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Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to resign in November


Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Long time Zoning Administrator Norman Craig submitted his letter of resignation to the Fillmore County Board at their July 22 meeting. Craig has served the people of the county for twenty-four years and plans to retire on November 27, 2008. Chairman Randy Dahl recalled many of the zoning changes established during Craig's tenure including updating septic systems and feedlot regulations. Craig noted that when he started he wore several hats including zoning, agriculture, and solid waste. The board accepted his letter of resignation with thanks for his years of service.

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling asked for and received approval for the resignation of nurse Jodi Bergey who held a .6 position. In an effort in part to limit the department's budget needs, two of her current nurses, Tina Peters and Melissa Kiehne, have offered to adjust their hours and work load to absorb the duties of the vacant position. The board by consensus agreed to the arrangement. Serfling did retain the option of hiring a new nurse to fill Bergey's position if the need arose in the future.

Surveyor David Knutson who now works thirty-two hours per week said that he would like to retire late in 2008. He suggested that his department's budget could be significantly reduced if the position he now filled were to be reduced to a twenty-four hour per week position. Knutson explained that the work demand is down for surveying and expects that it will continue to be for some time. He noted that he may come back to apply for a reduced hour position, but knew that there would be no guarantee of his reemployment by the county.

Soil and Water

Conservation District

Donna Rasmussen asked the board to consider an agreement for technical support. USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has changed their policy in their partnership with the SWCD and will no longer give them free access to their computer network. They are now asking the SWCD to pay $3,000 per computer to work within the NRCS system. The SWCD has nine computers in the system. NRCS would continue to support only one, so to maintain the other eight within the NRCS system would cost SWCD $24,000 per year. Dahl noted that the NRCS is breaking what has been a handshake agreement for mutual support. Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested that the SWCD should think about a way to get reimbursed for the work they do to aid the NRCS, since they are no longer getting reciprocated f .....
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Bituminous prices balloon Preston street improvement costs

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo informed Preston City Council members of the 2008 Street and Utility Improvement bids at their July 21 meeting. He noted that three companies bid with the low bid from Road Constructors Inc. coming in at $193,306.75. The lo ..... 
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Lanesboro council accepts street bids

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

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Board of Adjustment looks into park model camper issue

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - David Swanson of Cannon Falls came before the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their Thursday, July 24 meeting to ask the board for a reversal of a Zoning Administrator's decision not to allow Swanson to have a park model style campe ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves annexation

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night (July 14) that will result in the City limits being extended several acres to the northwest. The Council approved a joint resolution for Orderly Annexation with Spring Valley Township. The p ..... 
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Winona Health clinic to stay in Rushford

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Winona Health will continue its clinic operation in Rushford, according to Brad Lenertz, Winona Physicians Clinics Administrator.

Lenertz spoke at the July 14 regular meeting at the Rushford city council, answering a question that ..... 
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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustaine ..... 
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Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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Harmony looks into lift station problems

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many p ..... 
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