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Environmental group challenges Heartland permit


Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

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 Heartland Energy and Recycling is invalid.

According to Minnesota rules and statutes under the states Environmental Policy Act, no governmental approvals, including conditional use permits, can be made until the environmental review process is complete. SEMEP will appear at the Preston City Council meeting on January 6, to recommend that the conditional use permit for Heartland be rescinded.

Heartland has proposed building an energy plant at the Preston Industrial Park that would use tire derived fuel to generate electricity.

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for Heartland was made public on September 3, 2002. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is now reviewing the 87 comment letters that were submitted by Fillmore county residents. When this process is complete, the MPCA Citizens Board will meet to decide whether or not to order an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The environmental review process is not complete until the decision on the need for an EIS has been made.

A spokesperson for SEMEP said that the Preston City Council made an administrative error in issuing the Heartland permit on May 20 and that the city cannot issue a permit until the environmental review process is complete.

Preston Council approves parking variance for county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

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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Visiting the Forbidden Island

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

The US government doesnt exactly say that we cant visit Cuba; they just make it mighty hard to get there. And if you do figure out a way to get to the island, a mere 90 miles offshore from Florida, the US prohibits you from spending money there. Sp ..... 
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County to apply for challenge grant to upgrade manure management practices

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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Fillmore Countys Soil & Water Conservation District Officer Lora Friest informed the County Board of the availability of a Challenge Grant at their final 2002 board meeting.

The grant is available through the MN Board of Soil ..... 
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The Commute: My friend died

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

Id planned to write this column about New Years resolutions and my aversion to physical exercise, but every time I start to write it, I am thinking about Deanne, who died December 16.

At the age of two, she was diagnosed with ..... 
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Sumner Township subdivision denied variance

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

Last Thursday evening, in a hearing room filled to capacity with over 75 citizens, the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment denied a variance to Bruce and Linda Bucknell to develop a subdivision within 600 feet of a feedlot.   ..... 
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Familys tragedy sparks action

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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When it came time for Kingsland Elementary School to select their annual Christmas Service project, it didnt take staff or students long to come up with a cause.

On October 24, first grade student Daphnie Crews and her brother ..... 
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Tuchek sentenced to six years in prison

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

Former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution to the victims of the arson fire he set in Lanesboro on April 7, 2002. Tuchek was also ordered to have no contact with hi ..... 
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Commissioner's Report: Changes in school vaccination program

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

Changes in how the state administers school vaccinations will take responsibility for the program away from Public Health, Sharon Serfling told the County Board at their Monday meeting.

Serfling, Fillmore County Public Health Di ..... 
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