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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Boyum and Underbakke confused over Engineers dismissalBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 21, 2001

Former Fillmore County Commissioners Donald Boyum and Robert Underbakke say they are as confused as the next person when it comes to the countys decision not to renew the contract of County Engineer Steve Voigt.

Boyum and Underbakke, who both served on the Highway Committee, worked along side Voigt up until the first week of January.

But within a few weeks of a new County Board and Highway Committee being installed, Voigt was being informed that his contract would not be renewed.

Both Boyum and Underbakke said they were surprised at the speed in which this all took place.

Boyum, a Peterson farmer who was defeated last November for re-election as First District Commissioner, said that when he was on the board he thought Voigt did a great job.

I hope this isnt a personal thing between the Engineer andCounty Board members, Boyum commented. Since this has come out (Voigts dismissal), a lot of people have asked me what is the real reason he is being let go? I tell them, I dont know, because when Bob (Underbakke) and I were on the Highway Committee we thought he was serving the county well.

Underbakke, who stepped down after 12 years on the County Board last year, agreed. I wasnt aware of any problems going on, he said. I am curious as to what reasons there were behind this decision.

Boyum acknowledged that Voigt ran his department differently than his predecessor, but thought that it was a positive change.

There was definitely a change in management styles (from the previous Engineer). Hed (Voigt) have these weekly meetings and talk to the guys and then let them go do their work. I liked his management style, Boyum remarked. I thought he did a great job with the floods, and, at the time, the county board told him that that was the number one priority. He and Larry Hunt (Emergency Management Director) sure got the county a lot of money out of it.

Boyum was critical of some of the new board members, and their approach to gathering information. I dont see how you can be a county commissioner and, in 4 1/2 months, never be in the county engineers office. How can you make management decisions, in this case dismissing an Engineer, if you havent asked the right questions and gathered all the information?

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Monday, May 21, 2001

The County Board of Commissioners whisked through a very light agenda at last Tuesdays meeting. Reports on Social Services and Corrections consumed most of a morning meeting that was even slim on administrative items.
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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Elden Grabau served with the famed Second Armored DivisionBy Charles PautlerMonday, May 21, 2001

One morning last February my fiancee and I decided to go to the VFW pancake breakfast in Spring Valley. This combined two ..... 
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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
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