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Journal Interview


Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Former Engineer Voight speaks outBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

Today, Monday, May 14, is Steve Voigt’s last day on the job as Fillmore County Highway Engineer. In March, the Fillmore County Board voted unanimously to advertise for a new engineer, allowing Voigt’s one year contract to expire. Tomorrow afternoon the county board will begin interviewing candidates to replace Voigt.

In a wide-ranging interview, Voigt spoke with Journal editor John Torgrimson about his one year with the county and the events that led to his contract not being renewed.

Journal: What drew you to Fillmore County in the first place?

Voigt: My folks live in Racine and my wife’s folks live in Milwaukee. We had lived in Northwestern and Southwestern Minnesota and traveled through this area several times on the way to visit them. We often commented on how beautiful the area was.

Journal: What did you see as being some of the unique aspects of being a highway engineer in Fillmore County as compared to other places you had worked?

Voigt: There are two things that I looked at as opportunities here in Fillmore County. One was to work in Bluff Country with a more challenging topography than I was used to. The other thing I saw was the opportunity to work on flood control projects - flood retention, small dams, that sort of thing - I thought that there was so much more that could be done in this area. Otherwise, there are not a lot of differences between being a county engineer here or in some other county.

Journal: Speaking of floods, a year ago we had floods that affected county and township roads, bridges and several cities. Talk a little bit about that time and what impact flooding had on your job.

Voigt: Oh, I thought that was just a stroke of bad luck (laughing). Come to Fillmore County and two weeks on the job you have floods.

Our staff put in a lot of time assessing the extent of the damage. I spent a lot of time documenting, and estimating the cost of repairs, so that we could get emergency funding from FEMA and from the state disaster program.

Journal: How much total dollars did Fillmore County get?

Voigt: $800,000 from the state and $400,000 from FEMA.

Journal: Prior to January, you had a Highway Committee that was made up of commissioners who are no longer on the county board. Is that right?

Voigt: Yes. Donald Boyum and Robert Underbakke.

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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Council deals with art commission business, creates parking study groupBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

After six years with the Lanesboro Police Department, three as Chief of Police, John Carlin will step down as the city’s top law enfo ..... 
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Smoldering sawdust and sleeping tourists

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Zoning permits were the dominant agenda item at last Tuesday’s regular session of the County Board. Zoning Administrator Norm Craig presented the commissioners with a long list of Conditional Use Permits (CUP) passed on fr ..... 
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Fly Boys Come Home

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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By Geri Parlin
LaCrosse Tribune staff Monday, May 14, 2001

If you're a Navy pilot, you want to fly an F-18.

Why?

Because you want to fly the fastest, meanest fighter available.

That's what Lt. Bri ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fri, May 11th, 2001
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