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Governors speech high on vision, low on details


Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
Posted in Features

ROCHESTER Governor Tim Pawlenty often times sounded like a cheerleader during his state of the state address on Tuesday, rallying the invitation-only audience to come on Minnesota, lets go. His speech was high on vision - genomics research, Smart Buy health care, Get Ready, Get Credit education initiatives - but lacked the details necessary to convince the bi-partisan legislature to stand up and get behind his programs 100 percent. One of the biggest problems may be money. The governor is expected to put a budget forward next week.

Representative Greg Davids applauded the governor for laying out an aggressive agenda for the legislature, but stopped short of endorsing everything.

As House Ag Chairman, Davids was pleased that the governor wanted to double the ethanol in gasoline and was looking forward to sponsoring legislation to that effect.

Davids also praised the governors support for genomic research in Rochester, saying that this is good for the people in Chatfield, Spring Valley and Fillmore County.

But Davids had concerns about a 4-year university for Rochester.

I want to look closely at the governors plan for a 4-year university for Rochester, Davids said. Youve got the U of M and Winona State and the 2+2 program in Rochester. Both Mankato State and Winona State do a good job of meeting the educational needs of this area.

Davids is also willing to consider a 5 a gallon increase in the gas tax to support transportation projects, as long as the spending formula stays the same. On Tuesday the governor indicated that he wasnt in favor of any new taxes.

The representative from Preston also indicated that he opposed the governors idea for Initiative and Referendum, where the citizens could vote on the issues of the day.

Davids has long opposed this initiative, saying the people have already had a referendum when they elect officials to represent them.

Representative Gene Pelowski of Winona was critical of the governors plan for a 4-year university in Rochester.

We visited this 10 years ago, Pelowski said, noting that a person can get an undergraduate and graduate degree in Rochester in specialized areas.

Higher education decisions should be based on need not want, Pelowski said.

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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
Posted in Features

At the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 18, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Julie Kiehne, presented the Lanesboro City Council with copies of a glossy, hot-off-the-presses, full-color 2005 Lanesboro Area Guide and Scrapbook. ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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The possibility of a recreation facility or youth center has been tossed around Lanesboro for over a year now. The citys Swim and Rec. Fund has been trying to decide how to use money it originally earned for the construction and operation of a swimm ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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After canceling the organizational meeting and regular January meeting due to winter weather, the R-P school board held both their organizational session and meeting Tuesday, January 18.

Returning members Chuck Eidenschink, Davi ..... 
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Another look at Heartland

Fri, Jan 14th, 2005
Posted in Features

Last Spring I was approached by a television reporter outside the Preston Foods grocery store. A cameraman was standing right behind him. They had jackets on identifying themselves as a news team from La Crosse.

Could I have a ..... 
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County supports Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology

Fri, Jan 14th, 2005
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Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Coordinator Mark Thein came before the commissioners on Tuesday to talk about the Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology (RINTek). The EDA recently passed a resolution supporting Kevin Klungtvedt in ..... 
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Winona County asks MPCA to force study on tire plant impact

Fri, Jan 14th, 2005
Posted in Features

Winona County has adopted a resolution calling on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to require the owners of a proposed tire-burning plant in Preston, Minn., to do a detailed study of the plants potential impact on the surrounding area. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Nanotechnology update funding outlook hopeful

Fri, Jan 14th, 2005
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Dale Evavold and Kevin Klungtvedt visited the Rushford City Councils regular meeting Monday, January 10 to provide an update on funding for the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINT). According to Evavold, both Democrats and Republicans have s ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Preston man faces multiple burglary charges

Fri, Jan 14th, 2005
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Duane Edward Severud, 37, of Preston, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 10, with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property related to robberies in rural Preston, Greenleafton and the city of Har ..... 
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