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Mausts seek settlement of Preston suit


Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal has learned that Robert and Elaine Maust have offered to settle their suit against the city of Preston for $300,000 and inclusion of Heartland in the state JOBZ program.

The settlement offer was made in late February by attorneys for the Mausts, Dorsey & Whitney of Minneapolis, to John Baker, the attorney representing the League of Minnesota Cities, the city of Prestons insurance carrier.

In the settlement offer, the Mausts claim that they have incurred more than $200,000 in legal fees fighting the city over moratoriums and building permits. They also claim that they have lost more than $600,000 in lost profits due to delays created by the citys action.

On December 3, 2003, Judge James Fabian ruled that the city of Preston must issue a building permit to the Mausts after the city council denied Heartlands request for a permit on October 28, 2003.

When the city denied a second application for a permit on November 8, 2003, the Mausts filed suit again.

This second mandamus suit brought by the Mausts has been moved to federal court and is scheduled to be heard in 2005. The Preston City Council voted down Heartlands request to be enrolled in the state JOBZ program in the fall of last year.

The JOBZ program consists of ten special economic zones where businesses are granted special tax credits if they create new jobs.

If enrolled in JOBZ, Heartland would be exempt from state corporate franchise tax; income tax for operators or investors, including capital gains tax; sales tax on goods and services used in the zone; property tax on commercial and industrial improvements (but not on land); and employment tax credit for high paying jobs.

The JOBZ program started in January and will continue for a twelve year period. At present, the Heartland property is not part of the designated acreage identified by the city of Preston, but the city council has the right to change which properties are enrolled.

Commissioners Report: Rural addressing and E911 moves forward

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jeff Cooper, Fillmore County Information Systems Director, presented costs and contract figures related to software and support staff required in the process of rural addressing and eventual implementation of the E911 system to the Fillmore County Bo ..... 
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Spring Valley man sponsors 4th annual Trout Day May 1

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

I just love to fish!

This love of fishing has led Jim Wernimont of Spring Valley to put on a non-profit Trout Day event at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park the past three years. The event is intended to bring people togeth ..... 
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This old (new) house

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

This is my old house with upgrades, Roxie Tienter said, describing her new 2,800 square foot house in Forestville Township.

The house looks like it was built in the 1930s: a two story gothic house with a high pitched gable roo ..... 
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A View from The Potting Bench

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

This week our rhubarb patch started showing its first growth. The bits of curly red new leaves among the remains of last years plants bring a promise of tasty treats in the near future. I was tickled to notice that Rhubarb is currently a trendy foo ..... 
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Another View: Water problems at courthouse over stated

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

The local media reported on the March 9 Fillmore County Board meeting that dealt extensively with roof leaks on the courthouse project. It is my opinion that Hill Roofing of Austin, the contractor on the project, is being blamed for things it is not ..... 
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Snowshoe Thompson

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

One of the benefits of doing genealogical research is discovering new family connections. Such was the case when my research led me to Snowshoe Thompson, a Norwegian emigrant who became a mail-carrying hero to the gold miners of the Sierra Nevada Mou ..... 
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Moose pleads guilty to attempted murder

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Richard Jeffers was inspecting a landscaping job in the Conway Subdivision of Chatfield last May 23 when a man walked out of the weeds carrying a gun.

After asking Jeffers what he was doing, the gunman told him, Lets get movin ..... 
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Judge considers motion to stop Heartland construction

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
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An Olmsted District Court judge will consider whether construction of a tire-burning power plant in Preston should be allowed to proceed while the project undergoes additional environmental review.

Judge Joseph Wieners took und ..... 
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