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Judge considers motion to stop Heartland construction


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

An Olmsted District Court judge will consider whether construction of a tire-burning power plant in Preston should be allowed to proceed while the project undergoes additional environmental review.

Judge Joseph Wieners took under advisement Thursday a motion for clarification of a ruling he made Feb. 17 in a civil case involving Heartland Energy and Recycling and Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection.

Wieners ruled in February that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency must reconsider its decision to not require a full environmental impact statement for the proposed plant. In 2003, the Citizens Board of the PCA ruled a full impact statement was not needed. Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection and the city of Preston sued the PCA, seeking the impact statement for the project.

The proposed Heartland plant would burn up to 10 million tires annually and produce 20 megawatts of power. Scrap metal and ash produced at the plant would be sold for recycling. Opponents fear the plant will pollute local water and air.

About 40 people attended the hearing Thursday in Olmsted District Court where Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection’s attorney, Jim Peters of Alexandria, Minn., told the judge a clarification was needed as to how the ruling two months ago affected construction plans.

“There’s some disparity of opinion between the parties of what the ruling means,” Peters said.

Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection believed construction of the plant would not move forward because the environmental review process was not complete, Peters said.

Heartland believes it has a right to proceed with construction because substantive environmental review has been done and it has the necessary permits from the PCA and the city of Preston, said Andy Brown, the Minneapolis attorney representing Heartland. The air permit from the PCA is being challenged in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. A hearing on that matter is scheduled for April 22.

Site preparation for the plant has started. Bob Maust, president of Heartland Energy and Recycling, said one concrete foundation was poured in December.

Peters told the judge that in a majority of cases, a project waits until the environment review process is finished.

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County to observe Child Abuse Prevention month

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

At their March 23 commissioners’ meeting, the Fillmore County Board proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Child Abuse Services (CAS) is a mandated state program that the county must provide,” Fillmore County Social Ser ..... 
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Jury finds Moose not guilty of fleeing a police officer

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, a jury of seven men and five women found Floyd Moose of Chatfield not guilty on seven charges related to an incident on January 14, 2003.

According to the criminal complaint, Moose was alleged to have been the drive ..... 
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Davids signs on to bill requiring EIS for tire plants

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Monday, March 22, Rep. Greg Davids signed on to a bill authored by DFL Rep. Margaret Anderson-Kelliher that would require an environmental impact statement be prepared for any tire burning facility that uses fluidized bed boiler system technology. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: “Gamma Log” days in Rushford

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

No, it’s not a take-off on Peterson’s Gammel Dag, but rather days when the city of Rushford will literally delve deeply into current well number three and its ability to supply good water to the residents of Rushford.

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Elstad Lutheran Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The following is the second in a two part series on sister churches Elstad and Highland Prairie. The two Lutheran churches are among the oldest in Minnesota as well as having some of the earliest congregations of Norwegian heritage. Bo ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: DNR acquires land in York Township

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Gary Nelson, DNR Area Wildlife Manager from Winona, asked the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, March 23 meeting, to consider giving approval to an 80 acre land acquisition in York Township owned by Roger Sanford.

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Special Section: Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County.

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

“People don’t realize how ..... 
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Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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  Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

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