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Kingsland discusses "influenza-like illnesses"


Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Keep the rudder straight and try to steer through the difficult times ahead."

These were the words from Senator Sharon Ropes in wrapping up her conversation with the Kingsland Board of Education during their work session Monday afternoon. The exchange of information and concerns from the board and the Senator took up most of the one hour usually allotted to hearing reports, strategy sessions, etc.

Senator Ropes said, "When the Legislature goes back into session, there will be a six billion dollar shortfall that will need to be made up somewhere, somehow. Taxes are down and everything is shrinking."

The state is mandated to have a balanced budget, so to accomplish that there will probably be un-allotments, cuts, layoffs, delay of payments and downsizing.

Board Chair Mitch Lentz said, "The stimulus did not help, they were just polished words. When you have fewer kids you have less funding."

Deb Dahl asked about the outcome for rural schools, to which the Senator said, "There is this tension between the Metro and Rural. The state will have to realize it needs to maintain some rural schools that are more expensive and down the road more expensive because of geography."

Senator Ropes spoke about diversity and the loss of the workforce. "The Baby Boomers are putting pressure on the state budget." She continued, "This generation needs to plan their own future to take care of themselves and not taking care of the elderly at the expense of the youth."

Ropes touched on long term health and said the state will be making cuts where there's the least damage. She said that during the last recession, in 2003 the economy hit the bottom and recovered quickly. "The recession is much harder this time and is slower to recover." She continued by saying, "It will be difficult for the next couple of years."

Ropes says she can see where education and health care are "pitted against each other."

The Senator also said that the state will be looking at the reserve monies of cities and counties and helping slow the deficit by utilizing some of those funds.

Board member Deb Dahl summed it up by saying, "The kids aren't winning."

During the board meeting, Principal James Hecimovich gave a report on the status of students coming down with "influenza-like illnesses." He said that on October 14 there were no students absent and five days later there were five absent from elementary, 18 from the mi .....
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Rushford city council moves forward with Himlie Park motel project

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government



At the Monday, October 26th meeting, the council approved by one vote an agreement by and between the city and Guardian Inn of Rushford, Minnesota, LLC for the development and construction of a motel in the Himlie Business Park. According th ..... 
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Rushford Chamber sponsors first-ever candidate forum

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

With an audience of over 150 citizens, six Rushford city council candidates and two mayoral candidates presented themselves and their hopes for the community through a series of public-written, independently asked questions. Rodney Thompson, chamber ..... 
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Speeding concerns in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers received approval at Chatfield's October 26 council meeting to purchase four 30-mile per hour speed limit signs to be installed along Hillside Drive. Mayor Les Knutson acknowledged the public's concern ab ..... 
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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 decid ..... 
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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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