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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, and Preston.

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 County Commissioner.

Benson: My husband and I have lived in Preston for 30 years. We have two children, Rebekah and Matthew and three grandchildren. Prior to moving to Preston, I worked as a Registered Nurse. After receiving my degree in Science and Math Education, I taught in several schools in the county. I have been working for the county as either the Solid Waste Administrator or that of the County Recycling Education Coordinator for the last 12 years.

Serving two terms on the Preston-Fountain (now Fillmore Central) school board and my experience at the county have given me the opportunity to gain experience in serving on negotiation committees, developing annual budgets and coordinating county and state programs.

I have also been involved in lobbying the Association of Minnesota Counties and State Legislators on various issues of concern for the county. The cooperation necessary to develop the household hazardous waste, waste pesticide and recycling programs has been instrumental in the success of these programs.

I would like to represent the residents of District Four because I have a commitment to do what I can to keep Fillmore County a great place to live. I want to see a county government that is responsive to the needs and wishes of both the city and rural residents. Continuous communication between a representative of county government and those of the cities and townships is essential. I also believe that county government not only needs to be efficient and fiscally responsible, it also needs to have a clear vision of the county’s future.

Bakke: I was elected county commissioner just four years ago. Prior to that I was on the planning committee, and was involved in a lot of local, state and national agricultural organizations and task forces. I have taken the time to attend meetings connected to my committee assignment. I have bee .....
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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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Commissioners’ Report “Methodically moving forward...”

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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As the County Commissioners continue to push forward on the Courthouse Remodeling Project, County Board Chairman Duane Bakke took the opportunity at Tuesday’s meeting to present a comprehensive memo to board members outlining the steps the board woul ..... 
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Harmony City Council: From sewer lines to credit lines

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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“If we are going to do it, we may as well do it right,” was the opinion of Mayor David Runkell about the sewer line repairs on Sixth Street SE. The Harmony City Council finally decided to repair this troublesome and controversial sewer line at their ..... 
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Grown-up babies reunion held

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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“This is a house of healing,” Nancy Huisenga said matter of factly. “We like our guests to feel a sense of healing when they come here, a place to relax from their busy lives and restore themselves.”   The “house” Nancy is re ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council: Lots of talk, but little action

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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A number of items were discussed by the Lanesboro City Council at their October 7 meeting, with little action taken. •One item tabled at the meeting was the ambulance agreement with the county. The agreement has been for the same amount for years ($4 ..... 
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