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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications


Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evenings meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, effective Jan. 10, 2003. The city received sixteen applications with salary requests ranging from $38,000-$50,000. Since Mayor David Runkel was absent, Mayor Pro-temp David Kingsley asked council members to write down their five top choices. The votes were tallied and a list of potential candidates was formed. Eileen Schansberg will call the individuals and set up interview times. Other businessThe 2003 Table of Fees and Charges including business and animal licenses, community building rent, administration fees, public safety, public works and community development applications & permits were reviewed. Significant changes include a $50 increase for on-sale liquor license; raising the fees for a first time pick-up charge on wandering pets from $10 to $15; raising the fees for a second time pick-up charge on pets from $15 to $25; and pet room and board charge from $3 to $6 per day.In reviewing the employee wages and benefits, Council member Gerald Shuck pointed out that the citys insurance rates increased by 37%, which amounts to $15,000. The city could be looking at raising its deductible to make premiums more manageable. Employees will no longer be able to buy back vacation days. The policy is to "use it or lose". Sick days can be accumulated with up to 120 accrued. Pay rates for employees were approved as presented.Other businessApproved the purchase of a new copy machine from Wagers of Rochester for $2,950.Approved payment for T.H. 139 request #3 for $234,069.28.Discussed the changing over of two $100,000 C.D.s to a higher interest rate when they come due. No action taken.




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Rushford Liquor License fees reduced

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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"Do we expect special treatment? Yes, we do!" exclaimed American Legion representative Dennis Peterson as he addressed the Rushford City Council Monday night at the January 13th meeting, asking them to consider a reduction in liquor license fees for ..... 
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Board expects challenging year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Editors note: Fifth District Commissioner Marc Prestby is the 2003 chairman of the Fillmore County Board. Journal editor John Torgrimson talked with Prestby about the issues facing county government in the next year. The following is a summary of th ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves building design

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Tuesday, January 7 marked the beginning of what could be a very rocky year for the countys Commissioners as a 4.5 billion-dollar deficit looms over the state.

"It might not be a fun year," stated Marc Prestby, the boards newl ..... 
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Court hears zoning dispute in Canton Township

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson heard oral arguments in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, January 7 regarding a zoning dispute between Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton and Fillmore County.  In October, the court imposed a restrainin ..... 
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Preston Council tables decision on Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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On Monday night, the Preston City Council tabled any decision on whether to rescind a conditional use permit issued to Heartland Energy & Recycling energy plant until they have had time to discuss the matter with lawyers from the League of Minnesota ..... 
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Lanesboro Council occupied with Church Hill contract and Police Chief concerns

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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The January 6th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with the swearing in of newly elected Mayor Steve Rahn and Council members Joe OConnor, Kevin Drake, and Jerome Halvorson.

The new council jumped into the citys busi ..... 
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Fresh faces join Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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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

Editors 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, heres what was said on a range of topics.

The st ..... 
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