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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spray park shelved


Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Marge Drake informed the Lanesboro City Council at their February 2nd meeting that the Spray Park planned for spring construction had officially been shelved. The bid from Bremmer and Associates came in at $236,000. This bid did not include the equipment for the park. With a final price tag of close to $300,000, the project proved too expensive; only $165,000 is available. The high water table in Sylvan Park led to the added, unexpected, expense. Drake noted the engineer had already been paid half of his fees, a necessary step before bids could be let.

“We messed it up with the best intentions,” Drake stated as she offered to buy grass seed to reseed the area covered by the sand brought in by the Park Department.

“This is very disappointing to us and to a lot of kids who thought it (the spray park) would be here in the spring,” Drake added as she told the council the committee intends to wait a while and then hold a public meeting to decide what to do next. If another location could be found, the park might be a possibility yet; otherwise the money could be used for a different project to benefit recreation for young people. The committee welcomes suggestions from Lanesboro citizens.

Bridge Painting

Citizen input is also welcomed by the council on the paint color for bridges on Highway 250. Craig Falkum, district bridge engineer from MNDOT, visited with the Lanesboro Council about the scheduled bridge painting this coming summer. Bridge decks were sealed last summer; now the bridges will be painted in an effort to help them last another twenty years. Each bridge will need to be totally shut down for three weeks while the old lead paint is sandblasted and new paint is applied. During the six week time period, traffic will be rerouted on Highway 16 to Rushford and then on Highway 30. Emergency services will work out their own routes for the time period.

The project will not be affected much by weather; the work area will be enclosed during the sandblasting and painting process. Plans are to begin as soon as possible after the Fourth of July weekend and to avoid Buffalo Bill Days (August 7th and 8th). The project will be completed before Labor Day weekend. Falkum told the council DOT wants to work with the city to cause as little disturbance as possible. Affected businesses such as campgrounds and Eagle Bluff will be notified so they can communicate .....
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Pautler accepts position at Charles Lindbergh Center

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Several years ago when Charles Pautler was an undergraduate college student working as an intern cataloguing Charles Lindbergh’s clothing, he didn’t give much thought that one day his career would focus on the great man.

All tha ..... 
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Local pharmacies in fight over fee for services on state plan

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

At a time when America is very much focused on the rising costs of prescription drugs, two local pharmacists are taking on the administrator of a state program that handles pharmacy services to nursing homes.

On October 8, Prim ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Steve Knoepke and Pat Gartner sworn in

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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A fresh, sparkling blanket of fluffy, new snow transformed the look of Preston Monday evening as the city council of Preston also took on a new look. There was a large turn-out despite the difficult roads.

Council members Heath ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Assessor discusses Rushford property tax

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Fillmore County Assessor Robert Pickett and Assessor Fred Horihan visited the Rushford City Council meeting January 26th to discuss the perceived inconsistencies in the valuation of commercial property in Rushford. Pickett, ailing with a cough, gave ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Full-time position will save county money

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

“We had planned to contract with our consultant for help with moving all the network equipment and computer systems at the end of February. However, with the expertise of our new Assistant, we feel we can save over $500 in consultant costs in just on ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Daniel Lee Ramaker, 23, of Wykoff, was charged with one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and driving after revocation, a gross misdemeanor. According to the criminal complain, it is alleged that Ramaker t ..... 
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2004 session will be a mix of bonding and legislative issues

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Editor’s note: Rep. Greg Davids met with Journal Editor John Torgrimson about the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session that will begin Monday, February 2. The session, which is expected to last until around Easter, will focus primarily on bonding p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Science department goals and curriculum reviewed

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Like many rural, smaller schools, the Fillmore Central science department has had to tackle the problems of upgrading the program to meet new state standards, and to become a solid stepping-stone for those students who will be attending college. [Read the Rest]
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