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County to hold public hearing on new feedlot ordinance


Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Fillmore County feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed a new proposed feedlot ordinance at last week’s meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission. The proposed ordinance will go to public hearing on July 17.

The purpose of the new ordinance is to align the current Fillmore County feedlot ordinance with both the latest state feedlot rules and some new odor monitoring technology from the University of Minnesota that, when implemented, will have the potential of reducing the setback requirements of a feedlot from a residential home.

The odor monitoring model, as presented by Mr. Frauenkron, allows the feedlot officer to input site-specific information about a feedlot into the computer program, and ultimately receive a computer-calculated setback distance between the feedlot and adjacent homes, cities, schools, churches, or other non-farm buildings.

The odor model also has the potential of increasing the setback distance for larger feedlots, but the county would have the flexibility of determining that setback distance based on a range of options that quantify odor tolerance.

The model is based on studies conducted at the University of Minnesota that were partially funded by the pork industry. The planning commission heard a presentation on the model last year, and the model is now being incorporated into the language of the new proposed county feedlot ordinance.

"The idea of using this model is to do away with the 1,000-foot setback," declared the feedlot officer. "This would allow smaller feedlots to sell off some building sites."

In his presentation, Mr. Frauenkron pointed out that the models show a major reduction in the odor factor if pork producers install a biofilter on their containment buildings, thus yielding a shorter setback distance requirement.

The proposed feedlot ordinance still maintains a 2,000 animal unit cap on feedlots in the county, and is only applicable to feedlots that exceed 50 animal units, unless located in the Shoreland District where a feedlot of 10 animal units or greater would be required to comply with the ordinance.

Copies of the proposed feedlot ordinance are available at the feedlot officer’s office in Preston. The public hearing will be on July 17 at the Fillmore County Office Building.

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Lanesboro Council POST Board and Audit 2002

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Paul Monteen addressed the Lanesboro City Council Monday night using a PowerPoint presentation to explain the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Monteen gave a brief overview of the board and its purpose, the licensing of po ..... 
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Bids approved for Ridge Road and Spring Avenue at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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The Preston City Council at their June 16 meeting found itself with no attractive choices when the bids came in for two road projects. The low bid for Ridge Road was about $87,000 higher for the City's share of costs, approximately 27% more than prev ..... 
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“Other People’s Money” another winner for Commonweal

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Commonweal Theater launched another summertime winner on June 13 with “Other People’s Money,” written by Jerry Sterner who was once successful in real estate until he quit to pursue his real love: writing.

Some of us may be fami ..... 
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Renaissance man returns to his Rushford roots

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Friend hear the  words my wandering  thoughts would say.  I’ve found the grandest  place in all the   U.S.A.– &nb ..... 
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County wrestles with Sumner moratorium

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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While the county may have its own ordinance regarding planning and zoning, townships have the right to require even more specified regulations when it comes to land use. Sumner Township has exercised this right by passing a one-year moratorium on bui ..... 
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Court of Appeals hears Tuchek case

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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On Tuesday, June 10, the defense attorney for former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek presented oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Tuchek’s sentence be reduced.

Tuchek was convicted of eight count ..... 
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Heartland hopes to begin construction this fall

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Bob Maust, president of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC says that he hopes to begin construction of his proposed energy plant this fall as soon as all permits are issued. Heartland is presently awaiting an Air Permit from the Minnesota Pollution Co ..... 
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Trees, paths, buses and weeds concern Rushford Citizens

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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The June 9 meeting of the Rushford City Council opened to a full house, as concerned citizens came forward to address the council.   Richard and Holly Holle spoke first about the slated cutting of cedars on the bluff above th ..... 
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