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Dangerous trek for bicyclists near Eagle Cliff


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Horace and Sally Stang, residents at Eagle Cliff Campground, made their concerns known during the county board's July 28 meeting. Mr. Stang said the half-mile section along State Highway 16 from the campground property to the Whalan Bridge is very dangerous. It is a safety issue for the 200 to 300 bicyclists, including a lot of kids that ride on the edge of the highway most summer weekends to get to the state trails from the campground.

Stang described the shoulder as being soft and sloping. Chairman Chuck Amunrud suggested he contact the regional MnDot office in Rochester as it is a state highway. Commissioner Duane Bakke remarked that the real solution would be to build a trail in the ditch or highway right of way. He recommended contacting Representative Greg Davids. Amunrud noted this concern has come up before and suggested he would support building a bike path on the right of way. He added it is a state issue. Amunrud said Highway 16 is used by bicyclists all the way to Rushford.

Commissioner Randy Dahl asked if Stang had talked to the owner of the campground. The issue of the use of the highway by bicyclists was discussed when the campground owner had applied for a Conditional Use Permit. The owner was encouraged to work with the adjacent land owner to provide a safe path between the campground and the bridge. Stang remarked that there is a safe trail along the campground property. He made it clear he intends to pursue the issue further.

Personal Appliance Policy

The board approved a policy regulating the use of personal appliances by county employees at their work stations. The definition of an appliance is any equipment that requires an electrical connection for operation. Ashley Stinson, Human Resources, said all county-furnished appliances (most located in the break room or common area) will meet OSHA standards and be Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listed. Department head-approved appliances like radios, lamps and clocks must also comply with OSHA standards (three prong plugs) and be UL listed.

Stinson described a third category which is Not acceptable that includes everything from coffee pots to hot plates to fish tanks in the workplace. Amunrud said the policy gives them the authority to not allow certain appliances and to meet safety standards. No policy has been in place to this date. The new policy goes into effect October 1, 2009. Stinson added the maintenance department will determine if fans or space .....
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Senator Erickson-Ropes addresses the Rushford City Council

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The theme could have easily been summed up, "Let's go through this together," with Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes addressing the council at the Monday, July 27th, meeting. While it's an appreciated goal, and certainly one the city is intent on foster ..... 
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Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young to serve on local government aid study group

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Mayor Les Knutson announced the appointment to the LGA group and congratulated Mr. Young at the city council's July 27 meeting. The formation of the Local Government Aid (LGA) Study Group was authorized by the 2008 Tax Bill, 3149. State Senate Tax C ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance purchase?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, July 27th. The one item on the agenda that took up the most time was the proposal to purchase a new ambulance.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper addressed the council and presented a purchase prop ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses bullying issue

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent a lot of time discussing the recent school bullying issue at their meeting on July 20. Council member Ceil Allen had read about the problem in the papers and felt that it was a community issue, not just a school issu ..... 
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Dead tree removal in Preston

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Tree Inspector Bill Cox discussed the need for the city of Preston to look ahead and decide how to deal with what could be multiple diseased trees with the Emerald Ash Borer at the city council's July 7 meeting. The immediate problem was a larg ..... 
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The 250 bridge will officially reopen tomorrow afternoon, July 23, for all traffic, workers will be still working in that area, however you will be able to get through there!

Emergency vehicles can get through as of this evening!

Fillmore County may participate in a chemical and mental health program redesign

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve-county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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Historic bridges complicate improvement plans

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase reported on a meeting concerning two bridges in Fillmore Township scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement at the Fillmore County Board's July 14 meeting. The meeting involved County Engineer John Grindeland, Kaase, townshi ..... 
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