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Lanesboro City Council Report: A law lesson on “Reliance”


Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

Anyone attending the November 3, 2003 Lanesboro City Council meeting got a law lesson from city attorney Tom Manion with an English lesson on the word “adjacent”, as well as a history lesson on Lanesboro city government thrown in. Hillcrest Gast Hus had requested a conditional use permit to convert from a two-bedroom bed and breakfast to a four-bedroom bed and breakfast (B&B). The Planning and Zoning Commission had held a public meeting and subsequently voted 5-1-1 to recommend the council authorize the permit.

The law required adjacent landowners be notified of such a meeting. The definition of adjacent was given as “abutting” the property. Adjacent landowners had been sent written notification of the conditional use permit meeting. Notices were also published in the paper and on the local TV channel. While some citizens were concerned that not enough of the neighbors had been contacted, the council was satisfied the law had been followed.

Neighbors Mark and Pat Hanson submitted letters giving the history of the B&B. Apparently, in 1997 former city administrator Stephen Sarvi made a mistake in telling the Frys they could operate a two-bedroom B&B in their home even though the home did not meet the criteria of being at least 75 years old. The Frys relied on this information and purchased the home. The council granted an exception because of the misunderstanding of the B&B ordinance and the reliance of the Frys on what was told them. In 2001 city administrator Barb Hoyhtya assured the Frys they could sell their property as a B&B. Mark and Pat Hanson urged the council in their letter to terminate the exemption for the two-bedroom B&B since the Frys were about to sell rather than granting a permit for a four-bedroom B&B.

City attorney Tom Manion stressed that reliance was an important element in this situation. Owners Paul and Carol Fry relied on information given to them by the city administrator when they purchased the property and developed it as a B&B. Now as they are ready to sell it to new owner Marv Eggert there is still an issue of reliance. If the property was no longer allowed to be a B&B, they would suffer financially. Eggert’s accepted offer on the property was made with reliance that this property was a B&B.

The council struggled with the problem, attempting to balance economics vs. quality of life; values in taxes vs. retaining residential property. They he .....
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The singing of the hounds

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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I was invited to spend an evening with two coon hunters who enjoy the Lanesboro area’s woods and fields.   What began as a mutual interest years ago has grown into a seasonal ritual for two good friends enjoying the sport of ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courthouse project ready for winter

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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“Everything is water tight,” assured David Johnson, the courthouse construction manager. “We could have a downpour now and we’re ready.” This was a timely statement as rains and threats of snow have moved into the area this past week.

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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford Council closer to resolving sewer/lift station problems

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Monday night, October 27th, the Rushford City Council reconsidered the problem Paul and Luanne Dvorak had when the lift station malfunctioned and sent sewer water flooding their basement. At a previous meeting the council had offered to pay half of t ..... 
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Election 2003

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

The following elections and school referendums will take place on Thursday, November 4:  City Elections  •Rushford: Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.  [Read the Rest]

Coleman will sponsor Rural Renaissance Act

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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On Wednesday, Senator Norm Coleman announced plans to sponsor legislation that would invest $50 billion in rural America designed to improve an aging and somewhat outdated infrastructure.

Called the Rural Renaissance Act, each s ..... 
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Preston City Council: Council spells out conditions for Heartland building permit

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The council had passed a similar measure at their regular October 20 meeting. But Tuesday’s action spelled out, in more detail, the conditions the Mausts would need to meet in order for a building permit to be issued in the future.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Lee Allen Comstock, 20, Spring Valley, and Amber Lee Finley, 23, Chatfield, were charged with two felony counts of check forgery stemming from an incident on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the ..... 
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LMC brings Road Show to Chatfield

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.  According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Pu ..... 
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