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Courthouse construction on schedule


Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

Weather permitting, we should begin pouring walls tomorrow, Dean Sand of CAM, Inc. told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. Were three weeks out on setting steel.

Sand, along with representatives of Kane & Johnson Architects were before the board to update them on the courthouse project.

According to Sand, they are just about done with soil corrections. He said that to date they have spent an estimated $25,000 on soil issues and expect it to reach $30,000 when they are done. Sand said that they still need fill for sewer lines, sidewalks and slopes.

The Board discussed two change orders. The first issue was whether to add floor drains in public bathrooms. There was strong concensus that this would be an economical and useful thing to do. The board approved adding floor drains to seven bathrooms at a price not to exceed $1400 on a 4-1 vote, with Chairman Marc Prestby in opposition.

The second issue the board looked into was whether to add bullet resistant glazing to windows in the judges chambers as well as the county attorneys office. Architect Dave Kane said that it was important to make the decision now as it takes 12 weeks lead time to get the special windows.

Each window would cost $2,500 for grade 4 glazing. Glazing grades go up to 10, with highest grades capable of stopping a mortar shell. Grade 4 is capable of stopping a shotgun slug or rifle bullet, and would probably alter the projection of higher gauge bullets.

Judge Robert Benson questioned whether it would be just as effective to place tinting on the window.

The question is limiting vulnerability versus the cost of glazing, Benson said. He said that as a county attorney over a 20 year period he had received nine death threats and three over a six year period as a judge.

Benson went on to say that it is more likely someone would harm him on his way to his car rather than in his office.

But Kane argued that tinting doesnt work at night and that people would be able to see into the office.

Commissioner Chuck Amenrud said that he was in favor of playing it safe.

We have a judge that doesnt need it now, but another judge in the future may want it, Amenrud said. Commissioner Helen Bicknese agreed.

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County holds Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization met on Tuesday afternoon to review assessments of property throughout the county. The total value of all property for the 2003 assessment in Fillmore County is $1,671,962,900, up from $1,519,722,70 ..... 
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DNR hosts open house for trail

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Legislative Authorization - Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root River valley to the intersection of ..... 
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Auction raises $10,000 for middle school gym floor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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"A dollar on the box to go; now two," was a phrase repeated a multitude of times at the Rushford-Peterson Middle School on Saturday, June 14 as auctioneers Denny Darr and Murray McKinley sold donated goods for over six hours.

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Rushford Electric Commission struggles with some "Powerful" decisions

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

A roomful of citizens listened to expert presentations Thursday night at the special meeting of the Rushford Electric Commission before getting the chance to air their questions and concerns.

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County to hold public hearing on new feedlot ordinance

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Fillmore County feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed a new proposed feedlot ordinance at last weeks meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission. The proposed ordinance will go to public hearing on July 17.

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Lanesboro Council POST Board and Audit 2002

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Paul Monteen addressed the Lanesboro City Council Monday night using a PowerPoint presentation to explain the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Monteen gave a brief overview of the board and its purpose, the licensing of po ..... 
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Bids approved for Ridge Road and Spring Avenue at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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The Preston City Council at their June 16 meeting found itself with no attractive choices when the bids came in for two road projects. The low bid for Ridge Road was about $87,000 higher for the City's share of costs, approximately 27% more than prev ..... 
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Other Peoples Money another winner for Commonweal

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Commonweal Theater launched another summertime winner on June 13 with Other Peoples Money, written by Jerry Sterner who was once successful in real estate until he quit to pursue his real love: writing.

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