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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 programs. The total grant request is $300,000 for a period of three years. A 1:1 cash or in-kind pledge is required in order to participate with the county’s total responsibility at $9,000. The request will be sent to the SE MN Water Resources Board.Anne Spanbauer provides technical assistance for the program, which focuses on manure runoff management. Low-cost fixes may include such procedures as adding roof gutters that help direct runoff elsewhere, and putting in contour buffers that prevent direct runoff. County cost share grants are available that cover 50% of the cost up to $1,000. State share grants can be applied for on larger projects.Setting up an appointment with Spanbauer or the county’s Feedlot Officer, Michael Frauenkron, to review the site in question is the first step in correcting runoff problems. The average cost of these management practices is about $3,600. The county’s contribution knocks off $1,000 leaving the balance more manageable for property owners. Since this runoff project has started, 30 feedlot corrections have been completed with several more pending. "This relieves a bottleneck in the system", sited Rasmussen as she described the value of the 319 grant. Farmers are receiving guidance faster and correcting problems at a reasonable cost.ExtensionOver the past several months, the University of Minnesota Extension Office has been in the process of regrouping its resources due to state budget cuts. Policy Coordinator Karen Brown requested direction as to an .8 FTE secretary post, as the county can no longer maintain the position. Jerry Tesmer, County Extension Director of Fillmore & Mower, noted the department was under budget and would like to have that individual help with the relocation of the Zoning Department within the Extension Office while the courthouse is under construction. Tesmer also pointed out the .8 position was primarily responsible for the 4-H workload pertaining to enrollment, which has a November 15 deadline for incoming applications.The board approved an ending date of November 26, 2003 for the position which they felt would give adequate notice to the employee and help in t .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Council focuses on problems at lift station

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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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
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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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Canton woman on the front lines of environmental advocacy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

How does a girl from the Twin Cites’ suburbs grow up to be an activist for agriculture and the environment?

Loni Kemp of Canton admits it’s a stretch.

She is currently the senior policy analyst for The Min ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses Heartland, defers any action

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was the Commissioners turn on Tuesday to state their positions —if they had one—regarding the proposed tire burning plant that has raised so many questions since the onset of the project. County Attorney Matt Opat outlined the proposed project’s c ..... 
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Commissioner upset over dust control problem

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

A lengthy discussion concerning the lack of dust control being implemented by Roverud Construction of Spring Grove at their Norway Township site south of Peterson was spearheaded by Commissioner Randy Dahl. He has received numerous calls on the dust ..... 
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Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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On Tuesday, October 7, the Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health passed a resolution asking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Facility pl ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Morten’s attorney asks that Judge Benson be removed

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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The attorney for Trevor Morten has filed a petition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Judge Robert Benson be removed from the case.

Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Lo ..... 
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