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Rushford City Police will patrol Peterson


Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the request of Peterson Mayor Dick Lee and the Peterson City Council, the Rushford City Council voted Monday night, May 12th, to have the Rushford Police Department patrol Peterson streets five hours per week. The money paid by Peterson for the service ($22/hour) will go into the general fund and be used to pay police salaries. The council was adamant in their stipulation that the citizens of Peterson are made aware this patrolling was being done at the request of their city council.

In other police action, the council discussed a memo from Police Chief Sam Stensgard regarding the issuance of tickets in the city. Chief Stensgard suggested having violators pay administrative penalties instead of state tickets for petty misdemeanor violations, ordinance violations and non-sufficient funds checks. With these penalties, the city would increase its revenues by keeping the fines local. Currently a ticket costing the violator $70 only gives the city $13.33. Under the administrative penalty system, the penalty could be $40 to $60 with the city keeping the entire amount. If a person chose to make a not guilty plea, he could opt for the state ticket and appear in court. The council gave Stensgard the go ahead to draft an ordinance and directed Stensgard and City Administrator Larry Bartelson to take the ordinance to the city attorney and the planning commission for review when it was ready.

Paving Issues

In a letter city residents Joan Kinneberg and Kathy Kirchhof requested the alley behind North Maple be paved. The two cited problems such as uneven settling of the alley from city work in the alley last summer and damaged house siding from flying gravel. The council sent the issue to PWD Jeff Copley for his review and budget considerations before the next meeting.

Bids were opened for city seal coating and blacktopping projects for this year. Dunn Blacktopping’s bid was for only the blacktopping; a company representative stated the company doesn’t do seal coating and said he was told by city employees to bid the blacktop only. Carlson withdrew its bid for blacktopping after the bids were open, claiming they didn’t understand the scope of the project when the bid was made. (Carlson had not met with PWD Jeff Copley to discuss the project requirements before bidding.)

An irritated Mayor T.S. Roberton declared neither bid was complete, adding his concern th .....
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Wastewater Plant project moves forward

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Manholes look real good, like they were just laid five years ago," stated Mike Lynch, as he and Chuck Janski of Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik & Associates gave an update on the wastewater plant project to Harmony council members. If the outfall sewer li ..... 
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Friends of Forestville ready to do whatever it takes to save site

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

"I love coming to Forestville and its celebrations. There’s kids in the metro area that can still take Spanish, and my school is faced with possibly losing its ag program. Now you want to close Forestville, that’s not fair,"   [Read the Rest]

Wykoff residents recall killer tornado of fifty years ago

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Don Jeche, his dad, Otto, and his six year old nephew Dennis Boetcher were milking cows early on the afternoon of May 12, 1953. It was Mother’s Day and the family was looking forward to sitting down for a special supper as soon as the chores were don ..... 
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Area communities ready for Syttende Mai

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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In Norway, the 17th of May is a little like America’s 4th of July. Known as Syttende Mai, this is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814.

Syttende Mai is celebrated locally amongst Norwegian-American communities, and s ..... 
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Commissioners meet with Olmsted counterparts to discuss collaboration

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

As the county board made their way through the morning’s agenda on Tuesday, there were deep vibrations overhead as construction started on the long awaited courthouse remodeling/ addition project.

"They’re starting," laughed Co ..... 
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Preston City Council: Issue of special assessment unresolved

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Monday, May 5 lacking one member, Mike Gartner. Mayor Pechulis asked for a moment of silence to wish Mr. Gartner well, as he was admitted to the hospital late last week.

Joe Palen, an engineer from ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council refuses to consider closing alley

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Tempers flared as the Lanesboro City Council heard from developer Dan Anderson, Bethlehem Church Council President Eric Ruen, and Warren Kramer of Northcountry Cooperative Development on Monday, May 5.

Kramer first spoke to the ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Mandy Kay Vreeman, 24, Preston, charged with felony DWI from an incident on March 22, 2003. Alleged to have been in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of having been convict ..... 
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