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Rushford City and Village cooperate on police and sewer


Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the March 24th Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved a contract for police service to the city of Rushford Village pending approval by the Village. The contract states that the city police will respond to "911 calls related to an emergency."

Although the council had a tough time defining what did indeed constitute an emergency, and were concerned that Fillmore County might misuse the plan and dispatch the Rushford Police whenever the sheriffs department didnt have an officer in the area, the council approved the contract. Council member Ron Miearu stressed that he didnt want the city to get into "dog catching" for the village, but agreed that "we dont know how it will go until we try it."

Council member Norris Kinneberg called it a "step in the right direction." The contract provides for the village of Rushford to pay a flat $1,000 per year fee for such service. Council member Nancy Benson stressed the public needs to know the police are allowed (and need) to be in the village as part of this contract.

The recommended sewer rates for the city and village were next on the councils agenda. The council agreed the village needed to be consulted before any decisions were made on rates since both the city and village are affected. The current recommendation from the engineering company SEH is $19.40 per month per residence. The date of the public hearing on the sewer rates was set for May 12.

Tony Heiden appeared before the council with a complaint about a frozen sewer line. Heiden said the problem started when the sewer froze in the street; the sewer then backed up into his business office. Pointing to the fact that there is only six inches of soil between the sewer line and the storm drain, Heiden questioned the engineering of the system. Jeff Copley, Public Works Department, had mentioned the little snow cover this winter as a possible factor, but Heiden pointed out that the street is plowed clean regardless of snow so it shouldnt be an issue. The council decided to submit the claim to the city insurance company before taking any further action.

Zoning

The Board of Zoning recommended a variance to Carl and Sue Holger for a garage replacement and a variance to Steve and Tracey Mlynczak to construct a deck with less than the required backyard setback. While the council approved both variances, Council memb .....
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A march for peace in the shadow of war

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Editors note: At the time that this article was written, America was not yet at war with Iraq. Nonetheless, the author clearly points out the many emotions that people in America feel about going to war.

The fact that differen ..... 
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Folkert pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Stating that it is beyond my comprehension that a person could commit this kind of offense, Fillmore County District Court Judge Robert Benson sentenced Joseph Allen Folkert, 22, to 40 years in prison on Friday for the murder of 95 year old Clarenc ..... 
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Lanesboro man sentenced to 13 years in prison

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Mark Anthony Heath, 29, of Lanesboro, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Monday. Heath was found guilty on February 7 of five counts related to the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine s ..... 
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Courtroom fracas raises concerns about security

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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The issue of courtroom security was on many minds at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday. At the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in a domestic assault case, the son of the victim attacked the defendant.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts project up in the air again

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council clearly illustrated the need for an odd number of council members at their meeting Monday, March 17 as they attempted to deal with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) project.

On March 3, a propos ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Plans approved for new water main system

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Joe Palen, an engineer with Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates, presented to the council plans and cost projections for Spring Avenue and Ridge Road Projects in conjunction with MnDOT's highway 52 design. The center of the plan is to replace ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Zoning permits challenge county board

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Norman Craig, Fillmore County Zoning Administrator, brought two permits before the county board on Tuesday.

The first was a blasting conditional use permit for John Ackerman of Spring Valley Township. The second was a subdivisi ..... 
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County schools feel financial pinch

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Governor Tim Pawlenty has managed to cut a broad swath across Minnesotas state budget, leaving only one area untouched: K-12 education. This should bring sighs of relief to Fillmore County school districts, but local superintendents find it difficul ..... 
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