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Union negotiations break down


Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 12, 2001

The Fillmore County Board could not reach an agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local , at its meeting last Tuesday, and will now go to mediation in an attempt to reach agreement on a new contract for the Countyís highway department workers.

The Board has been negotiating with union business agent Mike Daniels for several months to develop a new contract for the Fillmore County highway workers. An impasse developed over wages and seniority, and despite several strategy sessions held during the course of regular Tuesday meetings, a final agreement could not be reached.

The union is requesting a 10.4% wage increase, plus a 5.4% increase in benefits, for an overall package increase of 15.8% over the next two years. The County Board agreed with the benefit increase of 5.4%, but would not move past a 7.2% increase in wages.

On the seniority issue, the county would like to have the flexibility to temporarily use workers as needed for specific tasks without having to pay a higher wage, even if those tasks normally receive a higher wage.

The unionís position would require workers to be paid a higher wage if they performed a task in the next higher wage class, even if for a minimum of 1 hour work in the higher class. However, under the Unionís proposal, the workerís pay wouldnít lower for tasks normally done under a lower scale until after the tasks are performed for a minimum of 30 days.

Last month, the Board did reach an agreement with the Local union representatives on a contract for workers at the Resource Recovery Center. Under that agreement, the resource recovery workers will receive an overall 7.9% increase in their wage and benefit package for 2001.

Other Highway Business


County Engineer Steve Voigt received approval from the Board to purchase a new backhoe and a new dozer. The low bid for both pieces of equipment was received from St. Joseph Equipment of LaCrosse.

Utilizing the Stateís buying program, the County will trade in its Case 590SL backhoe for a Case 590SM backhoe with a net cost after trade-in of $16,700. A similar trade-in deal for the dozer will result in a price of $11,900 on a new Case 850H Crawler Dozer.

The County Board also approved a long list of payments for work performed on county roads. In all cases, a portion of the contract was held as a retainer pending completion of the pro .....
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Hoffman Stables

FFA/FLA

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, Februar 12, 2001

Click below to see photos of the following school's FFA and FLA/FHA groups.
Kingsland
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Keeping hope alive

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Spring Valley family copes with ALSBy Carol ThouinMonday, February 12, 2001

When Wes Blakeslee was a youngster growing up on a farm near Mystery Cave, he'd spend hours in the garage tinkering on motors and engines. "He li ..... 
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Now I think that I know it all

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 12, 2001

I had written six hundred and seventy-six words in longhand on Wednesday. I always compose my subject in longhand and then, when Iím satisfied with it, I type it and send it off for publication. I had just finished ty ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Valentines Day

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 12, 2001

Have you ever thought about why we have Valentineís Day, or who St.Valentine even was? I know that I don't think about this when the day comes around. I usually just think of the things that come with it like cards, c ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Iím a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like itís going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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