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County board completes New Year housekeeping business


Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

The first meeting in 2011 of the Fillmore County Board began with the swearing in of newly elected officials. Judge Robert Benson administered the oaths of office. In this case all the newly elected officials were returning to their previous positions.

Commissioner Marc Prestby was elected to serve as the chairman for 2011 and commissioner Tom Kaase was elected to serve as vice-chair. Prestby commented that he was looking forward to a busy and good year and to commissioner Duane Bakke's year as president of the Association of Minnesota Counties. He added that he hoped he wouldn't have to declare a state of emergency as he did the last time he served as chairman because of the flooding in 2007.

No-load Miles

After several weeks of discussion, the board voted to approve a contract with SEMCAC to pay no-load miles at 25 cents per mile with no administrative reimbursement for those miles as recommended by Community Services Director Tom Boyd. The county had approved paying for those no-load miles for a good part of 2010 at the federal IRS rate of 50 cents.

The question of whether the county should reimburse no-load miles is a result of the Department of Human Services making a final decision to no longer reimburse the no-load miles. DHS will continue to reimburse for loaded miles for volunteer drivers who transport Medical Assistance (MA) patients. Volunteers receive no compensation for their time.

Commissioner Duane Bakke said that about eight percent of total miles driven by SEMCAC volunteer drivers are no-load miles. He warned that if this percentage would increase substantially that the county would reconsider their decision next year. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said SEMCAC seems to be very prudent in their scheduling to limit no-load miles. Bakke said the 25 cent figure is a compromise between the 50 cent and no reimbursement at all.

Commissioner Randy Dahl said SEMCAC is committed to providing the rides to MA patients. Fillmore County is a rural county with limited transportation options. Dahl noted most of the counties in the region have dropped reimbursement for no-load miles.

The county will review their decision after the current legislative session.

Other Business In Brief

•The Fillmore County Journal was approved as the official newspaper, the printer of the first financial statement (the second printing will be on the county web site), and the printer of the delinquent tax .....
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Rep. Davids sworn in as Minnesota House convenes session

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was sworn in Tuesday, January 4 as he continues his tenure in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Davids represents District 31B, which includes all or portions of Houston and Fillmore ..... 
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November Canton City Council

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 ,with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Hank Selden Ross Duckett, Carl Ernst, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Visitors present were Barb ..... 
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January Whalan City Council

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council met on Monday, January 3, 2011. In addition to Mayor Johnson, those present were the following: Jim Gustavson, Everett Johnson, Johnny Halverson, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander. Also present was Dav ..... 
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Fillmore County lays out 2011 legislative priorities

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL) 27B, Rep. Greg Davids (R) 31B, Senator Dan Sparks (DFL) 27, and Senator-elect Jeremy Miller (R) 31 listened to county commissioners and department heads as they laid out Fillmore County legislative priorities for the upcoming ..... 
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Rushford's municipal liquor store to close portion

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Amid a packed house, the Rushford City Council worked through several big agenda items, likely the most attention-garnering being the state of the Municipal Liquor Store.

The highly-debated enterprise had been a source of revenue for the cit ..... 
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County wraps up 2010 business

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County board had a long busy meeting on December 28 finishing 2010 business and discussing with legislators improvements that could make county government more efficient in the years ahead. The discussion with legislators is detailed in ..... 
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Spring Valley wraps up 2010

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night and wrapped up the business for 2010. There was a public hearing on the former Elementary School Meeting House Lot vacation request. As reported earlier the Kingsland Public Schools had requested ..... 
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Preston Ambulance Service fined again

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

Preston council members discussed the scheduling difficulties with ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton at the council's December 20 meeting. Throckmorton was hired in October as director. Since that time, a primary focus of the ambulance service ha ..... 
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