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Extension and 4-H leaders concerned over programs status


Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

"We push 4-H because it touches almost 500 kids, stated Judy Frank, Fillmore County Extension Committee chairperson. Frank, County Extension Director Jerry Tesmer, and Luann Hinike of the SE District Extension Office, came before the commissioners at their Tuesday, July 1 meeting. Extension Office staff and several 4-H leaders were also on hand to lend support.

The group was steamed over a letter that was put together outlining the countys intentions regarding the reorganization of the Extension Office staff due to state budget cuts. After a recent four-county meeting with Wabasha, Houston, Winona and Fillmore counties (two of our commissioners were present), a letter was drafted and addressed to the university. However, it was not passed through the Extension Committee before copies of it were e-mailed to individuals.

"I feel like the board slapped me in the face, said Frank. Members felt a draft should have come through them before any action was taken. To make matters worse, the letter said the county would consider commitng to a .5 FTE (full-time equivalent) 4-H Coordinator, a .5 FTE support staff, and .25 FTE from the Regional Center. The present staff includes a 1.0 FTE 4-H Coordinator, .33 FTE Regional 4-H Educator, a .25 Summer internship position, and 1.8 FTE in support staff. The county also has the benefit of the experience from Jerry Tesmer, County Extension Director, and Shelia Craig and Amy Anderson, both Regional Extension Educators.

"Its tough to take a good program and kill it, then try to rebuild it," said Tesmer. A part-time 4-H Coordinator isnt the answer stated Tesmer for the entire group.

Michelle Redalen, another member of the Extension Committee felt the board was undermining their authority and creating animosity between the university and the county.

The board speaks . . .

"I dont like the university holding us hostage," stated Chairman Mark Prestby. The time frame is so short, noted the commissioner in regard to making good decisions in such a critical area.

"I think theyre asking us to walk off a cliff. I dont think this cut was meant to end up with these results, said a very frustrated Randy Dahl. "The whole thing is getting away from the rural community. The university needs to get its act together."

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Fillmore County District Court: Warrants issued for ATV thefts in Rushford

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Warrants for the arrest of three men wanted in connection with the theft of ATVs and other vehicles in five states were issued in Fillmore County District Court on June 27.

Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47; Abel Carcasco Zamora, 51; and ..... 
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Cooperation and discussion mark Northcountry meeting

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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On Monday, June 30, about twenty residents of Lanesboro came to the Community Center to hear and ask more about the plans of Northcounty to develop the old Lanesboro Elementary School as a housing cooperative. Margaret Lund, executive director of Nor ..... 
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SEMEP files suit against MPCA over Heartland

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Papers were filed in District Court on Wednesday, June 25 by attorneys for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its decision on Februrary 25, 2003 not to require an Envi ..... 
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Generators generate public interest at Rushford Council meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

Citizens opposed to the addition of standby generators at the substation site had a chance to address their questions and comments to the Rushford City Council as they began their meeting on June 23.

Eric Hoiland handed out a l ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Program will focus on the working poor

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

The good news, according to Fillmore County Director of Social Services, Tom Boyd, is that in the face of declining budgets the state allocation for Income Maintenance Programs will actually increase to $318,000 next year. However, Boyd and his staff ..... 
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Forestville meets $50,000 goal

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The good news is that we have met our short term goal of raising $50,000, Charles Pautler, Site Manager at Historic Forestville, told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. Im here to thank you personally for supporting this effort. The county do ..... 
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A culinary trip to Chicago

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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"First we eat, then we do everything else."

M.F.K. Fisher

A few weeks ago we took our family summer vacation to Chicago. Our plans included taking the kids to the usual museums, walking around and gawking ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

Weather permitting, we should begin pouring walls tomorrow, Dean Sand of CAM, Inc. told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. Were three weeks out on setting steel.

Sand, along with representatives of Kane & Johnson Archite ..... 
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