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Rushford City Council: Liquor license fees questioned


Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
Posted in Features

Liquor licensing was a hot topic in the citizens’ concerns and comments portion of the Rushford City Council meeting November 25th. Business owners Judy Christian of Stumpy’s and Jim Kitchens of Nordic Lanes and American Legion and VFW representatives Dennis Peterson and Lupy Myhro appeared before the council to protest the cost of liquor licenses in Rushford.

Spokesman Dennis Peterson informed the council that the contingent felt the city was competing with them for business while at the same time charging them an extremely high fee for liquor licenses. Since 1984 the city has been charging the maximum fee permissible—$1,400 with an additional $200 for Sunday liquor. Area cities charge much less according to Peterson, who cited fees from Lanesboro ( $250) and Preston ($300). Peterson pointed out the need for the city of Rushford to support existing businesses saying, "We’ve gotten a lot of lip service, but nothing has ever changed. For you to get us out of your hair, when do you want us back?"

The council’s response was to direct staff to research other cities’ fees and put the matter on the December 2nd agenda. “This is not intended to be a fund raiser for the city," Mayor T.S. Roberton said. Roberton encouraged the businesses and clubs to complete their liquor license paperwork, but not pay the fees yet.

Other citizens’ concerns included the weeds at Pine Meadow Lane (which were mowed by landowner), parking in the yellow zone at Rushford-Peterson School on days when school is not in session, and a recent cable TV outage caused by problems at the Mediacom tower. The council reiterated their desire to listen to and respond to citizens’ concerns.

Snow emergency ordinance

After nearly a year of consideration, the snow and ice removal emergency ordinance is ready for a public hearing December 9. The council stressed that the city is not "looking to write tickets" or tow cars that are merely inconveniences, but that the ordinance is meant to mitigate emergency situations and eliminate hazards. "I’m willing to go along with it (the ordinance) if common sense is used," commented councilman Ron Mierau as he urged the council not to get carried away with things like alternate side parking. The proposed ordinance will give police officers discretion in declaring a snow emergency and in the removal of vehicles.

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Auction benefits scholarships

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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If the possessions we leave behind are any indicator of who we are as a person, then by all observations Mary Terry Love was a well-educated woman whose interests were as broad as her travels.

When the balance of her estate went ..... 
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Judge Fabian denies motion for mistrial in Tuchek arson case

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
Posted in Features

Caledonia - After reviewing legal briefs filed by the prosecution and defense, and listening to oral arguments in the case, Judge James Fabian denied John Tuchek’s request for a mistrial on Monday, November 18, in Houston County District Court.[Read the Rest]

Murder defendant asks court for public defender

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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Joseph Allen Folkert, charged with second degree murder in the death of Clarence Paulson, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 18, for a Rule 8 hearing.

Paulson was found dead at his rural Pilot Mound f ..... 
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Maust addresses Preston City Council regarding Heartland

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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Robert Maust, Heartland Energy and Recycling, LLC, brought the Preston City Council up to speed on his latest efforts to address some of the negative concerns raised over the the proposed electrical power generating facility that would use tire-deriv ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council proceeds with Coffee Street bridge project

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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A packed room, a court stenographer, and a couple of lawyers—the elements of a courtroom drama? Wrong, these were all part of an extremely eventful November 18th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council. Citizens packed the meeting room for the discussi ..... 
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Old-world wagon rekindles Gypsy spirit

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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It's not uncommon to come across wagons in all shapes and sizes dotting the countryside throughout the rural areas of Fillmore County. Wagons are a much needed and relied upon necessity for today's farmers. But travel a few miles north of Canton and ..... 
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Commissioner's Report: Wetland Preservation Program starts up

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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The Wetland Preservation Program took a major step forword as the county approved its first two qualified applicants. Jeremy Maul, Soil & Water Conservation District, presented applications for an 11.9 acre parcel in Jordon Township owned by Gary And ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair comes under scrutiny

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Features

Approximately 70 people turned out for the Fillmore County Ag Society annual meeting on Thursday, November 7, at the Fillmore County Office Building. Many of those in attendance came to talk about how to improve the Fillmore County Fair.
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