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Debate scorecard: Sheriff, District 3 County Commisioner candidates


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On the evening of Tuesday, September 30, 2014, four candidates participated in a public forum at the Hanson-Raabe Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4114 located in Spring Valley, Minn.

The brainchild of VFW member of Post 4114 of Spring Valley, Nathan Pike brought all parties together to make this a successful public forum.

With roughly 50 guests in attendance, questions were posed to candidates running for Fillmore County Sheriff and District County District 3.

Following introductions from Sheriff candidates Brian Miner and Tom Kaase, along with Fillmore County District 3 candidates Harry Root and Fred Scheevel, the same questions were randomly drawn from buckets posed to both sets of candidates and they were each given two minutes to share their answers.

Over the course of two hours, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the candidates were on the hot seat.

Fillmore County District 3

While attendees could argue that Harry Root and Fred Scheevel are two different candidates with quite different backgrounds, based on their answers to questions posed in this public forum, they both sound like one in the same.

When asked about areas where they would justify raising taxes in Fillmore County, Root referenced social services, veterans, elderly, roads and bridges while Scheevel referenced transportation, veterans and social services.

They both supported the idea of making the Veterans Affairs Officer a full-time position.

When asked about whether Fillmore County government should kick in more tax dollars to support local libraries located in Fillmore County, Root called upon current County Comissioner, Duane Bakke, in the audience regarding the budgeted $213,000 annually supporting local libraries at this time. Root said he’d have to see whether the county could justify spending more in the future. Meanwhile, Scheevel said that our libraries are a “Part of the culture of Fillmore County.” Further, he talked about how the libraries have changed in what they offer the public, and how they’ve become a resource for those who don’t have Internet access. Neither candidate gave any firm commitments of financial support.

Another question came up regarding whether the county should have any residency requirements of staff that hold manager positions. Can they reside in states other than Minnesota?

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Chatfield looks to the future

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield councilors, at their September 22 meeting, were joined by the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and some city staff members to hear presentations that may broaden their perspective for the city’s future. DMC ..... 
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Additional prohibited use in the Ag District

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their September 18 meeting held a public hearing on the proposed added language to 604.01 Prohibited Uses (Ag District) #1. The new language will further restrict the Ag District from being rezoned. It ha ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

• Thursday, October 2, Fountain City Council, Fountain City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, October 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, October 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 5 p.m. • Monday, Oc ..... 
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Public meeting for repurposing R-P school complex in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD,Minn.-September 25, 2014 – The Vision for Repurposing the R-P School Complex subcommittee is holding an open house to share concept sketches developed over the past month. The open house will be held on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the R ..... 
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County Sets Preliminary 2015 Levy

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County board, at their September 23 meeting, set the preliminary budget/levy. The levy numbers can be reduced, but not increased, when the final levy is set in December. The increase in the levy for 2015 now is 4.9 percent. The budget ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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