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CUP approval for wind tower?


Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



A conditional use permit approval was recommended by the Fillmore County Planning Commission at their October 15 meeting for a noncommercial wind tower for Thomas and Theresa Warren, Spring Valley township. Theresa Warren said they had decided to go with more clean energy, geothermal and a wind tower.

Jim Kitchen of Kitchen Construction, Chester, Iowa, explained the 10kW Bergey wind turbine with an average wind speed of 12 miles per hour could be expected to produce 1800 kilowatt hours per month. This would be more than the Warren household would use, and the surplus will be sold to Tri-County Electric. Kitchen said the Bergey turbine, out of Norman, Oklahoma, should have a 30-year life expectancy.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves said all the setbacks will be met. A 750 foot setback from other homes is required and he estimated it will be nearly 1,000 feet. Their own home is exempt from the setback requirement. The tower should be about 800 feet from a road. The tower will have three guide wires and be 120 feet tall, a total of 132 feet to the top of the blade's stroke. The blades are eleven and one half feet long. The guide wires will be anchored to concrete that extends below the frost line.

Graves said no concerns about the Warren project have been expressed by the public.

A hearing on the David and Kathy Scheevel feedlot, Bristol township, was postponed until November 19, 2009.

Mabel City Council meeting

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Mabel City Council met Wednesday, October 14, 2009, with acting Mayor Brian Street calling the meeting to order. Council members present were: Brian Street, Terry Torkelson, Tracy Benson, Kirsten Wyffels, and City ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses Recovery Zone bond

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 19. The meeting was in regards to the Junk Ordinance letters that were recently sent to residents that were in violation of the ordinance.

Jon Wilford was ..... 
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Snyder/Ristau lawsuit against Preston and DNR

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



Most of the Preston City Council meeting held Tuesday, October 20, was closed to the public to discuss with their attorney, David Joerg, the complaint which was recently filed by the Snyder/Ristau attorney, Larry Peterson. A lawsuit was file ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Canton's liquor licenses

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, October 7, 2009, with acting Mayor Cindy Shanks calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. The min ..... 
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Rushford, 2009 Municipal improvement projects

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a relatively short meeting, Tuesday, October 13th, the council proceeded to tie up paperwork with the loan application for 2009 Municipal Improvement Projects.

The completed PFA (Public Facilities Authority) loan application indicates tha ..... 
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Harmony sanitary sewer extension

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on October 13. A sanitary sewer extension will be placed on 2nd Ave. NW near Solberg Welding and Ironside Trailer Sales and Service. City Administrator Jerome Illg had ..... 
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