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Commissioners Report Methodically moving forward...


Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
Posted in Features

As the County Commissioners continue to push forward on the Courthouse Remodeling Project, County Board Chairman Duane Bakke took the opportunity at Tuesdays meeting to present a comprehensive memo to board members outlining the steps the board would need to take to complete the project in the future.

The intention of the memo, entitled Methodically moving forward, was to look at what steps are involved in the remodeling process as well as to determine exactly where individual Commissioners stand in that process.

I haven't heard any objections, so I assume we are moving forward on the total wrap-around with courts, and the revenue department concept. Mr. Bakke wrote in his memo.

The wrap around concept includes both an east and west wing wrapped around the existing courtroom area. This addition would provide more office and operating space above ground and mechanical and storage space below ground. The revenue department concept involves a joint reception area for auditing and treasure functions.

Commissioner Marc Prestby disagreed with Bakke, We havent agreed on the new (wrap-around) part. I understood we would receive a menu-like design, from which we could make orders.

We need clarification on that, Bakke responded.

Bakke Memo

Bakkes memo carefully outlined ten steps needed to complete the remodeling project. The outline includes final designs, cost estimates, bid information and bonding issues.I want to make you aware that several motions are needed to complete this process. It's not just one motion to spend 4.5 million dollars. explained Mr. Bakke.

At this weeks meeting, the Board agreed to advertise for bids to complete the unused space at the Fillmore County Office Building across town. That space is to become the future home of the countys Information Systems Department.

According to Bakkes memo, the board will soon begin work on the Capital Improvement Plan. This plan may determine the method of bonding to be used to fund the courthouse project.

In the mean time, the architects of Kane & Johnson have scheduled a meeting for next Friday with the department heads of the courthouse.

Every department head needs to review the square footage of the floor plan to see how it all fits together .....
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Harmony City Council: From sewer lines to credit lines

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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If we are going to do it, we may as well do it right, was the opinion of Mayor David Runkell about the sewer line repairs on Sixth Street SE. The Harmony City Council finally decided to repair this troublesome and controversial sewer line at their ..... 
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Grown-up babies reunion held

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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This is a house of healing, Nancy Huisenga said matter of factly. We like our guests to feel a sense of healing when they come here, a place to relax from their busy lives and restore themselves.   The house Nancy is re ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council: Lots of talk, but little action

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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A number of items were discussed by the Lanesboro City Council at their October 7 meeting, with little action taken. One item tabled at the meeting was the ambulance agreement with the county. The agreement has been for the same amount for years ($4 ..... 
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Feedlot odors measured by average noses

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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At its regular September meeting, the Fillmore County Planning Commission heard a presentation from Kevin Janni of the University of Minnesotas Biosystem and Agriculture Engineering program on research that has been conducted on feedlot odors and po ..... 
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Tires to electricity

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
Posted in Features

Heartland Energy & Recycling hopes to build a power generating plant in Preston that would use tire derived fuel to generate electricity that would be sold on the grid. The plant would also sell scrap steel and ash derived from a fluidized bed combus ..... 
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What is it going to do to the kids?

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
Posted in Features

What is it going to do to the kids? Stuart Corson asked, referring to the possibility that a second industrial plant would be added to the Preston Industrial Park area.

Mr. Corson described a situation where kids at Fillmore ..... 
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What was that?

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
Posted in Features

Speak Up!-- was the message from Commissioner Helen Bicknese to Chairman Duane Bakke at the Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

Those present at last weeks meeting, heard only Commissioner Marc Prestby vote in opposition to the ..... 
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Great Barns of Fillmore County

Mon, Sep 30th, 2002
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Fillmore County is an agricultural area, no doubt about it. No lakes in this county. Some good fishing streams and a couple of rivers to canoe on, otherwise boating is out of the question. Not much night life to speak of either. Heck, there is only o ..... 
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