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Rushford City Council Report: NIMBY – Rushford generator location still undecided


Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

NIMBY—not in my backyard—was once again heard at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, September 27, 2004. Although the phrase was the same, the voices and faces changed from previous meetings as the council once again tried to find a home for the standby generators. Steve Schreurs of SEH told the council the Industrial Park site would cost $625,000 more than the bluff site to go underground; overhead was somewhat cheaper at $470,000 more. Of that, $82,000 would be a re-engineering cost. Since the location proved so costly, Schreurs looked informally at two other options—Froiland property across the creek from the substation and the city campground. Schreurs estimated the project could be completed with an additional $81,000 price tag for underground and $8,000 for overhead. The cost of purchasing the land was not figured in. He added that the campground site would be less than the Froiland site since the city already owned the land and it would be a straighter shot to the substation. Neighbors of the properties appeared to ask the same questions asked more than a year ago. How noisy will it be? How big? Will it stink? How much will it run? Answers to the questions did little to placate the residents. They simply did not want it in their backyard and were willing to pay more taxes to locate it elsewhere. Council member Ron Mireau stated, “All we’re doing is adding costs—no matter where you put it someone will be upset.”When asked if there would be a public hearing, Mayor T.S. Roberton said no, adding that the council had been discussing it for several months and no one had come in. Even if there was a public hearing, the council is aware they would need to make an unpopular decision. Mayor Roberton asked Schreurs if any site was cheaper than the bluff. Schreurs said the JayCee Park might be comparable, but none were cheaper at this time because of redesign and permitting work needed now. Council member Larry Johnson at that point made a motion to return to the bluff site. With no second, the motion died. Roberton informed the council a final decision had to be made at the next meeting. Bids expire in early November.Electric Commission Chairman Richard Fogal addressed the council concerning the site selection and the proposition to become a wholesale member of Tri-County Electric. According to Fogal, Tri-County’s proposal was designed to “dirty the waters” and had the city “rehas .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board scrutinizes Hwy 52 offers

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

Fillmore Central School Board members reviewed proposed figures surrounding the approximately 3.3 acres of district property next to the K-8 school that MnDOT will require for the Hwy 52 project. The land is zoned residential and brought an offer of ..... 
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What will Fillmore County look like 20, 50, 75 years from now?

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Tom Gillaspy is no ordinary state bureaucrat.

According to Jan Smaby of Peterson, a member of the Fillmore County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and former co-host of a PBS political talk show in the Twin Cities, Gillaspy is ..... 
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Hanson campaign accuses Davids of election spending improprieties

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Hanson for House Campaign has filed a formal complaint for violation of ethics in government act with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board in St. Paul on what it calls “serious and ongoing campaign finance improprieties committed by t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Rushford-Peterson school board was confronted with the problem that won’t go away, aging school buildings, when Superintendent Miller shared with them a letter he received from Minnesota Department of Education facilities specialist, John Ryberg. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Terry Lee Hatlevig, 45, of Peterson, was sentenced to 54 months with the Commissioner of Corrections by Judge James Fabian in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, September 20. Hatlevig will serve a minimum of 36 months in prison before being el ..... 
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Commentary: It’s time for an exit strategy for Iraq

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”  George Santayana

The 1968 Tet Offensive was the turning point in the Vietnam War, when the American public began to believe that the war was ..... 
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Level 3 Sexual Offender meeting set for Preston on Oct. 27

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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Jason Sveen, a level 3 sexual offender, is moving from his rural Lanesboro home to live in the city of Preston. A public notification meeting is a necessary part of the offender’s relocation process.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley paving to continue

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council opted to move forward on the paving of the alley south of the Church Hill Coop property at their regular meeting Monday, September 20th. When Northcountry developer Jeff Allman last visited the council on May 3rd, he said t ..... 
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