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Fillmore County Board Declares State of Emergency


Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The above photo was taken by Barb Jeffers on Sunday, June 23, 2013, as flood waters over-powered dams, roadways, homes, bridges and campgrounds throughout Fillmore County. Journal reporters Barb Jeffers and Mitchell Walbridge captured photos from areas like Choice and Lanesboro throughout Sunday morning, and posted them on the Fillmore County Journal Facebook Page. Please see a collection of their photos on page 15 of today’s Journal.

The county board at its June 25 meeting declared a state of emergency in Fillmore County due to major losses from the flooding this past week and adopted a resolution to use emergency procedures to repair roads and bridges. The declaration allows the Highway Department to streamline the process to immediately contract for emergency road and bridge repairs.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen said he had been in contact with Houston County and said there was 2007 type flood damage. It was estimated that Houston County may have about $2 million in public infrastructure damages.

Emergency Management Director Kevin Beck reported he has sent out e-mails with a form from the state to cities and townships in Fillmore County to gather estimates of public infrastructure damages. If the total public damages reach $7.2 million for this event, then the governor can request a disaster declaration allowing area local governments to receive federal aid. In any case a minimum of $70,735 will have to come from Fillmore County funds. County Engineer Ron Gregg encouraged officials to take pictures.

Gregg said the CR 23 bridge south of Whalan is out. He estimated it would cost $140,000 to replace the bridge (the bridge had been scheduled for replacement). Commissioner Duane Bakke asked to have signage placed on Grosbeak Road to advise motorists about Hogsback Bridge. Gregg noted that they had to obtain barricades from MnDOT because they had used all of the county barricades. Several roads in the southeast portion of the county remained closed as of Tuesday. Gregg reported the existence of ruts, which measured two feet deep or more, would not allow two lane traffic. He explained they will need to examine several bridges to see if the abutments have broken loose. Gregg praised maintenance crews for diligently working to get roads passable.

The damages had more effect on public infrastructure than private property. Beck didn’t think it was likely that private damages could meet the threshold for aid. Chairman Randy Dahl suggested that charitable organizations will have to pitch in to help with private losses. Dahl thanked residents who helped people in distress.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen provided a detailed report of events on late June 22 and early June 23. His office was busy responding to reports of flooding, campgrounds under water, evacuations, stranded cars and people, reports of impassable roads, loss of livestock, and .....
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Hike to Indian Monument

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

High atop the bluff on the south side of Houston, Minn. and hidden amongst the dense tree canopy lies a large and interesting rock formation locally known as “Indian Monument.” There is no known connection to Native Americans, but the hike and f ..... 
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Recap of Weekend Power Outages

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Three days of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning have left Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) employees and members hoping for a break from Mother Nature. Power outages began Friday morning (June 21) and continued on ..... 
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Stand (for) our ground

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

If there was ever a year to be a worst case scenario for soil erosion, 2013 could be it. The last two years of timely rains and almost ideal conditions for harvest have erased the memories of the rains of 2007 and 2008 which devastated parts of sou ..... 
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Be Aware of All Requirements When Clearing Trees

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being cl ..... 
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Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

2013 Iowa Prairie Conference features regional experts on prairies and the Driftless Region. DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme “Prairies on the Edge” July 18-20. This is the first time t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Wide WEED UP!

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and with it have come the unsightly weeds that threaten to overtake our public green spaces. We need your help to get Lanesboro’s greenery under control! Join fellow volunteers on Monday, June 24 from 6 - 8 pm at the Lanesboro Vi ..... 
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Live Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands 7:00 PM Saturday, June 15 Houston Nature Center Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how ..... 
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge
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