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Sheriff's Office receives Safe & Sober award


Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Sheriff Daryl Jensen informed the county board at their April 10 meeting that Fillmore County was the only county in Minnesota to receive a first place award in the 2006 Safe & Sober Challenge. The award is in recognition of improvements in traffic safety and comes with a $3,000 mini-grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety. Jensen expects the grant to be used to pay for overtime and a light bar and radar equipment. Jensen recognized the efforts of Deputy Leif Erickson as the reason Fillmore County received the award.

The board approved a resolution for the sheriff's office to enter into a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for "Safe and Sober Communities" during the period from October 2007 to September 2008. Jensen explained that the funds will be used for seat belt and speed enforcement. The county will work in partnership with the cities of Preston and Chatfield.

The board approved the purchase of three new squad cars from Zeimetz Motors, Inc. of Spring Valley. Two of the Chevrolet Impalas will be unmarked and one will be marked. One of the vehicles to be replaced is a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jensen said that it could be available to the county for another use. Commissioners will possibly use that vehicle to fulfill a request for another vehicle from the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Earlier in the meeting, Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron had requested a transfer of funds to the SWCD for the purpose of obtaining another vehicle capable of running on muddy fields and pastures for the field technician. Commissioner Randy Dahl had wondered at that point if one of the retiring sheriff's vehicles could serve that purpose. Chuck Amunrud agreed that it would be advantageous to use the sheriff's vehicle if possible. The board left open the possibility of working something out between the two departments.

Commissioners Tour

County Jail

Sheriff Jensen lead the commissioners through the county jail pointing out deficiencies with the nearly forty year old facility. The jail has twenty four beds, but is staffed and designed to house eighteen inmates. There is one newer area that was built in 1995 which was intended for juveniles, that is now used usually to house women or low risk inmates. Jensen noted that the planned use for juveniles never worked out because of a lack of the specific staffing needed. Most of the inmates at the jail are male.

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Harmony approves plan for Jacobson addition

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Residents of Harmony turned out for the Public Hearing on the Jacobson Addition project last Tuesday evening. The hearing was held before the regular city council meeting. Brett Grabau from the engineering firm Bonestroo & Associates prese ..... 
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Tschumper addresses county board

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper started his discussion saying that he had some good news at the April 3 board meeting. He said that the $500,000 needed to forgive Fillmore County's MR-RC (mental retardation and related conditions) Waiver debt ..... 
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Church Hill development agreement signed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - With a development agreement signed at the Lanesboro City Council meeting April 2, developer Dan Anderson can now move ahead with his plans for the old school building. According to the agreement, construction is to begin by December 31, ..... 
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Historical elevator restoration nearly completed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
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The president of the Historical Society in Preston, Dick Petsch, updated the city council on restoration progress for the old elevator at the April 2 meeting. Council member Jon Haugan was absent.

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Spring Valley City Council Report: 2007 stormwater upgrade project goes to bid

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Engineer Bryan Holtz fielded any remaining concerns about the stormwater project at the March 26 Spring Valley City Council meeting. After which the city council unanimously approved a resolution accepting plans and specifications and authorizi ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Highums to donate land in honor of Asmund Vaagen

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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The Rushford City Council accepted the gift of property on Magelssen Bluff from Glen and Rob Highum at their regular council meeting March 26. Jamie Edwards of the DNR facilitated the donation. Acceptance of the donation is subject to all deeds and ..... 
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Commissioners Report:Township representatives air opinions and questions

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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PRESTON - A Public Hearing for the Rural Addressing Ordinance Amendment drew several township representatives to the March 27 County Board meeting. Danea Larson, Rural Addressing, read the proposed amendment dealing with which government unit is res ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will broadcast from Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Thanks to Rhubarb Festival Coordinator Nancy Martinson's hard work, Garrison Keillor will broadcast his show, "Prairie Home Companion," from Lanesboro the first weekend in June. Julie Kiehne and David Harrenstein appeared before the Lane ..... 
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