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Zoning Summit looks at Ag District


Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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By John Torgrimson Monday, March 5, 2001

County leaders, township officials, and interested residents attended the joint meeting of the Fillmore County Board and the Fillmore County Planning Commission on Monday, February 26. The two bodies met together to discuss broad issues related to zoning. The meeting was chaired by County Board Chair Helen Bicknese and focused on zoning in the Ag District, feedlots, the realignment of the board of adjustment and the need to update the comprehensive plan.

Splitting of Ag land into three districts

The Fillmore County Comprehensive Plan calls for the county to protect and preserve prime farm land. One of the ways it does this is by restricting the development of non-farm homes in the Ag District. At present, the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance allows for only one non-farm home per quarter quarter section (40 acres). This is the standard that has been in place since 1989.

The question being asked by the planning commission at this time is should this standard be changed to allow for increased development activities in certain areas of the county? A more restrictive standard could be used where there are large tracks of farm land, as in the flatter, western part of the county (one non-farm home per 160 acres has been suggested). Alternatively, a less restrictive standard could be used around the river valleys and forested areas of the county where it might be possible to encourage development (one idea has four non-farm homes per 40 acres). In other parts of the county the one per 40 acre standard could continue to be used.

"The one non-farm home per 40 acres is not necessarily the best thing for the county," Fillmore County Planning Commission chair Mike Tuohy told the group. "There are many sites, small woodlots that are assets to farmers, that could be contributing to the tax base."

Gordon Gullickson, a township supervisor from Amherst and a member of the planning commission agreed. "Every township has five to 10 acre woodlots. I dont think, there is anything wrong with putting some houses on them. They are wasteland," Gullickson said.

Tuohy said that the county needs to address these things as a whole and look long-term at where it wants to go. "We need to protect farmers while at the same time looking at development," he said.

Dave Kiehne of the Fillmore County Assessors Office said that it is hard to describe the difference between farm and non .....
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Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Courthouse to get new electrical service

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, March 5, 2001

One cant help but wonder if the decision of whether to remodel the present courthouse or build new on another site isnt being made by default, given the amount of money being spent on the present building.

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The Bonehunters War

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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By John P. LevellMonday, March 5, 2001

The "Saga of Sue," a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex found in the Badlands of South Dakota in 1990 and named for its discoverer Sue Hendrickson, is undoubtedly a familiar story to ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 2nd, 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, Mar 2nd, 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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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile # 82

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Name: Suasan SceerDhein
Home: Harmony proud to have grown up in Iowa, but have lived in various parts of Minnesota for about 10 years
Profession: Educator
Family: Husband, Joel Dhein
Hobbies: Photograp ..... 
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