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Commissioners Report: Northern Natural Gas pumping station expansion approved


Fri, Apr 8th, 2005
Posted in Features

Having received a recommendation from the Fillmore County Planning Commission to approve a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and after extensive discussion of noise levels, the county board approved the CUP. Six conditions were placed on the permit: 1) Louvers on building housing compressor; 2) Double row of 6 to 8 tall evergreens around the perimeter of the site; 3) No forced air fans on the outside of building; 4) Silencer installed on blow down valve; 5) Noise level tests will be made available to the county and a test will be conducted in winter and at night; and 6) All state and federal regulations on noise levels will be adhered to. The compressor station located at Chatfield has raised concerns from residents concerning noise levels. Federal and state regulations limit noise levels for day and night. Night levels are lower from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Northerns attorney, Joseph Cade from Savage, Minn., asked that the Planning Commissions recommendation that Northern conduct annual tests be struck. Cade offered to notify the county when a test was planned so that they may send a representative to observe. The board agreed not to require an annual test, but did require a winter and night test. Cade noted that law requires a test within sixty days of installation of new equipment only. He said that if that fell in the summer instead of late fall or winter, that a winter requirement would fall outside federal and state requirements. Commissioner Bakke retorted that if the company has a problem with the countys conditions, then they would have to appeal to the appropriate office.Commissioner Dahl was concerned about the blow downs which create much higher noise levels. These occur when pipes need to be cleared for maintenance. Cade noted that federal law doesnt apply to those isolated instances of maintenance. David ONeil, operations manager for Northern, explained that in planned situations, local residents are notified before a blow down. However, in the case of an emergency, a blow down may even occur at night. ONeil said that they may occur three to four times per year.Other Zoning IssuesNorman Craig offered for consideration an application for a CUP for Hidden Valley Campground east of Preston. It is basically a name change for the new owners. The board approved the permit with the stipulation that there be no more than 49 sites.Craig presented a petition for a sawmill i .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Apr 8th, 2005
Posted in Features

Felony Sentencing

Alando Neville Starkey, 30, of Spring Valley, pled guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, April 4, 2005, to a reduced felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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Commonweals Lonely Planet balances philosophy and humor

Fri, Apr 8th, 2005
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Early on in Lonely Planet, Carl says to his friend Jody, Everything good is obtained through simplicity. Thats why when youre all screwed up, they say you have a complex.

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Londons Speakers Corner is an exercise in democracy

Fri, Apr 1st, 2005
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LONDON A graying woman positions herself on a kitchen step stool and begins her tirade. There are too many hanger-ons, she tells the crowd gathered around. This is a country full of takers, not givers...   Her message c ..... 
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Lettner pleads not guilty to all charges

Fri, Apr 1st, 2005
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PRESTON - Ryan Michael Lettner, a Chatfield police officer, pled not guilty to all charges in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 28. He also waived his right to an omnibus hearing, where the evidence against a defendant is laid out.[Read the Rest]

Rushford Council says no to generators

Fri, Apr 1st, 2005
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council made two major and long awaited decisions at their regular meeting March 28. The council passed a motion to cancel the back-up electric generators; they also voted to accept the wholesale energy proposal from Tri- ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Apr 1st, 2005
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Justin Leroy Rickert, 28, of Rushford, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 28, with three felony counts of theft, receiving stolen property and burglary related to the theft of a golf c ..... 
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Students value educational opportunity in community that cares

Fri, Apr 1st, 2005
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Editors note: With declining enrollments and flat funding, many school districts are in financial crisis eagerly awaiting what the Minnesota legislature will do this year. Locally, Fillmore Central and Kingsland are talking about the possibility of ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Stewartville man gets prison for DUI; Preston man sent to prison for burglaries

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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Ryan Everett Hinze, 25, of Stewartville, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 21 after pleading guilty to one felony count of driving while under the influence. Hinze was arres ..... 
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