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Vacancies create opportunities for Rushford citizens


Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected vacancy on the Rushford city council, as well as openings on a number of commissions, make this the perfect time for Rushford citizens to ask what they can do for their city.

Councilwoman Laura Deering announced January 1 that she wished to resign effective January 15. Deering cited newly added responsibilities at her job as the reason for needing to step down.

Deering was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2006, and then ran and was elected in 2007. She was a hard-working fixture during flood recovery as the coordinator of all volunteers. During her short tenure on the council, she frequently provided leadership at meetings with her quietly thoughtful approach, often looking at issues from angles others had not thought of and winning other councilors to her point of view.

She also expressed dissenting points of views on some issues, notably on the rebuilding of the Rushford Municipal Liquor store after the flood. She consistently was the lone vote against state flood recovery dollars being given to new or non-damaged businesses.

At her final meeting January 15, Deering accepted the thanks and well wishes of council and staff, while saying very little herself.

Mayor Les Ladewig thanked Deering for her service on the council, but especially for her "work, and I mean ALL of your work, during flood recovery. I appreciate how much good you did for the people."

City administrator Windy Block laid out the options for replacing Deering until a special election can be held during the regular election November 3, 2009. The council can 1) appoint a "qualified citizen" to serve until November or 2) advertise for interested citizens to apply, conduct interviews and identify the most qualified candidate or 3) begin the steps to hold a special election prior to November.

City attorney Scott Springer, absent due to weather conditions, sent his opinion that adopting ordinances to hold the special election would take several months and considerable expense.

The council decided to do what it has done to fill vacancies in the past: encourage interested citizens to fill out a brief application at city hall, form a small interview committee, and make recommendations to the council who will then appoint the replacement.

"I would like to see us seat someone as quickly as possible," said councilwoman Nancy Benson. The council agreed to hear recommendations at the February 9 meeting and to appoint s .....
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Harmony looks for more budget cuts

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony received their second LGA (Local Government Aid) payment for 2008 on December 15. They usually receive two payments a year from the state for a total of $375,000. This year, however, with the state looking at adeficit, many citie ..... 
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Spring Valley Council and Sheriff discuss law enforcement contract

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Difficult times require difficult answers."

Such was the temperament as Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the Spring Valley City Council. The conversation was direct and honest between Jensen and the City Council as both units of government f ..... 
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The Lanesboro Council gets a red box

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected guest showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 5. Terry Neumann, who owns and operates Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast, approached the council with what he called a "thought gift." A red box was given to the mayor, which h ..... 
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Collett seated on Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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Officials talk of state and local partnership

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Partnership, opportunities, and reform were some of the common themes banded about during a two hour meeting between the Fillmore County Board and area legislators on Tuesday, December 30, in Preston.

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County implements plan to deal with cuts instate aid

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Department heads were in attendance at the December 23 county board meeting with budget cuts totaling $545,102. The Local Government Aid (LGA) payment the county receives on December 26 will be $143,805 less than originally expected.
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