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County highway projects in 2016


Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government



County commissioners flew through their March 1 board meeting in almost record time. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent.

County Engineer Ron Gregg had informed commissioners at the last board meeting as to the availability of a couple of lightly used culverts. They can be purchased from MnDot by the county at a significantly reduced cost. The intention is to use the culverts on a couple of bridge projects this year.

Anytime there is a change to the county’s capital preservation plan, which uses funds raised through the Local Option Sales Tax, a public hearing on the updated plan is required. The updated plan will include two more bridges to be replaced on CR 117 in 2016 using the slightly used culverts. The public hearing will be held on April 5 at 10 a.m. during the board meeting.

Projects scheduled in the updated plan for use of the one-half cent sales tax in 2016 include four bridge replacements (one on CR 115 and three on CR 117). The funds will also be used to chipseal eight miles of road including portions of CSAH 25 and CSAH 5.

Other projects on the 2016 construction list include finishing the Sumner Township bridge replacement on Raven Road and finishing the bridge replacement on CSAH 25 north of Peterson. The final lift of asphalt will be done within the city of Peterson. The big reconstruction project for 2016 is 3.19 miles of CSAH 1, which includes two bridge replacements.

A federal off-system bridge project will be the replacement of a bridge on CSAH 23 between Canton and Lenora. Federal funds for highway safety will be used to place Chevron signs on curves across the county (43 locations). A possible project on the state park road account is the improvement of the Lanesboro Fish Hatchery Road.

Gregg offered three quotes for the purchase of a Wheel Loader. The lowest of three quotes was approved. The county will purchase a John Deere 2015 624K loader from RDO Equipment, Rochester, at a cost of $175,210.84. The purchase was discussed during the Highway Committee meeting. The loader will be stored in Preston. A MnDot loader has been available there from November through April 1 per agreement.

Approval was given to purchase a laptop computer, docking station, and two monitors for the Engineering Tech Sr. An HP Elite Book 850 and docking station will cost $1,325.56 and two HP 24-inch LED monitors will cost a total of $263.74.
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Minnesota’s budget surplus: $900 million

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL – The updated state budget numbers are in, and they remain positive according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston). Minnesota’s economic experts recently found that our state is projected to see a nearly $900 million surpl ..... 
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GOP turnout good at Caucus

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

A Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the GOP nomination for president. In Minnesota, there are 38 delegate votes up for grabs at the national convention and the process to secure them can seem complicated. While the caucus used to be ..... 
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Large turnout for DFL Caucus

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Despite snow-covered roads and a sudden return to wintery temperatures, nearly 100 citizens attended the Democratic precinct caucus on “Super Tuesday” at the Kingsland school library in Spring Valley. Registration opened at 6:30. Participants ra ..... 
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Sheriff Tom Kaase meets with township representatives

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Last Thursday, the 18th of February, at 7 p.m., I held an informational meeting with our Fillmore County Township representatives. The meeting was held in the Fillmore County Office Building, room 108. I had extended the invitation to all the townsh ..... 
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Lanesboro Concept Project holding community meetings March 4, March 9

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

LANESBORO, MN, February 23, 2016 - The Lanesboro Concept Project, now gathering input and ideas from local residents through a series of informal meetings and interviews, will also hold two upcoming public input sessions in March Those meetings, sch ..... 
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Chatfield approves advanced refunding of bonds

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 22 Chatfield City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, Drown & Associates, reported significant net savings with the advanced refunding of bonds issued in 2010/Thurber Building and in 2011/Wastewater Treatment Plant. Councilor Ken Jacobson ..... 
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Rushford Council discusses options for vacant liquor store site

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a 5:30 p.m. work session, Monday, February 22, the Rushford City Council dove into a lengthy discussion regarding review of the building at 409 S. Elm Street, the vacant and former Municipal Liquor Store, and consideration of potential pla ..... 
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Rushford Council discusses options for vacant liquor store site

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a 5:30 p.m. work session, Monday, February 22, the Rushford City Council dove into a lengthy discussion regarding review of the building at 409 S. Elm Street, the vacant and former Municipal Liquor Store, and consideration of potential pla ..... 
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