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Wastewater Plant project moves forward


Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Manholes look real good, like they were just laid five years ago," stated Mike Lynch, as he and Chuck Janski of Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik & Associates gave an update on the wastewater plant project to Harmony council members. If the outfall sewer line investigation turns out as good as the manholes, Harmony will be looking at considerably less than the $322,000 figure estimated for a worst case scenario.

Technicians using a special underground camera that allows them to determine if there are any obstructions in the sewer line will do an outfall line investigation. This is critical information when updating any wastewater system. The public will be forewarned about a camera truck approaching their property to conduct the work. The city’s system should be running at about 600 gallons per minute, but is only running at 200 gallons. Quotes for the work are expected to run from $1.00-$1.25 per foot.

"Any ideas how we’re going to pay for this?," threw out council member Mark Mckay.

"It’s called rates," replied City Administrator Jerome Ill.

The Minnesota Public Finance Authority has money set aside for the project. This is a state revolving loan program. However, the council is on a stringent timeline to get the necessary paperwork completed and bids accepted by the Finance Authority’s fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2003. The application total is $888,000. The council gave the green light for the loan application.

Tri-County Electric

Tri-County Electric representatives Brian Krambeer and Ted Kjos addressed the council, touching base first on the city’s Rural Development grant and the electrical rate activity.

The city had received a grant for over $200,000 to be used in conjunction with the Industrial Park. However, there hasn’t been enough activity to make use of the grant that would also require a partial match from the city as well as Tri County Electric. The deadline for the grant is June 24, 2003. At this point the city is declining the offer.

According to Krambeer, electric sales have shown a 6% increase in the last year. A five-year fixed rate has helped the city to see savings running in the thousands of dollars.

"The outpost here is a very important part of restoration", sited Krambeer as he wished to dispel any rumors that it would be discontin .....
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Friends of Forestville ready to do whatever it takes to save site

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

"I love coming to Forestville and its celebrations. There’s kids in the metro area that can still take Spanish, and my school is faced with possibly losing its ag program. Now you want to close Forestville, that’s not fair,"   [Read the Rest]

Wykoff residents recall killer tornado of fifty years ago

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

Don Jeche, his dad, Otto, and his six year old nephew Dennis Boetcher were milking cows early on the afternoon of May 12, 1953. It was Mother’s Day and the family was looking forward to sitting down for a special supper as soon as the chores were don ..... 
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Area communities ready for Syttende Mai

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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In Norway, the 17th of May is a little like America’s 4th of July. Known as Syttende Mai, this is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814.

Syttende Mai is celebrated locally amongst Norwegian-American communities, and s ..... 
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Commissioners meet with Olmsted counterparts to discuss collaboration

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

As the county board made their way through the morning’s agenda on Tuesday, there were deep vibrations overhead as construction started on the long awaited courthouse remodeling/ addition project.

"They’re starting," laughed Co ..... 
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Preston City Council: Issue of special assessment unresolved

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Monday, May 5 lacking one member, Mike Gartner. Mayor Pechulis asked for a moment of silence to wish Mr. Gartner well, as he was admitted to the hospital late last week.

Joe Palen, an engineer from ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council refuses to consider closing alley

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Tempers flared as the Lanesboro City Council heard from developer Dan Anderson, Bethlehem Church Council President Eric Ruen, and Warren Kramer of Northcountry Cooperative Development on Monday, May 5.

Kramer first spoke to the ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Mandy Kay Vreeman, 24, Preston, charged with felony DWI from an incident on March 22, 2003. Alleged to have been in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of having been convict ..... 
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Beef industry stands strong in light of general economy

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
Posted in Features

"Packers like farm raised finished cattle," notes Joe Nelson, owner of Lanesboro Sales Commission.

Nelson says the producers in the area have paid attention to their genetics, purchasing good quality bulls that help upgrade the ..... 
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