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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL


Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce on high speed rail. Other participants in the discussion included: representatives of the Pawlenty Administration, local elected officials, business owners and union representatives.

This was the Obama Administration's first such meeting in the Midwest since the President announced his national strategy for high speed rail on Thursday. Mr. Yachmetz provided a briefing on the multi-step application process that will be used by the FRA to evaluate which projects to fund. Governor Pawlenty and Congressman Walz jointly announced earlier this month that all possible options, including routes through southern Minnesota, would be part of the Statewide Rail Plan study.

"The President and the Congress have committed an unprecedented amount of money to reinventing how Americans move around the country," said Walz, a member of the House Transportation committee. "This high speed rail system, much like the interstate highway system will be designed based around good data and smart economics. This is about creating jobs and fostering a good business environment in southern Minnesota, and I am thrilled that both the Winona and Rochester Chambers are here today, as well as labor members who represent working families."

"We are at the point of a profound change in focus that was in part generated by the Recovery Act, but also by the leadership in Washington," said Yachmetz at the beginning of his remarks. "The President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Transportation and other top leadership all come from places where passenger rail is important."

Yachmetz continued, "It is not about the 8 billion dollars. If we spend eight billion dollars and that is all we get [for high speed rail], we are not successful. The idea is to link what we're doing to the interstate highway program and develop a sustainable, long term program going forward." Yachmetz repeatedly talked about the need for a comprehensive state rail plan and emphasized that federal decision-makers will heavily weigh rail recommendations that are part of comprehensive statewide rail systems.

According to Walz, once all possible options are considered and the Statewide Rail Plan determines the best route, securing funding for .....
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Spring Valley City Council looks at parking restrictions

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very short City Council meeting on Monday night. The main item of discussion was a proposed Resolution imposing additional parking restrictions.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the proposal which would define the number of ..... 
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Harmony Council receives audit report

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council approved the audit for 2008 as completed by Smith Schafer and Associates. This is the second year they have done the audit for the city. Ben Turnquist and Jason Boynton presented the audit to the council at their reg ..... 
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County recognizes Child Protection Month

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd and county employees that work child abuse cases informed the board as to the increase in abuse cases at the board's April 7 meeting. Working through child abuse cases can involve cooperation between social worker ..... 
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Preston Historical Society seeks bonding for further elevator restoration

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Richard Petsch updated the council at their April 6 meeting on the efforts to obtain up to $450,000 from the sale of bonds through the state to further renovate the grain elevator to its 1916 condition. The plans include a bagging shed, scale house, ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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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.

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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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