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Board expects challenging year


Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editors 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 their interview.Journal: Could you give us a preview of what you see are some of the issues facing the Fillmore County Board in the coming year?Prestby: Probably, first and foremost would be the courthouse addition and remodeling. Thats moving along at a fast pace right now. I dont know if it is answering all of the concerns and needs that the county has. Journal: The architect is talking about a 20 month, phased project. Is this the boards thinking?Prestby: If your phasing it in two phases, then it would be a 20 month project. But it could extend out to as long as 26 months if we do it in three or more phases.Journal: The county board hired a construction manager to oversee some of the remodeling and help the board with planning. How has that worked out?Prestby: I think it has worked fine. We are getting a good value on our investment because he can take care of the day to day issues that come up in a remodeling or expansion project. Hes doing a fantastic job.Journal: Whats the status of other county facilities? I know there has been some discussion about the jail adding some minimum security space. Is this a possibility?Prestby: It is a possibility and we are also looking at incorporating that into our five year plan. Our jail is at capacity most of the time now. In fact, it really gets bad when you have to call in about availability to see when you can serve your sentence. What makes me angry about this whole thing is that Decorah sits down there with a half empty jail and we cant take our prisoners across the border according to their county attorney in Winneshiek County. But I know over in Mower County that they take them across to Iowa.Journal: Other facility needs. Any thought of consolidation of highway shops? I know there was some discussion about merging the Lenora and Harmony shops. Also, there was talk of the Highway Department moving some of their facilities to the Resource Recovery Center.Prestby: The Harmony and Lenora shops are the oldest shops currently in use by the county. They have really outlived their expected use and are i .....
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Fillmore County Board approves building design

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Tuesday, January 7 marked the beginning of what could be a very rocky year for the countys Commissioners as a 4.5 billion-dollar deficit looms over the state.

"It might not be a fun year," stated Marc Prestby, the boards 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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Preston Council tables decision on Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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On Monday night, the Preston City Council tabled any decision on whether to rescind a conditional use permit issued to Heartland Energy & Recycling energy plant until they have had time to discuss the matter with lawyers from the League of Minnesota ..... 
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Lanesboro Council occupied with Church Hill contract and Police Chief concerns

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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The January 6th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with the swearing in of newly elected Mayor Steve Rahn and Council members Joe OConnor, Kevin Drake, and Jerome Halvorson.

The new council jumped into the citys busi ..... 
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Fresh faces join Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Three new people sat around the table Monday, January 6 , for the first meeting of the Preston City Council in the new year. Mayor pro-temp Mike Gartner presided while Fred Nagle, the city administrator, swore in council members Heath Mensink and Mic ..... 
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2002 in review

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Editors note: The Journal looked at what newsmakers in Fillmore County said over the past year as a way to profile the year 2002. From the pages of the Fillmore County Journal, heres what was said on a range of topics.

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Environmental group challenges Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP), a grass roots environmental organization made up of Fillmore County residents, has advised the Preston City Council that the conditional use permit they issued on May 20, 2002 to Heartlan ..... 
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Preston Council approves parking variance for county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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The Preston City Council approved a parking variance for Fillmore Countys courthouse addition at a special meeting of the city council on Monday, December 30.

The county, which has 49 parking spaces available in its two existin ..... 
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