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Rushford City Council Report: Bartelson resigns effective December 31


Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

Larry Bartelson, Rushford City Administrator, officially resigned from his position at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, October 25. Bartelson said he was resigning for personal reasons effective at the end of the calendar year, December 31. The resignation was the topic of a closed meeting held the previous Wednesday morning between the council and Bartelson and his representative. While all agreed in principle, some details are still being worked out with some questions referred to City Attorney Dennis Rutgers. Bartelson will be available for background questions about city business for the next six months; this is comparable to the provisions for the citys union employees. The vote to accept the resignation was unanimous with Larry Johnson absent from that closed meeting.

City building code

The Planning Commission had invited local contractors to their meeting to discuss the current building inspection program. Although disappointed that only one contractor came, the commission and the contractor carried on a useful dialogue. Currently the cost of inspection is thirty-five percent of the 1997 code fee; this is considered to be a minimal fee compared to what it could be. The continuity of the inspectors was questioned. Apparently, different inspectors do the inspections with different results. The council agreed that they do not want to put extra expense on business owners if it is not necessary and decided to investigate the difference in needing a sprinkler system in the city and not in Rushford Village. Paul Haugerud, a businessman interested in building a shooting range in the Rushford Industrial Park, told the council he had built a paint shop in Harmony and that OSHA has gone through the building and never mentioned anything about fire suppression or sprinklers. Haugerud also questioned the need for an architect review, noting that his proposed shooting range building would have to be structurally sound if it was going to prevent bullets from going through it.

The idea of having a local inspector was considered, but the contractor at the commission meeting thought it would be difficult for such a person to deal with local contractors. The council also questioned whether commercial buildings would still need to be built according to state regulations regardless. Haugerud, who has worked in construction, opined that the contractors work in Rushford and the surrounding area .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: District accepts MnDOT offer on sale of land for Hwy 52

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore Central School Board, at its Tuesday, October 26 meeting, accepted an offer to sell 3 - 1/3 acres of land near the school complex in Preston to the state of Minnesota for the Highway 52 project.

The district will re ..... 
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Fire claims life of Fountain man

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The house on 1st Street in Fountain looks like most of the other homes on the quiet, tree lined street. The two story white clapboard house has a large cedar tree in the front yard and a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the house.

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Davids seeks eighth term in House

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Editors note: The Journals Al Mathison sat down with Republican candidate Greg Davids to discuss his campaign for the District 31B House seat. This interview took place prior to the ruling by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Octo ..... 
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Commentary: Change is needed on the political landscape

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
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Editors note: The Journal invited former PBS Almanac co-host Jan Smaby to comment on the upcoming election.  I have been in and around the world of politics for over 50 years. During this time I have found political heroes, ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Air quality upgrades to cost $3.6 million

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

At its regular meeting on October 18, the R-P school board received a couple of unwelcome surprises. First, Superintendent Brad Miller reported that to bring the districts ventilation systems up to code will cost a whopping 3.6 million dollars.[Read the Rest]

County EDA takes a hard look at Heartland subsidy

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
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Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC passed the first hurdle in, what could be, a very long process to get authorization from Fillmore County for a JOBZ business subsidy.

Heartland is seeking a Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) s ..... 
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Campaign board finds Davids inadvertently misclassified ads

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
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The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has ruled that Rep. Greg Davids has inadvertently misclassified over $5,000 in campaign expenditures.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council requests EIS for Heartland

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council approved a letter requesting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Heartland Energy and Recycling Proposal in Preston at their regular meeting October 18th. With the deadline for public comments approaching on October ..... 
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