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To pay or not to pay


Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

The county board seemed to wade through one administrative dilemma after another as it met last Tuesday in its role as Fillmore County governmentís top managers. Still haunting the board in the execution of its duties is the ever-persistent mystery of how much money to pay county employees.

Salary issues topped the agenda as the board wrestled with a request from county auditor Angela Burrs to increase the salary of an account technician in the auditorís office. The request was generated because Burrs just hired two new account technicians for her office, but at a pay step higher than the other account technicianís step. The higher rate for the new employees was based on their experience, a justifiable action under the countyís new Bjorklund pay plan, but the other account technicians in the auditorís office have equal, if not greater, experience.

Fearing a domino-like effect from other employees, the board was reluctant to grant the increase, worrying that all account technicians in the county system would require a similar step increase.

Turning to county attorney Matt Opat for a solution proved to be even more discouraging. While Opat advised that the county could terminate the employment of the new hires in their probationary period, then re-hire them at a lower step, he also seemed to advise against that action as it could bring a lawsuit.

"I donít see how we can change an offer to an employee after acceptance," argued commissioner Robert Underbakke. "We shouldnít terminate during probation because it is our mistake."

Realizing that the discussion was holding up other agenda items, chairman Gary Peterson said that they would return to the matter later in the meeting.

Libraries
During committee reports, commissioner Helen Bicknese reported that the joint library board had met to discuss the 2001 funding request for the seven libraries in the county. With full funding for the libraries being at $148,638, and the countyís budgeted amount at $130,000, the joint board is requesting a compromise amount of $137,000.

As commissioner Bicknese explained that the libraries are now using a median cost of circulation for all seven libraries in their budget considerations, commissioner Underbakke seemed unimpressed and even somewhat bothered by the funding request.

"They spend and spend and expect us to pick it up," exclaimed Underbakke as he made it known th .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
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First memories

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Growing up in the 1930ísBy Neil HaugarudMonday, September 4, 2000

By Neil Haugerud

Some folks say they can remember as far back as when they were one year old. For me life memories begin on Good Friday, April 19th, 1935, I was ..... 
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Weeds, wonderful weeds

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

Iíve heard it again. ĎOh, Iíd love for you to see my garden, Virginia, but Iím so embarrassed because of all the weeds.í Well who is missing out here, you or me? Iíd love to see your garden, weeds and all. I love weed ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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"Please Donít Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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An afternoon in La Crosse

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldnít help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economicall ..... 
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Lord of the Dance

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

My wife told me that I had won first prize and was chosen to be her escort for her all-school reunion last weekend. I actually looked forward to the event, especially when it was her reunion and not mine. It was unlikel ..... 
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Survivors

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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My wife drove into town to look for some material for a chair that she is going to re-upholster and would be gone for an hour or two and as she was leaving, suggested that I find something useful to do. I sat at my desk and gave the matter some thoug ..... 
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