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Floods dominate county board agenda


Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners had only one item on the agenda listed pertaining to the recent flood at their August 28 meeting. However, the tentacles of the flood's effect reached into almost all of the issues for the day.

Deb Teske, Emergency Management, updated the board on progress in the devastated city of Rushford. Telephone service and electric power were being put back into service. Houses were to be checked one by one to see if they can safely have electrical power use restored. If not, a temporary power supply will be provided. Damaged residences have been inspected for safety. The waste water treatment plant is functional enough to allow for use of flush toilets. Teske added that there still might be leaks in the system. Tap water is not safe to drink because of e-coli contamination. She hoped that by the end of the week, public water might be usable if boiled.

The large number of residents put out of work by the flood can make contact with MN Work Force. Disaster unemployment packets are available. The contact number is 877-898-9090. Randy Dahl, commissioner for the Rushford area, reported that Rushford had already taken a hit before the flood with the loss of about 700 jobs at TRW. Now the city is hit with additional unemployment as a result of the flood.

A mold specialist, Dan Tranter explained that mold can be a problem in closed up houses in hot, humid weather. Water wicks vertically up sheet rock, so mold can be found in parts of the home that were not touched by the flood waters. Tranter said that he will be available to give advice about mold and moisture issues. He added that raw sewage in the water requires that any porous item be discarded including clothing. Teske added that mold was growing exponentially and that she was working to make masks available to protect people from mold.

Gary Peterson with the Red Cross has been in Rushford since the flood hit. He praised the local officials for doing a good job. He noted that all the people who had sought shelter at TRW have found homes in which to stay. He added that the nursing staff has vaccinated thousands for tetanus. Peterson reported that there are two hazmat units for showers, which he said are like a human car wash. He was impressed with the locals ability to maintain their sense of humor. He repeated Rushford's Mayor Les Ladewig's remark that this is going to be the greatest spring clean-up we have ever had. Peterson said t .....
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Rushford Village assesses flood damage

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson acknowledged that the figure $4.66 million was the city's "best seat of your pants guess" at flood losses in Rushford Village. "It depends if we need to replace a bridge or in some cases relocate a road," Johnso ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston replaces squad car damaged in flooding

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Police Chief Matt Schultz briefed the Preston City Council at their August 27 meeting on the need to replace a squad car that was lost in the Rushford flooding.

Schultz said that an officer responded to the emergency in Rushford on ..... 
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MnDot's District Six feeling neglected

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
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Around fifty area citizens attended a meeting in Chatfield on August 21 to listen to a presentation by MnDot planners and to make comments or ask questions. Chris Moates, MnDot Planning Director, detailed a prepared presentation for area state roads ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council discusses capital improvement plans

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council met in a joint meeting with the Public Utilities committee last week, Aug. 23, to discuss budget issues and capital improvement plans for the near future. Gerry Evenson and Dennis Schuck from Public Utilities we ..... 
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Planning Commission approves controversial hog facility in Carimona

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - For several years, Dave Mensink and Ann O'Connor have worked together side by side as Carimona Township Supervisors. On Thursday night, however, they were on opposite sides of a debate on whether Mensink's application for a Conditional Use ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council monitors junk on property

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - A couple of items on the agenda of the Spring Valley City Council meeting held Aug. 13, consumed time and had to be dealt with.

Several weeks ago the Council announced that an inspection of junk on homeowners property would ..... 
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Rushford purchases 23.5 acres for $699,000

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
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RUSHFORD - Optimistic about the future of Rushford, the city council purchased 23.5 acres of land currently zoned industrial from Wallace Himlie at the August 13 council meeting. Recognizing the land as one of the few remaining undeveloped "chunks" ..... 
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Harmony looks into well problems

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The City of Harmony has been dealing with some well problems lately, according to city employee Chris Johnson. Johnson brought City Council members up to date at the council meeting last Tuesday evening.

The well near the water to ..... 
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