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DNR hosts open house for trail


Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Legislative Authorization - Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root River valley to the intersection of the river with Minnesota trunk highway No. 26 in Houston county, and extend to the Mississippi river. 85.015 State trails.

"This is the kind of meeting the DNR should have had in the beginning of the project, stated Keith Fabian, a Carimona property owner who lives adjacent to the proposed trail. "It should be the DNR, not the Joint Powers, that approaches property owners about selling land for the trail." The DNR hosted an Open House the evening of June 18 at their office in Preston, hoping to give the community a better view of what the DNRs intentions are regarding the controversial Blufflands trail. According to DNR Trails and Waterway Area Supervisor, Craig Bloomer, the proposed trail would begin at the western end of the Trout Run Trail in Preston and end at the Historic Site at Forestville State Park. The alignment from Preston to Carimona has already been identified and acquired while the Carimona to Forestville portion has been identified with options to purchase more of the section secured. It was neighbors, community leaders, and the curious who attended the event, sharing their support and/or concerns for a project that started more than six years ago. Handouts, questionnaires and posters sought out the publics attention as DNR representatives, including Craig Bloomer, the DNR Trail & Waterways Area Supervisor, answered questions. When the city of Preston, a member of the Joint Powers Board, came knocking at Keith Fabians door in the hopes to obtain land for the trail, the family felt violated by the groups approach, which he believes came off in a threatening manner. According to the drawings his family has seen, the trail would be about 200 feet from the house on the north and west sides. Privacy and liability were major concerns of the family and they were not interested in participating. As soon as the landowner showed reluctant, the less than subtle term, "condemnation" fell into the conversation. Fabian believes this approach has caused animosity between some rural and city people as well as between the DNR and the rural community. "The DNR does not have condemnation authority, .....
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Auction raises $10,000 for middle school gym floor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

"A dollar on the box to go; now two," was a phrase repeated a multitude of times at the Rushford-Peterson Middle School on Saturday, June 14 as auctioneers Denny Darr and Murray McKinley sold donated goods for over six hours.

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Rushford Electric Commission struggles with some "Powerful" decisions

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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A roomful of citizens listened to expert presentations Thursday night at the special meeting of the Rushford Electric Commission before getting the chance to air their questions and concerns.

The first expert to speak was Steve ..... 
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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 weeks meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission. The proposed ordinance will go to public hearing on July 17.

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Lanesboro Council POST Board and Audit 2002

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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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
Posted in Features

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 Peoples Money another winner for Commonweal

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Commonweal Theater launched another summertime winner on June 13 with Other Peoples Money, written by Jerry Sterner who was once successful in real estate until he quit to pursue his real love: writing.

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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.  Ive found the grandest  place in all the   U.S.A. &nb ..... 
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County wrestles with Sumner moratorium

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

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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