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Preston City Council: Heartland denied building permit


Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the October 6 Preston Council meeting it was decided to get an opinion from Mary Tietjen of Kennedy and Graven before approving or denying a building permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling. The attorney was to contact the MPCA to see what permits, if any, need to be obtained prior to issuing a building permit.

Fred Nagle, the city administrator, explained that at this time Tietjen was unable to contact the MPCA people and didn’t have an answer for council. Newly appointed council member Robert Sauer said that he wanted all this information before the council before he’d sign onto a permit for the tire burning facility.

Heartland developer Robert Maust explained to the council that he was going to get permitted in stages and at this time it was “just a few door sizes to change and a few cupalos to add” which required a permit. Council member Jerry Scheevel moved to have Nagle issue the permit immediately. Council member Heath Mensink joined Scheevel in supporting the motion. But the permit was denied with Mayor Dave Pechulis, Sauer, and council member Mike McGarvey voting against the measure.

Preston resident Chuck Aug, outraged by the denial, asked, “If it is an allowed use, how can you deny?”

Mayor Pechulis cut him off saying that “we have to move on.”

Mensink responded that (Heartland) is ‘being discriminated against by three council members.’

David Williams, an attorney, said that Heartland was not being discriminated against because there is ongoing litigation and it is prudent to wait until the litigation is complete. Preston resident Vern Runningen said that other ‘attorneys would disagree.’

As it was the current practice for Fred Nagle to issue building permits without first going through the council, City Attorney David Joerg questioned whether all permits would need to be approved by the council? The council has the authority which in practice was seeded to Nagle. It was decided to continue to grant authority to Nagle to issue building permits in all but agricultural, commercial, or industrial applications.

Heartland Intervention

Resolution

On November 18, 2002, the city council passed Resolution 02-12 which asked the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Heartland. Appa .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Preston’s Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Benson will hear Morten case

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Loeding on August 29.

On September 16, Morten’s attorney, Chris Ritts, had asked that Judge Benson to remove himself from the case. Benson had presi ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

The October 7, 2003 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer ..... 
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A Day in the Life of Autumn

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Click on the Internet’s Foliage Network and you’ll get a forecast of the season’s peak foliage conditions throughout the state. But just step outdoors and you’ll get an in-your-face blast of what a southeastern Minnesota autumn has to offer.[Read the Rest]

County goes after Clean Water Act funds

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Donna Rasmussen, Soil & Water Conservation District, was before the County Board on Tuesday to request a letter of support for the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program from the board. The grant would provide funds for technical assistance for feedlot ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council focuses on problems at lift station

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

There is a density to the Rushford City Council meetings that few organs of government in Fillmore County can equal: the agenda on Tuesday was four pages long and the council handouts for the meeting ran 57 pieces of paper. Many pages of the document ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Property owners along TH 139 frontage discuss final assessments

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The public hearing for Harmony’s TH 139-reconstruction assessment roll was a quiet one as Mike Lynch of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates outlined property owners’ responsibilities. Firm figures were presented now that the project has been com ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Stephanie Louise Halverson, 27, Mabel, was charged with two felony counts stemming from an incident in Mabel on March 2, 2003. Halverson is charged with assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon and making ..... 
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