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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council explores electrical options


Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

Representatives from UMMPA (Upper Midwest Municipalities Power Agency), Dairyland Power, and Tri-County Electric presented their cases at a joint meeting of the Lanesboro City Council and the Public Utilities on Tuesday night, July 6, as the council explored the membership and negotiating options for electrical service.

Steve Downer, Associate Executive Director of UMMPA, informed the council that it would be cheaper to join UMMPA than other joint action agencies and stressed that it would bring Lanesboro “into closer contact with a group of its municipal utility peers.” UMMPA currently is only negotiating for electric rates. They could, however, also buy into electrical generation in the future.

So far Preston and Spring Valley are members of Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. St. Charles, Rushford, and Lanesboro have been invited to join UMMPA at this time. These three cities were presumably chosen based on their ability to generate power. Each municipality would have a vote on the board and need to send a representative to monthly meetings. St. Charles intends to join; Rushford is still looking into the situation. A member city could decide not to go with the negotiated UMMPA source if it did not like the proposal. State law mandates that a city go out for proposals (RFP) regardless of their agency membership.

Steve Downer confidently commented, “If you can cut a better deal with Dairyland yourself, go ahead!”

Mike Wish of Dairyland Power told the council that it was not Dairyland’s “place to comment on the organization of groups.” Wish went on to say that UMMPA had a long history going back to the mid 1970s and has had some successes. Dairyland currently supplies power to Tri-County and many of the UMMPA members.

Brian Krambeer of Tri-County Electric pointed to the availability of engineering services from Tri-County, noting that Tri-County is already working in Lanesboro on a regular basis. Krambeer further told the council, “You don’t have to join an organization if Dairyland is already doing it on our behalf (finding electric generation).”

Jeff Redalen, director at Tri-County and local Lanesboro business owner commended the council on their long range planning. He said that joining UMMPA wasn’t a bad thing and the Tri-County option was viable. Redalen went on to explain that UMMPA got started because some com .....
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Scheevel family’s passion is in the skies

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Andrew Scheevel remembers attending an air show with his family when he was no more than four years old. That experience had a lasting impression on the now 18-year-old and was the impetus for him becoming a pilot himself.

“I w ..... 
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Heartland passes JOBZ hurdle

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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“Are your meetings always like this?”   an out of town reporter after Monday nights special Preston City Council meeting

PRESTON - Last fall Preston City Council member Heath Mensink voted to deny Heartl ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Land developers Mike Sexhauer and Richard Holle each addressed the Rushford City Council at the regular June 26 meeting about water run-off issues on land they were hoping to develop. Sexhauer informed the council that he and Brian DeFrang from Otomo ..... 
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Journal Opinion

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
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Iraq

Last week’s hand-over of authority in Iraq, and the turnover of dictator Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government, are significant milestones for the struggling country. Time will tell whether the United State’s intervention ..... 
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Doing business in China

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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KUNMING, CHINA - Kunming is a city of about five million, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It is in a mountainous region bordering Vietnam and Laos on the south, Myanmar on the west, and at an altitude of nearly 6000 feet, it i ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Trail enhancements to Coffee Street Bridge presented to council

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Landowner Eric Bunge brought to the Lanesboro City Council’s June 21 meeting plans for creating trails to enhance the Coffee Street Bridge. Bunge owns a triangle of land near the trail and plans to turn ownership over to the city after th ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Flooding and construction damage top June 21 city council meeting

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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PRESTON - The nuts and bolts of small city government - sorting out flooding problems, construction damages, variances, and land issues - topped the Preston City Council meeting on Monday, June 21.

Joe Palen, an engineer with Bo ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: County Board asked to reconsider on county farm

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
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“There are many reasons why we feel Fillmore County should wait to sell the County Farm until the DNR can purchase it,” said Sandra Benson as she read a letter written by herself and her husband Judge Robert Benson to the county board during Citizen ..... 
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