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The devil is in the details


Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc. of Rochester, brought back more revisions to the courthouse remodeling project after several meetings were held with the architects, Judge Robert Benson, Court Administrator James Attwood, Sheriff Jim Connolly, and Commissioners Duane Bakke and Chuck Amunrud. As Jason Woodhouse went over details, the emphasis centered on a dispute over windows and their security or lack there of. There is a need to provide privacy and protection to the offices and courtroom in the event that a case would bring out the worst in a defendant. This would include glazed windows that are much more resistant to physical blows and a bullet. Part of the dilemma is deciding how high up should the windowsill be. Do people want to see out onto the street? How much natural lighting is necessary? Where is the balance between security, human comfort, and esthetics? The current plans call for one inoperable window per office. Not being able to open a window means the heating and ventilation system must be working 100%. The offices can be individually thermostatically controlled. Windows raised higher up take away the human aspect but would be more secure, which is the way Commissioners Amunrud and Bakke would prefer it. Improving courthouse security has been an issue since the beginning of the project’s sketches. The architect pointed out the employees want to be able to see out. When the question was put to Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson, he said he’d rather have an operable window as a safety net pending a wandering bullet in-house. There will be more discussion on windows later following additional research.Another sensitive issue revolves around the number of restrooms. Chairman Mark Prestby said he’d pointed out three months ago that there are too many restrooms. Bakke also shared this opinion. There are private, gendered and unisexed restrooms. It’s adding to the work of the maintenance department and the commissioners felt it was going over the line. David Kane said he’d review codes regarding the required number and go from there.Other highlights discussed included a design to open up the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office to provide more access for the employees; reviewing current technology layout and signage designs; overview of corrections area; and possibly creating more space within the courthouse for Family Services, Victims Services and & Victims Liaison .....
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TJ Liquor

Rushford City Council Report: New site promoted for back-up generator building

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Brian Guenther of Power Plus, an engineering firm, was present at the January 27th Rushford City Council meeting to explain the newly proposed back-up generator site. The building to house three back-up generators with space for a future fourth gener ..... 
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DNR looks at changing deer season

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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In the early 1950s, the sighting of whitetail deer in southeastern Minnesota was so uncommon that a local newspaper carried it as a front-page news item when a farmer in Carimona Township reported seeing a herd of 18 deer. The great migration of deer ..... 
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Harstad pleads guilty on Mandelko charges

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Andrew Todd Harstad, 20, of rural Harmony, plead guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday to one count of felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide stemming from an incident on May 26, 2000 which resulted in the death of Justin Delbert Mandelko o ..... 
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Rural Peacemakers to meet in Rushford February 1

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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About a dozen peace advocates, opposed to war with Iraq, marched in Preston on Saturday, January 18, in solidarity with anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and other major cities in the United States and throughout the world. The group known ..... 
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Planning & Zoning ready to tackle new issues in 2003

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission held their first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 23. About 30 people braved the cold temperatures to listen to commission members talk about zoning issues that the group will likely addres ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council: Short meeting as promised

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Mayor Steven Rahn had vowed to keep short the second meeting of each month and he certainly delivered on that promise at the Lanesboro City Council meeting Tuesday night. In less than an hour Rahn and the council dispensed with the business before th ..... 
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Preston City Council: Recreation Center gets go ahead

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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The Preston City Council voted at their meeting Tuesday night to hire Crescendo Consulting of Winona to organize a capital campaign to raise $3 million for a new Recreation Center. The 34,000 square foot facility, which will be built adjacent to the ..... 
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Lack of snow gets mixed reaction

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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Up until a week ago, the brown monotony of ground cover could make Fillmore County residents forget they were smack dab in the middle of winter. Die-hard golfers were hitting the links at several of the area golf courses, homemakers were hanging thei ..... 
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