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Zoning official in hot seat


Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

In the Fillmore County Commissioners’ chamber there are two seats for visitors who come before the Board. Often joked about as the "hot seats" when new visitors come forward at their appointed time, one of the chairs truly was a hot seat last week as the Zoning Administrator, Norm Craig, angrily tangled with the Board amid accusations of improper procedures in his office.

The incident began when Duane and Joyce Skjeie came before the Board to request a refund of $75.00 that Craig had charged them for an access permit to some land they were buying. As part of their negotiations to purchase the property, the Skjeie’s were seeking information about how far an access drive needed to be from the Root River bridge on County Road 7.

When they approached Craig for the information he informed them that the only way they could find out where they could have an access was to make a permit application, with a fee of $75.00. The permit application, said Craig, would "trigger" the county engineer to go look at the site and the Skjeie’s would get the information they sought.

The Skjeie’s paid the fee, the engineer looked at the site, and the permit was denied. The Skjeie’s were upset because they never really sought an access permit in the first place, only the information about access setbacks from the bridge so they might know whether they would have to access their land from a new driveway or would have to get an easement over an existing field road further away.

Clearly, the Board had done its homework on this one in advance. While it may seem obvious that the Skjeie’s should not have had to pay a $75.00 fee just to obtain information, the Board instead focused on why the permit application did not have the words "No Refund" printed, or stamped, upon it.

As the story unraveled, the discussions became somewhat heated.

After listening to the Skjeie’s, Board Chairman Gary Peterson began, "I thought we were going to change the applications to note there are no refunds."

"It wasn’t done," replied Craig.

Chairman Peterson then reminded Craig that a few years before, amidst a similar situation, the Board had instructed the Zoning Administrator to stamp all permit applications with the words "no refund."

At this point, Commissioner Duane Bakke produced the minutes from an October, 1997 Board meeting which documented Peterson’s claim.

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A play is born

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

"It was like finding yourself in mid-air without a parachute," Hal Cropp said. "We were all ready to start three weeks of rehearsals but we suddenly didn’t have a play to rehearse."

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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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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 auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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Through the Years

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

Times have gradually changed throughout the years. Even though I have only been living for 17 years, I have seen a lot of changes. I can’t even imagine how much has changed for my parents, not to mention my grandparent ..... 
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The Underground

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
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Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Rushford Library looking at expansion

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 20

To build or to remodel? That is the question a Library Taskforce has been considering for the past couple months in the city of Rushford.

The existing public library in the Tew Building, located near Rushford’s cent ..... 
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