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Lanesboro City Council Report: Wagner and City petition jointly for property detachment


Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jim Wagner returned to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday night, July 19, to inquire on the progress made by the city in setting up rural and urban districts in the city since his petition for detachment on June 7th. City Administrator Bobbi Torgerson reported that establishing such districts would require an ordinance and a public hearing. City Attorney Tom Manion stressed that districts and criteria should be set up in order to deal with the situation appropriately.

You cant be dealing with this on a piecemeal basis, Manion said.

Wagner asked if the city would be charging taxes to people in the township who currently get electricity from the city. He went on to comment, I feel like Im being treated unfairly. Others have been able to petition out. He noted that the city water installation cost was totally paid for by the residents at the time of installation. Manion pointed out that the residents had not, however, paid assessments for the water tower, another expense of providing water to city residences.

Wagner stated that if he were able to petition out of the city, the value of his house would go down since township homes are valued lower than city homes. If rural and urban districts were created in the city, his taxes would be less, but the homes value would remain the same.

Finally, Wagner asked, My original intent was to petition outwhats the position of the council now?

Wagner could petition on his own to the state. This process would take much longer than if the city signed an identical petition, showing their agreement with his petition. The council ultimately passed a motion to sign the petition for detachment unanimously. (Council members Kevin Drake, Jerome Halverson and Mayor Steve Rahn voted for the petition; Council members Peggy Hanson and Joe OConnor were absent.) Two parcels owned by Wagner (one is thirty acres with no amenities, the other is twelve acres with city water) will now be petitioned to the state for detachment from the city.

Wagner had previously estimated that his taxes would be cut in half if his property became part of the township. The effect on the city has yet to be seen. Will other residents opt for detachment as well in an effort to save money? How much will the taxes of remaining citizens need to go up to cover the city budget?

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Journal Opinion: JOBZ - Election 2004 - Fair - Quote of the Week

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

In approving JOBZ for Heartland on Tuesday night in a 4 to 2 vote, some members of the Fillmore Central School Board were quick to point out that this is about jobs. In theory, jobs lead to families in our towns and new students in our schools. Whe ..... 
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2004 Fillmore County Fair results

Wed, Jul 21st, 2004
Posted in Features

Ambassador Results from General Project

Judging and Poultry Show

July 21, 2004

Aerospace  Champion ReAnna Clark Rural Rookies  Reserv ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council passes Minnowa rezoning measure

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

HARMONY - At the Harmony Council meeting on Tuesday, July 13, Council member Gerald Shuck cast the deciding vote to rezone part of Outlot A from residential to industrial for Minnowa Construction. Shuck joined council members Mark McKay and David Kin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford Campground bathrooms get green light

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - At their regular July 12 meeting, the Rushford City Council authorized staff to proceed with getting a general contractor to draw up plans for new bathrooms at the campground. MNDOT recently remitted $13,800 for a small piece of land and t ..... 
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County Board takes no action on Heartland request

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board sent a quiet message to the Heartland folks at their Tuesday, July 13, meeting: Well deal with you in our own good time.

The board decided not to put Heartlands JOBZ issue on their upcoming July 27 ..... 
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Journal Opinion: 2004 presidential tickets a battle of balanced opposites; Quote of the week

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

SALT LAKE CITY - So the stage is set for the presidential campaign.  Its a pair of Kennedy-style liberals against a brace of diehard conservatives. Both pairs are maneuvering for the centrist vote that may assure them the pr ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair starts Tuesday

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

The 145th running of the Fillmore County Fair begins Tuesday, July 20 in Preston. Pictured are scenes from last years fair.

Follow this years 4-H winners online at   www.fillmorecountyjournal.com

Soiney variance and Spande subdivision top zoning meeting

Fri, Jul 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Four months removed from Judge Bensons ruling on the Slabaugh case, the court case continues to haunt meetings of the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment.

The Boards first order of business on Thursday, July 15, was a varianc ..... 
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