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Commissioners Report: Fillmore County to develop methamphetamine ordinance


Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Toxic waste problems have long lasting effects, emphasized Sharon Serfling, Director of Public Health and Sheriff Jim Connolly as they opened up discussion regarding the countys need to develop a methamphetamine ordinance.

Toxic wastes dont just present an immediate danger to humans. Abandoned meth lab sites that havent been properly cleaned up can present problems in the future as well. By pulling together an ordinance, Serfling and Connolly hope to ward off such problems.

We must go beyond the basics with meth labs when cleaning up, stressed Serfling. That can be a costly task.

Fortunately, there are funds available from the federal government to assure that proper cleaning procedures are followed. The EPA has as much as $25,000 available for local cleanup projects.

Legislation is pending that would require property abstracts to note the location of an abandoned meth site, and will also include a notation that the site was properly cleaned up and no longer poses a threat.

The Commissioners were very concerned over the innocent landowner that finds an abandoned lab in their field or in a rented house. The worst thing a landowner can do said Sheriff Connolly is to ignore the findings of an abandoned site.

According to Connolly, even though the landowner may not have anything to do with the manufacturing of the product, it is their responsibility to notify the proper authorities if a site is found.

If a landowner chooses to ignore this policy, and a health risk is later traced back to that site, the landowner will be responsible for it, including the costs of cleanup. Commissioner Duane Bakke noted that a vicious cycle could be created by landowners not wanting to take the risk of renting out a house. This would hurt housing, and a house not rented -abandoned- could still end up as a potential lab site.

Sheriff Connolly pointed out that a house can be destroyed if it is deemed such a danger that it could not be cleaned up properly. Vehicles once used as a lab will also be crushed.

Serfling and Connolly will work together to draw up an ordinance, using Olmsted Countys as a model. They will then bring it back to the commissioners for final approval.

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Countys purchase policy reviewed

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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During the reviewing of weekly warrants a few weeks ago, a $3,200 bill for an air conditioning unit purchased by the Sheriffs Department was flagged. The commissioners challenged the bill noting, in their opinion that all departments must receive ap ..... 
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Ski jumping was once a familiar winter sporting event in the area

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Sometime in the 1800s (or even before that) one Norwegian told another Norwegian that he could ski down a mountain, jump off a jump, and fly farther than the other Norwegian.

So, mythologically speaking, was born the sport of ..... 
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County continues to move ahead on E911 project

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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With all the controversy and sometimes-misinterpreted information about the countys ongoing work on an E911 system, the County Board on Tuesday decided it was time to try and quell some of the concerns on this issue.

Yes, the ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Felony Charges

David Keith Strike, 47, of LeRoy, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday on two felony charges of theft by check. According to the criminal complaint, on January 3, 2003, Strike issued a check in th ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Midwest Wireless seeks city approval for tower

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Brevity and civility reigned at the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night.

The meeting lasted a half hour. There were no issues that divided the four members in attendance, Mayor David Pechulis and Council members Steve ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spray park shelved

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Marge Drake informed the Lanesboro City Council at their February 2nd meeting that the Spray Park planned for spring construction had officially been shelved. The bid from Bremmer and Associates came in at $236,000. This bid did not include the equip ..... 
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Pautler accepts position at Charles Lindbergh Center

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Several years ago when Charles Pautler was an undergraduate college student working as an intern cataloguing Charles Lindberghs clothing, he didnt give much thought that one day his career would focus on the great man.

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Local pharmacies in fight over fee for services on state plan

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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At a time when America is very much focused on the rising costs of prescription drugs, two local pharmacists are taking on the administrator of a state program that handles pharmacy services to nursing homes.

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