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Minnesota Mayors unite to express concern regarding LGA


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

St.Paul, MN-Saying that the next governor will determine the fate of cities across the state, mayors announced at a State Capitol press conference that they are turning their attention to the 2010 governor's race and will be traveling the state to call on candidates to address local government aid (LGA).

"Minnesotans have had it. We are standing here today because our citizens are demanding answers. Our citizens are bearing the brunt of year after year of property tax increases and cuts to local police, fire, libraries, community pools, street maintenance and snow plowing," said Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden, who is also a spokesperson with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities - an organization of nearly 80 outstate cities that is organizing the effort.

"If you are running for governor, Minnesotans want to know where you stand: will you uphold the state's commitment to strong, affordable cities, or will you continue to allow property taxes to skyrocket across the state?" Wolden asked.

The mayors announced that a major part of their effort will be traveling around the state to hold press conferences, meet local officials and play a two-minute issue ad that showcases how the cuts have hurt Minnesota. Specifically, they will be calling on Minnesotans to attend candidate debates, write letters to the editor and contact each campaign directly to find out where the candidates stand on LGA.

The ad, which the mayors played during the press conference, features clips of city officials explaining the loss of police officers due to aid cuts and families discussing how property tax increases have affected the affordability of their homes. The video also includes a clip of then-candidate Tim Pawlenty from the 2002 campaign trail stating that he understands cuts in LGA result in property tax increases.

"As the ad shows, candidates have promised us many things over the years. We are at a point now, however, when we need to inform our citizens of what they can take to the bank: either they brace for higher and higher property taxes and fewer services, or they can urge candidates for governor to commit to restoring local government aid," said Nancy Carroll, mayor of Park Rapids.

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities can be found online at www.greatermncities.org.

Fillmore County Sheriff's office joins Crime Stoppers of MN

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen has announced that the sheriff's office has joined with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase ways that citizens can pass on anonymous tips about crimes.

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Spring Valley budget and levy

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the Council set the preliminary levy at $880,344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that, "There will be no salary ..... 
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Rushford approves expansion of Fire Department storage facilities

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolution 2009-068 has officially awarded the "2009 Municipal Improvement Project" to Winona Excavating Company At the Monday, September 28th, city council meeting, both Otomo Engineering Services and BDM Consulting Engineers recommended the firm a ..... 
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Fountain Wastewater Plant Progressing

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. updated the Fountain City Council on the construction progress at the council's October 1 meeting. He reported that there was a meeting with the plant operators at Chatfield along with Chatfield City Clerk Joel ..... 
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Vandalism, brush dump discussed

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

During their regular meeting, members of the Lanesboro City Council were able to see firsthand the vandalism that was done to the downstairs bathrooms at the Community Center. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that late Friday night, Sep ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Holst feedlot permit

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their September 24 meeting unanimously recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a feedlot on the Glenn Holst family farm in Carrolton Township. Glenn and Colette Holst applied for the permit. He ..... 
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Commissioners strongly urge support for off-system bridge program

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

All five commissioners signed a letter addressed to Congressman Tim Walz and Representative James Obestar (MN-8th district) urging the continued support of federal funding of the off-sytem bridge program at the board's September 22 meeting. The lett ..... 
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Preston addresses safety concerns

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council at their September 22 meeting decided to formally invite a representative of MnDot to a future meeting to express their concerns and to ask MnDot to do a speed study. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent.

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