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County Board reviews EDA plan


Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA) presented the 2003 annual report and the proposed 2004 work plan. EDA’s goal is to help cities and townships utilize their resources by either encouraging the growth of existing businesses and/or helping with start-up criteria for new establishments.

According to Thein, accomplishments in 2003 focused on four areas: the first was Jobz Zone participation with 12 other counties. Fillmore County communities of Rushford, Rushford Village, Mabel, Harmony, Preston, Fountain, Carrolton Township, Chatfield, Lanes-boro, and Spring Valley joined the program. Approximately 339 acres were placed in the program with the intent of encouraging business expansion. The main criteria surrounding the program involves industrial parks. The more infrastructure a park can offer, including such things as curb and gutters, the greater the chance of Jobz Zone projects succeeding. Business subsidies, maps, arial photos, and comprehensive plans are but a few tools used when preparing a Jobz Zone area.

Though cities are in control of their industrial parks, the EDA has the ability to help communities and the county as a whole to work together to produce a result that is both appealing and beneficial to both governing bodies.

Thein next reviewed business retention and expansion (BRE). 75 surveys were sent out to area businesses with 25 responding. Areas concentrated around health care and manufactory.

“I made sure everyone had a chance to participate that wanted to,” noted Thein.

Of those responding, five showed possible expansion ability or interests. There was a great deal of feedback revolving around regulatory issues in the health care area. Thein stated he’d also received some very positive feedback on the general workforce. It was noted that the county can rezone an area if need be to qualify for the Jobz Zone participation.

A third accomplishment by the EDA included providing direct business assistance to 18 businesses, most of which where pre-existing. 75 of the total 210 hours were spent face-to face with business owners, listening to their concerns, giving guidance in weaker areas of a business’s infrastructure, or even helping to prepare financial reports for a bank. Two businesses qualified for some form of assisted financing.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges  Brent Stephen Eisenman, 18, of Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday with one count of felony theft. According to the criminal complaint, Eisenman stole money from a locked fil ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied more building permits

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Monday evening the sidewalks and roads were slippery and hazardous, so too were the actions of the Preston City Council in its ongoing struggle with Heartland Energy and Recycling. The council chamber was again full to capacity, but only six citizens ..... 
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“Last Flight of the GooneyBird”

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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For about 16 years Duke Hust thought about getting his book Last Flight of the Gooney Bird published. Then one day while in Lanesboro and conversing with Eric Thiss of Zoo Books he mentioned his wish. Eric got on the horn and introduced Duke to Mark ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Financing tools – bonds and TIF district

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council had good news and bad news December 15th at their regular meeting. The good news: Lanesboro’s new $1.3 million electric generator has been installed and could be operational by month’s end. This generator should pay for its ..... 
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Harmony couple visit son stationed on the USS NIMITZ

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and the moral courage of free men and women.   ~Ronald Reagan

When Bob and Kathy Boice ..... 
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Testimony given in county zoning suit

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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CHATFIELD - Fillmore County District Judge Robert Benson heard testimony in a suit brought by Fillmore County against Eli and Mattie Slabaugh of Canton Township on Wednesday. At the center of the dispute is the site location of a house the Slabaugh’s ..... 
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Moose trial scheduled for March in Preston

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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Floyd Moose, 40, of Chat-field appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing. Moose is charged with 11 felony counts, including attempted murder, arson and several counts of kidnapping related to an incident on March 23 ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Rewriting city ordinances strikes a nerve

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
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The task of rewriting Harmony’s ordinances in order to bring them up to League of Minnesota Cities standards challenged city council members on Tuesday as they reviewed the first chapter of the ordinances. City Administrator Jerome Illg pointed out t ..... 
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