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Cooperation and discussion mark Northcountry meeting


Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

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 Northcounty Cooperative, addressed the gathering first.

Lund described and explained the concept of cooperative housing. In cooperative housing, the residents actually own shares in the corporation that then, in turn, owns the building, unlike condominiums where the owners actually own the real estate. According to Lund, this enables the housing to be more affordable since there is only one real estate transaction needed and from then on just shares in the corporation are sold. Housing cooperatives are flexible and able to provide the residents with services they need. Lund referred to a co-op that started a babysitting cooperative and another that changed their co-op into a retirement home with assisted living help when the residents aged and needed those services. As a result, they were able to remain in their homes. Lund said that originally Northcountry had looked at the school as a possible artists’ co-op, but decided after speaking with citizens of Lanesboro that a family cooperative would better serve the city. Lund concluded her portion of the presentation by reminding the gathering that Northcountry’s purpose was to help and support the establishment of the cooperative and to help with financing, but that it did not have a property management interest.

Warren Kramer, Northcountry’s Director of Housing Development, followed Lund and stressed the three items needed to continue with the project. Kramer mentioned the need for city support saying, "We can’t do this without the community’s help." He went on to ask that the platted alley under the building be vacated (necessary to obtain clear title) and mentioned the need for parking for the residents of the cooperative.

Architect Chris Wegscheid of Cermak Rhoades addressed the assembly, explaining the current popularity of loft housing. Wegscheid was enthused about the large expanses of window, the height and openness of the rooms and the fabulous view available, all of which make the building very suitable for loft living spaces.

Wegscheid also presented four design schemes for the building, green space, and parking.

Scheme "A" left the currently u .....
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SEMEP files suit against MPCA over Heartland

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Papers were filed in District Court on Wednesday, June 25 by attorneys for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its decision on Februrary 25, 2003 not to require an Envi ..... 
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Generators “generate” public interest at Rushford Council meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Citizens opposed to the addition of standby generators at the substation site had a chance to address their questions and comments to the Rushford City Council as they began their meeting on June 23.

Eric Hoiland handed out a l ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Program will focus on the “working poor”

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The good news, according to Fillmore County Director of Social Services, Tom Boyd, is that in the face of declining budgets the state allocation for Income Maintenance Programs will actually increase to $318,000 next year. However, Boyd and his staff ..... 
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Forestville meets $50,000 goal

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“The good news is that we have met our short term goal of raising $50,000,” Charles Pautler, Site Manager at Historic Forestville, told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “I’m here to thank you personally for supporting this effort.” The county do ..... 
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A culinary trip to Chicago

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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"First we eat, then we do everything else."

M.F.K. Fisher

A few weeks ago we took our family summer vacation to Chicago. Our plans included taking the kids to the usual museums, walking around and gawking ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“Weather permitting, we should begin pouring walls tomorrow,” Dean Sand of CAM, Inc. told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “We’re three weeks out on setting steel.”

Sand, along with representatives of Kane & Johnson Archite ..... 
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County holds Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization met on Tuesday afternoon to review assessments of property throughout the county. The total value of all property for the 2003 assessment in Fillmore County is $1,671,962,900, up from $1,519,722,70 ..... 
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DNR hosts open house for trail

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Legislative Authorization - Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root River valley to the intersection of ..... 
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