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March 4, 2002

Letter to the Editor,

Thursday, February 21, 2002, the Joint Powers Board of Fillmore County met. After years of attending their meetings and observing their disregard for local landowners and taxpayers in the county I felt that I must write this letter.

The main topic discussed was the renovation of the two bridges in the city limits, and final land acquisition on the proposed bike trail from Preston to Carimona. They are estimating $450,000 for each bridge. Since there is 1.1 million in this years budget these two bridges and a couple land parcel acquisitions are the only action they expect to take this year, no actual trail building will be done until the next funding cycle is approved.

Figures for actual trail building were brought up - $65,000 per mile for bike trail and $1,200 per running foot of freestanding bike trail bridge. This prompted my suggestion to them. If they wanted to save $100,000 they should buy my property for $200,000, build a free standing bike bridge, and for an added bonus they would have a 2.5 acre park to boot. The next morning I contacted David Joerg with what I feel is a realistic plan, $100,000 for my property and a savings of nearly $200,000 for the taxpayer. This plan would allow over three miles of trail to be built (this cannot be done on their current plan until additional tax dollar funding is approved), and an additional 2.5 acre park can be built. Mr. Joerg’s reply to my proposal of saving $200,000 was that the board could not do this because of the accounting rules they must follow. My feeling is that this board should make calls, even all the way to the governor, to obtain permission to get a better product and save $200,000 out of $450,000; anything less would be negligence.

David Joerg said in his presentation to the Board that all properties and Rights-of-Way from Preston to Carimona are in the process or have been acquired. I responded to this (since 90% of the West River Road bridge lies on my property) that the Trail will cross over 272 feet of my property that has not been purchased (I pay property taxes on this land) and the City of Preston has only allowed the Trail the use of the road Right-of-Way, I don't believe the city can give the Right-of-Way to someone else while I own the property.

I have requested a written document/law/regulation showing me what legally may go on the road right-of-way through my property. This was requested .....
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

Lucille Evelyn Johnson was born March 12, 1920, to Helmer R. & Ella Arneson Johnson in Fremont Township, Winneshiek ..... 
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Ardith H. Ristau

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Ardith H. Ristau, 70, of Preston, died February 9, 2002 at Park Lane Estates in Preston.

Ardith Hellickson was born March 12, 1931, in rural Ostrander, and attended country school there. Her family later moved to Carimona Township in Fillmor ..... 
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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

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A. Milo Omodth

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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A. Milo Omodth, age 91, of Spring Grove, and formerly of Mabel, MN, died Feb. 11, 2002 at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove.

He was born Sept. 13, 1910, in rural Blackhammer, MN to John and Julia (Tollefson) Omodt. He attended South Fo ..... 
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Frances M. Miller

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Frances M. Miller, 96, of Harmony, a homemaker, died February 9, 2002 at Harmony Healthcare Center where she had resided since 1998.

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Donald Earl Mercer

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Donald Earl Mercer, 61, of Chatfield, retired owner of Wander Inn Bar and Grill, died February 10, 2002 in a car-bus accident on U.S. 14 east of Utica.

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Bernice Westphal

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Bernice Westphal, 87, a resident of Ostrander Nursing Home, died February 25, 2002 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient a short time.

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Flavia Harriet Rindels

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Flavia Harriet Rindels, 84, of Greenleafton, died February 23, 2002 at the home of her daughter in Rochester.

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