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Township election pivotal to Sumners future


Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

When the Fillmore County Planning Commission signed off on the Conditional Use Permit for the proposed Sumner Township subdivision known as Washington Country Estates, it fueled a debate that could ultimately be decided by Sumner Township residents in tomorrows township officer elections.

The proposed eight-lot subdivision, located eight miles north of Spring Valley at the site of an unincorporated village called Washington, is really a bi-product of a bigger issue that residents in Sumner Township are facing. How they deal with that issue may depend on which one of three different candidates they choose for one open supervisor position on the town board.

Located at the very northwest corner of Fillmore County, Sumner Township lies directly between Spring Valley to the south, and Rochester to the north. Just like its neighboring townships to the east, Jordan and Chatfield, Sumner Township is beginning to see an increase in rural home development and a corresponding increase in land prices.

As developers begin to look at Fillmore County for rural tracts that are suitable for residential subdivisions, they are clashing with some local residents and farmers who feel very strongly that the rural agricultural district is not a suitable place for residential subdivisions.

Sometimes the clash spills over into the township board meetings, bringing out strong feelings from the residents who support development and those who dont.

Such is the case in Sumner Township, where residents are divided on whether subdivisions like Washington Country Estates should, or should not, be allowed.

The open position on the board is one that is being vacated by Dale Greene, leaving Matt Snyder and Keith Culver as the remaining supervisors. Mr. Snyder and Mr. Culver are on opposite sides of the subdivision debate, with Mr. Snyder opposed to rural subdivisions and Mr. Culver in favor of that type of growth.

The election to fill Mr. Greenes seat on the board will determine which side of the subdivision debate gains the majority, resulting in either an "open door" policy for subdivision development, or a possible subdivision moratorium and the development of a Sumner Township zoning ordinance more restrictive than the countys ordinance.

We need more people in Sumner

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Pet turns couple into amateur mushers

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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When Aaron and Natalie Harwood purchased their pet Siberian Husky, Mariah, back in 1999, little did they know their lives would soon go to the dogs.

It started out quite innocently when the couple began skijoring with Mariah on ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Proposed courthouse project suffers major blow

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The countys proposed courthouse project loomed precariously as a five page estimate with actual figures was passed out to the commissioners at the meeting on February 25th. Its sub total of $3,890,519 shattering the boards perception of a $3.8 mil ..... 
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Planning Commission approves Sumner Township subdivision

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the Bruce Bucknell subdivision in Sumner Township, sending the application on to the County Board for the final approval.

In a crowded room of interested ci ..... 
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Water worries Rushford Council

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council addressed the citys omnipresent water concerns as it met February 24, 2003. The annual water report showed that in the past year 22,901,108 gallons of water were unaccounted for (and as a result not paid for either). This w ..... 
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SWCD will look at other ways to fund conservation programs

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

When Governor Pawlenty cut $7.3 million in water and soil resource grants state-wide in his unallotment process a few weeks ago, he probably wasnt thinking about what effect his decision would have on local conservation programs. After all, the gove ..... 
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A taste of place

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Think of a bag of Doritos or a Big Mac. What defines fast food?

Fast food is predictable, exactly the same every time we buy it, no matter what the season, no matter where in the world. It is highly processed, made in mass quant ..... 
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MPCA expected to rule EIS not needed on Heartland

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Board is expected to rule on Tuesday, February 25, that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not needed for the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston. The Citizens Boar ..... 
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Preston City Council rescinds Heartland permit

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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A legal firm hired by the Preston City Council to offer legal advice has recommended that the council should rescind a conditional use permit (CUP) granted to Heartland Energy & Recycling in May.

Mary Tietjen, an attorney for K ..... 
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