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Chairs, asbestos and other things


Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, October 2, 2000

There must be a maxim out there that says something like "hard chairs make for short meetings."

That's not to say that Tuesday's Fillmore County Board meeting was exceptionally long, because it wasn't. It was however, a chair sampling meeting.

The county is looking to buy ten chairs for the commissioners' board room and each of the five commissioners tested out a dif-ferent chair at the meeting. Commissioner Helen Bicknese's chair was the cheapest at $291; Commissioner Duane Bakke's was the most expensive at $479.

To this idle observer, who was sitting in a green straight back chair circa 1955, they all looked soft and plushy - the kind where you sit with an afghan and a bowl of popcorn on your lap.

The board, ever mindful of cost, opted for the Bicknese model, which was also the low cost bid.

Whether this will lead to lengthy board meetings in the future only time will tell. The board room was recently given a new coat of white paint and, with blue carpet on order, all the board needs is a new table. Maybe next week!

Tuesday's meeting was about more than just chairs, however, as the board dealt with a number of matters.

Early retirement incentive

The board agreed to look more closely at developing an early retirement plan for county employees. The commissioners will study the early retirement policies of other counties, most of which offer some kind of time-limited health insurance provision for eligible employees who take early retirement.

Commissioner Robert Underbakke voiced some concern about the county creating an incentive for employees to retire early while at the same time the county struggles with employee retention.

"We've had problems keeping employees," Underbakke cautioned. "Will this work against us?"

The board will study the matter for a week and revisit the issue at their October 3 meeting.

Asbestos abatement

The board has awarded the contract for asbestos removal on the courthouse elevator project to ASI/LVI Environmental Services of St. Paul for $21,290. The industrial hygiene monitoring during construction was awarded to Angstrom Analytical of Eden Prairie for $4,375.

According to Kane & Johnson architects, during the abatement process, the industrial hygiene firm will be running air sample pumps next to the containment area to ensure that asbestos fibers are not escaping.
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Beware of the Jackelope

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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A Cautionary TaleBy Neil Haugerud Monday, October 2, 2000

In 1851 a roving band of Arapaho Indians encountered a small herd of dwarf antelope, the same size as their camp dogs, foraging near the Badlands of South Dakota. ..... 
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Facilities Committee votes 8-1 for new courthouse

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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A citizenís advisory committee voted 8-1, Thursday, in favor of building a new Fillmore County courthouse instead of proceeding with extensive remodeling of the existing building.

The consensus of the committee was that the preferred location ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call Iíve 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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End of the Season

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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By Virginia CooperMonday, October 2, 2000

Itís been a great gardening year, a little wet for a while, but still quite beautiful when we count our successes and not our failures. This is my last column for the season. I hope everyone has lear ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Oct 1st, 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, Oct 1st, 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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Assignment: Manhattan

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, October 2, 2000

Itís not every day that Iím given an opportunity to go to a star-studded gala at Radio City Music Hall filled with famous celebrities and rock ní roll stars. But a couple weeks ago, such an invitation came my way, and t ..... 
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The Bat

Sun, Oct 1st, 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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