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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection


Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Prestons Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about the proposed police contract. Torgerson said that the proposed contracted cost of $65,000 would cover the needed additional police car, all equipment, and necessary additional policing for Buffalo Bill Days.

In their discussion, the council came up with more questions they wanted answered about the contract. The council asked for a breakdown of the determination of the proposed cost. Joe OConnor asked if the cost would hinge upon the hours of police coverage or the citys population. Yet another question was what would happen to the newly purchased police car if the contract were terminated. The council suggested creating a joint advisory council for the Police Department.

Torgerson will once again forward all of the councils questions to Prestons Chief of Police Matthew Schultz. Schultz will be attending the November 3 Lanesboro City Council meeting to discuss the contract further.

Matt Curran, owner of the Picnic Basket, asked from the audience for a timeline for the process of obtaining police protection. Curran, concerned about the recent burglaries and break-ins, asked if the council had considered hiring a security company to patrol city streets during prime burglary hours (midnight to 4:00 a.m.), noting that most problems are taking place while the citizens are sleeping. He also suggested the possibility of a citizen group patrolling the area.

Councilman Jerome Halvorson told Curran that the POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) Board did not recommend cities starting such citizens groups because of liability concerns, but did encourage citizens to call in anything out of the ordinary that they happened to see. City Attorney Tom Manion said he would check into the feasibility of hiring a security company for patrols and check on possible city liability in hiring a private service.

As he thanked the council for their time in talking about the situation, Matt Curran stressed he felt this was more of an issue for Lanesboro because it was a tourist town. Stating that his business had been hit twice, Curran declared, I feel real vulnerable!

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Fillmore County District Court: Benson will hear Morten case

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Loeding on August 29.

On September 16, Mortens attorney, Chris Ritts, had asked that Judge Benson to remove himself from the case. Benson had presi ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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The October 7, 2003 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen Treasurer ..... 
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A Day in the Life of Autumn

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Click on the Internets Foliage Network and youll get a forecast of the seasons peak foliage conditions throughout the state. But just step outdoors and youll get an in-your-face blast of what a southeastern Minnesota autumn has to offer.[Read the Rest]

County goes after Clean Water Act funds

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Donna Rasmussen, Soil & Water Conservation District, was before the County Board on Tuesday to request a letter of support for the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program from the board. The grant would provide funds for technical assistance for feedlot ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council focuses on problems at lift station

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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There is a density to the Rushford City Council meetings that few organs of government in Fillmore County can equal: the agenda on Tuesday was four pages long and the council handouts for the meeting ran 57 pieces of paper. Many pages of the document ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Property owners along TH 139 frontage discuss final assessments

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The public hearing for Harmonys TH 139-reconstruction assessment roll was a quiet one as Mike Lynch of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates outlined property owners responsibilities. Firm figures were presented now that the project has been com ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Stephanie Louise Halverson, 27, Mabel, was charged with two felony counts stemming from an incident in Mabel on March 2, 2003. Halverson is charged with assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon and making ..... 
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Canton woman on the front lines of environmental advocacy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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How does a girl from the Twin Cites suburbs grow up to be an activist for agriculture and the environment?

Loni Kemp of Canton admits its a stretch.

She is currently the senior policy analyst for The Min ..... 
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