said.

The nuisance ordinance states that a dog owner can be cited if their animal barks for 10 minutes straight or intermittently for an hour.

Shuck said that the two ordinances were getting mixed up. He suggested dealing with the kennel ordinance and then discussing the nuisance ordinance separately.

Shuck made a motion to grandfather in Wherleys kennel, and any others that qualify, while keeping the new ordinance restricting kennels in place. Mayor David Runkel joined Shuck and Hines in voting for the measure, while Kin .....
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Commentary: Collateral Damage

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
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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
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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 Ive 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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Country Schools an important part of local history

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
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Editors note: Shortly after Edna Thompson was interviewed for this article she passed away following a long illness.

Up until the middle part of the 1900s rural schools were an integral part of the public education system. Hav ..... 
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County says NO to Heartland subsidy

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to recommend that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) deny a request for a JOBZ land swap for the proposed Heartland tire-burning plant.

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