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LMC brings Road Show to Chatfield


Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Public Relations Coordinator, the Fall Tour allows the league to discuss issues with member cities throughout the state.On this year’s agenda were discussions about health care costs, land-use regulations, budget cuts and the upcoming legislative session.When asked how cities are dealing with the past year’s state legislative budget cuts, Lake said that it varies city by city.“In some cases it has been nip and tuck and cities have been spreading the pain by cutting services, and, in some cases, cutting staff. In other cases, cities have been drawing down reserves,” Lake said.Lake went on to say that many cities have been creative in looking at how they can share the cost of services with neighboring cities, such as with police and fire department costs. Lake said that the league has copies of 740 cooperative agreements where cities share services with other cities.Jim Miller, Executive Director of the LMC, said that it has been a tough year for municipalities in Minnesota.“Many cities have had to cut services while at the same time raising fees and taxes,” Miller said.On the other hand Miller says that it has forced communities to look hard at cooperative efforts. LMC’s Resource Guide for Dealing With Budget Cuts, which was part of each representative’s information packet, looked at alternative ways cities can deliver essential services while reducing costs. These include cooperative arrangements and privatization of services.Lake said that the league, which is made up of more than 800 Minnesota cities, received numerous requests for information this past year. “Do you know any city that is doing this?” was a common question, according to Lake. After their visit to Chatfield, the LMC team finished the week with stops in Waseca and Independence.




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Ancestral search leads to Telemark

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Sabotage, heavy water, and atom bomb are words one would normally not expect to encounter when merely trying to locate ancestral farms in Norway. Knowing only that the two farms were located in the area of Tinn i Telemark, my family and I set our cou ..... 
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Preston City Council: Heartland denied building permit

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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At the October 6 Preston Council meeting it was decided to get an opinion from Mary Tietjen of Kennedy and Graven before approving or denying a building permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling. The attorney was to contact the MPCA to see what permits ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Preston’s Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Benson will hear Morten case

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Loeding on August 29.

On September 16, Morten’s attorney, Chris Ritts, had asked that Judge Benson to remove himself from the case. Benson had presi ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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The October 7, 2003 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer ..... 
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A Day in the Life of Autumn

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Click on the Internet’s Foliage Network and you’ll get a forecast of the season’s peak foliage conditions throughout the state. But just step outdoors and you’ll get an in-your-face blast of what a southeastern Minnesota autumn has to offer.[Read the Rest]

County goes after Clean Water Act funds

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Donna Rasmussen, Soil & Water Conservation District, was before the County Board on Tuesday to request a letter of support for the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program from the board. The grant would provide funds for technical assistance for feedlot ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council focuses on problems at lift station

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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There is a density to the Rushford City Council meetings that few organs of government in Fillmore County can equal: the agenda on Tuesday was four pages long and the council handouts for the meeting ran 57 pieces of paper. Many pages of the document ..... 
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