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Election 2002: District 31B MN Representative


Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
Posted in Features

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 are their responses in their own words.

Journal: Inform the readers as to your qualifications and motivation for running for state office.

Hein: I’ve been a resident of Fillmore County since 1960. the first school I attended was the Newburg School; there were four children in my class. I graduated from Mabel High School in 1966, attended Winona State with a political science/business major and a psychology minor until 1969 when the U.S. Army sponsored a summer vacation for me to Ft. Leonardwood, MO. I’m a past director of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, initial organizer and now a director of the Pro Corn Ethanol Plant in Preston, director and past treasurer of the Southeast Minnesota Ethanol Co-op, a director of Fillmore County Farm Bureau, and member of Minnesota Farmers Union, Mabel American Legion, Mabel Lions, Hesper Mabel Area Historical Society, and the Garness Lutheran Church. In 1999 I was appointed to the Rural Crisis Commission by Tracy Beckman, former state Farm Service Agency director.

I’m running because our district has been constantly shortchanged in economic opportunity and the amount of state money allocated back to our district. After 12 years, it’s time to change direction.

Davids: Former Preston City Council member; former three term mayor, city of Preston; six terms elected to Minnesota House of Representatives; four years Chairman, House Commerce, Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

My motivation for serving in public office has been and always will be to serve others. I hope to be able to continue to serve the people of District 31B as a problem solver and advocate for rural Minnesota issues.

Journal: Given an estimated $3 billion revenue shortfall, how do you propose the state balances its budget? Consider what major cuts you would propose; whether you would propose raising taxes; and whether there are budget line items you would recommend protecting. Explain.

Davids: The legislature must look at funding for all state programs. As in the past, I will fight hard to protect our rural schools, nursing homes and local governmen .....
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Zoning amendments still plague planning commission

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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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
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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
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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!”

One of the items for discussion at the cou ..... 
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District 4 County Commissioner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
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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
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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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Signs of approaching winter - Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
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Fall was motivating action at the Rushford City Council bimonthly meeting on October 15. The council heard that blacktopping of the newly constructed temporary North End Bridge would be completed the next day with the opening of the bridge occurring ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Zoning violation - No means No

Mon, Oct 14th, 2002
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At last Tuesday’s meeting, county Zoning Administrator Norm Craig and County Attorney Matt Opat reported a zoning ordinance violation near Canton.

Earlier this summer, Eli Slabaugh, of Canton, requested a variance from the coun ..... 
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Codification of city ordinances adopted at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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“I hope everybody has done their homework,” said Mayor Clarence Quanrud at the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night. The statement was made in reference to the new publication of the Code of Ordinances, which each of the council members was i ..... 
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