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Diverse points of view on sand


Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Government

Concerned citizens asked questions and added to the discussion at the August 27 meeting of the Sand Committee. The committee has been meeting at least once monthly since their first meeting in February a couple of weeks before the moratorium on Excavation of Materials and Minerals was put into place on February 28.

Some new faces were in the crowded board room. Many attending would like to see “industrial” sand mining banned in Fillmore County.

Economic Effect of Industrial Sand

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained he had not been able to find much information on what economic impact industrial sand mining would have on the county. Bill Swanson, Lanesboro, suggested they start by interviewing business owners as to the impact they expect it could have on them.

Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, offered some facts saying the tourism industry in the county brought in $18.7 million in gross sales (Mn Dept. of Revenue) in 2010. Also, tourism generated $1.3 million in sales taxes. Kiehne maintained there certainly would be consequences with the coexistence of frac sand and tourism.

Donna Buckbee, Rushford, noted that the scenic highway designation of Hwy 16 has resulted in 500 jobs and $39 million (2008).

Committee member David Williams remarked about the adverse impact that has occurred in the Chippewa Falls and Lake Pepin areas. Committee member Duane Bakke said the model in Arcadia,Trempealeau County, is more relevant. He added that the figures provided for tourism sales don’t differentiate between sales to tourists and sales to local residents.

Bill Swanson insisted Fillmore County is completely different than Arcadia, adding Lanesboro has thriving businesses.

Frank Wright, Lanesboro, reported that there will be a meeting on October 2 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park to discuss the local and regional impact of silica sand mines. There will be information on the assets mining brings along with the adverse effects of concentrated mining activity.

Committee member Brad Erickson suggested using Rushford as a baseline as they have experienced truck traffic. Bakke suggested they get traffic counts for all locations. Swanson opined that Rushford can’t be compared with Lanesboro as the truck traffic doesn’t come right through the downtown.

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County awarded grant for AEDs

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Government

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, announced at the board’s August 28 meeting that the county was awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to supply AEDs throughout the ..... 
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County residents stage protest

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Government

Before the Sand Committee meeting convened on August 27, a group of Fillmore County residents protested in front of the courthouse. The protesters would like to see a banning of industrial or frac sand mines. At the very least they are seeking more ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will entertain area residents

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro, Minn. - On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, Garrison Keillor will headline a DFL fundraising evening at the Lanesboro Community Center, 202 Parkway Avenue South in Lanesboro. The event will feature Keillor’s endearing and original Lake Wobego ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts, local landmark designation

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Robert Vogel, Preservation Planner, explained to the Chatfield City Council at their August 27 meeting the process to designate the Center for the Arts as a local landmark. Paul Novotny was absent. Vogel had submitted a report to the Heritage Pres ..... 
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Rushford seeking to retain, expand business

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

The city has received a detailed summary report following a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Needs Assessment by Economic Development Authority (EDA) member Tom Driscoll, Joyce Iverson, and City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Formed in the spring ..... 
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Preston reviews first draft of 2013 budget

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented a draft of the 2013 budget compiled from departmental requests at the council’s August 22 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. The meeting was held in the fire hall due to the ongoing remodeling of city ..... 
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LSP to host workshop on ‘How to Use Township Rights to Control Frac Sand Mining” in Rushford August 30

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

A workshop on how to use township zoning powers to control or ban frac sand mining and processing will be held by the Land Stewardship Project in the southeast Minnesota communities of Frontenac and Rushford in August. On Thursday, Aug. 23, the work ..... 
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Spring Valley does not move ahead with street project

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

“It’s a County Road, it’s a County Problem” -Spring Valley Mayor, Jim Struzyk Such were the comments of the Mayor at the end of a public hearing that was called to make a decision on the Main Street Project and action on related resolut ..... 
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