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SWCD will look at other ways to fund conservation programs


Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

When Governor Pawlenty cut $7.3 million in water and soil resource grants state-wide in his unallotment process a few weeks ago, he probably wasnt thinking about what effect his decision would have on local conservation programs. After all, the governor was looking at the bigger picture.

But the loss of more than $150,000 will have a dramatic effect on programs that the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be able to carry out between now and the end of the state fiscal year ending June 30. The loss of funds will impact on feedlot, water planning and conservation programs.

We will have a feedlot program and a water planning program, Laura Friest, SWCD District Administrator, says emphatically. But the cuts took away our incentive money to help farmers.

A few years ago the legislature passed a bill mandating new feedlot regulations, while putting in place funding to help offset the costs farmers will incur getting into compliance. That funding is now gone, at least through June.

Farmers have to be half in compliance by 2005 and fully in compliance by 2010, Friest said. We will have to wait and see what they (legislature) do with funding in the next biennium.

Much of SWCD funding is a combination of county, state and federal matches. For every $1 in state funding, SWCD receives $4 in federal funds and $1.17 in county and district money. With financial pressures at all levels of government, Friest is a bit nervous about the future.

We could get hit in a number of ways, Friest said.

But while some administrators might roll over, Friest sees the funding cuts as both a challenge and an opportunity.

If we (state) are going to help people with their feedlots, it should be here, she said, referring to Fillmore Countys vulnerable karst geology. We have to find a way to balance a farmers profitability with environmental concerns.

Friest intends to write a number of grants to private and governmental sources to supplement present farm programs. She also hopes to have her staff certified as Technical Service Providers, thus able to be hired to carry out National Resources Conservation Service projects, as well as other state and federal programs.

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A taste of place

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Think of a bag of Doritos or a Big Mac. What defines fast food?

Fast food is predictable, exactly the same every time we buy it, no matter what the season, no matter where in the world. It is highly processed, made in mass quant ..... 
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MPCA expected to rule EIS not needed on Heartland

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Board is expected to rule on Tuesday, February 25, that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not needed for the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston. The Citizens Boar ..... 
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Preston City Council rescinds Heartland permit

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

A legal firm hired by the Preston City Council to offer legal advice has recommended that the council should rescind a conditional use permit (CUP) granted to Heartland Energy & Recycling in May.

Mary Tietjen, an attorney for K ..... 
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Lanesboro accepts $70,000 bid for old clinic

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

At their meeting February 18th the Lanesboro City Council accepted Lee and Charlene Drapers high bid of $70,000 for the old clinic building at 104 Sheridan West. Charlene intends to move her beauty shop business to the building and will try to bring ..... 
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Its in the wind

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

The McNeilus name has been on concrete trucks since 1976 and on garbage trucks since 1990. Garwin McNeilus high standards resulted in his company ranking Number One in the garbage/concrete truck industry when he sold it in 1998 to Oshkosh Truck. [Read the Rest]

County holds public hearing on bonding

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

The bonding hearing for the courthouse remodeling project at Tuesdays county board meeting met no opposition as Michael Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the $3.8 million Capital Improvement Bonds (CIP) schedule. There was plenty of seating ..... 
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Pawlentys cuts hit local organizations hard

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Blend a heap of revenue shortfalls and a bunch of budget deficits and simmer at low heat; fold in a pledge for no new taxes, then mix in a divided legislature. Chill and serve to a wary citizenry.

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Fillmore County District Court:Heath guilty of drug charges

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mark Anthony Heath of Lanesboro was found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on five counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, stemming from an incident on May 6, 2002 in Rushford.

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