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County Board rules that EAW not required on Bucknell Subdivison


Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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A request by Bruce and Linda Bucknell of Racine for a conditional use permit to establish seven lots and two outside lots on land they own located in Sumner Township came to a halt in early March due to a petition requesting an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). A 30-signature petition was sent to the Environmental Quality Board asking that an EAW be completed as the group felt there was a potential for groundwater contamination in the limestone and karst featured area. The environmental body ruled that Fillmore County was the regulatory governmental unit in this case and should assess whether an EAW is required in this instance.. Both parties came back to the Commissioners’ table this week after the board completed a tour of the proposed site. Bruce Bucknell and Mat Fowler, GGG Engineering of Chatfield, and Randy Ness of the concerned citizens’ group were present. Fowler spoke first, focusing on state requirements of septic tanks and how the project would be in compliance. He felt some individuals find human waste more of a concern than animal waste. Fowler explained that the state requires sealed septic tanks with three feet of good soil to treat sewage as it disperses from the tank. There would be no runoff; it is a completely controlled situation. The effectiveness of any septic system is based on its maintenance. Bucknell said there has been talk of possible required maintenance contracts to keep septic systems working to maximum ability, but nothing has been implemented in this area yet. Fowler next spoke to the concern of runoff. A hydrologic curve number computation sheet was presented. Its data would suggest the subdivision would have less runoff than the average crop land. Fowler noted there wouldn’t be a curb system that would have the potential to create a runoff. He felt lawns and properly managed ditches would keep runoff to a minimum. Fowler also noted there is a field between the proposed site and the spring-fed Kedron trout stream the petitioners are concerned about. Soil being moved during construction and possible hazardous waste was next in line for consideration. The engineer assured the board that silt fences would be put in place to stop the flow of potential soil erosion. The board next questioned the confusion of several marked cemetery plots and the unclear property boundary lines of the cemetery versus Bucknell’s property. Bucknell pointed out seve .....
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Catholic nun recalls mission work in third world

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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“Itchy feet.” That is the working title of a book Sister Joseen Vogt is planning on writing about her experiences around the world.

“When I was leaving Australia, the head master asked me what I was going to do next. I told him ..... 
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Discord over Heartland permit status

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday evening, April 7, on a day when mother nature struck the area with a heavy spring storm. When it came time to discuss the Heartland Energy & Recycling plant and the action to rescind the Conditional Use Permit (CUP ..... 
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City no longer a partner in Lanesboro Center for the Arts

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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With a full council in attendance, the Lanesboro City Council rescinded an earlier motion from March 2002 and withdrew from involvement with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts. The action, which took place at the council’s regular meeting on April 7, ..... 
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Preston council looks at Highway 52 project

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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The Preston City Council approved a contract to hire Bonestroo Projects to oversee the city’s share of the Highway 52 project. In conjunction with this, Mike Bubany with David Drown and Associates presented the council with background information on ..... 
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A log home never goes out of style

Sat, Apr 5th, 2003
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I give you shade, I give you warmth, your words are scrolled upon my breast.    I grow tall for all to see. This is what God intended for me. I am just a tree.

"It just kind of evolved. We talked about b ..... 
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On the road in Panama

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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Panama, they say, is the next big destination. The next place to go once you’ve burnt out on the crowds everywhere else. It’s tropical and has pristine beaches on two different oceans. There are rain forests and exotic birds and of course, there’s th ..... 
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Sheriff discusses budget options

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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"We are looking at some cuts, but not to hurt the staff," stated Fillmore County’s Sheriff Jim Connolly, as he addressed the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday regarding budget cuts, courtesy of the state of Minnesota.   Connol ..... 
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Four-day kindergarten new at Fillmore Central

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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Through the innovation of two elementary school teachers, kindergartners attending school at Fillmore Central today are treated somewhat differently than students in the past.

When my son attended kindergarten nine years ago, he ..... 
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