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Journal Opinion: JOBZ - Election 2004 - Fair - Quote of the Week


Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

In approving JOBZ for Heartland on Tuesday night in a 4 to 2 vote, some members of the Fillmore Central School Board were quick to point out that this is about jobs. In theory, jobs lead to families in our towns and new students in our schools. Whether Heartland can deliver on its promises has been the subject of much speculation to date and will no doubt continue to be so in the future. Tuesdays decision by the school board was based on the fact that there is little or no tax consequence to the Fillmore Central School District whether Heartland is approved for JOBZ or not, as education funding is now primarily a state responsibility. The state pays Fillmore Central and other school districts a set amount per pupil unit per year, regardless of the local property tax structure. Heartland would have a direct tax effect on the school district only if a local school referendum were passed in the future. And Heartlands share of that would be relatively minor.While Fillmore Centrals funding may not be affected, the school boards decision does impact the property taxes residents of the district will pay. By exempting Heartland, the rest of the tax payers are asked to absorb the energy plants share of taxes that will be exempted each year. Normally, one could expect individual property taxes to go down somewhat with a large tax payer joining the tax pool. The other down side that the school district faces with Heartland becoming operational is the number of families that may move out of the area or send their children elsewhere over concerns about health and the environment. Yes, fewer families means fewer children in the school. And as for Bob Mausts statement at the school board meeting that he would move Heartland out of the state if there is no JOBZ site. Well, there are a lot of people who are wishing that they could be so lucky.

Election 2004Stafford Hansen, from Sumner Township, has filed to run for District 1 County Commissioner. Present commissioner Helen Bicknese has chosen not to seek an additional term. Also filing are incumbents Marc Presby in District 5 and Chuck Amunrud in District 3. All three are running unopposed.Pamela Mensink has filed for Soil & Water Supervisor for District 4. Richard OConnor and Don Schoepski have filed for Soil & Water Supervisor for District 5. No one filed for the Soil & Water Supervi .....
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2004 Fillmore County Fair results

Wed, Jul 21st, 2004
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Ambassador Results from General Project

Judging and Poultry Show

July 21, 2004

Aerospace  Champion ReAnna Clark Rural Rookies  Reserv ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council passes Minnowa rezoning measure

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
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HARMONY - At the Harmony Council meeting on Tuesday, July 13, Council member Gerald Shuck cast the deciding vote to rezone part of Outlot A from residential to industrial for Minnowa Construction. Shuck joined council members Mark McKay and David Kin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford Campground bathrooms get green light

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - At their regular July 12 meeting, the Rushford City Council authorized staff to proceed with getting a general contractor to draw up plans for new bathrooms at the campground. MNDOT recently remitted $13,800 for a small piece of land and t ..... 
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County Board takes no action on Heartland request

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board sent a quiet message to the Heartland folks at their Tuesday, July 13, meeting: Well deal with you in our own good time.

The board decided not to put Heartlands JOBZ issue on their upcoming July 27 ..... 
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Journal Opinion: 2004 presidential tickets a battle of balanced opposites; Quote of the week

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

SALT LAKE CITY - So the stage is set for the presidential campaign.  Its a pair of Kennedy-style liberals against a brace of diehard conservatives. Both pairs are maneuvering for the centrist vote that may assure them the pr ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair starts Tuesday

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

The 145th running of the Fillmore County Fair begins Tuesday, July 20 in Preston. Pictured are scenes from last years fair.

Follow this years 4-H winners online at   www.fillmorecountyjournal.com

Soiney variance and Spande subdivision top zoning meeting

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
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Four months removed from Judge Bensons ruling on the Slabaugh case, the court case continues to haunt meetings of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment.

The Boards first order of business on Thursday, July 15, was a varianc ..... 
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Harmony woman learns to live with debilitating disease

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

HARMONY - On the telephone, Anissa Teslow of Harmony is a soft-spoken, quiet, and seemingly timid young lady. Upon meeting her in person, however, one is greeted by a pleasantly assertive, strong-willed and courageous woman who is very open to a good ..... 
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