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County updates jail equipment


Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen asked the county board at their July 6 meeting to approve the purchase of a device to document required "cell checks" along with jailer sign-ins, incidents and observations at a cost of nearly $5,300. At a recent June jail inspection by the Department of Corrections (DOC) the inspector told Jensen something had to be done about the deficiencies with the current sensor camera system and their handwritten jail log.

Cell checks are required every half hour. This device alerts staff that it is time to do the checks, records the cell check and creates a computer record and report for each shift. The device will create a log that will demonstrate at the next inspection by the DOC that cell checks were done as required.

Commissioner Tom Kaase said the system may not prevent an inmate from hurting himself but protects the county as it will prove the staff has completed the required checks. The camera system already in service will add to the documentation.

Both Winona and Houston Counties use the device and recommend it. The board approved the purchase of the product, Guard 1 Plus, designed, manufactured and sold by Time Keeping Systems, Solon, Ohio. Jensen said the system will cover their current needs and can be enhanced if necessary.

Lanesboro Local Project

The county board already had submitted a resolution in support of the project at an earlier date. Lanesboro Local people are in the process of applying for a USDA Community Facilities grant. They are about 80 percent through the grant process, but with a staffing change, the project was put into a different category designation. The change has threatened to derail the application.

The board unanimously approved sending a letter of support to Colleen Landkamer, state director of Rural Development, expressing their continuing support of the project. Lanesboro Local primarily provides a marketplace for local growers in promotion of locally produced foods. The letter was copied to US Congressman Tim Walz.

Commissioner Randy Dahl was concerned about the difficulty several Rural Development projects are having in the area. The process has been slow and there are looming deadlines.

Zoning

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved for two wind turbines for Renee Haugerud in Carimona Township. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves said all set back requirements will be met and there had been no objections or comments from the .....
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Lanesboro discusses bids

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the purchase of a new copy machine for the city offices at their meeting on July 6. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said they have been having some problems with their current machine keeping up, as well as pr ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses zoning, campground

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge to the Flag

The June 15, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howa ..... 
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Walz receives veterans "Legislator of the Year" award

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Today at Soldier's Field Veterans Memorial, Congressman Walz received the Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO).

"I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award," said ..... 
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Preston continues quest for speed reduction

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Last fall the city of Preston requested a speed study on Hwy. 52 through town, and especially at the Hwy. 52 - Hwy. 16 intersection north of town. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the results of the study conducted on November 30, 2009, at th ..... 
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Ostrander discusses sidewalk removal

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; all council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Christenson and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda ..... 
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Peterson supports National Veteran's Cemetery

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Present: Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Bill Grindland, Tim Hallum, Randy Benson, Rick Lee and Lolly Melander. Visitor: Randy Dahl.

1) Meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Mayor Chuck Eidenschink

2) Resolution supporting donated ..... 
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Chatfield outdoor smoking ordinance approved

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the June 28 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, an ordinance limiting smoking in certain public areas was approved with very little public resistance. City Attorney Fred Suhler remarked he drafted an ordinance making smoking in restricted outd ..... 
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Fillmore County one step closer to being site of State Veteran's Cemetery

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud appeared before the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night seeking support from the city in the establishment of a Veteran's Cemetery in Fillmore County that could be as large as 513 acres. Amunrud said ..... 
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