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Hypersonic still on hold


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was ironic really, walking over to last Wednesday evening's February 20 special session of the Rushford City council under a clear sky, temperatures below 10-below, the snow pack blue as the Earth from space, a shadow drifted across the full moon.

Inside City Hall, members would discuss whether-or-not to approve a $500,000 start-up loan to a business whose idea had not even hatched before the great flood. That burning issue has briefly but completely eclipsed the full moon of disaster-recovery.

It's impossible to predict whether the Hypersonic LLC loan request reached totality the other night or not. Any council decision, for-or-against the nanotech company, was pushed back to the next regular session. But in analyzing the loan proposal, council members and staff succeeded in illuminating general community support for jobs-based manufacturing, as well as specific concerns about the proposed business model.

Our Nano Century

Kevin Klungtveldt, founder and, for 7-years, driving force behind the Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology, or Rintek, presented a slide show to illustrate the basics of nascent nano science, commercial applications today and the potential for future product development.

Explaining how 100-years ago Henry Ford developed industrial machinery capable of milling steel to tolerances down to one-thousandth-of-an-inch, making the 20th Century, "the Micrometer Century," Klungtveldt declared our elementary-school-age 21st Century will be "the Nanometer Century.

A nanometer equals one-billionth of an inch. It's the scale of atoms. Using powerful atomic force microscopes, nano-engineers are already able to manipulate the fundamental structure of materials to create entirely new products that boast unheard of strength, hardness, flexibility, smoothness, purity.

Klungtveldt plied the Rushford audience with a description of the "Small" New World we will all marvel at and benefit from after nano-science finally meshes with nano-manufacturing. Nano-cables the size of a mechanical pencil lead will be able to lift tons. Nano-manipulation of cells will put an end to cancer. Nano-drugs will lead to new and better medical treatment. Cheaper energy. Cleaner water. A technology for the "people", Klungtveldt predicts that the inevitable consumerization of nano products - across every sector - will be more-affordable, cost less to produce, produce less pollution and in general transform the w .....
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Progress made on sewer systems

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District, updated the board on the progress of the program at the board's February 12 meeting. Craig explained that since 2004 there have been 4,205 individ ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Play ball

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

This much is clear, the great August flood and six-months of unprecedented public demand for decisions-to-be-made and actions-to-be-taken has tested the capacity of Rushford's small governing council, volunteer-staffed boards and commissions, as wel ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Schedule set for Hudson Street improvements

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

A very well attended informational meeting for citizens about the Hudson Street Improvement Plans preceded the regular Spring Valley City Council meeting on February 11. Bryan Holtz with Yaggy Colby and Associates answered questions and individual c ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses Community Center renovations

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting on February 12 included a lot of discussion on the upcoming projects needed at the Community Center, for the building itself as well as the parking lot and driveway.

The city is planning on putting two heati ..... 
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Moratorium on campgrounds ends

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig went over the proposed ordinance changes governing campground regulations with the county at their Tuesday meeting. The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the amendments at th ..... 
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Public Hearing set for Hilltop Estates

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ron Ziegler representing the City of Chatfield Economic Development Authority asked the county board at their February 5 meeting to consider scheduling a Public Hearing for the approval of a Tax Abatement to construct public improvements t ..... 
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Lanesboro fine tunes assessment policy

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council has been going through the new assessment policy and making some last minute changes before the public hearing on February 18. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working with engineers at Yaggy Colby to come up w ..... 
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Preston council gives go ahead for new pumper truck

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
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Jerry Olson, Preston Fire Department, asked the Preston City Council to approve funding for their portion of responsibility toward the purchase of a new pumper truck at the February 4 meeting. Olson explained that the pumper to be replaced was thirt ..... 
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