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County farm, tax abatement and county shop top board agenda


Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - Compared to my last assignment covering a government meeting, the June 28 special Preston City Council meeting where there was a threat that anarchy would reign and that hostages might be taken, covering the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners Tuesday was to take a step back in time to where civility and good manners was still a virtue.

In fact I wondered if this group of leaders were on heavy doses of thorazine - so sedate were the proceedings - but then realized that, no, this is a different county board than the one I used to cover years ago.

County Farm

That said, the county board put the finishing touches on plans to sell the county farm at their July 6 meeting.

The board authorized Fillmore County Auditor Phil Burkholder, Policy Coordinator Karen Brown and County Attorney Brett Corson to work on the boards behalf in selling the real estate.

The land will be offered by sealed bid with three options being considered: Parcel A: 229 acres; Parcel B: 235 acres; or Parcel C: the combined parcels at 464 acres.

The deadline for receiving bids will be August 20, 2004 at noon. The bids will be opened at the Tuesday, August 24 county board meeting at 10:00 a.m., with the board taking action at 1:00 p.m.

If the board believes the bids are not in the best interests of its citizens, it can reject all bids and list the properties with a realtor, County Attorney Brett Corson told the board.

There was some discussion on whether to have a rebidding meeting with the top 3 to 5 bidders, but the consensus of the board was that the opportunity to list the property privately protected the countys interest if bids fell short of expectation.

Corson will work out the final details on the notice of the real estate sale as well as advertising. The plan is to prepare an information packet for bidders that will detail any disclosures. This will be available through the coordinators office as well as on the countys website. The auditors office will receive the bids.

Tax Abatement

Following a public hearing regarding the countys tax abatement policy, the board voted to amend the present policy.

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Journal Opinion: Bush aims weapons of malnutrition at Cuba - Dream Town - Quote of the Week

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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By Sarah Stephens  The values of faith and family mean a lot to Ana Karim, a Cuban-American from Richmond, Va. and a Mennonite pastor. She has two very ill uncles living in Cuba. For the past decade, she has used a US license ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Citizens petition in opposition to ditch solution

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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The Preston City Councils agenda Tuesday night was filled with items meant to improve life in Preston. A group of twenty-seven residents from a five block area petitioned the council to consider other possible solutions to the storm water run-off th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council explores electrical options

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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Representatives from UMMPA (Upper Midwest Municipalities Power Agency), Dairyland Power, and Tri-County Electric presented their cases at a joint meeting of the Lanesboro City Council and the Public Utilities on Tuesday night, July 6, as the council ..... 
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Scheevel familys passion is in the skies

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Andrew Scheevel remembers attending an air show with his family when he was no more than four years old. That experience had a lasting impression on the now 18-year-old and was the impetus for him becoming a pilot himself.

I w ..... 
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Heartland passes JOBZ hurdle

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Are your meetings always like this?   an out of town reporter after Monday nights special Preston City Council meeting

PRESTON - Last fall Preston City Council member Heath Mensink voted to deny Heartl ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Land developers Mike Sexhauer and Richard Holle each addressed the Rushford City Council at the regular June 26 meeting about water run-off issues on land they were hoping to develop. Sexhauer informed the council that he and Brian DeFrang from Otomo ..... 
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Journal Opinion

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Iraq

Last weeks hand-over of authority in Iraq, and the turnover of dictator Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government, are significant milestones for the struggling country. Time will tell whether the United States intervention ..... 
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Doing business in China

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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KUNMING, CHINA - Kunming is a city of about five million, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It is in a mountainous region bordering Vietnam and Laos on the south, Myanmar on the west, and at an altitude of nearly 6000 feet, it i ..... 
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