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Lanesboro City Council


Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Council gets tax lessonBy Mike McGrathMonday, January 29, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council met in a lengthy session last Monday evening, dealing with tax assessors, subdivisions and disgruntled residents.

After approval of the agenda and minutes, the Council listened to a presentation by Fillmore County Assessor Robert Picket and assessor Dave Kiehne.

Kiehne was the dominant speaker during the presentation, explaining how the Minnesota tax code works with regard to property assessments. According to Kiehne, the State has guidelines that must be followed, requiring reassessment every four years.

Despite the fact that Kiehne went on to explain just how the tax calculations are made, tossing around such baffling terms like "tax capacity structure," "limited market value" and "levy rates," it seemed the citizens in the room just wanted to know why their taxes are going up so dramatically.

"Lanesboro in not unique in values anymore," consoled Kiehne as he explained that property values are going up in cities all over Fillmore County. "We do this all day long, so we do know values."

At one point, Mayor Brose also assured the citizens that the Council had only raised its expense budget by $1164 for 2001, thus the tax increases were not coming from over spending by city officials.

Lanesboro property values have been steadily rising for the last five years, and this is clearly reflected in the real estate sales transactions recorded in the courthouse. Since the assessor had not been around in at least four years, the cumulative effect of the increased value came as a shock to many residents.

The city will conduct a Board of Review in April at which time taxpayers may have an opportunity to protest their assessment. Following the city review, a second level of appeal is at the county Board of Review in early June.

Rural Subdivision

The Council voted unanimously to exercise its "two-mile limit" authority on subdivision review for a proposed subdivision in section 30 of Holt Township.

The application for the 3-lot subdivision proposed by Jesse Buggs of St. Paul had originally been made to the Fillmore County Zoning Office. State law allows cities to exercise review authority over all subdivisions proposed within two miles of their boundary.

The discussion on the subdivision seemed to center around why the application nearly went through the entire county process befor .....
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From sleepy town to boom town

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Chatfield undergoes dramatic changeBy Mary JergensenMonday, January 29, 2001

One of Chatfield's claims to fame is that they are the only town in Fillmore County with a stoplight. While that may conjure up a sleepy small ..... 
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Board hears proposed land exchange

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Last Tuesday, the Fillmore County Board learned of a proposed land exchange between the DNR and Chatfield area surveyor Geoffry Griffin.

The local DNR Forester, John Kelly, informed the board of the proposal m ..... 
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Commission deals with sawmill permits, tower

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Mike Tuohy’s first act as newly elected chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission was to implement a sign up system for the public to give input at public hearings.

"We need to register the speakers ..... 
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Peterson Resigns

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, January 29, 2001

Fillmore County Commissioner Gary Peterson announced his resignation to the County Board at last Tuesday’s meeting. Peterson, who has been a Commissioner for 16 years, was just reel ..... 
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The war against grime

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

I had a feeling that there was something in the wind. There seemed to be an unnatural quiet and I had a premonition that something dreadful was going to happen. It was as though there was a dense fog bank and I knew so ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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The Pledge of Allegiance to America

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Today there is, and perhaps there always will be, conflict in the world. The United States, however, fortunately enjoys peace and freedom.

Like other things of great value, this security did not come cheaply. A ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court Report

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

• Driving After Suspension, 2 counts - Robert Lee Walker, 33, Cannon Falls, MN. Sentenced Jan. 17, 2001, fined $690.

• Moving Misdemeanor, Seat Belt- Robert John Frazer, 19, Pr ..... 
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