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Citizens speak out on Heartland at county input session


Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - Citizens Input never got more popular. Held the last Tuesday of each month to allow citizens to raise issues, the July 27 Fillmore County Board meeting attracted more than 40 people voicing their support or opposition to the proposed Heartland JOBZ application.

At issue is whether the county board should approve swapping the proposed Heartland tire-burning site for the Preston Iron Works in the city of Prestons JOBZ zone. JOBZ would allow Heartland to benefit from property tax subsidies over a 10 year period in return for meeting specific employment goals. The city of Preston and the Fillmore Central School District have already approved the swap. Fillmore County is the last taxing district yet to approve the change.

Speaking on behalf of the developers, Attorney Michael Drysdale asked the county board for a streamlined process.

The county has all the information it needs to make a decision, the attorney told the commissioners.

Drysdale urged the board to place on their agenda a time to discuss JOBZ rather than go through a second JOBZ agreement. He said that he had talked to DEED, the state agency overseeing JOBZ, and had found that the countys request for an application was unusual and that all DEED wanted was a resolution.

The grantor is the city of Preston and other jurisdictions offer resolutions of support for the project, Drysdale said. Otherwise you end up with conflicting agendas, where the city wants one thing and the county wants another.

Ron Scheevel of Preston, who owns Scheevel & Sons Construction, spoke in support of Heartlands JOBZ application because it will create local jobs.

Our business would benefit from Heartland, Scheevel said, noting that he had already been asked to draw up some plans by Heartland developer Bob Maust.

Grant Boadwine, chairman of the Preston Planning & Zoning Commission said that Heartland changing with the Preston Iron Works in the JOBZ zone would be a good swap.

The industrial park has the infrastructure that is suited for a project like this, Boadwine said. The economics havent changed since you approved this (JOBZ) the first time.

Commissioner Duane Bakke spoke after proponents for Heartland were finished, apparently addressing Drysdales comments. Bakke said that DE .....
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Rabies outbreak in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - The veterinarians at Root River Veterinary Center in Preston have seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed cases of rabies. They have confirmed four cases of rabies during the month of July. The infected animals were a skunk, two ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council investigates power supply options

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - Brian Krambeer, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was the first to address the Rushford City Council at their regular July 26th council meeting as the council explored options for electric utility memberships with Tri-County and UMMP ..... 
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EDA application process will Scrutinize Heartland need for JOBZ subsidy

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

If and when Heartland fills out the Business Subsidy Application with Fillmore County, they will be asked to make several declarations:

Have there ever been judgements or injunctions against the company or owners?

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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: R-P schools to get new computers

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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Rushford-Peterson teachers may think its Christmas in July after the school board approved a $125,000 technology funding request at the R-P School Board meeting July 28th. The result of the funding? A new Dell computer on each teachers desk and new ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves Heartland JOBZ

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON Theyve changed the rules on us, stated Superintendent Myrna Luehmann referring to the states regulations regarding the hotly debated JOBZ resolution. The board thought it was a one-time signing, with no actual names of potential busines ..... 
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Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Jimmie Dale Wangen, 52, of Lanesboro, was charged in Fillmore County District Court with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer stemming from an incident near the Iowa-Minnesota border in June 2003. Wangen w ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Parking and speed limits dominate meeting

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Finding a parking spot was not a problem when I arrived for the Preston City Council meeting Monday evening. Therefore, it was no surprise that the city council had little business on their docket and nothing controversial. Citizens in attendance num ..... 
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