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Lanesboro City Council Report: City Administrator takes steps to improve city books


Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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Bobbie Torgerson stepped into her role of city administrator and submitted her plan to correct negative cash balances in city funds at the October 6th Lanesboro Council meeting. Some of the funds had corresponding CDs which Torgerson suggested cashing, using some of the money to give the funds a positive balance and then purchasing a new CD with the remainder of the money.

The council agreed and took action to correct the funds for the Interpretive Center, Park and Recreation, the street truck, and the Small City Capital Projects. Action was delayed on the Fire and Ambulance Funds and the Coffee Street Project Fund until city auditor CPA Lloyd Johnson could be consulted on those. Torgerson pointed out that the changes would provide for more accountability and help manage cash flow better with a more accurate picture of the state of the city’s finances. Torgerson also asked for her name to be put on the city bank accounts and that Liz Dybing give a report to the city monthly on the Farmer’s Market checking account.

Torgerson requested a new/different computer, noting that her computer needed repair and was too slow to run the necessary city software. When it was mentioned that a spare computer previously purchased by the fire department was sitting unused at City Hall, the council opted to contact the fire department for an approval to allow Torgerson to use that computer.

The council, as a whole, thanked Torgerson for her well-thought, written requests and recommendations to the council.

Police Contract with Preston

The Lanesboro City Council had a chance to peruse a draft police service contract which would provide joint police service for Preston and Lanesboro. The contract provides for at least one officer on duty for the two cities between 12 and 22 hours each day. It also calls for a joint purchase of a new squad car and a suggested compensation for Lanesboro police coverage of $65,000.

Council member Kevin Drake commented that Lanesboro wasn’t saving anything with this contract. City Attorney Tom Manion responded the council might want to ask how the cost structure was determined. Manion pointed out that there was no provision for court time for officers in the contract, but quickly added, “We’re happy to have the potential of working with Preston. This is just a draft.”

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October is National Pork Month: Yes I work with pigs, and darn proud of it!

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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“I haven’t woke up once and not wanted to go to work. My favorite part of the job is Life being born every day."   Kim Merkel   Farrowing Manager

The swine industry has taken man ..... 
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Eagle Bluff celebrates 25th anniversary

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Joe Deden recalls plowing out the long drive way at Eagle Bluff one winter day more than 20 years ago, only to run out of diesel fuel midway through the task. He cross country skied down to his nearest neighbor, John Horihan’s place in the valley, wi ..... 
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Judge Wieners to hear MPCA challenge December 2 in Olmsted County

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners will hear oral arguments on a motion for a summary judgement against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in Courtroom 6 of the Olmsted County Government Center in Rochester beginning December 2. Wieners w ..... 
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Age is a state of mind for Cherry Grove woman

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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The thirst for knowledge and the possibilities of what technology can do for one is not limited by your age or your generation. Someone once said that "it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” [Read the Rest]

Morton out on bail

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Trevor Lee Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley was released on $100,000 bail after completing a psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital.

Judge Robert Benson ordered the evaluation to determine if Morton was abl ..... 
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Sierra Club meets with farmers

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Sierra Club members met with local farmers Saturday, September 20 at the Root River Church of the Brethren in rural Preston to discuss issues of sustainable agriculture.   The meeting was led by Jeff Webster, a 25-year reside ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Heaven on the hill

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Larry Dahl says he knew he wanted to buy the land for his new home the first time he saw it. While Dahl liked his home and neighborhood in Rushford, he was drawn to the land formerly owned by Obert Colbenson on top of the Highway 43 hill. Larry nestl ..... 
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“Eliminating MPCs will help save dairy farms”

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Editor’s note: Preston area dairy farmer Delbert Mandelko participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby members of Congress to support legislation that would close trade loop-holes that allow the importation ..... 
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