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Chatfield looking to support veterans cemetery


Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase discussed the progress of Fillmore County's efforts to have a National Veterans Cemetery, located south of Preston on part of what is now the county farm, at the July 12 Chatfield City Council meeting. The county and a growing list of community support groups hope to have the cemetery located in the area to serve southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.

Kaase believes the county has a good piece of property for the location of the cemetery which could include 153 acres of county land. This would involve a considerable contribution by the county. The county board traveled recently to Little Falls to visit with state veteran officials and to tour the cemetery there. The commissioners were very impressed with the immaculate grounds.

The county is waiting for the state legislature to take action in January to include the southeast part of the state in an appropriation to do a feasibility study. Kaase suggested the area would provide a beautiful resting place and a close cemetery for area veterans and their families. It is expected to help the local economy plus provide five or six full time jobs.

The state would be responsible for employee wages with other costs including developing the cemetery being paid with federal monies. The cemetery could serve 40,000 veterans, many of which would not choose to be buried in a veterans cemetery if the family had to travel to Little Falls or Fort Snelling.

Kaase asked council members to consider a resolution of support. He said there are about 25 resolutions of support to date. Councilor Ken Jacobson suggested they unanimously support the Fillmore County effort. The council was in agreement to consider a resolution at their next meeting.

Other Business In Brief

•A land conveyance requested by Lanny Haukom was approved. The .88 acre piece of land that was part of the Perkins Farm will be added to the Haukom parcel.

•A second consideration of the smoking in public areas ordinance (No. 393) was approved along with its publication.

•There will be a closure of Second Street from Main Street to the alley from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday, August 13, for a street dance sponsored by the Chatfield Athletic Club and TaCades.

•Filing for city council positions will open August 3 and run through August 17.

Spring Valley gears up for primary election on Aug. 10

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

Several years ago, the city of Spring Valley made some major changes in the traffic patterns in the downtown area. The long time residents remember when two-way traffic was permitted on two blocks of Broadway. Diagonal parking was on both the west s ..... 
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Harmony discusses fire trucks

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



Harmony's Fire Chief Bill Hanlon came to the city council meeting on July 13 to discuss the plans for purchasing a new fire truck. Hanlon said the committee has been researching trucks and looking at prices and they have come up with a list ..... 
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Senator Ropes gets county feedback

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes spoke to county commissioners and department heads and then listened to their concerns and complaints at the board's July 13 meeting. She made it clear the legislature will be facing a very large deficit w ..... 
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City accepts snow plow quote

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



The Canton City Council met June 2, 2010.

Present: Donivee Johnson, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Cindy Shanks, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Guest: Barb Kerns

1) Meeting was called to order at 7:02pm by Mayor ..... 
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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 inspe ..... 
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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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