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Lanesboro explores police options


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Sheriff Jim Connolly appeared before the Lanesboro City Council August 18th to share his suggestions for police coverage in the city of Lanesboro. Pointing out the unique situation caused by the influx of tourists in the city, Connolly suggested joint policing with the city of Preston. “For the same cost as hiring your own person, you could get more bang for the buck,” Connolly enthused. Preston is only eight miles from Lanesboro so even if the officer were in the other city, response time would be short.

“Pair and share are the going words today,” Connolly stated as he informed the council that it was working well in the cities of Harmony, Mabel, and Canton currently. Harmony and Mabel are paying $57,000 per year for seven days a week, nineteen hours a day police protection. Connolly went on to say that the police service was eight percent under budget for the year in Harmony and Mabel at midyear. Lanesboro has in its annual police budget $71,000, which provides around 2,920 hours of police protection for the year, much less actual protection.

Connolly agreed to provide neutral assistance on scheduling, dividing time, etc. if Lanesboro and Preston decided to share officers. He pointed out that Lanesboro would be contracting for services from Preston in his suggested scenario. At Connolly’s suggestion, the council voted to draft a letter to the Preston city council regarding the possibility.

Public Hearing on Street Vacations

Allen Haugen was the only person to address the council concerning the vacation of a portion of Fifth Street. Haugen’s concern was that two dying pine trees in the street would become his responsibility. The council readily agreed to remove the trees before vacating the street. The street vacation was requested because Bev Johnson is in the process of selling her home. While the physical street curves, the platted street was straight; as a result, Johnson’s house was built in the platted street. Property owners abutting the vacated street will gain additional property from this action.

A portion of Beacon Street near S and A Petroleum was also vacated. S and A needs to put in a cement loading pad in order to comply with updated requirements. Councilman Jerome Halvorson noted he had received comments from neighboring property owners who said they were “perfectly content” with the plan as suggested by the Planning and Zoning C .....
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Preston City Council Report: City to consider joint police operation with Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz was given the go ahead by the Preston City Council at their Monday, August 18 meeting, to research the feasibility of entering into an arrangement to provide law enforcement coverage for the city of Lanesboro. The ci ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges  According to court records, the following individuals were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 18:  •Travis Ryan Jonsgaard, 19, Rushford, was charged with felon ..... 
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Planning Commission approves two new subdivisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved two new housing subdivisions at its meeting last week, one in Amherst Township and one in Chatfield Township.  The Secluded Land Company, DeSoto, Wisconsin, is developing the A ..... 
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Where does a Twin Cities celebrity go to retire?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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For Jan Smaby, the answer was obvious: Fillmore County.

"I knew from a young age if I ever got the chance to live in southeastern Minnesota permanently, I would do it," she said.

Smaby retired last year fro ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: OFFSET to help establish setback distances for odor control

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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"This tool is site specific. It will measure setbacks from feedlots to city limits,” stated Feedlot Officer Michael Frauenkron as he briefed county commissioners on Tuesday on new technology used to measure odor and determine setback limits. OFFSET: ..... 
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Commissioners review department budgets

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The county board, as part of their budget review process, met with a number of department heads on Tuesday.  •Recorder’s Office. Recorder Richard Mensink informed the board that for every document the office updates and files ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Six area men were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 11, with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on March 2, 2003. [Read the Rest]

Ostrander open meeting law challenge goes to court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The first jury trial to take place in the temporary courtroom set up in Chatfield City Hall will concern a suit brought by Mark Schumann, Jim Start and 40 other citizens from Ostrander against former Ostrander mayor Victor Feine and former council me ..... 
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