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City of Preston and Mausts reach out-of-court settlement


Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling have reached a settlement that would dismiss any litigation pending against the city. In return, the city agrees to assist Heartland enroll in the state JOBZ program as well as make a lump sum payment to the Mausts.

The settlement was reached on Thursday, May 27 through mediation conducted by former Minnesota Chief Justice Sandy Keith in Rochester. The federal court had ordered that the mediation take place.

The agreement provides a framework for a settlement that is dependent upon future out-of-court proceedings. Under the agreement:

•The City agrees to support the substitution of the Heartland site for the Preston Iron Works site in the JOBZ program before July 1, 2004, or pay $325,000 to Heartland by July 15, 2004, providing that Heartland agrees to take full responsibility for satisfaction of the State’s requirement that the project be “ready to go”.

•If Heartland is approved for the JOBZ program the City will pay Heartland $150,000 within 30 days after the State’s approval. If Heartland is not approved for any reason for the JOBZ program the City will pay $325,000 by October 1, 2004.

•The agreement is also contingent upon a mutually agreeable resolution by August 1, 2004 of the need for Heartland to have access for a discharge point for its reverse osmosis discharge.

As part of the cost share terms of the city’s insurance coverage, the city stands to pay out of pocket between $18,750 ($150,000) and $57,500 ($325,000).

The cost-share formula is as follows:

•the first $25,000, Preston pays nothing;

•the next $250,000, Preston pays 15%;

•the next $725,000, Preston pays 40%;

•any additional payments, Preston pays 100%.

If approved for the JOBZ program, the Mausts stand to benefit from significant tax credits. If enrolled in JOBZ, Heartland would be exempt from state corporate franchise tax; income tax for operators or investors, including capital gains tax; sales tax on goods and services used in the zone; property tax on commercial and industrial improvements; and employment tax credit for high paying jobs.

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City of Lanesboro named in arson-related suits

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Former Chief of Police John Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro have been named in four suits filed in Fillmore County District Court that are related to the April 2002 arson fire in downtown Lanesboro.

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County Board sets public hearing for proposed Tax Abatement policy

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Mark Thein, who jointly serves as Fillmore County and Harmony Economic Develop-ment Authority (EDA) coordinator, Mike Bubany, of David Drown & Associates, and Jerome Illg, Harmony City Administrator, readdressed a proposed county tax abatement policy ..... 
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Hinckley Holsteins

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Not everyone can tell you the first day they started their current occupation, but Marlys Hinckley can. She can tell you that April 25, 1981 is the day that she and her husband, Dale, began their farming career together. They’ve never looked back. [Read the Rest]

Practice makes perfect

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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FORESTVILLE - Lucy strains at her leash, as she is eager to begin work. She has been waiting in her cage for a couple of hours. The waiting is routine for Lucy. Her handler, Marie Christianson, tries to calm the seven year old Golden Retriever as the ..... 
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Scenic tractor drive set for June 13

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - A long time interest in restoring vintage tractors has helped to bring about the first Fillmore County Scenic Tractor Drive.

Glen Van Grevenhof, a township employee, Joe Bezdicek, a retired Kingsland Ag instruct ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Phase one approved for well number 5

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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“We gotta lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!” exclaimed Rushford city council member Ron Mireau as he urged action on proceeding with the well no. 5 project at the regular Rushford City Council meeting on May 24th. The proposed booster pum ..... 
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Theater Review: Commonweal launches surefire hit with “Steel Magnolias”

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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When it comes to finding a play that does it all—makes you laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of life—it probably doesn’t get much better than “Steel Magnolias,” which opened May 22 at the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro.

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Commissioners have lengthy citizens’ input session

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Long time Preston resident Richard Nelson addressed the county board during its monthly citizen input session on the area’s local recreational trails, giving a brief background on the subject and how he sees it progressing. The project started in the ..... 
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