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Soiney variance and Spande subdivision top zoning meeting


Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Four months removed from Judge Benson’s ruling on the Slabaugh case, the court case continues to haunt meetings of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment.

The Board’s first order of business on Thursday, July 15, was a variance request by Larry and Anna Soiney. Mr. Soiney, seated at the front of the room, discussed his request for a 400 foot variance in order for him to build his home 600 feet from a working quarry. He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the length the process of approval had taken thus far.

County Attorney Brett Corson addressed the meeting and stated that, “the real reason for the holdup has been the Slabaugh case.” Corson presented aerial photos, pointing out the location of building sites, among other things, and entered them as exhibits to be taken into consideration. He went on to stress the need for the Board to be careful and strict with ordinances in giving variances.

According to Corson, there is no allowance in the county ordinances to allow for a building to be constructed within 1,000 feet of a working quarry, even with the existence of an already-established building site within that distance. He noted a couple of times that he was neither in favor nor opposed to the variance request but only wanted to stress that the board be stricter with variances.

Commissioner Marc Presby brought up the fact that other properties as well as Slabaugh’s exist as exceptions.

County Commissioner Duane Bakke discussed the wording in the county ordinance of “practical difficulties.” In his eyes, the words “practical difficulties” refer to common sense and special circumstance. He went on to say that there is currently a building site 600 feet from the working quarry. He suggested that, as most gravel pits have small defined borders and no extra cushion, the county should consider having quarries conduct geological surveys to determine the needed size of this “cushion,” rather than assuming that 1,000 feet was appropriate in all cases. He also noted that, from the road, people will see that house 1,000 feet away up on the hill and wonder why the county forced Mr. Soiney to build there rather than in the grove of trees 600 feet away from the quarry. In summary, he stated that he believed the house should be allowed to be built at the old existing building site.

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Harmony woman learns to live with debilitating disease

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

HARMONY - On the telephone, Anissa Teslow of Harmony is a soft-spoken, quiet, and seemingly timid young lady. Upon meeting her in person, however, one is greeted by a pleasantly assertive, strong-willed and courageous woman who is very open to a good ..... 
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County farm, tax abatement and county shop top board agenda

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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PRESTON - Compared to my last assignment covering a government meeting, the June 28 special Preston City Council meeting where there was a threat that anarchy would reign and that hostages might be taken, covering the Fillmore County Board of Commiss ..... 
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Journal Opinion: Bush aims weapons of malnutrition at Cuba - Dream Town - Quote of the Week

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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By Sarah Stephens  The values of faith and family mean a lot to Ana Karim, a Cuban-American from Richmond, Va. and a Mennonite pastor. She has two very ill uncles living in Cuba. For the past decade, she has used a US license ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Citizens petition in opposition to ditch solution

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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The Preston City Council’s agenda Tuesday night was filled with items meant to improve life in Preston. A group of twenty-seven residents from a five block area petitioned the council to consider other possible solutions to the storm water run-off th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council explores electrical options

Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
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Representatives from UMMPA (Upper Midwest Municipalities Power Agency), Dairyland Power, and Tri-County Electric presented their cases at a joint meeting of the Lanesboro City Council and the Public Utilities on Tuesday night, July 6, as the council ..... 
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Scheevel family’s passion is in the skies

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Andrew Scheevel remembers attending an air show with his family when he was no more than four years old. That experience had a lasting impression on the now 18-year-old and was the impetus for him becoming a pilot himself.

“I w ..... 
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Heartland passes JOBZ hurdle

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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“Are your meetings always like this?”   an out of town reporter after Monday nights special Preston City Council meeting

PRESTON - Last fall Preston City Council member Heath Mensink voted to deny Heartl ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Land developers Mike Sexhauer and Richard Holle each addressed the Rushford City Council at the regular June 26 meeting about water run-off issues on land they were hoping to develop. Sexhauer informed the council that he and Brian DeFrang from Otomo ..... 
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