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County DFL not surprised


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

It's that time of year again-the return of political advertisements, door-knocking and election season. Less than 1,800 eligible voters in Fillmore County turned out for the primary election held statewide on August 10. The Primary-in which voters select the candidates that will be on the ballot in the general election this November-solidified Tom Emmer as the official Republican nominee for state governor and Mark Dayton as the Democrat nominee.

Tom Emmer, along with his running mate, Annett Meeks, received a total of 375 votes throughout the county. This means the pair won the state in a landslide compared to the other Republican nominees, which included Ole' Savior and Todd "Elvis" Anderson (22 votes), Leslie Davis and Gregory Soderberg (64 votes) and Bob Carney Jr. and William McGaughey (49 votes). A representative for the Fillmore County Repubilcan Party could not be reached for comment.

The Democratic Party, however, was a much closer race. Despite being the official, party-endorsed nominee, Margaret Anderson Kelliher and her running mate, John Gunyou, lost to Mark Dayton and Yvonne Prettner Solon by one percent of the statewide vote. Dayton-Solon claimed 536 of the votes in Fillmore County, with Kelliher-Gunyou receiving 454 vote. Trailing behind those front-runners were Matt Entenza and Robyne Robinson (with 157 votes) and Peter Idusogie and Lady Jayne Fontaine (trailing at 14 votes).

Dennis DeKeyrel, Chairman of the Fillmore County DFL, was not surprised that Mark Dayton won the primaries, despite not being the officially endorsed candidate.

"I wasn't that surprised, because the polls showed that Mark was ahead," DeKeyrel said. "We did quite a bit of calling as a party to support the endorsed candidate [Margaret Anderson Kelliher], but from the people I talked to, I had the impression that Dayton was probably going to take Fillmore County."

The Fillmore County DFL will now throw their support and efforts behind supporting Dayton, including door-knocking, more phone calling and marching in parades.

"One of the things I found in my conversations with people is that people who supported Dayton are pretty strong supporters," said DeKeyrel. "So we'll just have to gauge when we go out if the people who were supporting Margaret are going to be feeling as strongly about Mark."

Shirl Boelter, Fillmore County's Auditor/Treasurer, said she was disappointed in the low voter turnout for Tuesday's electio .....
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Lanesboro approves adding sales tax question to ballot

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 2, the council approved adding a sales tax question to the ballot during the general election. The question would be whether or not residents would approve having a one-half percent sales tax added ..... 
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County to seek lower interest rate

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, discussed his analysis for potential interest savings on the county's 2003 capital improvement bonds for the remodeling and addition to the Fillmore County Courthouse at the board's August 3 meeting. Commissioner ..... 
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Wanted: ambulance director

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

For some time the city of Preston has been working on a policy manual for the ambulance service and a director job description. The council approved the ambulance director's job description and the advertisement to fill the position on a part time b ..... 
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Open seats for mayor and two council members in coming election

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met July 7, 2010. Mayor Donivee Johnson called the meeting to order. Others present included: Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. The minutes from the ..... 
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'Who let the dogs out' in Spring Valley?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

We've all heard of the Dog Days of Summer and how the high temperatures might affect everyone. Well, it might be attributed to a seasonal thing but the big item of discussion at the Spring Valley City Council is that council members are getting dog- ..... 
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Chatfield hopes to extend bike trail

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Park and Recreation issues led the way during a brief July 26 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilor Dave Frank said the Woman's Community Club wanted to donate two wooden park benches to be placed in Hendrick's Park at the corner of Hwy 7 ..... 
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County 2011 budget process begins

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Commissioners started hearing preliminary budgets from a few departments at their July 27 meeting. The preliminary 2011 levy is for about $8.3 million or an increase of 5.59 percent. This is just the beginning of the process to set the levy f ..... 
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Preston has OSHA violations

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the July 19 city council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the five violations the city received citations for during a recent surprise inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mayor Kurt Reicks was a ..... 
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