"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | > | >>

Of People, Places and Things: Courts will likely decide Heartlandís fate


Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

At the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night, when Preston Mayor Dave Pechulis pulled a rabbit out of his hat and ruled that a three to two vote supporting a conditional use permit for Heartland had failed because it did not meet the super majority requirement of the Preston Zoning Ordinance (4/5 vote), there was a flurry of activity, much of it directed at consulting legal firm Kennedy & Graven attorney Mary Tietjen who was in Minneapolis following the events by speaker phone.

ďIf thatís the requirement, then thatís the requirement,Ē Tietjen responded when asked by surprised city council members if the four vote requirement was correct. But Tietjen wasnít sure as she didnít have a copy of the Zoning Ordinance in front of her.

While Tietjen was waiting for Preston City Administrator Fred Nagel to fax up parts of the ordinance, Heartland Attorney Andy Brown was quickly browsing through a copy of the zoning rules located in the council chambers. While the lawyers scrambled to find some legal footing to stand on, a crowd of about 80 people chatted, joked and got up from their chairs to stretch their limbs.

Just minutes before, they had been players in a very civil debate on whether or not the city of Preston should allow Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC the right to build and operate a tire-derived fuel energy plant. The citizens of Preston and the surrounding area spent three and half hours speaking out in favor and against an issue that will affect their community for years to come.

Proponents argued that Heartland is positive development that will lead to jobs, an increased tax base and a cleaner environment as tires get recycled. Opponents took the position that this is one more dirty industry that will spoil the pristine beauty of our landscape, and has the potential to pollute our air and water.

Chalk one up for democracy, I say. On Monday, democracy was sometimes eloquent, often times a three-ringed circus, but almost always respectful and sincere.

Council members Mike McGarvey and Mike Gartner held opposing views on the issues, but, the two, who sat next to each other, were each heard to say on more than one occasion, ďI know where you are coming from.Ē

Both men want what is best for Preston.

After a considerable pause in Monday nightís proceedings, and after receiving .....
[Read the Rest]

At Home in the Woods: Harvey, the Homeless

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It is 2:30 p.m. at the Harmony Library, time for me to begin a talk about my book "At Home in the Big Woods," but the only people who are here besides me are the librarian, the maintenance man and one patron. I never know what to expect when I prepar ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Andy Wolter

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Summer seems like it might finally be back, weatherwise at least we see some days crawling up to 80 degrees. School is getting close to being out, again, and I canít say if thatís a good thing or not (again). When ever summer comes around I always ma ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Township Roads: Gopher Mine

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

They say that all wealth comes from the earth and I was reminded of that early last Sunday. Against my better judgment I got up early. I ground some coffee beans and set our high-tech coffee maker to do what it does best Ė noisily boil water and slos ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Prairie Notes: Take me home, country roads

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Last March, my older sister Jenni called, wondering what to do about our motherís dilemma. Momís recently diagnosed osteoporosis left her unable to bend or lift meant no spring cleaning without help. On a mutually agreed upon weekend, I drove to my s ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The Commute: "The Bachelor"Bangladesh-style

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

An old student came back to see me this week. He had some big news: heís getting married this summer. Heíll return to his homeland, Bangladesh, for the wedding. The exact date is not certain, but he knows it will be in July. Hereís the interesting pa ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Jamie Howe

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

We are off to somewhere greener, somewhere warmer. We have waited four long years to get on that motorcoach in the spring. But itís finally here. The Class of 2003 is bound for Washington D.C.!

Ever since our freshman year we h ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | > | >>