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Board will keep attorney’s office upstairs in new addition


Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Attorney Matthew J. Opat’s Tuesday morning Commissioners’ meeting started out well as he turned a half-century-old. He took it graciously, even when Sheriff Jim Connolly had him handcuffed, unofficially of course, to celebrate the event. When David Kane, an architect for the courthouse remodeling project asked if he should speak louder for the benefit of Opat’s aging ears, Opat shot back, “yes, that he wanted to hear that the County Attorney’s Office would be upstairs and not in the basement.” The Board had hoped to save thousands of dollars by housing the attorney’s office in the basement rather than upstairs adjacent to the courtroom facilities. The numbers, however, fell very short of the Board’s expectations. Cost estimates for placing the attorney’s office upstairs came in at $307,000. If the office was moved to the basement those figures would fall to $233,000 but require revamping the upstairs corridor. This would include expensive public restroom facilities and corridor walls. That price tag hit the $199,000 mark, thus making it more costly to house the attorney’s office in the lower level . This was something the Board members hadn’t counted on. Architect Jason Woodhouse went over other design changes with an emphasis on an electronic courtroom. Video monitors, intercoms and better lighting would make the courtroom run smoother. Judge Robert Benson briefly touched on how such a design would save time, a commodity that is very important when trying cases. Other design considerations included tighter security, more storage space, and creating a more comfortable atmosphere for victims and jurors during a trial. A frustrated County Board decided to accept the design as presented (including the attorney’s office upstairs) with the east wing basement being bid separately. The vote was four to one, with Commissioner Marc Prestby opposing the matter.A quiet, poker-faced county attorney had listened to the "evidence" as it was presented to the Commissioners, making the morning of his 50th birthday looking pretty good! Other courthouse remodeling matters . . .•Soil borings and a site survey must be completed to help the structural engineer determine load bearing ability. It also helps determine if there are any poor soil conditions that need to be corrected. A site survey will identify topography, utility locations, plant .....
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Lanesboro Council meeting ends with fire call

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The November 4th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with a presentation from Tammy Hughes of Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country and Marlene Schultz, chairperson for Scenic Byways. They informed the council that Highway 16 from LaC ..... 
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Preston City Council will ask the MPCA for an EIS on Heartland

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The Preston City Council voted three to one Monday night to ask the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Heartland Energy & Recycling plant. Using fluid bed technology, the energy plan ..... 
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Tuchek asks for mistrial

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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Less than one week after being found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on nine counts of arson in the April 7 fire that destroyed two historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro, the lawyer for John Tuchek has filed papers in Fillmore County Dist ..... 
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Election 2002: Fillmore County Attorney

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Attorneys Eric Herendeen and Brett Corson are running for the position of Fillmore County Attorney. The post has been held for the past several years by Matt Opat who is not seeking re-election.  The Journal as ..... 
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Chronic Wasting Disease

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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CWD, or Chronic Wasting Disease has received a lot of press recently as deer hunters prepare for the season. This disease occurs naturally in North American deer and Rocky Mountain Elk. It belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongi ..... 
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Rushford Council listens to library building proposal

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council began their regular bimonthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 28 to accommodate a presentation by the library board. Ron McGriff, a consulting librarian from SELCO (Southeast Libraries Cooperating) worked the council th ..... 
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Tuchek found guilty of arson

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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After deliberating for approximately five hours on Thursday, a jury of eight men and four women found former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek guilty on all eight counts of first degree arson and one count of fifth degree arson for the April 7, 2002 ..... 
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Election 2002: District 31 MN Senate

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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Editor’s note: Bob Kierlin (Republican) and Sharon Ropes (DFL) are running for a newly aligned District 31 Minnesota State Senate seat.   The Journal asked the two candidates to respond to an Election Questionnaire. Here are ..... 
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