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County wrestles with Sumner moratorium


Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

While the county may have its own ordinance regarding planning and zoning, townships have the right to require even more specified regulations when it comes to land use. Sumner Township has exercised this right by passing a one-year moratorium on building non-ag structures. However some parties feel they have been caught unjustly in the middle.Recently, the county board denied Greg Woolums a refund for his building permit as is stipulated in county policy. Woolums had requested the refund when Sumner Township had passed the moratorium while he was in the process of obtaining a building permit. While the county found no grounds to deny the permit, the township halted the would-be builder with their newly passed ordinance.Assistant Attorney Matt Opat pointed out the county has the right to act on a refund but has no authority regarding the permit in question. This must be appealed to the Board of Adjustment. With that, the first partys dispute in regard to Sumners authority ended. Bucknell SubdivisionThe next party questioning the new language was Bruce and Linda Bucknell of Racine. They had come before the board on April 8 seeking a conditional use permit to establish a subdivision with seven lots and two outside lots on land they own located in Section 25 in Sumner Township.The project 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 reasonable possibility of groundwater contamination in the limestone and karst featured area. Upon reviewing a report from Mat Fowler, GGG Engineering of Chatfield, the county board felt the items listed as concerns had been addressed.Since their last meeting, Bucknell and Fowler have made some changes regarding the project in hopes to calm concerns of the township board. Some of the changes include cutting down on the number of lots; moving the road more into the Bucknell property to cut down on traffic; and working to move the lots away from a feedlot line. The board felt that too many details of the project had changed since their last meeting. Bicknese pointed out that these new changes are not what the public had originally heard. Bucknell stated that he was only trying to accommodate the public but perhaps he should go back to his or .....
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Court of Appeals hears Tuchek case

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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On Tuesday, June 10, the defense attorney for former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek presented oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Tucheks sentence be reduced.

Tuchek was convicted of eight count ..... 
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Heartland hopes to begin construction this fall

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Bob Maust, president of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC says that he hopes to begin construction of his proposed energy plant this fall as soon as all permits are issued. Heartland is presently awaiting an Air Permit from the Minnesota Pollution Co ..... 
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Trees, paths, buses and weeds concern Rushford Citizens

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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The June 9 meeting of the Rushford City Council opened to a full house, as concerned citizens came forward to address the council.   Richard and Holly Holle spoke first about the slated cutting of cedars on the bluff above th ..... 
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St. Lawrence OToole Parish closes after 133 years of fellowship

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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By Juliann L. Mueller

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 verse I.

"It is with heartfelt disappointment th ..... 
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Efficient dairy operation part of Rolling Acres diversified farming mix

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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June is a month that is set aside to honor our local dairy farmers and also make the public aware of their contributions to the community. One of the traditions of June Dairy month is Dairy Day on the Farm. This years proud host is one of Fillmore C ..... 
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Commissioners Report: End of legislative session shows state cuts

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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With the completion of the extended Minnesota Legislative session, cities and counties could assess the losses in local government aid and make necessary adjustments to their budgets.

Fillmore County Policy Coordinator Karen Bro ..... 
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Historic Forestville asks communitys help to meet deadline

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Im enough of a farmer yet-why would you build a barn if you dont have the money to buy the cows to milk?

Mrs. Eloda (Robert) Wood, reflecting on budget cuts.

"We have to make a commitment by June 23," st ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts back at the starting line

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Mike McGrath, a former board member of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their June 2 meeting.

Reminding the council, "You are in the drivers seat in the states eyes," McGrath advised ..... 
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