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Fire claims life of Fountain man


Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The house on 1st Street in Fountain looks like most of the other homes on the quiet, tree lined street. The two story white clapboard house has a large cedar tree in the front yard and a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the house.

But on Tuesday, October 19, yellow crime scene tape inched its way around the property as law enforcement and fire officials poked through the charred structure for clues as to the cause of an early morning fire that killed Tyler Miller.

The Fountain and Preston Fire Departments responded to the fire, which was discovered by a neighbor around 5:30 a.m. Miller, 36, formerly of Wykoff, was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary autopsy findings indicate that Miller died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

On Tuesday, Fountain Firefighters were assisting the State Fire Marshall at the scene looking for evidence. Two Fillmore County Sheriff Deputies, specially trained in clandestine lab investigations, wearing protective suits and masks, went in and out of the house most of the afternoon removing several containers that contained chemicals, some of which are used in the production of methamphetamine.

Fillmore County Chief Deputy Daryl Jensen told the Journal that in addition to chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and controlled substances were also found in the home.

When asked if the fire could have been caused by the manufacture of methamphetamine, Fountain Police Chief Tom Mosher said, We are not ruling anything out at this point.

The fire started in the back of the house where a space heater and water heater are located. Both Jensen and Mosher indicated that there was no explosion associated with the fire as windows were not blown out and doors were not buckled.

Miller, who lived alone, had rented the house since last April. A newly adopted methamphetamine ordinance requires that any meth cleanup is the responsibility of the property owner.

The Fillmore County Sheriffs office is continuing with their investigation.

Davids seeks eighth term in House

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Editors note: The Journals Al Mathison sat down with Republican candidate Greg Davids to discuss his campaign for the District 31B House seat. This interview took place prior to the ruling by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Octo ..... 
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Commentary: Change is needed on the political landscape

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Editors note: The Journal invited former PBS Almanac co-host Jan Smaby to comment on the upcoming election.  I have been in and around the world of politics for over 50 years. During this time I have found political heroes, ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Air quality upgrades to cost $3.6 million

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

At its regular meeting on October 18, the R-P school board received a couple of unwelcome surprises. First, Superintendent Brad Miller reported that to bring the districts ventilation systems up to code will cost a whopping 3.6 million dollars.[Read the Rest]

County EDA takes a hard look at Heartland subsidy

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC passed the first hurdle in, what could be, a very long process to get authorization from Fillmore County for a JOBZ business subsidy.

Heartland is seeking a Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) s ..... 
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Campaign board finds Davids inadvertently misclassified ads

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has ruled that Rep. Greg Davids has inadvertently misclassified over $5,000 in campaign expenditures.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council requests EIS for Heartland

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council approved a letter requesting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Heartland Energy and Recycling Proposal in Preston at their regular meeting October 18th. With the deadline for public comments approaching on October ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Hoffman presents options for retaining walls

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The business was low key Monday evening at the Preston City Council Meeting. Jerry Scheevel served as Mayor Pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Pechulis.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman, at the bidding of the council last meeting, ch ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission:Commission limits subdivisions to blacktop roads

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted on Thursday to recommend to the Fillmore County Board that the development of subdivisions be restricted to blacktop or concrete roads. The measure passed following a public hearing.
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