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Sheriff alerts county board of increased jail costs


Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

Sheriff Jim Connolly addressed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners at their November 10 meeting about the possible need to increase the 2005 budget for jail costs. He explained that there is a waiting list of people who have a sentence to serve. Many inmates scheduled to serve time are non-violent offenders, convicted of DUI, underage consumption of alcohol, or ‘meth’ use.

Governor Pawlenty has called for ‘meth’ users to serve more time. This is not costing the state, but does put an added burden on the county. Connolly noted that the jail is full and it is necessary to contract prisoners out to other jails. He supports the added time for ‘meth’ users, but says the longer sentences are causing the jail to be at full capacity with no relief in sight. Many inmates with longer term sentences are in the poverty category and unable to pay part of their cost. The sheriff stressed that the ‘jail is not equipped to handle the numbers we have.’ Connolly was just giving the commission a ‘heads up’ on a possible budget problem.

Highways

John Grindeland, County Engineer, explained the planned changing of the route of CSAH 17 through Preston. A segment of Kansas Street from St. Paul Street to Highway 52 will no longer be part of CSAH 17. The segment of roadway on St. Paul, from the intersection of Kansas Street to Highway 52 will become part of CSAH 17.

Grindeland presented the final bill from Rochester Sand and Gravel in the amount of $94,335.80 for the completed construction project. The Board approved payment. There is still litigation involving Preston residents and this project. The litigation is a separate issue and holding back payment as leverage would not be appropriate and wouldn’t change anything.

Zoning

Zoning Administrator Norman Craig presented resolutions to amend the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance that relates to Individual Sewage Treatment Systems and Subdivisions. Some of the sewage regulations would coincide with the State Statute. There was a public hearing on the changes October 21, 2004. The Subdivision amendment deals with the ‘use of temporary structures on lots, organized solid waste pick-up, prohibits burn barrels, and prohibits subdivisions on gravel roads.’ Craig will work with County Attorney Brett Corson and present the resolutions for approval in two weeks.

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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 council’s November 9 meeting.

Prior to moving to Harmony, Wherley inquired if the cit ..... 
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Commentary: Collateral Damage

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

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
Posted in Features

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
Posted in Features

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 I’ve 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
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Shortly after Edna Thompson was interviewed for this article she passed away following a long illness.

Up until the middle part of the 1900’s rural schools were an integral part of the public education system. Hav ..... 
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