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Sumner residents discuss moratorium, proposed subdivision


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

The Sumner Township Board met Monday, December 16, to reconvene their meeting of November 25 which ended in a recess, so that the board could discuss the legal and financial implications of a possible zoning moratorium with legal council.Many Sumner residents are concerned about a proposed subdivision that would be built in the Washington area of the township. The subdivision would be located within 400 feet of a feedlot owned by Randy Ness, which has prompted the developer, Bruce Bucknell, to ask the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment for a variance.More than 50 Sumner residents were in attendance for Monday’s meeting when Supervisor Dale Greene called the meeting to order. Because there was some criticism as to how the meeting of November 25 was conducted, Greene asked those in attendance who wanted to speak to limit their comments to two minutes so that everyone would have a chance to be heard.Supervisors Matt Snyder and Keith Culver both commented on discussions each of them had with different attorneys. Due to the Open Meeting Law, the two of them could not meet together with just one attorney. Snyder said he was told that “moratoriums work well if handled properly” but feared that creating a township zoning ordinance could lead to increased costs. “I would expect the levy to go up as a result,” Snyder said. Culver said that moratoriums shouldn’t be used to stop one developer, otherwise the township could face litigation. Culver also said that if the township develops its own zoning ordinance, it has to be more restrictive than the county’s.Some residents spoke for development, while others talked about the impact development would have on farming. Others commented specifically about the proposed subdivision, while some called for a moratorium on development so as to allow the township the time to discuss what direction it would like to go in the future. Nearly 20 different individuals expressed opinions during the meeting.Stafford Hanson, a former school board member, talked about the need to get more people to live in the township. Hanson was critical of the new Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance which he believed didn’t go far enough. “We need people to build homes here,” he said. “We need children in our schools.”Tim Johnson said that his biggest concern about the Bucknell subdivision was water quality. “You’re goin .....
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The Little Red Jacket

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Features

"At one time it was so bad that I thought the young would have to go naked. We had of course ration cards, but that was no help so long as there wasn't so much as a yard of material to find! So then came a call from the Creamery Station that new 'Ame ..... 
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“Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon...”

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Features

Every December, as the Christmas spirit begins to fill our hearts, the city of Caledonia in Houston County, puts on their annual "Bluff Valley Balloon Rally". At this event, the people of Caledonia open their homes and share them with the balloon tea ..... 
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Harmony City one step closer on wastewater plant

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The city of Harmony may pass "Go" and collect anywhere from $374,850 to $624,750 in funding – if the Environmental Review Report application is approved for a U.S.D.A. Rural Development Grant explained Mike Lynch, Bonestroo & Associates, at the Harmo ..... 
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Police calls, library parking and liquor licenses discussed at Rushford council meeting

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The December 9th Rushford City Council Meeting began with a discussion of outstanding bills for police services to Rushford Village. Calls for police assistance are received in Preston; the Sheriff’s Department then often calls on the City of Rushfor ..... 
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Report on Preston indoor pool and rec center completed

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The Preston area has the philanthropic capacity to support a capital campaign to build an indoor aquatic and recreational center.   That was the conclusion that consultants from Crescendo Consulting of Winona reached after co ..... 
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Inherit the wind

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Features

Over the past few months I have attended several public meetings in Preston dealing with the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling project that, if built, will burn used tires to generate electricity. Proponents of the plant claimed that the enviro ..... 
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Minnesota faces “the mother of all deficits”

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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The latest revenue forecast from the State of Minnesota projects a $4.6 billion deficit. Journal Editor John Torgrimson spoke with State Representative Greg Davids about his reaction to that news and how he sees the state legislature working to solve ..... 
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County dips into reserves to balance budget

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Fillmore County’s proposed 2003 budget tipped the scales at $20,849,241. That was $275,566 over projected revenues, which forced the County Board to dip into its reserves to balance the budget..

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