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County revisits bridge concerns


Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

After completing work on a relatively light agenda, county commissioners at their January 11 meeting again discussed the county's bridges. The discussion was sparked by an article in the Rochester Post Bulletin that appeared in their January 10 issue.

Commissioner Duane Bakke said safety is the major concern. He asked county engineer John Grindeland if the county assessment of its bridges has been done correctly. Grindeland responded they have been concentrating on 58 bridges which are rated 40 or less on their sufficiency list. He added there are over 100 bridges on the master list rated as deficient, too many to manage.

Grindeland explained that the state consultants, that looked at 60 Fillmore County bridges last fall and rated seven as "critical," used a different rating system. The state inspectors were rating on a structural basis where the county rating is on a sufficiency basis. A bridge can be rated deficient not because it is structurally unsafe, but only because it is too narrow and unable to accommodate large farm equipment, for example. These bridges are deficient because they are obsolete not necessarily because they are structurally unsound. The structural rating provides a second tool with which to rate the bridges. The structural rating had to be made by a structural engineer.

Bakke said we have our ratings and the state uses different criteria. Grindeland said both rating systems are right. Bakke asked which is better in regards to safety. Grindeland explained there are 58 bridges on the county list and there is funding to only replace two or three per year. He suggested the top of the list is never reached. The county is prioritizing the best way they can. The county plans to replace four bridges in the coming two years. Commissioner Randy Dahl suggested the county's infrastructure is declining through the years due to less spending to maintain it compared to several decades ago.

Bakke said MnDot ordered the bridges categorized as critical last fall to be closed or fixed immediately instead of saying they should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. He questioned whether there are also bridges on the county's list which should be closed. Grindeland remarked that none of the county's top 10 bridges ranked for sufficiency were rated by the state.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said you would think the state consultant would have gone first to the county engineer's office to see what bridges the c .....
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Rep. Davids authors bill to phase out corporate tax

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - The Tax Foundation recently confirmed what many business owners who have looked to expand or relocate their companies to this state have long known: Minnesota has an awful business climate.

Minnesota ranked 43rd nationally in term ..... 
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Spring Valley approves two renewing liquor licenses

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The first order of business for the Spring Valley City Council was administering the oath of office to Todd Jones, Tony Archer, and Mayor Struzyk by City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jones is new to the Council and will also serve on the Public Safety ..... 
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Lanesboro looks to the future

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, head of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, gave her annual report to the city council during their regular meeting on January 3. She handed out the new Visitor's Guide, a city map and trail map, as well as a brochure. She spoke ab ..... 
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Preston adopts ambulance policy and procedure manual

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

After revisions and much discussion the Preston City Council adopted the ambulance manual at their January 3 meeting. Newly elected council members Kay Spangler and Charles Sparks were sworn in by City Administrator Joe Hoffman.

Ambulance di ..... 
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County board completes New Year housekeeping business

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

The first meeting in 2011 of the Fillmore County Board began with the swearing in of newly elected officials. Judge Robert Benson administered the oaths of office. In this case all the newly elected officials were returning to their previous positio ..... 
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Rep. Davids sworn in as Minnesota House convenes session

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was sworn in Tuesday, January 4 as he continues his tenure in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Davids represents District 31B, which includes all or portions of Houston and Fillmore ..... 
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November Canton City Council

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 ,with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Hank Selden Ross Duckett, Carl Ernst, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Visitors present were Barb ..... 
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January Whalan City Council

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council met on Monday, January 3, 2011. In addition to Mayor Johnson, those present were the following: Jim Gustavson, Everett Johnson, Johnny Halverson, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander. Also present was Dav ..... 
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