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Decorah City Council calls for environmental review of Heartland


Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

DECORAH - On Tuesday, September 7, the Decorah City Council passed a resolution calling for an environmental review of the proposed Heartland tire-burning facility in Preston. Concerned about the potential impact of air pollution from the north, the council also called on Governor Tom Vilsack and the Iowa congressional delegation to use their offices to look into the matter.

Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC is proposing to burn 10 million tires annually, converting the energy into electricity. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is presently reviewing their findings of fact on the proposed plant under court order from Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners.

According to Decorah City Administrator Jerry Freund, the issue of the tire-burning plant was presented by city council member Steve Matter. Testimony was heard from several people, including David Williams of Lanesboro who is involved with the environmental group Southeast Minnesotans for Environmental Protection, who oppose the tire burning plant.

Decorah, which is 35 miles south of Preston, is the first city council to call for an environmental review of the proposed plant due to concerns over air pollution distributed from prevailing winds. The city of Lanesboro has discussed the possibility of looking into this issue but have tabled further discussion pending new facts of finding being issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Other organizations that have called for an Environmental Impact Statement on the tire plant include the Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health and the Zumbro Valley Medical Society.

JOBZ Application

In a related matter, the Fillmore County Attorney has released to the public parts of Heartland’s general application to the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority for a JOBZ business subsidy. It is expected that further data about Heartland’s ownership, business plan and projected employment information will be released at a later time. As of Thursday, September 9, the County Attorney was still reviewing documents for possible public release.

Not to be released, because of data privacy laws, are documents related to Heartland’s present and future sales, as well as bank account information.

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Commissioners’ Report: County enters discussion with Marzolf on county farm

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board rejected all bids for the county farm at their Tuesday, September 7, meeting with the exception of two bids received from Preston area farmer Erlyn Marzolf.

Marzolf made two bids: one bid of $664,100 f ..... 
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Spring Valley man arrested on cocaine charges

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Troy Mile Buchanan, 31, of Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, September 7, with three felony counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. Buchanan, who was in the Fillmore County courtroom, appeared b ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Location, location, location

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - Usually a buzzword for real estate, location was important Wednesday night, September 8th, for a special kind of real estate. The Rushford City Council held a joint work session with the Electric Commission to look at the bids on construct ..... 
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“Wherever the Road Winds”

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - The continental United States is nearly 3,000 miles wide from “sea to shining sea.” How long would that take to drive in a car? If one was to abide by the speed limits, about 44 and a half hours of straight driving. How long would that ta ..... 
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Filings set for November elections

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

The filing deadline for running for city offices in the upcoming general election closed on Tuesday, September 7. Appearing on the Tuesday, November 2 ballot will be candidates for the following offices:

Canton

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Site selected for proposed skatepark

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

David Applen returned to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 7, to follow up on site selection for the proposed skatepark. The council had checked with the DNR on the possibility of using the parking lot at the Bass Pond for the park. The ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Slightly pruned levy approved

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Monday night’s Preston City Council Meeting was viewed by only an audience of four. Mayor Pechulis was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the revised budget. At the last council meeting he presented a budget that would require a 9.4% in ..... 
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Heartland files JOBZ subsidy application with county

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, of Preston, has filed an application with the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA) for consideration for a JOBZ business subsidy. Heartland developer Bob Maust proposes to generate electric ..... 
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