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Lanesboro lets Police Chief go


Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Features

On Friday, August 25, in a special meeting, the Lanesboro City Council voted to release Stuart Stotts from his position as Lanesboro Chief of Police.

In a prepared statement released by City Attorney, Tom Manion’s office on Monday, “the employment was ended because the City Council of Lanesboro felt that the abilities of Officer Stotts, and the needs of the City of Lanesboro, did not match.”

Stotts, who began work in early January 2003 on a 12 month probationary contract, replaced Police Chief John Tuchek who was convicted of setting an arson fire in April 2002 that destroyed two buildings in downtown Lanesboro. The council had been reviewing Stotts’ performance quarterly.

Stotts came under fire in May when a series of letters to the editor appeared in local papers, including the Fillmore County Journal, questioning the Police Chief’s handling of routine traffic violations. The letters accused Stotts’ of being heavy-handed in how he dealt with violators.

Lanesboro council member Joe O’Connor said that the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department would provide law enforcement for the community in the short term. The Sheriff’s Department contracts to provide law enforcement for the cities of Mabel, Canton, Spring Valley and Harmony.

O’Connor said that when the city was looking at replacing Tuchek it looked into a range of options, including contracting with the Sheriff’s Department, forming a joint powers board with other communities to provide law enforcment or continuing with their own police department.

“Those options will be revisited again,” O’Connor said. “We want to go through the process, working with the League of Minnesota Cities and the Sheriff’s Department.”

Fillmore County District Court: Board will consider a proposal to hold trial court in Chatfield

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, August 5, the Fillmore County Board will consider a proposal to enter into an agreement with the city of Chatfield to hold trial court at Chatfield City Hall beginning the week of August 11. The court needs enough space for a courtroom an ..... 
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Rushford Council accepts damage settlement for tennis court

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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The Rushford City Council accepted the settlement offered by Wausau Insurance for the damage done to the Creekside Park tennis courts and basketball courts at their meeting Monday July 28th. In the settlement the city will receive $10,812 to resurfac ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Cooperative (a.k.a. the Old School) Redevelopment Plan

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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Jeff Allman, now a partner with Northcountry on the redevelopment of the old school property, set the tone for a special Lanesboro Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday, July 30, when he proclaimed, "We’re here to embrace the public intere ..... 
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Fillmore County is 150 years old

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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Fillmore County has reached a most significant milestone. It’s now 150 years old.

Fillmore County was created from Wabasha County by a Legislative act approved March 5, 1853. Its boundaries were indefinite. In general, however, ..... 
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Fillmore County’s 9th Relay for Life to be held in Rushford

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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The community of Rushford will host the county’s 9th annual Relay for Life on Friday, August 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9. The event will take place near the city’s fire station and the Depot Museum where a ..... 
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Hoop Dreams

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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This story has a classic movie line: a group of small town kids organize themselves into a select basketball team that goes on to win a state competition.  So, in the Hollywood tradition of the classic kids-do-well movie genr ..... 
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Heartland gets air permit

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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In a 6-2 vote on Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizen’s Board approved an air permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC to operate a tire-burning plant in Preston. The board also decided that a contested case hearing, an ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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“The project is holding to schedule,” Dave Johnson, the courthouse construction supervisor, told the County Board at Tuesday’s meeting. Johnson said steel work would start within the next week. Johnson said he was pleased with the progress to date. H ..... 
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