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Planning Commission approves Ag Tourism Business amendment


Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Government

A public hearing was held at the April 21 Fillmore County Planning Commission on the proposed ordinance amendment to regulate Ag Tourism Business (permitted and conditional use). The amendment was discussed at a couple of prior meetings.

Zoning administrator Cristal Adkins explained the new language will cover both the pizza night at Dream Acres near Wykoff and the use of barns for non-agricultural events including wedding receptions, barn dances, food/product tasting and sales events, and other celebrations. Some uses will be allowed and will not require a permit and some uses will require a conditional use permit.

The commission voted to send the amendment on to the county board for their consideration.

Other business in brief

• Adkins reported that another proposed amendment (Retreat Center) which has been under discussion for several months will be scratched for now. This amendment would have covered semipublic uses allowing for short term stays featuring educational and training activities. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center would have fit into this category. However, this facility is already zoned commercial.

• Duane Bakke reported that he and Adkins had met with developers that had wanted to build a Senior Living Community about 2.5 miles outside of Lanesboro on property owned by Sandy and Fred Kiel. The developers have like communities in Cedar Falls and Cresco. Bakke said he didn’t believe the community should be built in the country/Ag District. He added that developers recognized there would be a road issue, as a portion of the road between the proposed community and Lanesboro is gravel surfaced. Also, the county zoning ordinance does not allow for this kind of development in the Ag District.

Bakke said they had a good conversation with the developers, calling them good people with a good operation. He added that he hoped they come to some place in our community.

• Adkins maintained that she would like to exempt small family gatherings from the campground ordinance. The possibility of drawing a distinction between “private” and “commercial” campgrounds has been discussed. Bakke noted that Fillmore County has more campgrounds than any other county with the exception of counties with resorts up in northern Minnesota.

• Bakke introduced a discussion on whether or not homes should be allowed to be built on agricul .....
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Third annual cancer benefit in Chatfield

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, made a request at the Chatfield City Council’s April 25 meeting to close a portion of Second St. for the third annual Kick Cancer benefit. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The request to close Second St. from ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance trailer use discussed

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, April 25, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. Ben Schlaak addressed the council o ..... 
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County receives termination notice from Waste Management

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s April 26 meeting, County Attorney Brett Corson and solid waste administrator Jon Martin reviewed legal options and waste service options going forward. In a letter dated March 22, Waste Management of Minnesota, Inc. gave no ..... 
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Harmony Council approves 2015 audit

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met for their regular meeting on April 12 at 7 p.m. Assessor Brian Hoff presented the annual report for the Board of Review hearing to discuss property valuations in the area. The consent agenda was approved. It inclu ..... 
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State Representative Greg Davids will seek re-election

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is announcing that he will seek re-election in November to the Minnesota House of Representatives. “Representing the people of Fillmore and Houston counties is truly a privilege, and it wo ..... 
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Water tower projects in Canton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Projects involving the water tower were up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 13. Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that there is still a water leak. He was able to locate the leak, how ..... 
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Fund-raising plans for Riverside Center

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Historical Society president Sheila Craig and Tourism director Sarah Wangen proposed sponsorship levels to raise money for renovation of the former Dairy and Farm building at the city council’s April 18 meeting. The city council appears ..... 
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Mabel water and sewer project set to wrap up in May

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on April 13 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Thomas Trehus was present at the meeting to introduce himself to the council. Trehus is running for Minnesota House of Representatives ..... 
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