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Heartland hopes to begin construction this fall


Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

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 Control Agency which could be issued sometime in July. The Citizens Board of the MPCA is expected to take up the matter at their meeting on July 8. Maust also says that he is working with a Dallas, Texas firm to ready taxable revenue bonds for sale to investors. It is expected that up to 80% of the estimated $45 million construction costs will come from this revenue source. The life of the bonds would be for 10 years. According to Maust, the timing is good as the low interest rates benefit Heartland.Heartland will process approximately 10 million tires yearly using fluid bed technology which will convert the fuel into steam which will generate electricity. The electricity will then be sold on the grid.While Maust is making final preparations for construction, one CEO of a tire processing facility in Minnesota doubts that Heartland can make it financially without state subsidies. “The industry (recycled tires) is staying away from tire derived fuel facilities unless a company has the inside track with government to get it subsidized,” said Monte Niemi, CEO of First State Tire Recycling. “Tire recyclers are focused on sustainable markets.”Niemi notes that the Ford Heights, Illinois plant that Maust was affiliated with outside of Chicago wasn’t economical without state subsidies, and when another operator tried to run the plant without a public subsidy it closed. But Maust discounts Niemi’s criticism, saying that Niemi doesn’t understand the tire-derived fuel energy industry.“First State Tire Recyclers collect tires, grade off the good ones, and sell them to third world countries; they shred the rest,” Maust said. “His operations are very different than what we are trying to do.”Maust said that Heartland will not need any subsidies.“We have energy contracts that are good for 10 years or more, Maust said. “These are good contracts. We’re not looking for any government handouts.” Niemi also says that there is a misconception that there is an excess supply of used tires for recycling in Minnesota. He notes that the tires processed annually by companies in Minnesota alread .....
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Trees, paths, buses and weeds concern Rushford Citizens

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

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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St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish closes after 133 years of fellowship

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

By Juliann L. Mueller

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 verse I.

"It is with heartfelt disappointment th ..... 
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Efficient dairy operation part of “Rolling Acres” diversified farming mix

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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June is a month that is set aside to honor our local dairy farmers and also make the public aware of their contributions to the community. One of the traditions of June Dairy month is Dairy Day on the Farm. This year’s proud host is one of Fillmore C ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: End of legislative session shows state cuts

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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With the completion of the extended Minnesota Legislative session, cities and counties could assess the losses in local government aid and make necessary adjustments to their budgets.

Fillmore County Policy Coordinator Karen Bro ..... 
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Historic Forestville asks community’s help to meet deadline

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

I’m enough of a farmer yet-why would you build a barn if you don’t have the money to buy the cows to milk?

Mrs. Eloda (Robert) Wood, reflecting on budget cuts.

"We have to make a commitment by June 23," st ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts back at the starting line

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Mike McGrath, a former board member of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their June 2 meeting.

Reminding the council, "You are in the driver’s seat in the state’s eyes," McGrath advised ..... 
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Preston City Council Report : Plea for support for Forestville

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Historic Forestville is scheduled to be closed July 1 because of budget cuts. The State Historical Society because of reduced funding has been forced to eliminate support for several sites across the state.

Dick Nelson, in an e ..... 
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Family picks up the pieces after arson fire damages home

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Bill Collett of Chatfield seemed fairly philosophical for someone whose house had been extensively damaged by an arson fire. Collett, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Madison moved into their home less than a year ago.

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