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County Commissioner District 1


Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Tom Kaase, County Commissioner District 1

For this article, I'm asked to describe myself, so here's the scoop. A husband, married to Dorle Grindland Kaase, who together have a 16 year old son, Kaine. A life-long resident of Fillmore County who, with my wife, have chosen to continue to make this county our home. A Sergeant with the Rochester Police Department, continuing to work with public safety decisions that affect our lives daily. A farmer, actively operating our 140 acres, with an additional 128 acres, together with my wife and son. An active school board member making decisions involving levies, budgets, personnel decisions, buildings, and reductions. A candidate who has the knowledge, experience, and commitment for a better Fillmore County.

As a citizen of this county, I have an interest at stake and have stayed informed on the issues affecting our county. I believe I have a good grasp of the problems and issues that our county faces. When I spoke with the incumbent and learned that he was not seeking re-election, I recognized this as a time in which I could put my knowledge and experience to work, serving as the 1st District Commissioner. During this campaign, I have met with citizens, farmers, business owners, county department heads, and elected officials. Meeting with all these people has increased my understanding of the publics concerns and the direction that needs to be taken.

Some important issues. In 2007 Fillmore Social Services was responsible for 31.8 million dollars, about 1.15 million being the county's share. State and Federal monies have been reduced on some programs, yet we are still responsible for providing those programs. How do we get back the money we lost and not increase the amount we pay. The Jail and Sheriff's budget, for 2008 is approaching 2 million dollars. Our jail is in the area of its life expectancy, 35 years. State Corrections is beginning to give direction on what has to be done or corrected. Do we build, renovate, out-source? My reputation is that of hard work, innovative, open-minded, approachable, bringing people together for a collaborative effort, working for progress, and getting things done.

Spring Valley City Council approves plans for new pool roof

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council approved plans to construct a new steel roof over the municipal swimming pool at its September 22nd meeting. All council members were present and discussed construction bids from two local builders. Estimates solicited ..... 
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Bunge zoning and variance requests approved

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Planning and Zoning Committee held a public hearing on the Andy and Eric Bunge's request for zoning changes and variances just prior to the Preston City Council meeting on September 24. Councilman Robert Sauer was absent from the counc ..... 
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Plans for Rushford motel placed on hold

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans for a motel in Rushford have been placed on hold, and within the city government there appears to be all the makings of a showdown between the EDA and the Planning Commission.

At issue is the future of the Himlie Business Park north of ..... 
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Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

In an abbreviated meeting that lasted 15 minutes on Thursday, September 25, the Fillmore County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for National Wind to erect a meteorological tower in Section 16 of Beaver Township on land owned by ..... 
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County asks governor to suspend Green Acre Law changes

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - The Fillmore County Board at their regular meeting on September 23 passed a resolution asking Governor Pawlenty to "suspend the implementation of changes to the Green Acres law that were implemented in Chapter 366 of the 2008 session." The ..... 
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Lanesboro increases levy by 3 percent

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - The Lanesboro City Council passed a resolution for the 2009 budget and tax levy at their regular meeting on September 15. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman presented the council with a copy of the proposed 2009 budget, with the changes ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuss plans for Tracey Road

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
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The proposed improvements on west Tracey Road drew some interested property owners at the September 8 Spring Valley City council meeting, who wanted more information on what the City's plan was going to be to put utilities down the center of the roa ..... 
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Rushford council fails to endorse proposals

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
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Rushford - The Rushford city council said a quiet "no thanks" to two sizable proposals on their agenda last Monday night by declining to second the motions made to endorse the projects.

City Administrator Windy Block carefully presented a pl ..... 
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