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Former county commisioner gives input


Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathThe fourth Tuesday meeting of the county board always includes a time for citizen input. Last Tuesday saw former 4th District Commissioner Robert Thompson come before the board to offer his advice on the sale of the County Farm and the need for more housing development in the rural ag district.

On the farm sale, Thompson recommended the board sell the bulk of the farm to the State of Minnesota so that citizens will be able to have a place to hunt and fish. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has displayed an interest in the property, especially in the river frontage for fishing easements.

Mr. Thompson reminded the commissioners that the farm was purchased for a good price and that the income from the farm program and land rental had already paid for the farm. He also advised that the county keep five acres with the Resource Recovery Center, including the tillable cropland near the Center as a source of income.

On zoning, Mr. Thompson advised the board to loosen zoning restrictions to encourage more development. "This one home on 40 acres has always been a thorn in our side," he proclaimed.

Citing the need for children to help the school districts and homes to help the tax base, Thompson described the example of Iowa’s Highway 9 between Decorah and Waukon as an example of how development corridors can occur along main arteries in the rural areas.

The former commissioner of 20-some years argued that the best way to get more revenue from taxes is to have more taxpayers to foot the bill. "We can’t continue to raise taxes," he noted.

Commissioner Duane Bakke, who now occupies the seat Thompson held on the board, offered reassurances that changes were in the works.

"The changes we are looking at loosen it all up," said Bakke, who seemed to favor the development corridor approach that Thompson offered.

Tapping the wisdom of Thompson’s many years of experience, Bakke asked for advice on whether the county should consider bonding the courthouse renovation project since the rates are currently low.

"Bonding is putting your children in debt," responded Thompson. But, "If you’re going to bond," he offered, "be sure you are spending the money wisely."

In closing, the retired commissioner and farmer offered that the county wouldn’t have to consider bonding the courthouse project if it would "allow more building out there" in the ag district to raise tax revenues.[Read the Rest]

Rushford embraces nanotechnology

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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High-tech incubator being planned

By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 29, 2001

“Nano, nano”.

That was Robin William’s non-sensical response to most situations as the quirky alien Mork to Pam Dawber’s Mindy on the ‘70s ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Oct 26th, 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, Oct 26th, 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, Oct 26th, 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, Oct 26th, 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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Birth Announcements

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Steve and Janene Roessler of rural Preston are proud to announce the birth of their first grandchild, Brinn Elizabeth Donais. She was born at Fairview Regional Health Center in Wyoming, MN on Monday, October 22, 2001 weighing 7lbs, 9 oz and was 20 in ..... 
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