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County’s purchase policy reviewed


Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

During the reviewing of weekly warrants a few weeks ago, a $3,200 bill for an air conditioning unit purchased by the Sheriff’s Department was flagged. The commissioners challenged the bill noting, in their opinion that all departments must receive approval from the board for any expenditures over $500. Sheriff Jim Connolly was of the opinion that since he is an elected official, he answers to the people and was not subject to this policy. Chairman Randy Dahl requested a written opinion from the County Attorney’s office in regard to this on going conflict.Following Assistant Attorney Matt Opat’s research, it was his conclusion that four statues support the commissioners’ belief that an elected official’s purchases are subject to board review and subsequent approval or denial. The board is responsible for county affairs, must answer for them, and in turn, oversee the county’s departments, including elected officials (like themselves), equipment, and budgets. A copy of the opinion was passed along to the Sheriff’s Department as well. Resource Recovery CenterJon Martin, Sanitation, presented a report outlining 2001, 2002, and 2003 recorded usage: •Demolition: 255 tons; 118 tons; and 435 tons respectively (increase due to courthouse remodeling). •Rigids and fibers: 963 tons; 1,278 tons; and 1,230 tons. •Landfill: 4,815 tons; 5,482 tons; and 4,956 tons. •Lead acid batteries: 2.59 tons; 3.53 tons; and 4.04 tons. •Used oil: 5,100 gal.; 2,950 gal.; and 5,400 gal. Fees obtained for disposal of filters, bulbs, ballests, appliances, and tires were also reviewed. Martin’s report noted 4,551 transactions in 2001; 5,426 in 2002; and 5,857 in 2003. He estimates that 35 to 36 people use the center on any given day, and considers this to be very good.The following hauling licenses were approved: William Hanson, Waste Removal, Chatfield; S&S Sanitation, Preston; Waste Management, SE MN; Waste Management SW WI; and Richard Sanitation, Caledonia. Other business•Assistant Attorney Todd Pierce’s probationary period was extended by six months to allow Brett Corson, on military leave, to return and make the final decision regarding Pierce’s long term employment. •Approved the hiring of Crystal Adkins for Office Support Specialist for Zoning at Gr. 3, Step 1 effective Feb. 27.[Read the Rest]



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Ski jumping was once a familiar winter sporting event in the area

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Sometime in the 1800’s (or even before that) one Norwegian told another Norwegian that he could ski down a mountain, jump off a jump, and fly farther than the other Norwegian.

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County continues to move ahead on E911 project

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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With all the controversy and sometimes-misinterpreted information about the county’s ongoing work on an E911 system, the County Board on Tuesday decided it was time to try and quell some of the concerns on this issue.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Felony Charges

David Keith Strike, 47, of LeRoy, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday on two felony charges of theft by check. According to the criminal complaint, on January 3, 2003, Strike issued a check in th ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Midwest Wireless seeks city approval for tower

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Brevity and civility reigned at the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night.

The meeting lasted a half hour. There were no issues that divided the four members in attendance, Mayor David Pechulis and Council members Steve ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spray park shelved

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Marge Drake informed the Lanesboro City Council at their February 2nd meeting that the Spray Park planned for spring construction had officially been shelved. The bid from Bremmer and Associates came in at $236,000. This bid did not include the equip ..... 
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Pautler accepts position at Charles Lindbergh Center

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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Several years ago when Charles Pautler was an undergraduate college student working as an intern cataloguing Charles Lindbergh’s clothing, he didn’t give much thought that one day his career would focus on the great man.

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Local pharmacies in fight over fee for services on state plan

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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At a time when America is very much focused on the rising costs of prescription drugs, two local pharmacists are taking on the administrator of a state program that handles pharmacy services to nursing homes.

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Preston City Council Report: Steve Knoepke and Pat Gartner sworn in

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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A fresh, sparkling blanket of fluffy, new snow transformed the look of Preston Monday evening as the city council of Preston also took on a new look. There was a large turn-out despite the difficult roads.

Council members Heath ..... 
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