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Library Board Chairman Dan Munson response speech for new library


Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Government

Thank you, Councilors and Mr. Mayor. We've addressed this council before, with lots of fie charts and graphs and pages full of numbers. When Susan Hart and I spoke earlier about what we should talk about today, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the rumors and scuttlebutt that goes on in a community regarding a project such as this. Fortunately, this afternoon, a citizen of the Rushford area sent an email to all of you, addressing a number of concerns that he has heard over the past year or so. I've heard these same rumors, and while I feel we've addressed them time and time again, I felt this might be a good time to do so again, to hopefully answer a lot of questions.

The first question is:

1. Is this a good time to be moving on another city project when we have so much going on right now, and so much money being spent on these projects?

1. First: How much money is being spent? Are people looking at the costs of the project or the actual dollar amount being spent? There is a difference, just as we hope there will be a difference in this project.

2. Secondly: No one has ever answered the question (to my knowledge) - when is a good time? When doesn't a City have multiple projects going on?

3. Third: It is your job as City Councilors and Mayor to decide what projects are important to a city and to list those projects in priority. For at least a decade, talk of a new library has been given the lowest priority. We ask that you, as elected officials, listen to the city residents who put you here and give consideration to making this project a higher priority.

4. Fourth: The question continues to be asked "Is this a good time?" But in truth, the question is: Is tomorrow a good time? We are not building today. We are looking forward. We are attempting to make plans for a project to be done in the future. Who can predict the future? Is today a good time with all the projects going on? Maybe not. But if anybody has a crystal ball that says what is going to happen next week, next month, next year, I'd love to get a line on some lottery numbers. Cities don't hibernate. We can't crawl in a cave and wait for another day to plan for tomorrow. Many of the other projects are likely to be done before we even go out and raise our first dollar. Holding today's projects against a plan for the future isn't appropriate.

2. If this project were to get going, it would require contributions from the community, I think I .....
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AMVETS HONORS MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN TIM WALZ

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Government

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2010-AMVETS will presented its prestigious Congressional Silver Helmet Award to Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz during a special in-district ceremony this morning at AMVETS Post No. 47 in Albert Lea, Minn. AMVETS honored Walz, a ..... 
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Chatfield reviews audit report

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Chatfield City Council's March 22 meeting the annual audit report conducted by Smith Schafer and Associates, LTD, was presented by Jason Boynton and accepted by the council. Boynton said it was their opinion that the city's financial statemen ..... 
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Ban on large assemblies recommended

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The board room was overflowing with about a dozen more people standing out in the hallway at the March 25 meeting of Fillmore County Planning and Zoning. The agenda for the night was packed with public hearings on a variety of issues that kept the b ..... 
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Fillmore County health

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Fillmore County Board's March 23 meeting, much of the discussion was related to public health issues. Commissioner Tom Kaase was absent due to a scheduled test for advancement at his work place.

Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, reported ..... 
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Another campground north of the Root River Trail

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 9, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Man ..... 
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Rushford City Council considers Village water issue

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a potential arrangement between the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village reared its head again at the Monday, March 22nd, meeting. Regarding the state of the water supply, the Village is facing an increasingly urgent matter ..... 
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Budweiser cans, pot holes and trailer park trash

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council met during its regular monthly meeting, Monday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. Two members were absent.

Minutes from the March 8th meeting, as well as the list of accounts payable items, were approved with no discussion.< ..... 
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Ostrander discusses website

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and councilman Christenson were absent.

Motion was made by Ruehmann and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carri ..... 
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