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County asks for reconsideration for Forestvile Historic Meighen Store Site


Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The board approved a carefully worded letter to be sent to the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), Nina Archabal, and to our legislators at the board's April 28 meeting. The MHS proposes to close the site as of July 1, 2009. This is the second time in six years that the MHS has proposed closing the site.

The letter makes it clear that this is the only interpretive center in Southeast Minnesota. They emphasize the educational and cultural benefits for thousands of students with both the Meighen Store and nearby Mystery Cave. The board adds that the closure will be a loss to the county's economy. As such, they want more information as to the money the MHS expects to save. There will be costs regardless of the closure to maintain the buildings, artifacts, provide security and more. The letter suggests that the closure could even "result in a net loss of revenue for the State."

Commissioner Randy Dahl asked that the letter include language pointing out the State's proposed expenditure of millions of dollars to build a bicycle trail leading directly to the Meighen Store site in Forestville State Park. Dahl said, "It hardly seems appropriate to spend millions of dollars on a bike trail to a mothballed site."

The commissioners agreed to include a reference to the questionable logic of building up the Root River Trail System to Forestville State Park while at the same time limiting the attractions at the end of the trail.

Large Assemblies Moratorium

Zoning Director Christopher Graves discussed the deficiencies of the large assembly zoning ordinance (732). Apparently, there is a rumor that there may be an intention to organize a large assembly of as many as 50,000 people for an entertainment event. Graves was concerned that the county could not be prepared to handle the significant problems associated with such a large assembly.

As the ordinance is written the Conditional Use Permit would only require a preparation period of 120 days. Issues would involve the need for as many as 100 law enforcement personnel, numerous doctors, nurses, and ambulances on site, the handling of as much as 125 thousand pounds of raw sewage which wouldn't include other waste, and traffic control. Chairman Chuck Amunrud said the campground ordinance also needs to be studied as it would apply to a large temporary assembly. Graves maintained that security and public health are the biggest issues which are not addressed in the .....
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Spring Valley City Council pursuing large grant for industrial park expansion

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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The Spring Valley City Council meeting started off on a very positive note. Before any other business was conducted Mayor Struzyk announced that the Federal Grant submitted by Administrator Deb Zimmer has advanced through the review process and addi ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the Rushford City Council meeting April 13 was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Preston supports funding Forestville Historic Site

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government



City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) had eliminated funding for three historic sites in the state including the Forestville Meighen site. State ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the April 13 Rushford City Council meeting was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well ..... 
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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL

Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Comm ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council looks at parking restrictions

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very short City Council meeting on Monday night. The main item of discussion was a proposed Resolution imposing additional parking restrictions.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the proposal which would define the number of ..... 
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Harmony Council receives audit report

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
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The Harmony City Council approved the audit for 2008 as completed by Smith Schafer and Associates. This is the second year they have done the audit for the city. Ben Turnquist and Jason Boynton presented the audit to the council at their reg ..... 
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