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Commissioners’ Report


Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

"With the Board’s approval, I will be applying for a state and federal Domestic Preparedness Equipment and Training Grant," said Larry Hunt, Emergency Services Director, as he addressed the Commissioners during their weekly meeting. The money would be used to purchase equipment for the Sheriff’s Department and area fire and ambulance services. The total amount of the proposed funding from the state and the Department of Justice is $32,284. The new grant doesn’t require any matching funds from the county but there is a match of 25% ($5,470) to be paid by the entities purchasing the equipment. This brings the total amount to $37,753.

"I was able to give everybody something," said Hunt as he explained the grant’s intent. The $37,753 is 57% short of the original requests by the various entities vying for the equipment money. Hunt said there is also $24,640 in training money available of which $5,000 has been requested. Each department is required to maintain their own equipment.

The only obligation the county has in this process is to pay invoices as they come in. The invoices are then sent to the state for reimbursement. The different entities will be billed for their 25% match. Approval was given for application of the grant.

Sue Glende and Jim Cooper of the Spring Valley Ambulance Service also came to the county board with a request for sponsorship of their grant application. The current ambulance service facility is a 30’x40’ remodified old gas station located in the flood plain, which is structurally weak and too small to service the growing ambulance service. The group had considered an addition to the fire hall but it would be cheaper to build a separate structure on land the city has already donated near the city’s treatment plant.

The association has already raised $125,000 and the city has set aside another $50,000. The new facility, projected to cost $400,000, would have space for the local law enforcement, a training room, house the emergency operations center, and provide space for those volunteers on call that may live a distance from Spring Valley or are possibly stranded due to weather conditions. Other benefits include better patient care, faster ambulance response time, more efficient operating costs, and provide for more CPR and First Aid classes.

The group is hoping to start construction this spring or early summer. The cou .....
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Preston City Council Report

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met February 3, even though Monday presented the Preston area with the most inclement weather of the season. In what has been an unusually calm winter, the intense wind, blowing snow and falling temperatures brought everyone ..... 
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Benson rules in zoning case

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson has denied a request by Fillmore County for a summary judgement in a zoning dispute between the county and Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton Township.

Former Fillmore County Attorney Matt Opat filed the civil act ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Social Services’ budget safe from state cuts for now

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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"I don’t see much that’s going to effect the county," Tom Boyd, Fillmore County Social Services Director, told the county board on Tuesday. Boyd was commenting on the state’s potential budget cuts and the impact they may have on his department. This ..... 
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The devil is in the details

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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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 Com ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: New site promoted for back-up generator building

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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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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