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County Board approves sand and rock quarry permits


Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

As the board reviewed the resolutions, the issues of sites stockpiling supplies in road right-of-ways, dust control, and a growing trend of abandoned automobiles accumulating at the sites, was visited several times. The dust control issue appeared to be the most sensitive. At one time the county had researched the cost if the county were to step in and run such a program. A $100,000-$150,000 figure quickly ended such a thought.

Another more reasonable suggestion would be exercising a "Resource Tax" whereby the state allows counties to tax resource products leaving the county such as ag lime, sand, and crushed rock. This would be an add-on tax paid by those purchasing products. No action was taken.

The following permits were approved:

•Fred Carlson Co., Decorah, IA, sand pit in Sec. 8, Holt Twp. Must post "No Trespassing" signs on property.

•Roger Danielson, Chatfield, gravel pit in Sec. 28, Pilot Mound Twp. Must remove abandoned cars.

•Pederson Bros., Harmony, rock quarry owned by Rueben Grabau, Sec. 9, Forestville Twp. No stockpiling within road right-of –way.

•Pederson Bros., Harmony, rock quarry owned by Donald Haug, Sec. 4, Canton Twp. Must remove abandoned cars.

•Pederson Bros., Harmony, rock quarry in Sec. 12, Bristol Twp. No stockpiling within road right-of-way.

•Milestone Materials Co., Onalaska, WI, rock quarry owned by Linus Hammell, Sec. 36, Jordon Twp. Control dust issues.

•Milestone materials Co., Onalaska WI, rock quarry owned by Dale Greene, Sec. 14, Sumner Twp. Landowner will put down dust control.

•Approved final plat for South Fork subdivision in Amherst Twp.

•Approved resolution to implement relief from Zoning Administrator’s decision regarding zoning issues. An appeal can be made with in 30 days of said decision to the Board of Adjustment.

•Approved resolution to implement Decorah Shale Zoning Ordinance amendment. This discourages the disturbing of the St. Peter-Praire du Chien-Jordon aquifer and thus damaging water quality. Donna Rassmussen, Soil and Water, noted that if "you don’t want a wet basement, don’t build in these areas".

•Approved access permit for Brian & Nanette Huggenvik to Co. Rd. 22, Harmony Twp. for a new building site driveway. .....
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Commissioners’ Report: Driver’s License Department -Where should it go?

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

When discussing ways to save money and still maintain efficient departments, the county board has been looking into the possibility of letting the Driver License Department move out of the courthouse to the private sector.

Joan ..... 
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Company exploring for industry-related metals in Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Several property owners around Peterson and Mabel have been contacted by a mineral exploration company about the right to test for base metals on their land.

Prime Meridian Resources of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin hopes to begin a th ..... 
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Above the Arctic Circle

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"We have nine months of winter and three months of poor skiing conditions"

Back in 1976, when I accepted the invitation to visit the Tromsø family, I had no idea they lived among the indigenous Sami people (formally called Lapps ..... 
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Judge Fabian hears arguments in Maust vs. city of Preston

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

Judge James Fabian listened to two hours of oral arguments from attorneys on Friday, November 21 in the Elaine and Robert Maust mandamus action against the city of Preston.

In their suit, the Mausts maintain that they met all o ..... 
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Preston City Council – Special Meeting: Spring Avenue residents awarded 20% reduction

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the Preston City Council Tuesday evening adjustments were made to proposed assessments of the County Road #17 projects. Working under a deadline, in order to be included in the 2004 property tax statements, the council was lim ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Sand and rock quarries’ lists are available

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board started their Thanksgiving week off with a quiet agenda, cleaning up some year-end items.

There had been several inquiries by commissioners as to the number of rock quarries and sandpits in the county. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Housing development issues concern council

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford Council had the opportunity to hear more about potential housing development in the city at their regular council meeting November 24, 2003. Doug and Marie Botcher, owners of Meadows Inn Bed and Breakfast, presented a letter to the Rushf ..... 
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The Story Project will touch your heart

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

Nine Dragon Press of Preston has published its first book, A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse, which features the writing of thirty-four local authors.

Page after page, the word pictures trigger your memory and ignite your sen ..... 
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