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Fillmore County Board approves building design


Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Tuesday, January 7 marked the beginning of what could be a very rocky year for the county’s Commissioners as a 4.5 billion-dollar deficit looms over the state.

"It might not be a fun year," stated Marc Prestby, the board’s newly elected chairman. Regardless, though, he is looking forward to helping keep the county’s goals in sight.

Randy Dahl, Vice Chairman, was equally optimistic. The numbers may look bleak, but the board appeared undaunted as they rallied for another year of managing the county’s budget.

With the new year, comes the annual swearing in of elected officials, which was conducted by Judge Robert Benson. Those sworn in included newly elected District Three Commissioner Chuck Amunrud and County Attorney Brett Corson; returning Commissioners Helen Bicknese, Randy Dahl, and Duane Bakke; and office holders Philip Burkholder, County Auditor/Treasurer; Richard Mensink, County Recorder; and James Connolly, County Sheriff.

County approves building designs

David Kane and Jason Woodhouse, Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc. received the long awaited approval for the courthouse addition and remodeling designs. The two men reviewed the design changes implemented according to the board’s input from their last meeting. Clarifications on grading issues, parking lot layout, ramp changes in the court’s area, and addition of an exterior storage area to replace a small shed, were given.

Suggested layouts for the Board Room and the Zoning Office were also presented. The Board Room would include public seating for at least 32 individuals, be wired for computers, and have a screen for presentations. The Zoning Office would include two private offices, storage space, counter space, and a waiting area.

In order to help keep costs reasonable, wall surfaces will be painted, with the exception of the main lobby and the Commissioners’ Room, which may have vinyl coverings. Floors will be carpeted in main traffic areas with ceramic tile in restrooms. Signage of departments and a central directory will be completed to give the public better directions to their destinations. P.A. systems were also discussed briefly.

Policy Coordinator Karen Brown asked for clarification as to who is responsible for stolen building material and the need for insurance while construction is going on. Generally, if th .....
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Court hears zoning dispute in Canton Township

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Judge Robert Benson heard oral arguments in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, January 7 regarding a zoning dispute between Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton and Fillmore County.  In October, the court imposed a restrainin ..... 
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Preston Council tables decision on Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Monday night, the Preston City Council tabled any decision on whether to rescind a conditional use permit issued to Heartland Energy & Recycling energy plant until they have had time to discuss the matter with lawyers from the League of Minnesota ..... 
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Lanesboro Council occupied with Church Hill contract and Police Chief concerns

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

The January 6th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with the swearing in of newly elected Mayor Steve Rahn and Council members Joe O’Connor, Kevin Drake, and Jerome Halvorson.

The new council jumped into the city’s busi ..... 
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Fresh faces join Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Three new people sat around the table Monday, January 6 , for the first meeting of the Preston City Council in the new year. Mayor pro-temp Mike Gartner presided while Fred Nagle, the city administrator, swore in council members Heath Mensink and Mic ..... 
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2002 in review

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Journal looked at what newsmakers in Fillmore County said over the past year as a way to profile the year 2002. From the pages of the Fillmore County Journal, here’s what was said on a range of topics.

“The st ..... 
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Environmental group challenges Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP), a grass roots environmental organization made up of Fillmore County residents, has advised the Preston City Council that the conditional use permit they issued on May 20, 2002 to Heartlan ..... 
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Preston Council approves parking variance for county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council approved a parking variance for Fillmore County’s courthouse addition at a special meeting of the city council on Monday, December 30.

The county, which has 49 parking spaces available in its two existin ..... 
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Visiting the Forbidden Island

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

The US government doesn’t exactly say that we can’t visit Cuba; they just make it mighty hard to get there. And if you do figure out a way to get to the island, a mere 90 miles offshore from Florida, the US prohibits you from spending money there. Sp ..... 
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