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Wolter appointed to City Council vacancy


Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Jim Wolter was appointed to temporarily fill the Rushford city council seat left vacant when Laura Deering resigned last month; it was a larger-than-usual crowd at the Rushford City Council meeting February 9, no doubt with the anticipation of some "drama."

A backdrop to the meeting was a letter-to-the-editor which had appeared earlier that day in this paper. The letter, written by former Rushford mayor Ted Roberton, called the selection process "outrageous" because of the inclusion of the city manager, Windy Block, on the three-person selection committee. Councilors Nancy Benson and Larry Johnson were the other two appointed to interview applicants for the 9-month position.

Roberton asked citizens to sign a petition to insist the city hold a special election to fill the position. Roberton said 20% of voters' signatures were needed on the petition, which was in the possession of Jim Kitchens, local businessman.

The petition did not materialize..

A special election had been discussed by council at the January 12 meeting. Reasons given for not holding a special election were that according to the city attorney, it would take months to put in place, and it would be expensive for the city. The council decided to use an interview process that had been used in the past to appoint a council person just until November, at which time a special election could be included on the general election ballot.

Johnson began the meeting by reporting that the committee spent about 45 minutes per candidate in interviews, and then "got together a few times and kept re-voting and eliminating people. Eventually we got it down to two (candidates) and then down to one."

Wolter was that one remaining candidate, according to Johnson.

Benson contributed her thoughts that there was "an excellent group of candidates," and that she "hopes the others (not chosen) will consider running in the election in the fall."

Benson pointed out that she and Johnson were involved in this same process the last time a vacancy needed to be filled on the council, and finds it's "the hardest thing I ever have to do." Still, Benson concluded that the current process was "a hard job, but a job well done."

Benson made the motion to accept Wolter's nomination. Mayor Ladewig asked for a second and was greeted with silence from the other two councilors, Johnson and Robert Dahl. After asking a second time, Ladewig seconded the motion himself.< .....
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Harmony makes over $100,000 in cuts

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Like most communities in the area, Harmony has been dealing with the effects of losing LGA money from the state, and is trying to make cuts to their already tight budget.

Several departments looked at the budget for 2009 and made some suggest ..... 
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Spring Valley focuses on financials

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The focus of the Spring valley City Council on Monday, February 9, was focused on the financial situation of the city and what the various departments can do to deal with the certain shortfalls that will happen not only this year, but years down the ..... 
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Lanesboro city council discusses budget woes

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council got closer to deciding their 2009 budget cuts at their regular meeting February 2. Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget will mean a cut in Lanesboro's LGA (Local Government Aid) of $31,116 in 2009 and $61,000 in 2010.
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Preston looking to cut $30,000 more

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered options to the city council on how to re-budget for 2009 at their February 2 meeting. Hoffman noted that the expected cuts of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state for this year creates an unusual situation ..... 
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Recession increases demand for Social Services

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd gave some ballooning and troubling statistics of increased demand for services due to the depressed economy at the board's February 3 meeting. Food stamp cases went from 322 in January 2008, to 399 in De ..... 
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County amends Computer Replacement Policy

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at their January 27 meeting. In accordance with their ongoing effort to rein in costs where possible an amendment to the computer replacement policy was amended to read "as needed," removing wording for a ..... 
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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for con ..... 
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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

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