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Lanesboro City Council Report: Cooperation continuing on Church Hill Cooperative development


Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer of Northcountry returned to the Lanesboro City Council with a refined plan for the Church Hill Cooperative property (the Old School) on Tuesday night. The new plan calls for one handicapped and eight other indoor parking stalls as well as seven attached garage bays, two loading zones and five outdoor parking spots. Garages would be tucked into the “eyebrow” of the hill with outdoor parking spots available on top of the garages. In addition, the new plans show 24 on-street parking spots on Hillcrest and Ridgeview; thus meeting the current zoning requirements. The plan also calls for the roof of the building’s annex to be used as a patio/sitting area.

In the new plan, entry will be on the Hillcrest side of the building and a curb cut will be necessary for a driveway into the property. Responding to the needs of Bethlehem Church, the developers have opted to keep the alley as a public alley, one-way towards Ridgeview as it is currently used. Northcountry is willing to cover the costs of the alley on their property; the city/church will need to work out responsibility for the alley/parking lot in back of the church.

Jeff Allman added that Northcountry wanted to “formalize and upgrade the bunny trail” access from the city park, calling it a “nice amenity.”

The city council took formal action to move the project along. The plan for parking was approved with councilman Jerome Halvorson dissenting. The council unanimously directed the city attorney to work with Bethlehem Church to determine options, cost estimates, and necessary easements for the alley/parking area behind the church. The city attorney was also directed to work with the church and the cooperative to ensure that no building would be done in the sixteen-foot area between the two buildings. The council also unanimously directed the Park Board to coordinate with the cooperative in developing the bunny trail. With councilmen Halvorson and Drake dissenting, the council opted to hire Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates to create a TIF redevelopment district around the Church Hill Cooperative property. The cooperative will pay Bubany’s costs and pay for the alley construction on the cooperative property.

A motion to no longer require a sidewalk along Hillcrest on the cooperative property failed. This was sent back to Planning and Zoning for further study. Keeping a sidewalk wo .....
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Tragedy on the trail

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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The 11th annual “Ride the Root River Trail” wagon ride ended in tragedy on Wednesday, September 3 when a large dead elm tree fell across the trail hitting one of the wagons.

Killed was Marty Quandt, 53, of Rochester. Two other p ..... 
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Chatfield grocery closes doors after 10 years

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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"Red pickup, yet?" inquired Bob Vondal of his customer as he carried two bags of groceries out the store’s doors.   Vondal, a 30-year veteran in the grocery business, has been subdued lately as he prepared to close the doors ..... 
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Rushford aims to build Nanobridge into 21st century

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Nanotechnology? Nanu, nanu? No, it’s not a flashback to the old days of Robin Williams’ Mork and Mindy! According to Kevin Klungtvedt of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINT), nanotechnology is the “direct manipulating of atoms and molecul ..... 
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Court of Appeals upholds Tuchek conviction

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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On Tuesday, August 26, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Fillmore County District Court’s conviction of former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek for the April 2002 “hero fire” that destroyed three historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro. [Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Garwick Robert Sneed, 30, Rochester, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 25, with felony theft of a motor vehicle stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on June 17. Sneed was relea ..... 
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Heartland opponents ask for county board’s support

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Over the past several months, citizens of Preston and outlying areas have been in a dispute over the proposed Heartland tire burning facility, dividing its residents.

Concerned citizens came to the County Commissioners on Tuesd ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford officials respond to drought conditions

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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At the advice of Public Works Director Jeff Copley, the Rushford City Council urged voluntary citizen cooperation in water conservation at the August 25th council meeting. Citizens have been asked to refrain from watering lawns and washing cars until ..... 
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Professors from Eastern Europe learn about market economy

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Four university professors from eastern Europe were browsing around the Fillmore County countryside this past week looking at the economics of agriculture. Some of the their activities included talking to farmers in the Rushford area, meeting with se ..... 
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