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3-2 split favors Heartland


Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Council members Mike Gartner and Jerry Scheevel requested the special meeting of the Preston City Council held Tuesday, April 29. A large crowd again over-flowed into the entry way. Scheevel made a motion stating that, based on legal counsel's advice on the Heartland conditional use permit (CUP) application, the city council declares the motion made at the April 21, 2003 council meeting, with respect to Resolution number 03-04, passed and that the Heartland CUP is approved. Mike Gartner seconded the motion. Mayor Dave Pechulis preceded to read his position into the record. He explained why the resolution should not be approved and why he refuses to sign the CUP at this time. He characterized the technical information about the operation of the plant beyond the scope of their educations. Pechulis sees the sheer enormity of the plant's structures, and it's proposed 10,000 gallon diesel tank and 18,000 gallon propane tank, as hazards. He said that the nearly 100,000 tons of tires delivered to the plant are projected to give off 588.10 tons of pollutants per year through air emissions. The mayor's interpretation of the state's statutes and the local ordinances is that the 'more stringent rules apply, whether they are local ordinances or state statutes'. In his opinion a super majority of four votes are necessary to pass the resolution. Therefore, the April 21 vote on the resolution failed. Pechulis said that he gives little weight to the opinion of Mary Tietjen, the city's legal counsel on the Heartland matter. “Her opinion is just that, an opinion,” Pechulis said. "We will have to agree to disagree on the matter." Pechulis argued that the City should make a request for another 60 day extension, in part to consider new environmental information revealed in the MPCA process. He concluded by making it clear that Council member Mike Gartner has no authority to sign any documents as Mayor Pro Tempo while he, Pechulis, is capable of performing his duties. Tietjen, responding to the question of the Mayor's refusal to sign the resolution, stated, “Statutes do not require that Resolutions be signed by the Mayor.” She said that there is legal authority that the resolution need not be signed at all.“It is my opinion that the Mayor Pro Temp may sign the Resolution if the Mayor refuses to do so,” Tietjen said. Mike Gartner who admitted th .....
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Public Hearings, but No Public

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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The Rushford City Council started out their April 28 meeting with two public hearings, but there was little sign of a public to hear from.   The first hearing of the night concerned the re-adoption of the Minnesota State Buil ..... 
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Have knives will travel

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Any farmer who raises cattle for his own meat knows that there are a number of small processing plants around Fillmore County that provide the valuable service of butchering and processing the homegrown stock.

When it’s time—wh ..... 
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Heartland wins. Or did they?

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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On Monday evening, the Preston Council Chamber was literally over flowing, with people sitting on the floor and many standing in the corridor straining to hear the proceedings of the Preston City Council. The council was meeting to decide whether to ..... 
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County to reopen zoning density debate

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission, Commissioner Duane Bakke unveiled a new zoning ordinance amendment that would allow individual townships to select from a menu of choices that would determine how many homes are bu ..... 
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County Social Services see child protection caseload increase

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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"We would like to see a month where there is no hitting, no drug abuse, no sexual abuse, no emotional neglect, children being bathed when they smell, and children being properly fed," stated Wendy Ebner, Social Service Supervisor, as she recapped the ..... 
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Former Ostrander City Clerk sentenced to jail and home monitoring

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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Saying that he wanted to send a message to others who hold a position of trust, that abuses of power will be dealt with harshly, Judge Robert Benson sentenced former Ostrander City Clerk Tonya Michelle Burns to 15 days in jail, 130 days electric home ..... 
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Lanesboro Council responds to citizen requests, adjusts budget

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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Art promotions, a raffle, a dance, and the brush dump were on the minds of citizens as they addressed the Lanesboro City Council April 21, 2003.

Holly McDonough, Executive Director of the Cornucopia Art Center, asked the counci ..... 
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City of Rushford Audit report presented

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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At a special meeting of the Rushford City Council on Monday, April 21, 2003, Tom Wente of Smith, Schafer and Associates presented the city’s audit report to the council.

"You’ve done a good job either budgeting or staying in th ..... 
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