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Rushford City Council Report: Flows – cash and water – top council concerns


Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Tom Wente of Smith, Schaffer and Associates appeared before the Rushford City Council Monday night, April 26 to present the city’s financial statement and summary and discuss the city’s cash flow.

Wente pointed out that property tax (general levy) is now contributing more revenue to the city than state LGA. In light of the recent and future cuts in LGA, this provides more stability for city funding. The fire and ambulance funds are building reserves for future equipment purchases. Since major projects have created a deficit for the water fund, rate increases were needed to allow for repayment of loans from other funds. Both the electric fund and the liquor fund have provided income that has been used to keep taxes down.

Property taxes have increased by 149 percent from $217,012 in 1995 to $540,607 in 2003. This was due to both a larger tax base and levy increases. Ongoing expenditures for public safety (police, ambulance, fire, building and zoning, and animal control) have been steadily increasing and claim the largest portion (46 percent) of the city expenditures excluding the airport. Airport expenditures ($273,125) were up 131 percent because of the recent construction of the arrival and departure building. Wente concluded his presentation declaring the city was “moving in the right direction.

Water Concerns

The recent gamma logging of well number three brought the information that water was actually coming from the 103 to 240 foot deep area which is a thick layer of sandstone. The drilling of the well had been done quickly in only six hours through the sandstone, leaving a smooth bore. No development had been done on the well since it was drilled.

Mineral Service Plus recommended developing the well to get rid of the sand problem plaguing the well. Developing consists of using an airline to agitate the area above 240 feet. This would push and pull water and scrub the area to get rid of the sand, cleaning sand out of crevices and cracks. The sand in the lower portion of the well would be left alone; nothing would be done to interfere with well number four.

City PWD Jeff Copley told the council, “They (Mineral Service Plus) are very confident they can do this well.” Straw bales would be put in a ditch; sand-laden water would be pumped out of the well during development and the sand would be hauled away by truck.[Read the Rest]

Fillmore Central School Board: Olstad named new high school principal

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Fillmore Central High School received 32 applicants for the principal position, left vacant with the retirement of Dr. Gary Olson. The district also recently lost their part-time high school counselor, Steve Zmyewski, to an opportunity elsewhere. The ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Persons with disabilities will have a new place to fish in Lanesboro once the new fishing platform is built by the DNR. With construction due to start this week, the Lanesboro Council approved the DNR-submitted public fishing platform agreement with ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Review

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Lanesboro’s Commonweal Theatre Company has committed itself to producing “new works by emerging playwrights.”  With the opening of Marguerite Bonet as this season’s offering, the Common-weal has found a remarkable and effective new work.  ..... 
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Mission: Watoto 2004

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - Twenty-four Spring Valley area residents are planning a trip of a lifetime. The group is made up of a diverse assemblage of adults and students – but they have one thing in common. They’re all passionate about making the long sojourn ..... 
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Making a human connection

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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PETERSON - The phone rang at 4:30 a.m. “A colt was born about 2:30,” said Sylvia Passow, of Brush Poppin Ranch near Peterson. A few days earlier we’d talked about my witnessing how she imprints a new foal. “I’ll be there in 45 minutes,” I said, rolli ..... 
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Preston City Council Report

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Routine business items dominated the attention of the Preston City Council Monday evening, April 19.

Council member Steve Knoepke noted that the boy scouts were looking for projects and that there was a trash problem along the ..... 
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Lanesboro students get lesson about Leader Dogs

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Lanesboro School’s fifth and sixth grade students got a special treat on Tuesday, April 13. Guest speaker Bunny Tabatt of Little Falls, Minnesota, along with her dog Baker, taught the students what a Leader Dog does.   The wi ..... 
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Judge dismisses complaint against Slabaughs

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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On Thursday, April 15, Judge Robert Benson dismissed a restraining order brought by Fillmore County against Eli and Mattie Slabaugh for being in violation of the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance.   The county had sued the Sla ..... 
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