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Committee takes up Heartland JOBZ application


Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

A sub-committee of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority met on Friday, October 15, to review the application of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC for a business subsidy. (The committee met after this issue of the Journal went to print).

Heartland is seeking a Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) subsidy in the form of property tax abatement, sales tax exemptions, corporate and investor income tax exemptions. The present value of the proposed subsidy is $930,000 over ten years, although that figure could be higher once income tax and sales tax exemptions are figured in.

Because Heartland replaces the Preston Iron Works in the city of Preston JOBZ Zone, all taxing districts must approve the switch. To date, the Preston City Council and the Fillmore Central School District have approved the change. The county is the last to take up the issue.

The EDA sub-committee will forward a recommendation to the Fillmore County EDA whether to pursue a full application from Heartland. The sub-committee will focus its determination on whether the Heartland development can proceed without the assistance of public subsidies.

According to Fillmore County Policy Coordinator, Karen Brown, the Heartland application will probably go to the Fillmore County EDA when it meets on October 27, although the county board is unlikely to take up the matter until sometime in November.

Petition

Citizens Against Pollution will be going to the Minnesota capital today to deliver a petition with 6,000 names opposing the Heartland plant to Governor Pawlenty, the Attorney General and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Commentary: As the world turns

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Journal invited former state senator Duane Benson to comment on the upcoming election.

Running for office? Want to get the headlines? Don’t talk about the issues! Do talk about your opponent’s evil conniving n ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves TIF project

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Harmony City Council on Tuesday, October 12, approved a measure that will allow the city to sell bonds to finance public improvements to the industrial park ($470,114) and refinance outstanding bonds ($480,000). The council’s action followed a pu ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Tri-County/GenSys offer generation lease

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

Once again the issue of “standby generators” generated high citizen interest as the Rushford City Council met October 12th for their regular meeting. There was standing room only left as city residents crowded in to hear the council and give their in ..... 
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Lanesboro youth get behind skate park effort

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - To some hearing the words kickflip, ollie, and rail grind would only manifest a feeling of confusion, but they are only part of the vocabulary of the steady growing group of American skateboarders. Sean Sampson, a Lanesboro senior, and Ma ..... 
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County Board struggles classifying DreamAcres

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board spent considerable time at their Tuesday, October 3, meeting discussing DreamAcres’ application for a conditional use permit. Much of that time was spent trying to define what DreamAcres really is: school, campgrou ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Mural okayed for safety wall at 208 N. Parkway

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Amanda Rafuse of Friends of the Arts (FOTA) and Sara Decker of Cornucopia Art Center shared plans for a mural with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting Monday, October 4, 2004. The mural, slated to be painted on a safety wall for the c ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council wrestles with Highway 52 issues

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Highway 52 project dominated Preston’s city council meeting on Monday, October 4. Several homeowners along the Highway 52 corridor turned out to voice complaints over plans for beautification (or lack there of) of retaining walls along the route. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Matthew Rory Tostenson, 33, of Mabel, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on October 4, 2004 with two felony counts of theft by swindle. According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that on or aro ..... 
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