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County, DNR agree on trout stream easement


Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

As bitter winter winds rapped against the courthouse windows on Tuesday morning, Steve Klotz of the DNR talked to County Commissioners about trout fishing on the Root River. In particular, Klotz was interested in a proposed trout stream easement that the DNR would purchase on County Farm land near Preston. The approximately 9,000 feet corridor is broken down into three tracts.

The first tract located in Section 32 of the platbook, is a 132 feet wide strip laying south and east of the centerline of the South Branch Root River. The second tract, also in Section 32, is a 264 feet wide strip that lays 132 feet on either side of the centerline of the river. The third strip, located in Section 5, is 132 feet wide and lays north and west of the centerline of the river.

Klotz told the Board he had originally estimated the value of the easement at $108,000, which at one point had climbed to as high as $130,000. He now feels $120,000 is the more accurate figure. The value is determined by estimated market value, total farm and timber value, and acres of deeded farmland and acres of timber.

Klotz outlined the purpose of the easement to include fish stocking and the development of fish habitat. This would include tree planting, fencing, soil erosion control, creating in-stream structures, posting signs, and upgrading as necessary. Angling would be open to the public in these three tracts. Established access routes shall be used as much as possible, However, if there is no available access, other arrangements would be made as needed. The board gave approval to go ahead with the project including determining clear titles.

Spring Valley Hatchery

The DNR representative also brought up the possibility of purchasing the Spring Valley hatchery. The 21-acre property is owned by an individual from Chicago who is willing to sell the acreage. A figure of $200,000 was tossed out. The DNR considers Spring Valley Creek an excellent trout stream and would like to be able to restore the channel and keep development from encroaching upon the prized piece of land.

"I think it’s a worthy project", sided Commissioner Chuck Amunrud. He views the area as a valuable asset to maintaining the integrity of fish life. Klotz inquired about RIM money, (Reinvesting in Minnesota). At this point the county is not yet involved in this program but liked the idea of t .....
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Competition cheerleading comes to Fillmore Central

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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Cheerleading is a sport.

As simple as this statement may seem, a controversy about it rages in high school hallways and gym bleachers. Those who argue that it is a sport point out that cheerleading stunts and formations require ..... 
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In the “eyes of the law”

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

When my niece asked my wife and I if she and her fiance could get married on our farm this summer, we were thrilled and honored to be asked. Megan and her boyfriend, Chris, said that they were planning a small, quiet wedding with friends and family a ..... 
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Housing Study completed in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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A comprehensive housing study of Fillmore County, commissioned by Bluff Country HRA, was unveiled at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14.

The report, conducted by Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, presents a picture of the ..... 
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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, ..... 
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Rushford Liquor License fees reduced

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Do we expect special treatment? Yes, we do!" exclaimed American Legion representative Dennis Peterson as he addressed the Rushford City Council Monday night at the January 13th meeting, asking them to consider a reduction in liquor license fees for ..... 
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Board expects challenging year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Fifth District Commissioner Marc Prestby is the 2003 chairman of the Fillmore County Board. Journal editor John Torgrimson talked with Prestby about the issues facing county government in the next year. The following is a summary of th ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves building design

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Tuesday, January 7 marked the beginning of what could be a very rocky year for the county’s Commissioners as a 4.5 billion-dollar deficit looms over the state.

"It might not be a fun year," stated Marc Prestby, the board’s newl ..... 
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Court hears zoning dispute in Canton Township

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson heard oral arguments in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, January 7 regarding a zoning dispute between Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton and Fillmore County.  In October, the court imposed a restrainin ..... 
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