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County employees concerned about asbestos work


Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 30, 2000

Vern Johnson of Kane & Johnson Architects of Rochester held a meeting with Fillmore County employees on Thursday morning to address some of the concerns employees had over the asbestos removal work that is taking place at the courthouse.

ASI/LVI Environmental Services of St. Paul is removing asbestos associated with the building of an elevator in the courthouse. The firm is licensed for asbestos removal by the State of Minnesota Department of Health. The project started on October 23.

Some employees have complained about air quality since the project started and wonder if the courthouse is safe for county staff and clients. One county employee, who requested that her name not be used, said that some of the employees have noticed their allergies acting up; others have complained of burning eyes. She also said that asbestos had to be stored in an office area because a special dumpster hadn’t arrived.

According to Fillmore County Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, Johnson told staff that the air samples taken during the bagging process have shown that no asbestos fibers have escaped. Johnson told the group that ASI/LVI has fifteen years experience and the removal has been done by state standards.

Another county employee, who attended Thursday’s meeting, said that the meeting was mainly about meeting safety standards and did little to alleviate employee concerns. She said that the meeting in fact raised more questions than it answered, mainly over past practices.
“What kind of safety precautions were taken when holes were drilled in tiles for telephone and computer cable ducts a few years ago? she asked. “There was plenty of dust. Who was monitoring asbestos then?”

Brown admits that many employees are concerned about the project regardless of Johnson’s assurances that the asbestos is being removed properly.

While the project is scheduled to be completed by November 3, in the minds of some county workers the asbestos removal project raises long-term concerns about air quality in the building and the general safety of employees and citizens
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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State Senate District 31By Al MathisonMonday, October 30, 2000

This year the race for Minnesota State Senator District 31 is between David Blanchard (D) and Kenric Scheevel (R). Scheevel was first elected to the seat in 1 ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Oct 29th, 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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Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Changes in Music:
Good or Bad?
By Chris GuttormsonMonday, October 30, 2000

How does the music of today reflect the personalities of its listeners?

There have been many changes in music over the past two decades (and over sever ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"What’s this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Election year notes

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else I’ve got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that I’m finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellec ..... 
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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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