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Richardson variance approved


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment's first meeting of the year started with a little annual housekeeping. Gary Ruskell was elected once more as chairman and Jim Keune as vice-chairman. Meetings will regularly be held on the third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

William and Carla Richardson had applied for a variance to build a home on land with a Crop Equivalency Rating of sixty-five or greater. The property is located in the Ag District two miles north of Canton. The twenty acre property already has a home occupied by his parents and farm buildings. Richardson showed the board where they want to build the house on a map and said it was the most sensible place to build a home. Canton Township requires two and one half acres on which to build a home.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves agreed it was the most sensible spot to build. He added the couple would be able to use the same access. Cristal Adkins, Zoning, figured it would only take about one-quarter of an acre of the sixty-five or greater rated crop land. Graves said that if the nearby non-tillable land proved suitable for a septic, the septic would not be put on crop land. The non-tillable land near the site was too sloped for a feasible building site.

There were no comments from township supervisors from Canton or the public. Jim Keune wanted to be assured that there wasn't a feasible building spot with a rating lower than sixty-five. He suggested that Graves require applicants in the future to have a specific location noted on the application where the house would be permitted to be built.

The variance was approved as it would be a "hardship" to build the home on land that was rated lower than sixty-five.

Public Hearing for Large Assemblies scheduled on March 25

The Planning Commission during their annual housekeeping elected Brad Erickson as chairman and Marvin Kuhn as vice-chairman. Their meeting time will continue to be the same as the Board of Adjustment.

Chris Graves passed out changes to the Ag District Ordinances as recommended by the Large Assembly Committee. The committee defined Large Assemblies as a public or private gathering of 500 or more persons at a single time in any location in the Ag District. There is an exception for permanent places of worship or auctions conducted by licensed auctioneers. Secondly, the committee has recommended adding Large Assemblies to the Prohibited Uses (604.04) for the Ag Dist .....
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Preston looks to slash 2010 budget

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council set up a committee to take a very hard look at their 2010 budget in an effort to cut another $100,000 from 2010 expenditures at the council's February 16 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman, in an effort to add a little ..... 
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A new chapter in Potter's history

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Ownership of the old elementary school buildings, along with all of Block 19 in Chatfield, was transferred in a formal signing ceremony held on the Potter Auditorium stage on February 12. The transfer of ownership and responsibility for the property ..... 
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WALZ ENCOURAGES FAMILES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX CREDITS

Wed, Feb 17th, 2010
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(Mankato, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz encouraged southern Minnesota families to take tax credits they are eligible for, specifically the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). He also released information to help constituents prepare their taxes ..... 
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Legislative session focused on budget, jobs

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
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As lawmakers return to St. Paul this week to kickoff the 2010 legislative session, state Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said today that the Minnesota Senate has laid out an ambitious agenda focused on balancing the state's budget and growin ..... 
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Jim Casey's wish come true

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
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Have you ever wondered if an ancestor of yours could have changed history? Well, Jim Casey doesn't wonder, he knows!

James Sheilds, a great, great uncle of Jim Casey on his father's side, was the only man to serve as a United States ..... 
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Potter Center bill advances in Minnesota Senate

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
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State Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, and state Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, who both represent the city of Chatfield, recently presented legislation before the Senate Economic Development Budget Division that would create 140 jobs and boo ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
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While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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