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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony ChargesAccording to court records, the following individuals were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 18:•Travis Ryan Jonsgaard, 19, Rushford, was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, and burglary in the third degree, stemming from an incident in Rushford on July 7.According to the criminal complaint, Jonsgaard is alleged to have broken into a garage belonging to Dale Jonsgaard and taking a van valued at more than $20,000 without the consent of the owner.•Lowell Lavern Stephas, 62, Fountain, was charged with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree.According to the criminal complaint, Stephas is alleged to have cut down trees on property belonging to Jane Gehrking in Pilot Mound Township valued at $2993.88 on or about May 1, 2003.•Michael Allen Douglas, 27, Harmony, was charged with felony theft by check and issuance of dishonored check more than $500. According to the criminal complaint, Douglas is alleged to have issued a check for $1,349.56 on January 7, 2003 to pay for transmission work at Rich’s Repair.Felony Dispositions•Elizabeth Ann Giese, 23, Preston, pled guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 18, to controlled substance crime in the fifth degree related to an incident on August 10, 2001.Judge James Fabian imposed a stay of adjudication for five years and placed the defendant on probation for five years. She must follow the terms of her probation, which includes continuing ongoing treatment and complying with random drug testing. Giese was fined $300 and must serve 30 days in jail.

Charges against Sveen dismissed

Charges against Jason Duane Sveen have been dismissed by the Fillmore County Attorney’s office because of “insufficient evidence to justify continued prosecution.” Sveen had been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the fifth degree following an incident in Preston on June 27.Sveen, a Level Three Sex Offender, is under the supervision of probation officers with the Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections in Rochester.

Former Ostrander officials found guilty of violating open meeting law

By John Torgrimson

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Planning Commission approves two new subdivisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved two new housing subdivisions at its meeting last week, one in Amherst Township and one in Chatfield Township.  The Secluded Land Company, DeSoto, Wisconsin, is developing the A ..... 
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Where does a Twin Cities celebrity go to retire?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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For Jan Smaby, the answer was obvious: Fillmore County.

"I knew from a young age if I ever got the chance to live in southeastern Minnesota permanently, I would do it," she said.

Smaby retired last year fro ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: OFFSET to help establish setback distances for odor control

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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"This tool is site specific. It will measure setbacks from feedlots to city limits,” stated Feedlot Officer Michael Frauenkron as he briefed county commissioners on Tuesday on new technology used to measure odor and determine setback limits. OFFSET: ..... 
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Commissioners review department budgets

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The county board, as part of their budget review process, met with a number of department heads on Tuesday.  •Recorder’s Office. Recorder Richard Mensink informed the board that for every document the office updates and files ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Six area men were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 11, with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on March 2, 2003. [Read the Rest]

Ostrander open meeting law challenge goes to court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The first jury trial to take place in the temporary courtroom set up in Chatfield City Hall will concern a suit brought by Mark Schumann, Jim Start and 40 other citizens from Ostrander against former Ostrander mayor Victor Feine and former council me ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Harmony discusses tax-free zone

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority, outlined a new project the state hopes will help fuel the rural areas’ economy called Job Opportunity Building Zone. The intent of the zone is to provide tax breaks to encourage expansion and new business g ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Possible New “JOBZ” for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council took advantage of the chance to participate in a multi-county Job Opportunity Building Zone application at their August 11th meeting. JOBZ, a marketing tool of the state of Minnesota, has a goal of stimulating development in ..... 
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