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Ethanol spill near Inspiration Point shuts down Highway 16


Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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Early Thursday morning, a semi tanker owned by Cargo Transport Inc. of Milwaukee rolled over on Highway 16 near Inspiration Point southwest of Lanesboro. The crash occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. The truck was transporting 7700 gallons of ethanol from the Pro-Corn Ethanol plant in Preston. The trucking firm was under contract with a marketing company that buys ethanol from Pro-Corn. The truck driver was not seriously injured. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency spokes person contacted on Thursday afternoon said that 7500 gallons were spilled, with only 200 gallons of ethanol recovered. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that a hazmat team was dispatched from the Twin Cities and clean up efforts were underway. The highway was closed to traffic most of Thursday.Ed Taylor of Duschee Hills Dairy, whose land abuts Highway 16, said that he was told that a forward compartment in the tanker ruptured. The spill sent ethanol into the road ditch on the Inspiration Point side of the highway as well as onto Taylors hayfield. When workers for the farm were on the scene in the early morning, there was a visible puddle of ethanol. The Lanesboro Fish Hatchery is located in the valley below the spill site. Ed Stork, hatchery supervisor, said that they are monitoring the situation closely. The main spring for the hatchery lies east of the spill area.We have been instructed by the Lanesboro Fire Department to evacuate the area in the event that we begin smelling ethanol fumes, Stork said on Thursday morning. Stork said that generally speaking it takes a while for spill contents to enter the ground water.Our main concern would be to salvage our brood stock, Stork said, in the event that evacuation is necessary. According to Pro-Corn General Manager Richard Eichstadt the government requires that ethanol contain a small portion of gasoline, usually 5%, to poison the ethanol so that it cannot be used for spirits. There would be approximately 300 gallons of gasoline in 7500 gallons of ethanol. Eichstadt said that they had been contacted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and had provided safety data, including the chemical breakdown of the denaturement, to the regulatory agency. The primary concern in any cleanup efforts would be in the recovery of the gasoline.It is expected that the insurance company for the truc .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: To B or not to B

Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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The former Hillcrest Gast Hus property once again garnered the attention of the Lanesboro City Council when they met on Monday, March 1.

New owner Marv Eggert once again requested a conditional use permit to increase the number ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Maust denies offering mayor bribe

Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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At a short council meeting Monday evening members managed to deal with routine business efficiently. The exception was a letter from Robert Maust.

Mr. Maust had his letter listed on the agenda. He didnt provide copies of the l ..... 
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Date set in federal court for Heartland suit

Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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A trial date for the mandamus suit brought by Robert and Elaine Maust and Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC vs. the city of Preston, which was moved to federal court in January, has been set for February 1, 2005. Federal Judge John Tunheim and Federal ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriffs Report

Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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Steven Gunderson, 21, and Alando Starkey, 19, both of Spring Valley, were arraigned on methamphetamine related charges in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, March 4, 2004. They were arrested Tuesday night near Wykoff. after a Fillmore County ..... 
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Phase I of Fillmore County courthouse project nears completion

Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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Workmen have been busy putting the final touches to the courthouse addition this past week in preparation for moving offices on March 15-17. Phase I of construction, which included adding 16,000 square feet of offices for the court system, as well as ..... 
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Fillmore County Commissioners Report: 2003 funds balance reviewed

Fri, Mar 5th, 2004
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Though Fillmore Countys population is considered small in comparison to other counties, its ledger books show some pretty big numbers. Philip Burkholder, briefed the commissioners on the closing figures for 2003 funds available which came in at $9,3 ..... 
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Tijuana Dreamin

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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There certainly is a lot of uncertainty these days. Theres the continual color-coded terror alerts. I still cant get it straight which color is supposed to mean what. Theres the never-ending wars, not to mention the increasingly intrusive airport ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Well, what will Rushford do about their wells?

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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Bill Chang of BDM Consulting Engineers came to the Rushford City Council February 23 to report bids on a water booster station. Although Chang had two bids on the booster station, he advised the council not to accept either now, but to further evalua ..... 
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