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Heartland faces local opposition


Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

While Heartland Energy & Recycling recently received a favorable response from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) - the regulatory agency accepted its Environmental Assessment Worksheet and did not require a costly and time consuming Environmental Impact Statement - the energy plant may be asked tougher questions the next time around when it goes to get a a conditional use permit from the city of Preston. The city council recently rescinded a conditional use permit given to Heartland in May when the city’s legal council advised that local permits should not be issued until the regulatory permiting process was completed by the MPCA. Bob Maust, the president of Heartland, is expected to reapply for city permits at the next Preston Planning & Zoning meeting scheduled for April 14.But it is possible that Maust may be asked tougher questions this time around by both the planning group and the city council. Preston Mayor David Pechulis, who has visited tire-burning facilities in Illinois and Connecticut, said that he will “absolutely not support” the Heartland project without knowing who the investors are behind the project and being satisfied with the project’s viability. Pechulis points out the less than successful history of two previous Maust projects in the city as reasons for needing this information. He also noted that the tire burning facility that Maust was involved in Fort Heights, Illinois has had a history of financial difficulties. “We can make this a part of our Finding of Facts,” Pechulis said. “We need to know who the investors are and what is Heartland’s business plan.”Pechulis is also interested in seeing any contracts Heartland may have with suppliers and electrical companies who might purchase the plant’s energy.One legal authority, familiar with the city of Preston’s zoning ordinance, said that if the city has concerns about Heartland’s financial capacity to carry out the project, it can require a performance bond to ensure that the city won’t be stuck with any cleanup or other costs in the event the venture fails.When asked whether he is ready to respond to the Mayor’s request to identify who Heartland’s investors are, Maust said, “Not at this time.” Maust noted that it was a $50 million project and that the investors are there to support it.Legal ChallengeRegardless .....
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A conversation about war, taxes and the state of Minnesota

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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"Live life as it comes," Elmer L. Andersen said as we sat and talked in his St. Paul home.

Elmer L. Andersen was governor of Minnesota from 1961 through 1963 and State Senator from 1949 through 1958. In addition, he was CEO of ..... 
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An officer and a gentleman

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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"There had been a lot of talk in the wind, but we kind of knew in March that we’d be called up," Brett Corson said as he talked about his Army Reserve Unit being deployed.

Corson, who was elected to Fillmore County Attorney in N ..... 
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Paulson remembered as independent, self-sufficient

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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“Clarence was planning on putting in a crop this year,” Howard Brekke said admiringly, referring to his uncle, 95 year old Clarence Paulson. “He had no intention of giving up farming and even bought a new corn planter at a sale in Preston a few years ..... 
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County Board Report: Blasting notice creates plenty of heat

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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A newly imposed 10 day blasting notice stirred up local gravel pit owners and contractors causing them to come before the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday to express their displeasure. In the past, it has been left to the neighboring landowners to as ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Harstad sentenced to jail time for 2000 ATV death

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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Andy Harstad of Harmony was sentenced to 90 days in jail, placed on five years probation and fined $800 after pleading guilty to felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and two other charges stemming from an incident which resulted in the death of Justin ..... 
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Rushford City and Village cooperate on police and sewer

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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At the March 24th Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved a contract for police service to the city of Rushford Village pending approval by the Village. The contract states that the city police will respond to "911 calls related to an eme ..... 
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A march for peace in the shadow of war

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Editor’s note: At the time that this article was written, America was not yet at war with Iraq. Nonetheless, the author clearly points out the many emotions that people in America feel about going to war.

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Folkert pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Stating that “it is beyond my comprehension that a person could commit this kind of offense,” Fillmore County District Court Judge Robert Benson sentenced Joseph Allen Folkert, 22, to 40 years in prison on Friday for the murder of 95 year old Clarenc ..... 
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