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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township


Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois based company will install in Fillmore County. Both towers are less than 200 feet tall.

One tower will be placed on land owned by Richard Boice in Section 7 of Harmony Township, approximately four miles west of Harmony. The second tower is located in Section 20 of Harmony Township on land owned by Rick, Irvin and Marilyn Morem, approximately three miles southwest of Harmony. Both applications for conditional use permits will be forwarded to the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners for final approval.

Don Miller, Minnesota Wind Project Manager for EcoEnergy Wind based in Harmony, told the commission that the met towers will record wind speed and direction and "help us forecast overall capability of the wind farm."

Miller said that the 200 MW farm would consist of 134 turbines. The company has already signed up 22,000 acres of land in western Fillmore County.

Responding to a question from Commission member Duane Bakke, Miller said that in the next six weeks he would be contacting township and county officials in the lease area to discuss the use of roads during the construction phase.

Miller said there are serious issues about the impact wind turbine construction would have on area roads.

"We [EcoEnergy] will be responsible about our construction," Miller said.

Miller later told the Journal that construction could begin as soon as summer 2009.

Board of Adjustment

• Prior to the Planning Commission meeting, the Board of Adjustment met to grant a 21 foot variance for John and Ellen Whalen to build a deck/ramp on the side of their house in Section 13 of Bristol Township. The ramp would allow John accessibility as he uses a wheel chair.

The board approved the variance.

• A request for relief from the zoning administrator's decision to not allow David Swanson of Cannon Falls to place his park model camper at Eagle Cliff campground, which was tabled from the July board meeting, has been withdrawn. Swanson reportedly moved his camper to Wisconsin.

Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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Airport to get Fixed Base Operator building

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An amendment was approved to reflect a corrected design for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building for the Fillmore County Airport at the county board's August 12 meeting. The low quote from Northland Builders, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in th ..... 
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Developer plans motel for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Anyone with a minimum investment of $37,500 and the fortitude to take on huge debt can be a motel owner in Rushford, according to developer Tom Serie of F & L Management & Development.

As the developer, Serie does not wish to own ..... 
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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during ..... 
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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resol ..... 
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Spring Valley sells lots at industrial park

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent negotiations the City has had with property owners at the Industrial Park.

Within the last week Larry Kappers ha ..... 
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POET Biorefining TIF decertified

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council approved a resolution decertifying the ethanol plant Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) at their August 4 meeting.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the TIF was to run out on December 31, 2007 ..... 
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County Board struggles to trim budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Board members slogged through proposed budgets from several departments in a long day at their Tuesday, August 5, meeting. The board is faced with cutting and trimming a hundred here and several thousand there in order to s ..... 
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