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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley vacated, cooperative development moves ahead


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

The public hearing on the vacation of the platted alley behind the old school building was first on the agenda of the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7.

Eric Ruen, president of the Bethlehem Church Council, presented the position of the church, "Bethlehem doesn’t want to be a barrier, but we do want to retain road access." Another member of the church council stated, "I was very impressed with the developers. I hope there is a way to lay some claim to the roadway." The Bethlehem Church acknowledged that the title needed to be cleared before the development could move on.

Warren Kramer, Northcountry’s Director of Housing Development, addressed the assembly saying, "I don’t know if there’s gotta be any winners or losers. Everybody can come out in good shape on this."

Councilman Joe O’Connor said he felt the developer shared some excellent information at the meeting the previous Monday night on how to create a win/win situation. John Davis added that he was impressed with the spirit of cooperation at the meeting.

Celeste Birkeland suggested the Park Board be involved as well as Planning and Zoning and EDA with future discussions on the development project.

Mayor Steve Rahn appeared a bit surprised at the small amount of comment as he prepared to close the public hearing, "Sounds like the meeting went well last Monday."

The council then unanimously voted to vacate the platted alley and not change the status quo of the currently used roadway. The alley as it is used now will remain with no changes at this time. Councilwoman Peggy Hanson then presented a resolution supporting the concept of redeveloping the old school, and directing the EDA, Planning and Zoning, and the Park Board to meet with the developers to develop a detailed proposal. Hanson stressed the four issues facing the developers and the city: parking, green space, access by emergency and service vehicles, and keeping the costs down for the city. Hanson’s resolution also included the suggestion of using a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and the possibility of tax increment financing (TIF) for the project. This resolution was also passed.

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Preston City Council Report: Bonding, street improvements and travel expenses

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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A busy agenda engaged the council for all of three hours with Mayor Pro-temp Mike Gartner conducting the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Pechulis.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates laid out his recommendations for sel ..... 
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Rushford Council chooses cemetery road for generator site

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council held a special meeting Monday night, July 7th to continue discussion of site selection for the city’s planned back-up generator. At their June 23rd meeting the council felt the issue deserved a special meeting because of all ..... 
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Committee will present final report on Preston Recreational Facility on July 21

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Steering Committee for the proposed Root River Recreational Facility in Preston will make their final report to the Preston City Council at their July 21 meeting.   The committee has been looking into the feasibility of b ..... 
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County Poor Farm served the needy in years gone by

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Before the days of nursing homes and the welfare system, counties in Minnesota used county farms, more commonly known as “poor farms”, to take care of the elderly and down trodden. Located near Henrytown on the Amherst, Canton township line, Fillmore ..... 
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Friendship Wagon Train raises over $36,000 for Camp Winnebago

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Rains kissed our cheeks, winds echoed our enthusiasm, the sun’s rays warmed sullen times . . .

As individuals, our lives are but fleeting images through destiny’s doors. But, uniting as a family to help others, we have been mold ..... 
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Extension and 4-H leaders concerned over program’s status

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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"We push 4-H because it touches almost 500 kids,” stated Judy Frank, Fillmore County Extension Committee chairperson. Frank, County Extension Director Jerry Tesmer, and Luann Hinike of the SE District Extension Office, came before the commissioners a ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Warrants issued for ATV thefts in Rushford

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Warrants for the arrest of three men wanted in connection with the theft of ATV’s and other vehicles in five states were issued in Fillmore County District Court on June 27.

Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47; Abel Carcasco Zamora, 51; and ..... 
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Cooperation and discussion mark Northcountry meeting

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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On Monday, June 30, about twenty residents of Lanesboro came to the Community Center to hear and ask more about the plans of Northcounty to develop the old Lanesboro Elementary School as a housing cooperative. Margaret Lund, executive director of Nor ..... 
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