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Can't get no satisfaction


Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

You've heard of disgruntled customers withholding payment until a service is rendered to their satisfaction. Well, the county is doing just that. Sort of!

The County Board decided on Tuesday to make only a partial payment to Nelson Construction of Caledonia, contractors on the new county office building. TSP Architects of Rochester, had requested that the county pay the contractor $82,000 for work completed on the building. This would have left a final retainage on the project of $10,466.

But the board, citing several fix-it items that had yet to be repaired, agreed to pay only $70,000 of the bill, thus increasing the retainage on the project to over $20,000.

At the heart of the problem is a list of concerns the county sent in a letter to the architects in August:

• Floor in men's bathroom in the upper level is cracked.
• Mismatched tiles in the corridors.
• Mismatched grouting between the tiles in corridors.
• Leaking eave troughs.
• Noise from air handler located immediately north of the building.
• No-fault plug at counter in conference room does not work.
• No ceiling tile in the hallway downstairs by vending machines.
• A small area in the parking lot has settled.
• The door to room 252 hits the top of the frame.
• Excessive amounts of water and debris washes down in the front of the building.

What troubles the commissioners is that, while they know some of the work has been done, such as the caulking of eaves, they are not aware that the majority of the problems have been fixed.

"What is our obligation?" Commissioner Donald Boyum asked.

"They (architects) are saying all the work is done," County Attorney Matt Opat responded. "Now, you have to decide whether it is satisfactory or not."

Opat went on to say that if the $10,000 that was being kept back in retainage was enough to cover the work yet to be done, then the board should proceed with payment.

Commissioner Duane Bakke worried that the problem may be in the design and not the work. Bakke questioned whether the runoff problems in front of the building were even part of the original project design or not.

"I am not sure we have a legal ground to stand on," Bakke said. "It looks like most of the work has been done to the specs that were agreed to."

Believing that the problem may be with the architectural specifications and not the contracto .....
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Planning Commission looks at issues

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

There wasn’t a whole lot happening Thursday night when the Fillmore County Planning Commission held their monthly meeting. In fact, the meeting may just go down in history as one of the shortest ever.

First o ..... 
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Unfortunate Circumstances

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Early settlers faced danger in daily lifeBy Al Mathison"A whole family in the course of a half day is wiped entirely from the face of the earth," the Lanesboro Journal reported in a news story from 1892.

As the writer recounted the hor ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call I’ve always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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All about raspberries

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Diseases of Raspberries By Virginia CooperMonday, September 25, 2000

There are two kinds of diseases that commonly infect raspberries, the serious and the not-so-serious. Of the serious kind, we have anthracnose, cane blight, spur blight and b ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 24th, 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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In the Lands of the Pte Oyate

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

Sunlight shimmering, my wife Connie and I wrestle with the wind as we set up our campsite. Howling out of Nebraska, the stiffly blowing southern gale threatens to rip the ground cloth from our hands while we fumble w ..... 
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A walk in the woods

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

There’s always a welcome relief to a September. The kids are back in school, the humidity and temperature drop a point or two and even the pesky summer bugs are starting to disappear. It’s a perfect time for a walk i ..... 
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The Bat

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

There have been radio programs, comic books, and television shows featuring people who have, for reasons of their own, assumed some of the characteristics of the little brown bat. As far as I know, all these attempts ..... 
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