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Commissioners focus on courthouse project


Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Please ask about the 43 loads of sand brought in. I thought thatís why we did boring tests," requested Commissioner Helen Bicknese, as she wouldnít be available during the courthouse projectís update.

Oh, yes, the other commissioners had some questions, also! Just into the first couple weeks of the courthouse project and a costly work order change was already before the board.

Construction Manager Dean Sand, CAM, Rochester, addressed the question head on, with no hesitation. As digging commenced on the east side of the courthouse, a much greater amount of old courthouse demolition debris showed up including the original main steps. A cistern also made an appearance. Sand explained that boring tests donít go down far enough to give engineers a glimpse of what is hidden several feet below the surface.

David Johnson, the projectís supervisor said the demolition debris was hauled to a nearby site that needed fill, thus actually saving the cost of hauling.

"Why do borings then?" questioned Chairman Marc Prestby. Six to eight tests had been completed, costing more than a little pocket change.

Sand explained the soil has to be tested for compaction ability. Once a hole is dug, the area has to be prepared for concrete footings.. If the backfill is incorrect, the foundation of a structure is compromised. Sand estimated the cost of the extra fill at about $22,000. This amount comes from the projectís contingency line item, set up for just such incidents. However, Sand had some good news for the board as well.

Original plans called $20,000 for damp proofing. This has now been dropped to $6,000. A footing change reflects another credit of $2,200. An electrical transfer switch, approximately $2,300, was also eliminated. This almost creates a wash between the backfill addition and the credits.

The board approved the work order changes and relaxed a bit as the projectís update continued. Other work order changes will come through Coordinator Karen Brown and she will relay the matters to the board by phone to keep construction moving.

Jason Woodhouse, of Kane & Johnson Architects, cautioned the board that additional blacktop may be required on the east parking lot due to construction related stress. A civil engineer will render a final decision.

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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated ..... 
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Once again, no public consensus on zoning issues

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was another long evening at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday as the commission tackled a long agenda of public hearings that covered a wide range of issues from a bluff ordinance variance to dwelling densities in the ..... 
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Is Silk Stocking Avenue an appropriate home for a recycled school bus?

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

The May 27, 2003 meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a visit from Duane and Sonja Cook.

Prefacing her remarks with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the "upscale neighborhood which has just seen a 51% increase in real ..... 
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Farmers Market in Lanesboro open for business

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

"Iím very excited about buying food for my family from friends and neighbors," said Liz Dybing, volunteer Lanesboro Farmers Market manager. "I believe this market has the potential to strengthen our local economy and to serve as support for our commu ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art center back on table maybe

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Ken Graner addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday and asked if they could reconsider their April 7 motion to return the $1 million bond by the state for the Lanesboro Art Center to the state. Graner urged the council to keep the money availab ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Back to normal issues here

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Comparatively mundane business occupied the Preston City Council at it's regular Monday night meeting. Few citizens were in attendance as the controversial issues of the past several months were not being discussed.

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Agriculture Department launches 2003 Gypsy Moth trapping program

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Gene Hugoson today announced that the department will soon begin its summer trapping program to monitor the state for evidence of start-up populations of gypsy moth, a destructive tree pest gradu ..... 
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No one satisfied with special assessment decision in Preston

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

Ron Laughlin stood on the sidewalk in front of his home on Spring Street in Preston on Monday evening looking northward toward Highway 52.   ďNow, tell me how a new curb and gutter and sidewalk are going to improve the value ..... 
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