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Planning Commission amends zoning ordinance; deals with variances, sawmills


Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

After considerable debate, the Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to amend the Zoning Ordinance to deal with splitting off a second farm home from a farm site to be classified as a non-farm home.

The matter came up specifically in regard to a proposed split by Cleon Heusinkveld of rural Spring Valley who wanted to split off one farm home and five acres. His grandson is joining the dairy operation and wishes to purchase the house and five acres. But the split was denied because the zoning ordinance prevented a non-farm home from being within 1000 feet of a feedlot.

This led to a discussion about what is a farm. Commissioner Duane Bakke argued that the two homes on the site have always been “farm home”.

“The ordinance forces the home to become a non-farm home,” Bakke said.

Heusinkveld, who called the bureaucratic snafu “stupid”, told the commission that there have been two houses on the farm for more than 51 years.

“You just have to require that the farm buy the home back. That’s all you need,” Heusinkveld said, in defense that the home might be sold off in the future to someone who doesn’t work on the farm.

County Attorney Matt Opat raised a number of questions about the legal wording of the the amendment and defended the purpose of the original ordinance.

“The ordinance is here for a reason,” Opat said to criticism that the process has taken too long to deal with the problem.

“We are not zoning for one family here.”

Zoning Administrator Norm Craig agreed, noting that the wording of the ordinance was originally intended to protect farmers.

“It was done for a purpose,” Craig said.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend the amendment change to the Fillmore County Board.

In other action, the Board of Adjustment dealt with three variances.

• Approved a 20 foot variance for Sumner Township to build a rock, sand and salt shed near their Township Hall.
The shed would abut to a church parking lot.

• Approved a 25 foot variance for Reagan Miller of Sumner Township to build a grain bin within 75 feet of the center of the township road.

• Denied, by a 2-1 vote, a 90 foot variance to Gregory Jensen of Preble Township to build a cabin within a protected trout stream. Jensen presently has a trailer on the site, 50 feet from the stream, and argued that it would be a hardship to move septic sys .....
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Hoffman Stables

Planning Commission

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Planning Commission unveils Ag District planBy John TorgrimsonMonday, July 2, 2001

A few years ago the Fillmore County Planning Commission quietly approved a motion that would amend the zoning ordinance, limiting the number of non-farm ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Council postpones decision on police chiefBy John TorgrimsonMonday, June 25, 2001

“It shouldn’t take eight weeks,” interim Police Chief John Tuchek told the Lanesboro City Council at Monday night’s meeting. Tuchek was reacting to the council w ..... 
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Amazed that it still works

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

In keeping with its own commitment to discuss county facilities on the fourth Tuesday of the month, the County Board met last Tuesday with representatives of Kane and Johnson Architects of Rochester to discuss the heating ..... 
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Women of World War II

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Females played vital role in war effortBy Bonnie PrinsenMonday, July 2, 2001

This December will mark the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of the U.S.’s involvement in WW II. Because of thi ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 29th, 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, Jun 29th, 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, Jun 29th, 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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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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