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Sheriff discusses budget options


Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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"We are looking at some cuts, but not to hurt the staff," stated Fillmore County’s Sheriff Jim Connolly, as he addressed the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday regarding budget cuts, courtesy of the state of Minnesota. Connolly said he’s working on potential areas for tightening numbers but wasn’t ready to present them in a public meeting. This came in response to Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asking if the sheriff would be cutting any staff. Amunrud also requested statistics regarding Spring Valley’s current deputy contract with the county as the city was looking for options to save money. Sheriff Connolly explained that there are three full time deputies with a couple of part-time people filling gaps. The city could cut out the part time help if necessary. The initial rumor of the state sending back prisoners with less than a year’s time to serve, to their respective counties seems to have fallen to the wayside. That’s good news. Not only would the county have been burdened with the cost, but also the jail is already double bunking prisoners at times. On the downside, probation violators may be expected to remain in the county rather than being sent to the state Department of Corrections . Another concern Connolly has regards youth offenders. Connolly said those juveniles convicted of a crime and held to those standards are in a kind of limbo. One does not want to see those individuals placed with convicted adults. Where do they go if there is no juvenile hall? A partial solution, depending on the conviction for both juveniles and probation offenders, is more home monitoring. Those who qualify for the program pay for the right to be on it, which allows them to work outside the jail and still be monitored by the sheriff’s department with curfews attached. This would be considerably cheaper than the $60-$70 per day charge for remaining in jail. It is up Judge Robert Benson to decide who qualifies for this program. Sheriff Connolly shared his concern of less funding for Police Officer Standard Training (POST). This cost approximately $400 or more per officer and has been an efficient tool in cultivating better officers. "Can we partner with another county?" asked Commissioner Helen Bicknese, hoping to keep current programs, yet spreading the costs. The county has already done so with other departments."I can’t see it happening unless you put .....
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Four-day kindergarten new at Fillmore Central

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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Through the innovation of two elementary school teachers, kindergartners attending school at Fillmore Central today are treated somewhat differently than students in the past.

When my son attended kindergarten nine years ago, he ..... 
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Heartland faces local opposition

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
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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 Envir ..... 
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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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