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Local Minnesota House candidates speak on agricultural issues


Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Candidates for Minnesota House seats respond to Ag related issues. Dennis Schminke (R) 27B, Jon Pieper (DFL) 28B, Jeanne Poppe (DFL) 27B, and Greg Davids (R) 28B. Photo by Karen Reisner

November 4 is election day. Ag issues were highlighted at a forum broadcasted by KFIL radio and hosted by Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance on October 8 at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. Area candidates for state house seats, including 28B candidates Greg Davids and Jon Pieper and 27B candidates Jeanne Poppe and Dennis Schminke, gave their perspective on a variety of Ag related questions.

Eunice Biel, Minnesota Farmers Union, Greg Dornink, Fillmore County Farm Bureau, and Rick Smith, Minnesota Milk Producers Association introduced themselves and their farm operations before questioning the candidates. None of the dozen or so people in the audience offered any additional questions.

Due to the circulation area of this paper, this article will concentrate on the responses given by Davids and Pieper running for House seat 28B, which represents Fillmore and Houston Counties.

Biel started the questioning referring to ethanol as the biggest issue, stressing the need for there to be consumer choice at the pump and the elimination of anti-competitive practices. All the candidates supported the ethanol industry. Pieper highlighted his support of value added products, taking a product produced within the state and processing it here instead of shipping it out of Minnesota. Davids called ethanol a bi-partisan issue and pointed to the turmoil in the Middle East as an additional reason to let farmers help with our energy needs.

Dornink asked about the current property tax system. Pieper said if one group gets a break, another group will pay more, suggesting Local Government Aid and County Program Aid be returned to early 2000 values, allowing all property tax rates to be reduced. He added that Minnesota has the second highest commercial property tax rates in the country. Davids emphasized that he believed in local control and property taxes are dependent on decisions at the city, county, and school district levels. He supports continuing the phase out of the commercial-industrial property tax.

Smith questioned the necessity of the current rigorous permitting process for farmers and the consistency within that process, suggesting that dairy farmers are good stewards of the land. Davids said he agrees with the MN Milk position and agreed permitting is not consistent. Pieper insisted that there should be fairness and that more should be pushed to the county level.

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Government this week

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, October 6, Lanesboro City Council Meeting, 5:30pm, City Hall. •Monday, October 6, Preston City Council Meeting, 6pm, Council Chambers. •Tuesday, October 7, Fillmore County Commissioner Meeting, 9am, Fillmore County Courthouse. •T ..... 
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Debate scorecard: Sheriff, District 3 County Commisioner candidates

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On the evening of Tuesday, September 30, 2014, four candidates participated in a public forum at the Hanson-Raabe Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4114 located in Spring Valley, Minn. The brainchild of VFW member of Post 4114 of Spring Valley, Natha ..... 
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Chatfield looks to the future

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield councilors, at their September 22 meeting, were joined by the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and some city staff members to hear presentations that may broaden their perspective for the city’s future. DMC ..... 
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Additional prohibited use in the Ag District

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their September 18 meeting held a public hearing on the proposed added language to 604.01 Prohibited Uses (Ag District) #1. The new language will further restrict the Ag District from being rezoned. It ha ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

• Thursday, October 2, Fountain City Council, Fountain City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, October 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, October 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 5 p.m. • Monday, Oc ..... 
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Public meeting for repurposing R-P school complex in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD,Minn.-September 25, 2014 – The Vision for Repurposing the R-P School Complex subcommittee is holding an open house to share concept sketches developed over the past month. The open house will be held on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the R ..... 
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County Sets Preliminary 2015 Levy

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County board, at their September 23 meeting, set the preliminary budget/levy. The levy numbers can be reduced, but not increased, when the final levy is set in December. The increase in the levy for 2015 now is 4.9 percent. The budget ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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