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Rushford City Council Report: New site promoted for back-up generator building


Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Brian Guenther of Power Plus, an engineering firm, was present at the January 27th Rushford City Council meeting to explain the newly proposed back-up generator site. The building to house three back-up generators with space for a future fourth generator could be placed next to the substation. The pluses of this site include: the site is not in the park; it is already zoned light industrial, cable conductors are expensive so the proximity to the substation would save in money as well as in less electrical loss; there would be fewer concerned neighbors. While tree work and excavating would be needed, the site was apparently more palatable to both the Electric Utility Commission and the Rushford City Council than the previously suggested Jaycee Park site.

Guenther also informed the council that new capacitor banks had been installed. The old banks were filled with PCBs and were supposed to have been removed by 1989. Other work planned by the Electric Utility Commission for the coming year includes the replacement of six or seven street light poles downtown. With a manufacturing cost of $1,500 per stainless steel pole, the commission opted to spread the replacement over several years.

Budget Concerns

Budget concerns came to the forefront as Mayor T.S. Roberton mentioned recent emails from the League of Minnesota Cities. Those emails stated that a forty to fifty per cent cut in LGA is expected as well as a possible change to the formulation used to determine LGA amounts. Some legislators feel that rural communities are currently receiving too much of the pie at the expense of Twin Cities suburbs. Roberton pointed out that if the formulation were changed to favor the suburbs, it would be a permanent change in funding and not just a problem next year. Rushford would conceivably be looking at a resulting $200,000 (or more) cut in LGA monies.

Commenting on the situation, Norris Kinneberg declared, " We have to operate the city with what we’ve got."

Roberton concurred, stating, "The less we depend on St. Paul for anything, the better off we are."

Other items

In other business, the council:

• chose to place on a future agenda the idea of paying council members to attend committee meetings if others on the committee are being paid to attend.

• approved the IBEW contract .....
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DNR looks at changing deer season

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

In the early 1950s, the sighting of whitetail deer in southeastern Minnesota was so uncommon that a local newspaper carried it as a front-page news item when a farmer in Carimona Township reported seeing a herd of 18 deer. The great migration of deer ..... 
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Harstad pleads guilty on Mandelko charges

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Andrew Todd Harstad, 20, of rural Harmony, plead guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday to one count of felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide stemming from an incident on May 26, 2000 which resulted in the death of Justin Delbert Mandelko o ..... 
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Rural Peacemakers to meet in Rushford February 1

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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About a dozen peace advocates, opposed to war with Iraq, marched in Preston on Saturday, January 18, in solidarity with anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and other major cities in the United States and throughout the world. The group known ..... 
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Planning & Zoning ready to tackle new issues in 2003

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission held their first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 23. About 30 people braved the cold temperatures to listen to commission members talk about zoning issues that the group will likely addres ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council: Short meeting as promised

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mayor Steven Rahn had vowed to keep short the second meeting of each month and he certainly delivered on that promise at the Lanesboro City Council meeting Tuesday night. In less than an hour Rahn and the council dispensed with the business before th ..... 
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Preston City Council: Recreation Center gets go ahead

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council voted at their meeting Tuesday night to hire Crescendo Consulting of Winona to organize a capital campaign to raise $3 million for a new Recreation Center. The 34,000 square foot facility, which will be built adjacent to the ..... 
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Lack of snow gets mixed reaction

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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Up until a week ago, the brown monotony of ground cover could make Fillmore County residents forget they were smack dab in the middle of winter. Die-hard golfers were hitting the links at several of the area golf courses, homemakers were hanging thei ..... 
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County, DNR agree on trout stream easement

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

As bitter winter winds rapped against the courthouse windows on Tuesday morning, Steve Klotz of the DNR talked to County Commissioners about trout fishing on the Root River. In particular, Klotz was interested in a proposed trout stream easement that ..... 
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