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Natural resource-based community planning


Fri, Sep 3rd, 2004
Posted in Features

In 1882, Horace Cleveland, planner for the Minneapolis Park system, spoke about the population growth, rising wealth, and development in Minneapolis. In planning for natural spaces, he said that residents should think a century ahead. Once a natural place is filled with streets, houses and businesses, it can never return to its original state. All their wealth cannot purchase a lost opportunity.

On August 25 in Rochester, Julie Westerlund and Michele Hanson, Community Assistance Coordinators for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), presented a workshop on making local development decisions by planning from the natural resource perspective first.

Don Krohn, Fillmore SWCD Administrator, Sandra Benson, Recycling Coordinator, Donna Rasmussen, Water Planning Coordinator, and Nancy Overcott, Citizens Water Planning Committee participated in the workshop, which was especially relevant to Fillmore County because of ongoing work on a new county comprehensive plan.

The presenters discussed two new tools, A Quick Guide to Using Natural Resource Information brochure and a companion CD rom Guide to using Natural Resource Information in Local Decision Making, which illustrate why natural resources are important, how to collect natural resource information and how to use the information to make environmentally sensitive and fiscally responsible land use decisions.

Traditional development-oriented planning starts with areas suitable for development based on roads, utilities, and other infrastructure. The natural resource-based method allows communities to avoid the unintended consequences of the typical process where natural areas become the leftover pieces. Open and green spaces serve a variety of functions including the protection of water, soil, agricultural land, timber stands, habitat, and plant and animal communities; the provision of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as sports, fishing, hiking, or birdwatching; the protection of people and property from natural hazards like flooding, water supply contamination and property loss; and preservation of community character, which in Fillmore County might include historic sites, blufflands, wetlands, forests, trout streams, and the Root River Trail.

To construct a natural resource-based plan, a community must first identify its issues and goals, then conduct a natural assets inventor .....
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Fillmore County District Court: Rochester man charged with manslaughter in ATV death

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2004
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Jeremy Jay Spratte, 29, of Rochester appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 30, on two felony counts, manslaughter in the second degree and criminal vehicular homicide.

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Fire fighters hold drill in Harmony

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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HARMONY With the events of April 11, 2002 in Lanesboro - where three downtown buildings were destroyed by an arson fire - fresh on the minds of many local fire fighters, fire departments from five communities converged on Harmony on Monday, August ..... 
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Lanesboro family meets Hurricane Charley

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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Hurricane Charley, the massive storm that swept across Florida two weeks ago, may seem like a distant disaster to Minnesotans and all Midwesterners for that matter. For one Lanesboro family, however, the worst U.S. hurricane since Andrew came a littl ..... 
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Highest bid for county farm exceeds $1 million

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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Erlyn Marzolf, who farms east of Preston, offered the highest bid of $2200 per acre, or $1,020,800 for the entire 464 acre county farm. The bids were opened at the Tuesday, August 24, Fillmore County Board meeting.

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Commentary: What else can Bush do?

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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Why am I not surprised that this incumbent president, who has had four years to put in place his programs and tout his many accomplishments, should resort to TV ads to attack his challenger?

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Rushford City Council Report: Building inspection process under fire

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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Jay Kruger of CMS appeared before the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting August 23rd to answer their questions about the citys current building inspection program. Mayor T. S. Roberton asked when the inspector makes the final inspection. ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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The preliminary audit shows Fillmore Centrals undesignated fund balance at roughly $250,000 reported Superintendent Myrna Luehmann at the districts monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 24, held at the middle schools media center. Though board member ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: Board gets ready for start of school year

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
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A decision that was applauded by many last spring, to offer half-day every day kindergarten in the Rushford-Peterson district this fall, is now causing a few complications in the area of transportation.

At its monthly meeting Au ..... 
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