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Rushford City Council Report: Sewer pipe liner show and tell star!


Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

Rushford Public Works Director Jeff Copley got to do his own version of show and tell to the Rushford City Council Monday, February 14 at the regular Rushford City Council meeting. Copley had a section of the felt-like liner being installed in some of the citys sewer lines. The liner, filled with a fiberglass resin is squeezed flat in a taco shape. A steam line is hooked on each end of the line and the liner is heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. The resin becomes a hard plastic-like pipe that will last sixty years. Copley told the council that, while you can see each seam in the pipes being lined, the liner makes a smooth transition between them. Copley went on to explain that laterals were cut out with a router-like tool and the cookies which are cut out are removed from the pipes. The benefit of such lining is that long lengths of pipe can be done all in one section. The clay pipes originally have seams every four feet; now a section can be done running from manhole to manhole. Copley said that two blocks of sewer had been completed with five more blocks to go. The first two days of the work consisted of cleaning and using a root saw on tree roots to prepare for the liner.

This work should help take care of the INI (inflow infiltration) problem plaguing the citys sewer system. This problem had caused the city to operate in violation of the EPA last summer during heavy rains. The EPA had not fined the city because the situation was called in, but the city had been directed to rectify the problem within a set timeline. Now less rainwater will be able to seep into the cracks in the sewer pipes.

Electric generator

There was nothing new on the topic of the wholesale power contract. Consultant Merle Lebakken had reported that GenSys was not anxious to give an extension of the contract for two years.

Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Mireau informed the council that he, Jeff Copley, Mike Ebner, and Electric Commission Chair Dick Fogal had recently toured the newly installed St. Charles generators. St. Charles has four operating generators with room for a total of six. (Rushford intends to have three.) According to Mireau, you could barely hear the generators seventy yards from the building. The smokestacks had a little smoke when the generators were first started. After that there was no emission to be seen from the smokestacks, only steam. Mireau commented, It .....
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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission: Permit application for gas company tabled because of concerns over noise

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

It sounds like a jet engine, Ann Anderson said.

Anderson, who lives in rural Chatfield near a Northern Natural Gas Company electrical compression station, was referring to the sound made when the company does a blow-bye, where ..... 
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Special Section: Health, Mind & Body

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

They (government) need to recognize that the elderly are an important part of everyones lives and make it more viable to keep good employees.   Cherie Schroeder,   nursing home LPN

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Special Section: Health, Mind & Body

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
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A few years ago, after 28 years working as a business analyst in the big city, Sue Betts found herself with an opportunity to do something else. So she did.

First, she moved back to her hometown of Lanesboro and, secondly, she b ..... 
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Peterson man wrongly sentenced to prison

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
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On September 20, 2004, Judge James Fabian sentenced Terry Lee Hatlevig of Peterson to 54 months in prison for felony driving while under the influence (DWI). Hatlevig had pled guilty to felony DWI after being arrested on July 5 near Peterson. After s ..... 
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Sheriff Connolly looks back

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

Shortly after announcing his plans to retire, Jim Connolly sat down with the Journal to reflect back on his years as Fillmore County Sheriff. He was first asked why he was stepping down at the age of fifty-one.

It just feels l ..... 
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The Year of the Rooster

Fri, Feb 18th, 2005
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It was hard to say when winter arrived. The decline was gradual, like that of a person into old age, inconspicuous from day to day until the season became an established relentless reality.  --Allain de Botton The Art of Tra ..... 
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Cozumel getaway

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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It was a few years in the making, but during Christmas and New Years, it all came together for Jim and Ruth Ostrem of rural Lanesboro. Their four children and families came from Minnesota, New Mexico and Virginia on Christmas Day to sunny Isla Cozum ..... 
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Sheriff Connolly resigns

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Sheriff Jim Connolly offered his resignation to the board to be effective April 29, 2005. Chairman Amunrud thanked him for his long service of 32 years, 16 of which he served as sheriff. Sheriff Connolly thanked his staff for their su ..... 
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