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Planning Commission moves on Comprehensive Land Use Plan


Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

"I’m asking permission to update the Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” stated Mark Thein, of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) as he addressed the Planning Commission Thursday night. The plan hasn’t been revised in several years and with the many changes the county has gone through, Thein and many others feel the need to re-address the plan.

Thein went through a document called "Under Construction" that outlined the tools and techniques for the proposed revision process. The intent is to bring communities together to plan for the future of the county - where it wants to go, and how should it achieve its goals.

The goal is to assess the community’s status currently, decide what the future should hold, and create a "map" to get there.

Thein asked the Commission to consider several key factors when determining a direction to go in revising the plan. These include:

•Does the community want to shape the future or be shaped by outside forces?

•Are there any major changes in the community such as expansion or loss of a major business, or a rapid increase in development pressure?

•Any changes in federal or state laws, government programs, or a court decision invalidating an ordinance?

According to Thein, when this criteria has been evaluated, it’s then time to make a commitment. Decide on a plan based on need, and hold public meetings to obtain community support. To help direct this developing energy, Thein proposes that a Special Comprehensive Planning Committee be established made up of 20 members. Participants would be elected officials from the county (1), cities (13), townships (4), and school districts (1).

"The Committee would develop the process of updating the county’s comprehensive plan with the focus of engaging the public in the planning process," stated Thein in the proposal. The group would create a work plan, timeline, public participation plan, create a participation resolution, complete by-laws, elect officers, compile a budget, and a communication plan. It will take approximately a year to complete the entire process and have a revised plan in record.

Newly elected Commission President Mike Tuohy agreed with the presentation, noting that it is better to be "proactive than reactive". Vice President Keith Culver shared another view.

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Health, Mind & Body: The healing hands of therapeutic massage

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Today’s active and hectic life styles lead to a great deal of stress related problems. Whether trying to manage a busy schedule, making a deadline, dealing with illness of a family member, friend, or just the rigors of everyday life, stress can wreak ..... 
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Scottish Highland cattle more than an exotic pet

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Nestled snugly into the hills near Money Creek in Houston County is a very unique farm that raises an interesting breed of cattle. Owned and operated by Paul and Terry Preston, Arrow Valley Farm is the home to an ancient breed of cattle known as Scot ..... 
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Heartland given building permit

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

“I think the value of my home just went down $20,000,” Rev. Frances Galles, a retired Catholic priest from Preston told Elaine Maust, smiling sheepishly.

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Harmony City Council Report: Delinquent utility, ambulance, and fire call charges require action

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

With more than $11,000 worth of outstanding ambulance and fire call charges, and several delinquent utility bills floating on Harmony’s accounting records, council members took an official stand as City Administrator Jerome Illg stressed the need to ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Jason Allen Kniseley, 20, of Rushford, was charged with one felony count of criminal damage to property in the first degree, stemming from a domestic dispute in Rushford on November 25, 2003. Kniseley has also be ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Standby generator permit okayed

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Another step was taken in the process of building standby electric generation in Rushford when, at the February 9th Rushford City Council meeting, City Administrator Larry Bartelson announced the MPCA had granted the permit for Rushford’s standby gen ..... 
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Ibsen’s Rosmersholm strikes contemporary theme

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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As far as I know, I have not one drop of Norwegian blood. But living in Minnesota, I am Norwegian by association.

So I was as pleased as the next guy when Eric Lorentz Bunge spoke a few phrases in the mother tongue as he introdu ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Fillmore County to develop methamphetamine ordinance

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

“Toxic waste problems have long lasting effects,” emphasized Sharon Serfling, Director of Public Health and Sheriff Jim Connolly as they opened up discussion regarding the county’s need to develop a methamphetamine ordinance.

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