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Commissioners meet with Olmsted counterparts to discuss collaboration


Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

As the county board made their way through the mornings agenda on Tuesday, there were deep vibrations overhead as construction started on the long awaited courthouse remodeling/ addition project.

"Theyre starting," laughed Commissioner Randy Dahl as the first order of business in the construction work was to relieve the site of its sidewalks. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud joking told their Olmsted County guests that the vibrations were under six on the Richter scale.

Olmsted County Commissioners Matt Flynn and Paul Wilson, County Administrator Richard Devlin, had requested an audience with Fillmore County to discuss possible collaboration on common issues that might help relieve some of the financial pressure state budget cuts have created. Olmsted County, who will lose $7 million in funding next year, is touring area counties, gathering input on mutual interests. Richard Devlin gave a slide presentation depicting how Olmsted perceived important concerns and their view of the two counties assets.

"Common ground, one voice and proactive partnership", were words Devlin stressed throughout the presentation. Though Olmsted has such impressive resources as Mayo Clinic and IBM, the county recognizes the importance of its neighbors. It has been a growing trend for employees of Rochester to seek residence outside of the city, some individuals traveling many miles each day, to the smaller rural communities. A private bus service stops in many of the area towns picking up Mayo Clinic employees, lessening traffic, and parking congestion. Both Olmsted and Fillmore agreed this is a real asset.

Devlin said Olmsted has 76,748 people and 98,605 jobs available. He says the opportunity is out there.

What are the risks of not working together?

Devlin sited five negative reactions when counties dont work together. 1) More competition for state money. 2) Businesses may go elsewhere. 3) Deterioration of crucial infrastructure if businesses pull out. 4) Tax base can erode. 5) Environmental degradation.

The benefits of pulling together? Devlin cited 1) Stronger impact in numbers. 2) Continual vitality. 3) Vibrant communities. 4) Attractive places to live. 5) Solid economy. The two counties, as well as several others, have already seen the fruits of joint efforts in such areas as Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Corrections, Gang St .....
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Preston City Council: Issue of special assessment unresolved

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday, May 5 lacking one member, Mike Gartner. Mayor Pechulis asked for a moment of silence to wish Mr. Gartner well, as he was admitted to the hospital late last week.

Joe Palen, an engineer from ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council refuses to consider closing alley

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Tempers flared as the Lanesboro City Council heard from developer Dan Anderson, Bethlehem Church Council President Eric Ruen, and Warren Kramer of Northcountry Cooperative Development on Monday, May 5.

Kramer first spoke to the ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Mandy Kay Vreeman, 24, Preston, charged with felony DWI from an incident on March 22, 2003. Alleged to have been in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of having been convict ..... 
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Beef industry stands strong in light of general economy

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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"Packers like farm raised finished cattle," notes Joe Nelson, owner of Lanesboro Sales Commission.

Nelson says the producers in the area have paid attention to their genetics, purchasing good quality bulls that help upgrade the ..... 
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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, base ..... 
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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.

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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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