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Zoning commission okays Amish cemetery


Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their August monthly meeting on Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission heard proposals for two conditional land use permits (CUPs).

Amish Cemetery

Daniel and Verna Detweiler petitioned for a CUP to place a cemetery on their land located in Bristol Township. The land is located in an agricultural district and is approximately 8 miles southwest of Harmony. Daniel Detweiler was present to explain the CUP petition.

Mr. Detweiler said the main purpose of their application was to re-locate the existing cemetery, which is in an area that has poor drainage, to a new site.

Chairman Mike Touhy stated that he had visited the existing cemetery and the area they would like to relocate to. He saw how the existing cemetery is in a low area and gets pockets of water. The existing site was planned quickly due to a death in the family and it was originally thought the area had sandy soil. Afterwards it was realized that this wasn't the case. He's also been to the new area and feels it is above water levels and looks very nice.

The public presented no questions regarding the CUP. After brief questions concerning the cemetery's plot layout the commission approved the CUP.

Silver Mound Farms

Terrance Pfaff of Silver Mound Dairy petitioned to transfer ownership of his feedlot, under the existing CUP on his farm in Bristol Township. The feedlot is located in an agricultural district, approximately 8 miles west of Harmony. Mr. Pfaff is the owner of the former Tammel-Barnes Farms Feedlot.

There were no public questions concerning the CUP. Commission member discussion concentrated on the former conditions listed within the old CUP, specifically if they were needed due to new ordinances that were not in place at the time the original permit was granted. Mike Frauenkron, Assistant Zoning Administrator, reported that most of the conditions could be removed and were already mandated under the county's manure management plan.

County Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested that a condition in the CUP that the Silver Mound Farms must follow the manure management plan. The commission included this condition in the CUP and afterwards approved the petition.

Both applications will be forwarded to the Fillmore County Board for final approval.

Campaign finance complaint against Davids dismissed

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board have dismissed a complaint against the People for Davids Committee which was brought by Frank Wright, Peggy Hanson and Harlan Taylor, all of Lanesboro. The ruling was issued on August 15.
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Preston City Council Report: No assessments for street maintenance

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

Concerned citizens of Preston made clear their opinions at the public hearing portion of the Preston City Council meeting on August 7. Engineer Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates explained the planned milling and overlay street projects. Overlays ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Board hears music event proposal

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On August 8 Corey Scrabeck attended the Harmony City Council meeting to propose a music event that would be held within the city. "For the last couple of years I've been thinking about how to bring young people to town to have fun," stated ..... 
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E911 signs

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board continued reviewing 2007 budget proposals from several departments at their August 8 meeting. Commissioners look through detailed budget proposals for items that can be reduced or that may need additional dollars. ..... 
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What's next for Lanesboro's Ox Trail?

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - "Ox Trail's been there since the conception of Lanesboro!" declared Kate O'Neary at the public hearing on the Ox Trail during the Lanesboro City Council meeting August 7. O'Neary urged the council to keep the old trail as is, even turnin ..... 
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Going forty on 40

Fri, Aug 4th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board on the first day of August was dominated by departmental proposals for the 2007 budget. However, when county engineer John Grindeland was ready to give the Highway Department's budget proposal, county board chairman Duane ..... 
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Voter record updates will be completed by primary election

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

"We are committed to getting done by the primary election," Shirl Boelter, Fillmore County Election Administrator, told the Fillmore County Board at their July 25 meeting. She was referring to the process of updating county polling records with new ..... 
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Olmsted and Fillmore boards discuss issues

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners from Olmsted and Fillmore counties met at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 25, to discuss common issues. The meeting coincided with the Fillmore County Board meeting.

Of primary concern was the o ..... 
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