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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better insight into the scope of the project, including what the county will fund and what will be solely city cost.

David Strauss, senior project engineer at SEH-Yaggy, was on hand at the Wednesday, August 13 city council meeting and presented a cooperative agreement between the county and city. “The project is progressing. This is my two cents on this agreement; everything appears to be in line.” Strauss also noted the biggest change to updating the feasibility report has been the addition of the formal assessment policy. Figures have been gradually adjusted as bid prices are coming in and funding options are being reviewed. As it currently stands, roughly $70,000 could be generated for the project by property owner assessment. Road, curb, and gutter are currently $6.54 per linear foot of property, while sidewalk rates are assessed at a different value. No assessments are being applied along the southern portion of the project, along Church Street, as there will be no curb and gutter, just roadway.

The water main upgrades under the Mill Street portion of the project will also see work while the roadway is disrupted. According to Strauss, service main to the property, is 100 percent assessable to the property, since it directly benefits it.

The only thing not currently figured into the report is any upgrades to roadway lighting that the city may want to make. The city has considered upgrading wiring and conduit to city lighting during the project. “This is a good opportunity for the community to do any replacement or updating of infrastructure when you can,” added Strauss. “My recommendation, if you find out Church Street water is under the roadway, this would be the time to do it so you don’t disrupt the roadway again.”

Sidewalks along Church Street are still one catch point in the project. The city has heard that sidewalks along the west side of the road, currently buried under inches of sod, will be replaced. However, Strauss noted that the county cannot proceed with sidewalk reconstruction on the street if the existing sidewalks reside within private property lines, as they currently appear to. “The base mapping is only approximate, but usua .....
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Mabel City Council approves three change orders

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Kaye Bernard from Tri-County Electric was present at the meeting to answer any questions the council had about Tri-County’s acquisition of Alliant Energy ..... 
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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Projec ..... 
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The Good Lie

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

There’s no getting around it: although the recession is technically over in America (although some European countries are sliding back in), things are still not going well for a lot of Americans. Add to our troubles at home the current hot stories ..... 
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DNR was right to stop illegal silica sand mining in Houston County

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer, Houston County, MN The DNR is to be commended for their decisive action to ensure important new laws to protect trout streams from silica sand mining are not ignored. The law is straightforward and requires silica sand ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Cousins

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my cousin from California. His wife is from Wisconsin, so they came back to visit her family, and coordinated their schedule to meet up with us in Minnesota. We found a meeting point ..... 
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Letter about “Bullying in politics”

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Stan Gudmundson’s ignorance of or contempt for one of the most basic and precious precepts of the American system of governance is on technicolor display in his August 4 commentary (Bullying in politics). Gudmundson asks, “Who ..... 
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Summary of Fillmore County Primary Election results

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Summary of Fillmore County Totals •Number of persons registered as of 7 a.m.: 11,789 •Number of persons registered on Election Day: 54 •Number of accepted regular, armed forces and temporarily overseas absentee ballots: 30 •Number o ..... 
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