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Commission deals with sawmill permit


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, February 26, 2001

“We need to help these sawmills come into compliance with the ordinance,” Mike Tuohy, Chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Tuohy sees the role of the commission as one of collaborator, rather than that of a regulator. “The county has set some standards for sawmills to operate under and we need to help them do it,” he noted.

His comments came as the commission was holding a public hearing on Kent Erding’s application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate the Fillmore Sawmill.

Erding, who has operated the sawmill for the past 28 years, told the commission that this is the first time he has needed to get a permit and that it takes “time and money” to make all the adjustments required in the ordinance.

The primary issues facing Erding and other sawmill operators in the county is the stockpiling of slabwood, sawdust and other debris, as well as the parking of trucks and equipment and the off-road loading of lumber.

Erding told the commission that he has been working with Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to make changes to his operation. Erding said that he has plans to enclose the mill area, fence off the sawmill along the right of way and ensure that logs are unloaded off-road.

“I am sensitive to the concerns that some may have about the sawmill,” Erding said. “That is why I have always tried to put back into the community to make up for any impacts.”

Wayne Winslow, who lives in Fillmore, submitted a petition from 15 residents asking that the sawmill take certain actions to “clean up its act”.

Winslow said that the group is in no way opposed to Erding getting a permit, but wanted to raise a number of issues that needed attention.

Winslow said that the sawmill is a fire hazard and that there are safety and security issues with the mill being wide-open for anyone to come in there. He also said that the operation is extremely noisy and raised the issue of trucks blocking traffic on the streets. He concluded his remarks by saying that the sawmill is a general eyesore and that it needs to be “cleaned up”.

The planning commission recommended forwarding Erding’s permit on to the county board with a number of conditions. They recommended giving the sawmill one year to clean up all debris within 50 feet of the road right of way. The sawmill wo .....
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Where do we go from here?

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

My friend, Jack lives in Austin and whenever he can get away from his business, he likes to come down here to Forestville to relax and unwind. He was here last Sunday. It was 11 o’clock in the morning when he said tha ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 23rd, 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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Does History Make the Man?

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Editor’s note: The following article was adapted from a school assignment by the author.

"I wanted to be above anything else a politician. Then along comes World War II, marriage, children,” said Lt. Col ..... 
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A Step Back in Time

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2000

The elderly lady behind the counter says, "Here are your tickets. You must go upstairs now and when you hear the bell, you must come down and begin the tour. No one is allowed into the Clock Museum without a tour guid ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 23rd, 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 23rd, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

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

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

I recently had the privilege of addressing the Fillmore County Pork Producers at their annual banquet. As a group they were very prompt, very polite, and I felt a little bad about keeping some of them up so late. Earl ..... 
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Tooting our own horn

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2001

It is usually at this time of year, after the groundhogs have seen their shadows and spring seems like an eternity away, that various news organizations hold their annual conferences. This is an opportunity for us new ..... 
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