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Commissioners’ Report: Driver’s License Department -Where should it go?


Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

When discussing ways to save money and still maintain efficient departments, the county board has been looking into the possibility of letting the Driver License Department move out of the courthouse to the private sector.

Joanne Martin, state Driver License Department addressed issues involved in making such a decision at Tuesday’s meeting. She also talked about conditions governing the temporary move of the camera used in the licensing process. The move is necessary because of the courthouse-remodeling project. It was not good news.

Much to the dismay of the board, Martin stated the temporary housing would cost somewhere between $400-$500 just to move the camera--each time. The state does have its standards "to maintain integrity", therefore an accepted specialist must complete the actual moving, and the provisional site must be approved by the state. In actuality, it wasn’t such a shock to have the state throw yet another twist at the county—they’ve been getting used to it since the beginning of the state’s huge budget cuts. The board appeared more insulted than surprised.

Commissioner Duane Bakke stated that if the county was going to move the department out of county offices, a decision needed to be made so taxpayers didn’t pay a second moving charge. The department completed approximately 3,000 transactions last year, said Martin, making about a $1,000 a month. Philip Burkholder had noted in previous meetings that the licensing is pretty much a wash in regard to income versus expenses.

To lease such equipment to an independent partner would run about $2,000 a month. Kurt Reicks, from the license plate bureau in Preston, was also present during the discussion. Martin said Reicks would be looking at keeping the $3.50 filing fee for each transaction if the county appointed him as the trustee of the driver license department.

Contracts for camera equipment is bid on every four to five years. Fillmore’s contract is due for rebidding in March. The county can opt out and appoint another party to the work, but this must also be approved by the state.

New technology and additional rules are another issue in determining the final outcome of the department’s placement. By going on-line to complete applications, the state hopes to eliminate errors that surface. It will also speed up the time it takes to receive a new license, c .....
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Company exploring for industry-related metals in Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Several property owners around Peterson and Mabel have been contacted by a mineral exploration company about the right to test for base metals on their land.

Prime Meridian Resources of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin hopes to begin a th ..... 
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Above the Arctic Circle

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"We have nine months of winter and three months of poor skiing conditions"

Back in 1976, when I accepted the invitation to visit the Tromsø family, I had no idea they lived among the indigenous Sami people (formally called Lapps ..... 
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Judge Fabian hears arguments in Maust vs. city of Preston

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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Judge James Fabian listened to two hours of oral arguments from attorneys on Friday, November 21 in the Elaine and Robert Maust mandamus action against the city of Preston.

In their suit, the Mausts maintain that they met all o ..... 
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Preston City Council – Special Meeting: Spring Avenue residents awarded 20% reduction

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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At a special meeting of the Preston City Council Tuesday evening adjustments were made to proposed assessments of the County Road #17 projects. Working under a deadline, in order to be included in the 2004 property tax statements, the council was lim ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Sand and rock quarries’ lists are available

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Board started their Thanksgiving week off with a quiet agenda, cleaning up some year-end items.

There had been several inquiries by commissioners as to the number of rock quarries and sandpits in the county. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Housing development issues concern council

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford Council had the opportunity to hear more about potential housing development in the city at their regular council meeting November 24, 2003. Doug and Marie Botcher, owners of Meadows Inn Bed and Breakfast, presented a letter to the Rushf ..... 
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The Story Project will touch your heart

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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Nine Dragon Press of Preston has published its first book, A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse, which features the writing of thirty-four local authors.

Page after page, the word pictures trigger your memory and ignite your sen ..... 
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Commonweal’s Scrooge holds up a mirror to our own stingy hearts

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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A writer once said (I think it was Minnesota’s Carol Bly) that no matter what your faith, going to church on Sundays is a good thing if only because it’s the one place we’ll be reminded weekly that we should be good to each other.

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