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Planning Commission approves Sumner Township subdivision


Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the Bruce Bucknell subdivision in Sumner Township, sending the application on to the County Board for the final approval.

In a crowded room of interested citizens, Chairman Mike Tuohy conducted a public hearing on the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the proposed subdivision of eight lots in section 25. All public testimony given was in opposition to the subdivision application.

The Bucknell subdivision, called Washington Country Estates, was originally submitted with 12 lots in 2002, but was rejected at the Board of Adjustment level when the owner applied for a variance to place the subdivision within 1,000 feet of a feedlot.

After the variance was disapproved, the owner modified the subdivision so that the current eight lots are now outside of the required 1,000-foot radius of the neighbor’s feedlot. However, two lots within that 1,000-foot radius remain on the plat as "out lots," or non-buildable lots that will remain such until the neighbor’s feedlot is moved to bring it in compliance with current state feedlot regulations.

During the public hearing, the owners of the neighboring feedlot, Penny and Randy Ness, testified against the subdivision application. Mr. Ness stated that he was concerned that the new neighbors would object to farming noises, smells and other activities. Ness was also concerned that the subdivision would now use all legally allowed building lots in the quarter-quarter section, prohibiting him from ever building another home on his farm.

Mr. Ness’s wife, Penny, also testified against the subdivision and presented the planning commission with a petition signed by 59 residents who are opposed to the subdivision and are requesting the county perform an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), and possibly an Environmental Impact Statement.

Mrs. Ness was informed by Commissioner Duane Bakke that the request for the EAW and the petition would have to be submitted to the state Environmental Quality Board, and that it must be submitted before the Fillmore County Commissioners give final approval on the subdivision. The subdivision will be on the County Board’s agenda at their March 11 meeting.

Several other neighbors also testified against the subdivision application, citing potential impact on the quality of rural .....
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Water worries Rushford Council

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council addressed the city’s omnipresent water concerns as it met February 24, 2003. The annual water report showed that in the past year 22,901,108 gallons of water were unaccounted for (and as a result not paid for either). This w ..... 
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SWCD will look at other ways to fund conservation programs

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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When Governor Pawlenty cut $7.3 million in water and soil resource grants state-wide in his unallotment process a few weeks ago, he probably wasn’t thinking about what effect his decision would have on local conservation programs. After all, the gove ..... 
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A taste of place

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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Think of a bag of Doritos or a Big Mac. What defines fast food?

Fast food is predictable, exactly the same every time we buy it, no matter what the season, no matter where in the world. It is highly processed, made in mass quant ..... 
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MPCA expected to rule EIS not needed on Heartland

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens’ Board is expected to rule on Tuesday, February 25, that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not needed for the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston. The Citizens’ Boar ..... 
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Preston City Council rescinds Heartland permit

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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A legal firm hired by the Preston City Council to offer legal advice has recommended that the council should rescind a conditional use permit (CUP) granted to Heartland Energy & Recycling in May.

Mary Tietjen, an attorney for K ..... 
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Lanesboro accepts $70,000 bid for old clinic

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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At their meeting February 18th the Lanesboro City Council accepted Lee and Charlene Draper’s high bid of $70,000 for the old clinic building at 104 Sheridan West. Charlene intends to move her beauty shop business to the building and will try to bring ..... 
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It’s in the wind

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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The McNeilus name has been on concrete trucks since 1976 and on garbage trucks since 1990. Garwin McNeilus’ high standards resulted in his company ranking Number One in the garbage/concrete truck industry when he sold it in 1998 to Oshkosh Truck. [Read the Rest]

County holds public hearing on bonding

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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The bonding hearing for the courthouse remodeling project at Tuesday’s county board meeting met no opposition as Michael Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the $3.8 million Capital Improvement Bonds (CIP) schedule. There was plenty of seating ..... 
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