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Peterson approves County 25 project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction and the city is seizing the opportunity to upgrade infrastructure, including water mains and some electrical.

More than 20 concerned citizens packed into city hall and as a panel of experts went over proposed details of the work. Panelists included Fillmore County engineer Ron Gregg, SEH project engineer David Strauss, David Drown Associates finance advisor Mike Bubany, city attorney Richard Nethercut, and Fillmore County Public Health educator Brenda Pohlman.

Summary presentation by Strauss covered current plans to date and was noted as proposed, rather than final design, including all possible scopes of work. State statutes require public hearing prior to adoption of a resolution ordering a project which will be bonded for and while the scope of the project may be reduced following the hearing, it cannot be increased.

Bubany gave an overview of proposed revenue streams including tax increase, assessments, and water enterprise funds. One possible scenario presented noted as much as 32 percent of project funding coming from water enterprise funds with 51 percent coming from tax increase. Final determination of funding will made following final design.

Pohlman is currently completing a comprehensive survey of the city’s walkways through grant funding. She noted the state of disrepair of sidewalks, limited accessibility, and an eye towards future city planning.

Citizens spoke out largely in favor of the water main work, which includes complete replacement of water mains on the Mill Street and south Church Street sections of County 25. However, they also highlighted ongoing concern over the cost, scope of electrical work, maintenance of improved and widened sidewalks along the Mill Street, unearthed and replaced sidewalks along the south Church Street, and watershed from the roadway. “If the road is already torn up, let’s just do it,” stated resident Chris Brennan. “Let’s do it and make sure the project is complete.”

City clerk Megan Grebe stated the city included all possible electrical work into the estimated cost to meet statutes on public hearing. The city is intending to include only replacement of conduit and w .....
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Fired up

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis ‘Tis the season. In the 2010 election, Congress was taken over by a group of politicians who are extreme in their beliefs and don’t represent the majority of the American people. The result has been gridlock in government, un ..... 
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Anti-fracking laws vs. property rights

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Robert D. Culver of Houston, Minn. This is the headline of an article in the Wall Street Journal (8-1-14). I am a small property owner in Houston County and I thoroughly reject the growing intrusion of government at every level into our privat ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In the October 20 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, in the Working Women section, there was an error on page seven under the Gundersen Harmony Clinic staff photo. The names should have read: Back row L to R: Mary Fishbaugher, PL, Cheryl Hotvedt, ..... 
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Global warming

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Some time back a commentator wondered why otherwise intelligent people weren’t concerned about or didn’t believe in global warming or climate change or increasing carbon dioxide or some other environmental catastrophe lurking around the corner. ..... 
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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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A bad deal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jon Peterson of Peterson, Minn. A few final thoughts before the November 4th R-P school district vote: Administrators and certain organized groups of the R-P school district have WANTED a new school for 15 years; twice buying land without bei ..... 
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Support for Kaase

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Mike Ask of Lanesboro, Minn. I am a concerned citizen of Fillmore County and would like to express my personal feelings regarding the upcoming election for the position of Sheriff of Fillmore County. I started working as a Dispatcher/Jailer ..... 
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