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Rep. Davids supports compromise "Green Acres" fix


Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - By a vote of 130-3, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved legislation that makes changes to the state's "Green Acres" property tax program. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) helped approve the measure.

"This bill is the result of a compromise between the House and Senate," Davids said. "In my opinion, it doesn't do enough to completely ease the worries of property owners who have land in the program, but it will give them some breathing room. In this case, something is better than nothing."

The Green Acres program was originally developed to help farmers resist selling their productive land to developers, and in more recent years, to investors who want to idle the land for deer hunting or other recreational activities.

Last year, lawmakers made changes to the program, including provisions that reduced program eligibility, and halted the enrollment of non-productive land.

According to the compromise proposal, current enrollees can now withdraw unproductive land this year without penalty. They would then have up to three years to decide which portions of their property to enroll in the program. Once that decision was made, the land would need to stay in the program for ten years, but the penalties for withdrawing their land wouldn't be as severe.

"I would have preferred the Legislature acted on my bill, which would have repealed the changes made to Green Acres and reestablished the guidelines that were in place prior to 2008," Davids said. "But this proposal is a good start."

The Minnesota Senate is expected to approve the measure in the coming days, and Governor Pawlenty is expected to sign the proposal into law once it reaches his desk.

Holmen to serve as Genex beef rep

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

Mark Holmen of Fountain, has joined Genex Cooperative, Inc. as an area beef representative providing personalized genetic and reproductive services while striving to improve the profit potential of beef producers throughout southeast Minnesota.
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KM Cattle Co. joins American Angus Association

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

KM Cattle Company, Lanesboro, Minnesota, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

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Spring Valley Council hears audit findings, discusses vehicle ordinance

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met at its newly scheduled time of 6 p.m. on March 23. All council members were present and approved minutes from their March 9, 2009 meeting as well as the final accounts payable report from March.

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Farm Service Agency News

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program (SURE)

We still do not have procedure for this program. However, we do get questions on it so I will talk about what details we do know at this time. The 2008 Farm Bill created a trust fund whic ..... 
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Rushford ready to re-build Creekside Park

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

As citizens gear up to rebuild Rushford's landmark Creekside Park Playground in May, the decision was finalized at last Monday's city council meeting to place the new playground near where it previously stood.

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County Board amends Zoning Ordinances

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained the proposed changes to the zoning ordinances to the county board at their March 24 meeting. The amendments had been recommended for approval by the Fillmore County Planning Commi ..... 
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Fire Department to kick in funds for fireworks

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council had a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks announced that the Fire Department would raise $500 to make whole the contract amount for the Trout Day Fireworks. City Administrator Joe Hoffman had suggested a ..... 
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Lanesboro faces $900,000 in dam repairs

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on March 16, and council member Joe O'Connor updated them on the Public Utilities meeting that was held earlier in the day. O'Connor showed the council the thick engineering report on the flood damage to the dam and hy ..... 
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