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Rushford City Council Report


Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Concern for the youth of Rushford topped citizen input at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, April 12. Holly Brand addressed the council, relating the story of her son’s recent encounter with meth and alcohol. While her son is now okay, Brand was dismayed that she almost lost her son to drugs readily available in Rushford. Brand asked the council to help in the fight against drugs and alcohol.

“I know we can’t eliminate all of it, but we can eliminate a lot of it,” Brand told the council. “We don’t want Rushford labeled a drug town.”

Laurie Johnson commented on the fact that even smoking was hard to stop, asking if an individual city can do more than Rushford is currently doing through administrative citations or committees.

Melissa Boyum mentioned that she had moved to Rushford because it was a safe town. Boyum asked the city to enforce curfews and voiced her concern that people might start leaving Rushford if the drug situation worsened.

Council member Les Ladewig, a former state patrolman, replied to the concerned mothers.

“I would put the ball back in your court. What can the parents do?” Ladewig asked. Ladewig encouraged parents to form parents against drugs groups, commenting, “You’ve got a good start.”

Brand told the council that she had confronted parents who were buying alcohol and cigarettes for underage children. As a result, her car had been keyed and she had received threats. Frustrated that police can’t do anything without catching people in the act, Brand asked what else could be done.

Council member Larry Johnson suggested a phone tip line or Internet website for youths to give pertinent information to the authorities. Yet another suggestion was the establishment of a citizens’ advisory group to watch the city.

Skateboarding Concerns

Hearing a rumor that the council might take action to ban skateboarding, boarders attended the council meeting. Andrew Breer spoke for the youths with a twinkle in his eye.

“We’re staying out of drugs. You ban skateboarding, and I guess we’ll just do drugs like everybody else!” he told the council.

Currently boarders are having a hard time finding a place to skate. They have been told to stay out of public parking lots and off the streets. Private owners have aske .....
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Gutknecht discusses Iraq, Social Security and other issues

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: First District Congressman Gil Gutknecht was in Preston during the Congressional Easter Break. He sat down with Journal editor John Torgrimson on Friday, April 9, to discuss a range of issues effecting the nation and the people of Minn ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

“We want to be prudent and fair as we look at this,” noted Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, as discussion focused on the county’s contract with Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) at Tuesday’s Fillmore County Board meeting.

“W ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

When Dwight Scrabeck and Jim Lutes sought city financial support for a new subdivision they were interested in developing on the south side of the city few weeks ago, Harmony council members could only sigh and shake their heads. It wasn’t that they ..... 
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Harmony City Council in brief

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Administrator’s notes

City Administrator Jerome Illg stated he’d filed four small claims in court for failure to pay up on accounts for fire and ambulance calls. He noted that the new, stricter policy for delinquent utilities ha ..... 
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Online News Update: Wieners puts Heartland air permit on hold

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s Note: Because of deadline restraints, this article does not appear in the Monday, April 19, 2004 edition of the Fillmore County Journal.

On Friday, April 16, Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners ruled that the air permi ..... 
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Mystery Cave opens season with new visitors center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

When visitors come to Mystery Cave this season many will be surprised to find a 5,000 square foot visitors center fully equipped with exhibit halls, gift shop, restrooms and adequate parking. Built of southeast Minnesota limestone, the building sits ..... 
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Morten sentenced to 82 months in prison

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

Calling him a danger to public safety, Judge Robert Benson on Monday sentenced Trevor Lee Morten to 82 months in prison for the manslaughter death of Timothy Loeding.

Morten, 30, of rural Spring Valley, pled guilty to shooting L ..... 
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Mausts seek settlement of Preston suit

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal has learned that Robert and Elaine Maust have offered to settle their suit against the city of Preston for $300,000 and inclusion of Heartland in the state JOBZ program.

The settlement offer was made ..... 
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