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County Commissioner District 3


Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

My name is Chuck Amunrud and I ask for your continuing support for re-election to the Fillmore County Board. I have now served six years on the County Board and have been working full time for the citizens who have elected me. Counties in Minnesota are facing increasing challenges to maintain and foster public safety and health for all our citizens. The state and federal government are predicting shortfalls in funding to local governments due to shortfalls in revenues or by legislation. Counties serve as the working arm of these funds as we implement the programs that are mandated by law. The state has found ways to cover their shortfalls by creating shifts in funding that are having a direct impact on local taxes.

I have worked to keep our local property tax as low as possible while continuing to fund these shortfalls from the state and federal government. The Fillmore County 2009 preliminary levy is below the 3.9 levy limit that was set by the State Legislature. In fact our levy in 2008 is about the same as we propose for 2009. But the squeeze is getting much tighter.

Fillmore County continues to be very proactive in discussing the future with our neighbor counties, cities, and townships along with school districts in finding solutions to common problems. Sharing of services that we all provide is one idea that will help to keep our property taxes low while at the same time increase the productivity within our local governmental departments.

Here is an example: We are now collaborating with eleven counties and Rochester within SE Minnesota to create an interoperable radio system for emergency communications. A survey will be completed this fall and a report will be made on what type of equipment and where to place radio towers that will give our area as complete coverage as possible, allowing appropriate departments in our area to respond when an emergency strikes. Funding for most of this project has been dedicated by the state and should be complete in about three years.

Again in closing, I ask for your support in this election to continue to serve as your County Commissioner. Thank you.

County Commissioner District 1

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Tom Kaase, County Commissioner District 1

For this article, I'm asked to describe myself, so here's the scoop. A husband, married to Dorle Grindland Kaase, who together have a 16 year old son, Kaine. A life-long resident of Fillmore County wh ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves plans for new pool roof

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council approved plans to construct a new steel roof over the municipal swimming pool at its September 22nd meeting. All council members were present and discussed construction bids from two local builders. Estimates solicited ..... 
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Bunge zoning and variance requests approved

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Planning and Zoning Committee held a public hearing on the Andy and Eric Bunge's request for zoning changes and variances just prior to the Preston City Council meeting on September 24. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent from the counc ..... 
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Plans for Rushford motel placed on hold

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans for a motel in Rushford have been placed on hold, and within the city government there appears to be all the makings of a showdown between the EDA and the Planning Commission.

At issue is the future of the Himlie Business Park north of ..... 
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Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

In an abbreviated meeting that lasted 15 minutes on Thursday, September 25, the Fillmore County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for National Wind to erect a meteorological tower in Section 16 of Beaver Township on land owned by ..... 
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County asks governor to suspend Green Acre Law changes

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - The Fillmore County Board at their regular meeting on September 23 passed a resolution asking Governor Pawlenty to "suspend the implementation of changes to the Green Acres law that were implemented in Chapter 366 of the 2008 session." The ..... 
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Lanesboro increases levy by 3 percent

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - The Lanesboro City Council passed a resolution for the 2009 budget and tax levy at their regular meeting on September 15. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman presented the council with a copy of the proposed 2009 budget, with the changes ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuss plans for Tracey Road

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The proposed improvements on west Tracey Road drew some interested property owners at the September 8 Spring Valley City council meeting, who wanted more information on what the City's plan was going to be to put utilities down the center of the roa ..... 
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