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Fresh start or stalemate


Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

For many, the start of the New Year brings little change when they return to work after the holidays. For the Fillmore County Board, change was a dominant theme at the first meeting of the Year 2001.

In a mood that seemed nothing short of jovial, as airy and light as any found on an early spring morning when one senses that winter is almost over, a new board gathered around their table and watched as Judge Robert Benson swore in two new commissioners, Randall Dahl of the First District and Marc Prestby representing the Fifth District.

After a brief ceremony, Policy Coordinator Karen Brown called the meeting to order and accepted nominations for Chair. Though Commissioner Helen Bicknese had already taken her place at the center seat to assume the duties of Chair of the Board, the formality of the nomination and election is required at the beginning of each New Year. On a motion by former Chair, Gary Peterson, a unanimous ballot was cast in her favor and the work began.

Chairwoman Bicknese commenced by congratulating both Dahl and Prestby on their successful elections to the board, and thanked Commissioner Peterson for his work as Chair in 2000. Announcing that her priority issues would include solid waste, highways and transportation, social services and the environment, Bicknese also noted that she looked forward to the board working together as a team, meeting the countyís mission of providing services in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Chairwoman Bicknese then announced that she would like to set aside a fifteen-minute block of time at each meeting for citizen input. Very few citizens attend the meeting unless they have a specific agenda item before the board.
Stalemate and Dilemma

The bulk of the agenda for this first meeting was related to administrative tasks such as making appointments to committees, setting exempt employee wages, and approving overnight travel for conference attendees. However, it was the item of setting the regular meeting times of the board itself that brought on the first stalemate.

The "regular" board meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month. All other meetings are considered "special" meetings. Commissioner Dahl, holding true to some statements made on the campaign trail, announced that he would like to see the board meeting times changed to the afternoon, say around 3:30.

The suggestion brought raised eyebrows from many .....
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A talk with the Senator

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

Prior to the opening session of the 2001 Minnesota Legislature on January 3, the Journal invited State Representative Greg Davids in to discuss the legislative session and what he expects to be its highlights and iss ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Jan 7th, 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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Where is Technology Headed?

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

No one is really exactly sure where technology is headed. But one thing is for sure. Some day I'll be telling my grandkids amazing, unbelievable stories about a time before the internet. Maybe they will be in awe at tal ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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Whatís In A Name?

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeoís Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Jan 7th, 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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