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Commissioners Report: Phase II construction underway


Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Every change order is important. Were looking out for your interests, looking to ward off future problems, defended Dean Sand, Construction Analysis Management, Inc. (CAM) as additional change orders were presented at Tuesdays county board meeting.

The contingency fund is a tool we must use. In comparison to several other counties projects were working on, this county is sitting very well, Sand said.

Regardless of Sands remarks, the commissioners felt strongly about what they viewed as design flaws, items that should have been included in the original bids that would have given a more realistic financial view of the project, and in the end, driving up the architects share of the pot.

Just because theres a contingency fund, it doesnt mean it has to be spent, Commissioner Duane Bakke commented. ($96,385.47 of the original $356,331 contingency fund has been spent).

The boards frustration was set off this time by costly boiler valves that were required by the latest boiler safety specs, as well as a couple of missed valves, some of which are essential in running the boiler during the phased construction. The additional costs came in at over $20,000. Stan Maass, of Engineered Concepts, the projects Project Engineer, explained that it is difficult for them to keep up with the latest boiler requirements as inspectors keep changing the rules. He also admitted that a few of the changes were due in part to oversights on his part.

We always knew it was to be done in phases, challenged Commissioner Prestby in reference to setting up the boiler system to meet the requirements. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said the designers should have to absorb some of this latest surprise.

Jasen Andring, Kane & Johnson Architects, rebuffed the remark saying it is virtually impossible to eliminate all the unforeseen hiccups.

Youre not paying anything extra, stated Maass. The items should have been included in the original drawings was his contention.

Commissioners Helen Bickness and Prestby shook their heads, noting they didnt like all these surprises. Chairman Randy Dahl compared the project to building boats. A plant that builds a lot of boats should know what is needed in their designs.

Maass torpedoed this comparison in angry tones as he pointed out this design .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Flows cash and water top council concerns

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Tom Wente of Smith, Schaffer and Associates appeared before the Rushford City Council Monday night, April 26 to present the citys financial statement and summary and discuss the citys cash flow.

Wente pointed out that propert ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Olstad named new high school principal

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Fillmore Central High School received 32 applicants for the principal position, left vacant with the retirement of Dr. Gary Olson. The district also recently lost their part-time high school counselor, Steve Zmyewski, to an opportunity elsewhere. The ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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Persons with disabilities will have a new place to fish in Lanesboro once the new fishing platform is built by the DNR. With construction due to start this week, the Lanesboro Council approved the DNR-submitted public fishing platform agreement with ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Review

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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Lanesboros Commonweal Theatre Company has committed itself to producing new works by emerging playwrights. With the opening of Marguerite Bonet as this seasons offering, the Common-weal has found a remarkable and effective new work.  ..... 
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Mission: Watoto 2004

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - Twenty-four Spring Valley area residents are planning a trip of a lifetime. The group is made up of a diverse assemblage of adults and students but they have one thing in common. Theyre all passionate about making the long sojourn ..... 
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Making a human connection

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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PETERSON - The phone rang at 4:30 a.m. A colt was born about 2:30, said Sylvia Passow, of Brush Poppin Ranch near Peterson. A few days earlier wed talked about my witnessing how she imprints a new foal. Ill be there in 45 minutes, I said, rolli ..... 
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Preston City Council Report

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2004
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Routine business items dominated the attention of the Preston City Council Monday evening, April 19.

Council member Steve Knoepke noted that the boy scouts were looking for projects and that there was a trash problem along the ..... 
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Lanesboro students get lesson about Leader Dogs

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Lanesboro Schools fifth and sixth grade students got a special treat on Tuesday, April 13. Guest speaker Bunny Tabatt of Little Falls, Minnesota, along with her dog Baker, taught the students what a Leader Dog does.   The wi ..... 
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