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Commissioners endorse AMC transportation plan


Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has instituted a set of funding proposals for investment in rural and urban highways within the state. The county board passed a resolution in support of these proposals including a gas tax increase of five cents over each of two years. The gas tax package has not been adjusted since 1988. The commissioners believe the transportation package to be fair and balanced and necessary for the states economy and the safety and convenience of its citizens. The package also includes a one-half cent increase in sales taxes in the metro area.

Pre-application for Cedar Valley Resort

Mark Thein of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) introduced for the boards consideration a pre-application from Cedar Valley Inn for tax abatement for a resort project in the Whalan area. The EDA has OKd the pre-application process. Commissioner Randy Dahl said, I think its what people want to see in the area. The abatement would be for new building only.

Commissioners Duane Bakke and Marc Prestby questioned the order of approvals and felt that the most local government, Whalan, should approve the project first. Thein stressed that this was just a pre-approval. Dahl was concerned that if the county board approved the project before a city, it would put pressure on the smaller government entity to approve the project. Chairman Chuck Amunrud said that there should be final local approval before the county gives their final approval. The board approved the pre-application for the tax abatement for the planned deluxe cabin expected to sleep forty and accommodate retreats and large family reunions.

4-H

Regional Extension Educator Holly Kanengieer and 4-H Program Coordinator LeeAnn Williams updated the board on their programs. Kanengieer gave an update on regional winter events involving Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties. Sessions involve everything from quilting, fashion, and woodworking to beef and swine and are held in Peterson. In 2004 there were 71 participants.

The board adopted a resolution in support of the special project Warm Hands, Warm Hearts of the Fillmore County Bloomfield Cloverleaves 4-H Club. The club members make hats and mittens out of polar fleece for children needing them.

Dates to Remember

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Bowling still strikes it big

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

Mention anything about bowling, and people will usually smile. Something about it is funny. Maybe its the simple action of a heavy ball rolling down a slick lane and crashing noisily into the white pins. Its the stuff a good old Tom & Jerry or Road ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: District allocates $25,000 for technology upgrades Central School Board

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

The following is a brief summary of the Falcons January school board meeting based on an interview with Supt. Myrna Luehmann.

The districts technology advisor, Jeff Thompson, presented a state of the district report on the scho ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council puts confidence in Lebakken

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

At their regular city council meeting January 24, the Rushford City Council members authorized Mayor T.S. Roberton to spend up to $8,000 for the advice and services of Merle Lebakken of Lebakken Consulting regarding the backup generators and the powe ..... 
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EIS ordered on Heartland

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

Every once in awhile David gets lucky and beats Goliath. Such was the case Tuesday night in St. Paul when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens Board rejected a PCA staff recommendation and ordered that an Environmental Impact Statement wa ..... 
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Courthouse remodel under budget

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

Dean Sand oversees construction and management of the county court house project and says that the project is in very good shape for coming in under budget. Chairman Chuck Amunrud inquired as to whether the county would recover the $300,000 plus le ..... 
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Whats next for Heartland?

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

When asked how she felt after the MPCA Citizens Board had voted 6 to 1 to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland tire-burning plant, Fran Sauer, President of Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection, said, ..... 
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Rural illegal dumping

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD VILLAGE -Road-toss is hard to ignore after the leaves fall and frost flattens the underbrush. Wade through dormant raspberry snarling the ditch, past the No Dumping sign, down the hill where garbage bombs often explode. Under a clean blank ..... 
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Pawlenty pushes Rochester in State of the State

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
Posted in Features

ROCHESTER - Governor Tim Pawlenty used Rochester as a backdrop for his Ready for Action state of the state address on Tuesday, January 19. Speaking from the Mayo Clinic Support Center in northwest Rochester, Pawlenty called for a four year universi ..... 
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