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Politics abound in Pilot Mound


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

As an audience gathers every month in the quiet little community of Pilot Mound, there's a good chance that someone is a going to stir the pot at the township board meeting.

On Tuesday, February 9, the drama continued with a slightly smaller crowd in comparison to the past few months, drawing a total of 17 Pilot Mound residents.

With township supervisor Vern Crowson absent from the meeting as the result of a vacation, the remaining voting board members were Steve Erickson, township chairperson and supervisor, and Lowell Stephas, a township supervisor. With only two supervisors present, along with township clerk Joyce Borgen and township treasurer Tammie York, the majority of the 15 items on the agenda were tabled until after the March annual meeting. After the board marched through all of the routine agenda items, such as authorizing the payment of bills, Steve Erickson asked if there were any comments from the audience.

Donald Faye, also a Pilot Mound resident, took Erickson's offer and ran with it.

Faye stood in the back row, holding up a copy of the Minnesota Town Government handbook, asking the township board to allow for this publication to be made available to all attendees of the meeting -- Faye walking up to the township board head table to leave a copy of the handbook. Faye, starting out by saying "I'm going to exercise my First Amendment Right," strived to prompt Steve Erickson and the township board to reinstate several paragraphs of information stricken from the November 9 meeting minutes at the December 14 monthly township board meeting.

"Steve, you made some very official decisions," stated Faye, adding "There would be no threat of lawsuits if everyone follows what is referenced in this book."

Furthering his cause, Faye held up a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he exclaimed "I think our Constitution was stepped on when you made that decision!"

Siding with Joyce Borgen, the township clerk, Faye indicated "Joyce had an obligation to the people."

While making several general references to the U.S. Constitution along with the Minnesota Town Government handbook, Faye also presented a 21-page document explaining the meaning of democracy.

"Steve, them meetings gotta go back in there," Faye remarked. "You, yourself, can be fined $300, and everyone in the township can be fined up to $13,000 since all of the township representatives are liable for maintaining Open Meeting Law."< .....
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Update on Canton wastewater treatment plant

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Donivee Johnson called the regular February meeting of the Canton City Council to order. Those present were: Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. Hank Selden was absent. Visitors present were Barb K, and Ja ..... 
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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: ..... 
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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
Posted in Government



(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
Posted in Government

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
Posted in Government

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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