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County Board revisits 2004 budget


Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

As the Truth and Taxation date moves closer, the Fillmore County Commissioners once again reviewed the county’s 2004 budget that currently stands at $6,054,716. This puts the levy increase at 8.34%. That’s 2% under the allowed levy limits according to state regulations. County Program Aid is at $621,871 and when added to the budget, tops out at $6,676,589. The levy is based on the dollar amount left after subtracting the aid funds and incoming revenues. There are special circumstances that allow the county to levy for additional funds such as Social Services and the courthouse project. Though the proposed budget appears fairly certain, an unforeseen event such as Social Services experiencing a surge in clients’ needs can upset the numbers. If that should happen, Social Services Director Tom Boyd said they’d deal with it.Commissioner Helen Bick-nese expressed concerns of playing it to close to the line budget-wise as this may effect levy limits next year. The county has in the past, been able to rebound and come back within capped fund balances, noted Commissioner Duane Bakke. The county board is looking at department heads once again bringing actual expenses in 2004 in under budget. Courthouse Construction Architects David Kane, Jasen Andring, and Project Supervisor Dave Johnson gave a brief report on construction. Parking lot curbs will be going in with a couple of days. Some blacktop patching will be done, but no complete paving of lot is scheduled until all large delivery trucks are finished. They would only damage a new surface. The East lot will soon be available for parking. The interior’s schedule is about a week behind for drywall and taping work, but should be done in the next week. 20 of the 25 windows are now in place. Testing of the mechanical system is scheduled for mid December. Andring presented the intended color schemes for wall coverings, carpets, and tiles. The hues follow greens, red-greens, and burgundy. Public areas include ceramic tile and brown tones. The benches from the courtroom will be refinished to match new woodwork. Black lettering on the outside of the building will identify the courthouse from several directions. Approval was given to request proposals for furniture for the courthouse addition, telephone equipment, and window blinds. Just over $60,000 has been dipped into of the original $356,000 contingency fund. [Read the Rest]



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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro Council Signs Police Contract with Preston

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council unanimously accepted the contract with Preston for police protection at their November 17th meeting. After clarifying some minor details, Mayor Steve Rahn and City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson signed the contract on behal ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Gregory David Phillips, 18, Kalyn Louis Koster, 18, and Adam Douglas Greene, 19, all of Spring Valley, were charged on Monday with two felony counts of theft and criminal damage to property related to an incident ..... 
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Ghost towns of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Forestville, Tawney, Clear Grit, Isinours, Carimona. A large majority of Fillmore County citizens recognize the names of these areas and know that they were once towns, post offices or railroad junctions. Though some of these areas are still inhabite ..... 
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Quiz Bowl takes more than horse sense

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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When talking to four Fillmore County 4-Hers, you’re not quite sure if it’s their passion for horses, their superb equestrian knowledge or the fact that they just love being around each other that helped the team achieve top honors in the National Qui ..... 
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The phone call no one ever wants to get

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Up until the time of my daughter’s accident my opinion of large companies was that they were uncaring and cold. That attitude changed when my daughter was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident.

Around nine p.m. on July 7th I a ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Who will pay the bill for the Rushford substation transformer?

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Anyone who was living in Rushford last summer knows the substation transformer had to be removed, repaired and replaced, causing early morning power outages twice as the work was completed. What no one knows is who was responsible for water getting i ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Delinquent receivables challenge Harmony Council

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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"I think the city should pursue these people" stated Henry Becker, Harmony, an upset landlord who has gotten caught up in the middle of a legal dispute concerning services provided to a past tenant that haven’t been paid for. Becker spoke before the ..... 
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Preston Council considers interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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The Preston City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, to discuss placing an interim ordinance on certain kinds of industrial development for one year until the city has had adequate time to study the issue.   [Read the Rest]
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