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Who you gonna call? Dustbusters?


Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Fillmore County Planning Commission May meeting
At the beginning of Thursday nights' Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting, commissioner Duane Bakke told the audience assembled "many of you are here to talk about dust on the roads. I've talked to the county attorney and we don't have a dust policy. And we cannot require dust control from private parties on county roads."

Well, Bakke was right, the audience did come to talk about dust on the roads. And before the night was over, the Planning Commission was the one talking about the need for a dust policy.

Actually, the county was putting a dust policy together back in April of 1999, but the plan was never fully adopted and implemented. Bakke drew laughs when he attached a condition to a rock quarry permit early in the meeting when he proposed that the party must comply with the Fillmore County Dust Control Policy. Even though there wasn't one now, Bakke reasoned, there was no reason the county might not have one in the future.

Approximately 75 people attended the meeting. Most of them were there to respond at the public hearings for conditional use permits for rock quarries and sand pits owned by Milestone Materials, Inc. (formerly known as Mathy Construction of Rochester). Of the ten permits being renewed by Milestone, the audience focused primarily on two: Fountain Quarry and Hammell Quarry.

Fountain Quarry is located at the edge of Fountain on blacktop. Hammell Quarry is located between Wykoff and Chatfield on County Road #7, a gravel road. County Road #7 is a primary route for haulers from both quarries.

Complaints on these two operations centered on what happens when a hauler leaves the yard.

Arlyn Scrabeck who lives on County Road #7 in Chatfield Township said that on Wednesday, with winds at 40 miles per hour, haulers made 30 trips past his house. "This is a real safety issue when you combine dust and speed," Scrabeck told the commission. "Someday they're going to be hauling bodies out."

Scrabeck, who estimates that he has spent over $1,000 on his own dust control over the years, said that this problem has been going on for a long time and nothing has ever been done. "Who do we call about this? he asked. "Los Angeles smog, and I've lived there, is probably cleaner."

Planning commission chairman Brian Hazel said that he was not sure what could be done until the county takes the initiative.

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Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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In praise of small places.

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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First time author Tony Andersen is a true patriot of Minnesota. Born and raised in St. Paul, one gets the impression after reading his recently released book Small Town Minnesota A to Z, (Afton Historical Society Press; 120 pages, $24.95) that he wou ..... 
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A Walk in the Woods

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, May 8, 2000

Can two actors hold an audience's undivided attention for nearly two hours, with nothing more than a script and a sparse stage? In the case of Commonweal Theatre Company's A Walk in the Woods, which opened at the St. Mane T ..... 
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Whalan, MN

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground such as the caves at Mystery Cave near Forestville State Park.

When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will fin ..... 
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Whalan, MN

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Whalan, with a population of 90, is one of the smaller towns along the trail. The town provides excellent access to the Root River Trail and nearby recreational activities. Situated at the midway point between Fountain and Rushford on the Root River ..... 
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Stewartville, MN

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Stewartville is a small city with a friendly atmosphere lo-cated in the beautiful Root River Valley 10 miles south of Rochester. Known as the Gateway to the Historic Bluff County, Stewartville has much to offer, whether you come for a visit or stay f ..... 
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St. Charles, MN

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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St. Charles, known as the Gladiola Capitol, and located at the Gateway to Whitewater State Park to the north and I-90 entrance to S.E. MN. Historic Bluff Country to the south.

It boasts a historic central business district, several year-round ..... 
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Spring Valley, MN

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Sample the Seasons in Spring Valley

Sample spring and rediscover the solitude and harmony of nature. Angle for trout, enjoy wild flowers, take up birding, scout for mushrooms -- these and more can be enjoyed in the countryside near Spr ..... 
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