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Preston Council considers interim ordinance


Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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The Preston City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, to discuss placing an interim ordinance on certain kinds of industrial development for one year until the city has had adequate time to study the issue. Similar to interim ordinances adopted recently by Sumner and Forestville Townships, as well as the city of Fountain, the Preston interim ordinance would place a moratorium on the building of facilities to handle hazardous waste, municipal solid waste incineration, electrical power generation with a capacity of more than 10 megawatts, bio-medical waste incineration and demolition debris.The meeting was called by Mayor Dave Pechulis, who drafted the proposed ordinance. This raised several questions from Council member Heath Mensink, who asked whether legal council has had a chance to view the document. Mensink further questioned the distribution of materials to council members, noting that he had received his papers on Thursday (day of the meeting), while other council members had received it the previous day.Mensink went so far as to utter a mild profanity at Pechulis, saying that “I am getting a little hot about this shit.”Under pressure, Pechulis said that he had gotten an example of the interim ordinance off the internet and had shown the document to Peters & Peters, the lawyers representing SEMEP in their suit against the MPCA.Pechulis said the rationale for the interim ordinance was to give the city a chance to study the impact certain kinds of industrial development would have on the city’s roads, property values and health and safety of the residents. He further stated that the last comprehensive plan was completed in 1997 and that it calls for annual reviews and updates. “This plan should be reviewed as the city grows,” Pechulis said. “For the well being of the people of Preston, we need to monitor where we are going.”Any interim ordinance that is approved cannot impede the development of existing subdivisions, although there was some question as to what is defined by a “subdivision.” City Attorney Dave Joerg refused to be drawn into a discussion about what a legal definition of a “subdivision” is.“I have an opinion on what a subdivision is, but it would require me to offer an opinion. I sent a letter to the council in October stating that I would not be involved in the Heartland case. I just can’t do it,” Jo .....
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Maust suit scheduled for Thursday in Chatfield

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Judge James Fabian will hear arguments in a mandamus suit brought against the city of Preston by Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling. Court is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Chatfield.    ..... 
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1940 Armistice Day Storm remembered

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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The morning of Monday, November 11, 1940 started as a typical November day aside from the unseasonably warm temperatures. Wanting to make the most of the sixty degree day, people headed to Armistice Day ceremonies or other public events. Duck hunting ..... 
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County Board discusses new state audit regulations

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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With the state now allowing counties to hire their own auditors, thus saving dollars, Fillmore County, along with several others counties, have made plans to seek out a suitable firm to take on the work. Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, along with Shi ..... 
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Judge warns attorneys in zoning case to “come prepared” to trial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson on Tuesday, presiding at a pre-trial hearing in the civil case between Fillmore County versus Eli and Matti Sla-baugh, chastised lawyers from both sides to “come prepared” when the case goes to trial on December 10 in Chatfield.[Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court Bench warrant issued for Lanesboro man, attorney files motion for mistrial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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A bench warrant was issued by Judge Robert Benson on November 3 for the arrest of Ryan Lee Peterson, 21, of Lanesboro, after Peterson failed to appear for sentencing. Peterson was convicted by a jury on October 2 of three felony counts of Assault in ..... 
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Election results 2003

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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The results of Tuesday’s general election are as follows:

City Elections

•Rushford:

Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.

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A Sign of the Times

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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A piece of local history is on display at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul. The historical artifact is a hand-lettered sign advertising a teen dance in the Fountain elementary school gym during the1960's.

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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied building permit once again

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On a dreary, rainy Monday evening the Preston City Council faced a busy agenda. The council members maintained a business-like attitude with strained civility. The public attending the council meeting because of the proposed Heartland plant feel stro ..... 
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