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Rushford Council listens to library building proposal


Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council began their regular bimonthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 28 to accommodate a presentation by the library board. Ron McGriff, a consulting librarian from SELCO (Southeast Libraries Cooperating) worked the council through the space needs assessment and alternatives study that had been done over the last several years. Pointing out the need for support beams for the floor loading in the building, the need for humidity control and upgrade of the duct system, the need for off-street parking, and the need for the library to remain on one floor to keep staffing expenses down, McGriff strongly suggested the Tew Building not be renovated or expanded. His recommendation was that a 7,000 square foot library building be constructed on approximately an acre of land, providing 25 on-site parking spaces. Touting the cost saving opportunities for shared meeting rooms, entry-way, and restrooms, McGriff urged construction of a combination city hall and library. Such a building would cost around $1.5 million.

The library board also recommended the hiring of Crescendo Consulting to assist in fundraising for a new library. Laura Eddy, a partner in Crescendo, blocked out the steps her business takes to raise funds in small communities. Stressing the need for a community assessment of financial capacity and leadership, she informed the council that while they do some grant writing, the majority of the money is raised by personal solicitation of donors by volunteers trained by Eddy and her partner. The assessment and fund raising campaign would take about 13 months with a fee paid to Crescendo of around $120,000 based on hourly rates. The council took no action on the proposals of the library board, citing council policy that no action will be taken on proposals made the same night as a meeting.

Well Problems

After hearing the request for a $1.5 million library expenditure, the council was hit with a second budget whammy as they were informed of a meeting with the State Department of Health on the radium levels in well no.4. Since the radium levels in well no. 4 are slightly higher than allowed by new state standards, it was suggested that water from wells 3 and 4 be blended. In order to accomplish blending, a new submersible pump would be needed and the well would need to be redeveloped. The current turbine pump brings in oxygen with colored water resulting for 15 minutes each .....
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Tuchek found guilty of arson

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Features

After deliberating for approximately five hours on Thursday, a jury of eight men and four women found former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek guilty on all eight counts of first degree arson and one count of fifth degree arson for the April 7, 2002 ..... 
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Election 2002: District 31 MN Senate

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Bob Kierlin (Republican) and Sharon Ropes (DFL) are running for a newly aligned District 31 Minnesota State Senate seat.   The Journal asked the two candidates to respond to an Election Questionnaire. Here are ..... 
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Election 2002: District 31B MN Representative

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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Editor’s note: Greg Davids (Republican) and Al Hein (DFL) are running for a newly aligned District 31B Minnesota House of Representative seat.

The Journal asked the two candidates to respond to an Election Questionnaire. Here a ..... 
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Zoning amendments still plague planning commission

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning Commission just barely mustered a quorum at its last meeting on October 17, but that was better than the Board of Adjustment was able to do at their meeting scheduled right before the planning commission meeting. Items on ..... 
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Lanesboro Council revisits street and bridge issues

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Features

City streets took the spotlight at the October 21 meeting of the Lanesboro City Council. Jerome Halvorson, council representative on the Church alley committee, informed the council that Churchill Properties held the same position as the Lanesboro Co ..... 
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Emotions run high over Heartland power plant at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Features

More than 100 people attended the Preston City Council meeting Monday night, some waving protest signs which read: “Pollution is not the solution” and “Burning Tires is not recycling!”

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District 4 County Commissioner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Duane Bakke and Sandy Benson are running for a newly aligned District Four County Commissioner seat. District Four encompasses the cities of Fountain, Lanesboro, and Preston and the townships of Bristol, Carimona, Carrolton, Fountain, ..... 
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District 2 County Commissioner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Randy Dahl and Donald Boyum are running for a newly aligned District Two County Commissioner seat. District Two encompasses the cities of Whalan, Peterson, Rushford and Rushford Village and the townships of Arendahl, Holt, Norway and P ..... 
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