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Lanesboro Council occupied with Church Hill contract and Police Chief concerns


Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

The January 6th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with the swearing in of newly elected Mayor Steve Rahn and Council members Joe O’Connor, Kevin Drake, and Jerome Halvorson.

The new council jumped into the city’s business as Church Hill Properties developer Dan Anderson addressed the council to clarify his position on the contract between the city and his company.

"I haven’t hired an attorney yet, and I don’t think I have to," Anderson said. He went on to inform the council that he felt he was not the one holding up the show. Anderson told the council Church Hill Properties "was ready perform" its part of the contract, but the city is responsible for the demolition of the annex, the first step of fulfilling the contract.

Anderson went on to state that since he at no time refused to comply with the terms of the contract, he felt the city had no right to terminate the contract. Anderson also informed the council that he hadn’t wanted to tear off the annex; rather he had originally merely asked that the alley be vacated.

Attempting to clear up the misconception that he had done nothing on the project, Anderson recounted his investments of time and money—securing the building from intruders, replacing the roof, gutting the interior, and searching for funding. Declaring his intention to continue to move forward, Anderson told the council that he is "hopeful" they will be building condominiums in the property by this fall with funding from individual investors.

Since Mayor Rahn and Councilman O’Connor were new to the situation, the council decided to put the topic on the agenda for a future meeting. City Manager Barb Hoyhtya will provide Rahn and O’Connor with the contract, maps, and minutes of previous meetings in an effort to bring them up to speed.

Police Chief

The new police chief Stuart Stotts was sworn into office. City Manager Barbara Hoyhtya suggested an open house to welcome Chief Stotts to the community. Stotts told the council he appreciated the offer of an open house and went on to inform the council of his planned open door policy that would encourage citizens to come in and discuss concerns with him.

"I hope that the council will support me in my programs and help restore the integrity of the police department," Stotts told the council.

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Fresh faces join Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Three new people sat around the table Monday, January 6 , for the first meeting of the Preston City Council in the new year. Mayor pro-temp Mike Gartner presided while Fred Nagle, the city administrator, swore in council members Heath Mensink and Mic ..... 
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2002 in review

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Journal looked at what newsmakers in Fillmore County said over the past year as a way to profile the year 2002. From the pages of the Fillmore County Journal, here’s what was said on a range of topics.

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Environmental group challenges Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP), a grass roots environmental organization made up of Fillmore County residents, has advised the Preston City Council that the conditional use permit they issued on May 20, 2002 to Heartlan ..... 
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Preston Council approves parking variance for county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council approved a parking variance for Fillmore County’s courthouse addition at a special meeting of the city council on Monday, December 30.

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Visiting the Forbidden Island

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Features

The US government doesn’t exactly say that we can’t visit Cuba; they just make it mighty hard to get there. And if you do figure out a way to get to the island, a mere 90 miles offshore from Florida, the US prohibits you from spending money there. Sp ..... 
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County to apply for challenge grant to upgrade manure management practices

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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Fillmore County’s Soil & Water Conservation District Officer Lora Friest informed the County Board of the availability of a Challenge Grant at their final 2002 board meeting.

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The Commute: My friend died

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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I’d planned to write this column about New Year’s resolutions and my aversion to physical exercise, but every time I start to write it, I am thinking about Deanne, who died December 16.

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Sumner Township subdivision denied variance

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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Last Thursday evening, in a hearing room filled to capacity with over 75 citizens, the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment denied a variance to Bruce and Linda Bucknell to develop a subdivision within 600 feet of a feedlot.   ..... 
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