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Rushford City Council: Mierau leaves big shoes to fill in Rushford


Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The January 22nd meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a moment of silence honoring the memory of former Council member Ron Mierau. His chair remained empty throughout the meeting as the council attempted to fill the vacancy he left and continue with the work in which he'd been so instrumental. Since the council had recently been through an application process when T.S. Roberton had resigned, they decided to appoint Herb Highum to fill the position for the rest of Mierau's term (until Jan. 2008). Highum had come within a coin toss of serving on the council at the time Laura Deering joined the council.

Council member Larry Johnson agreed to accept the position of acting mayor while Mayor Les Ladewig agreed to take Mierau's place and attend the EDA tour of Riverside Electronics in Lewiston and Winona on Tuesday. A new citizen representative will be needed on the Planning Commission to replace Highum as he joins the council.

Fire Department

Attention turned to the fire department and its relief association as the council reviewed the state auditor's audit of the volunteer fire relief associations. In an evaluation report summary document released January 22, the key recommendations were made that all volunteer firefighter relief associations invest their pension funds through the State Board of Investment and that such associations be required to develop investment policies incorporating best practices.

City administrator Windy Block presented a comparison of the defined benefit plan, under which retiring firemen are paid a set dollar amount per year of service, and the defined contribution plan, under which the firemen are paid the amount in their account at retirement. Rushford firefighters are in the defined contribution plan; Block gave an example payout of $14,632.12 for 21 years of service, less than the $16,000 that a Houston firefighter would receive for 20 years under their defined benefit plan. Currently, the city of Rushford contributes a total of $2,250 per year to the relief fund. This has been the case for several years, but, years ago, the city had contributed nothing at all. The administration expense for the relief association has been quite high ($1,907 in 2005 and $2,571 in 2006); the rate of return was 2.96% in 2005 and an estimated 7.48% in 2006.

Fire Chief Mike Ebner told the council a Twin Cities group has been pushing to dump all out-state relief funds into a pool for inve .....
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Commissioners Report: Public hearing set for Emergency Management Ordinance

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Veteran Services/Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske reviewed a draft for the Fillmore County Ordinance at the January 23 county board meeting. The ordinance is required by the state and the draft has been reviewed by the county attorney and ..... 
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County Board in brief

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Treasurer Balances

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter presented and received approval for the designated and reserve balances as of December 31, 2006. Boelter questioned the board about the nearly one million dollars in the building fund balance ..... 
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No action taken on Lanesboro land split

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Cold temperatures and slippery streets didn't keep visitors away from the Lanesboro City Council meeting January 16. A proposed lot split of the Randy Reynolds property brought neighbors Everett and Betty Johnson and Bucky Rogers, as wel ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston fire department changes approved

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

Outgoing fire chief Kurt Reicks detailed modifications requested by the Preston Fire Department (PFD) at the January 16 Preston City Council meeting. Reicks, who is also the Mayor, asked that the council approve Jerry Olson to be the new fire chief, ..... 
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ATV trail discussed

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Brian Kroning, president of the Bluff Country ATV Club, addressed the county board at its regular January 9 meeting. The club which is based in Rushford has been asked by seven land owners to partner with them to "convert the current ATV/M ..... 
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Frugal measures save Rushford thousands

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council turned routine, start-of-the-year choices into a money saving situation when they opted to solicit RFPs (request for proposals) before designating a financial institution. At their meeting January 8, the council ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses color scheme for water tower

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - on January 9 the Harmony City Council business consisted mainly of examining two bid proposals for repainting the exterior and interior of the city's water tower plus reviewing renovations to the city's Community Center.

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Family Dollar store in Preston's future?

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Newly elected David Harrison, and reelected Mayor Kurt Reicks, Heath Mensink, and Jon Haugan took their oath of office for their new terms at the January 2, 2007, meeting. EDA Coordinator Chris Gastner introduced Richard Sorensen to the Pr ..... 
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