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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art Center details “draw” council’s attention once again


Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the August 4th Lanesboro City Council meeting, the council turned their attention to a letter in which Cornucopia, Commonweal, and Root River Valley Friends of the Arts (RRVFOA requested a waiver so the three groups could hire Twin Cities attorney Eric Galatz to assist them in creating a management agreement for the proposed Center for the Arts. Galatz had been hired by the city in the previous art endeavor that was related to the city receiving a $1 million state bond for the art center.

Council member Peggy Hanson expressed her hesitation in approving such a request, as she noted that RRVFOA, a recently formed entity, was assuming the city was working with them when the city had nothing in writing concerning the identity, purpose, and structure of the organization. Hanson went on to state she had just seen the letter that same day and that neither the EDA nor the city had had any other communication from the group thus far.

Holly McDonough of Cornucopia replied, "It has come to my attention that we have been woefully negligent in communication."

She informed the council the groups were currently doing research on the size, scope, cost and fund-raising needed for the project. McDonough promised an informational sheet to improve communication between the groups and the city and public. Speaking for Cornucopia, she told the council, "Cornucopia is committed to working with all of the others to utilize the million dollars and making the project a public process."

David Ruen of the Commonweal told the council three representatives from Commonweal and three from Cornucopia were working together with RRVFOA and wished to hire an attorney skilled in putting together management contracts. The goal was to get objections on the table and deal with the differences objectively.

Hanson responded, "My concern is that we are glossing over the issue of these entities working together." She pointed out the "big issues as to the roles of the entities." While Hanson agreed with the hiring of Eric Galatz, she urged the council to hire him to represent the city, as he had in the past.

When Councilman Kevin Drake questioned the funding for such a hire, accountant Lloyd Johnson reminded the council they still had some administrative funds left from the state they could use. The council opted to hire Galatz using the remaining $13,000 initially .....
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Preston City Council Report: Bonding bid for County 17 accepted

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Another busy agenda was tackled by the city council of Preston. Confusion, occasional disorder and conflicting personalities fueled a long meeting.

Mike Bubany of David Drown & Associates presented the bids for the County 17 bon ..... 
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Lanesboro lets Police Chief go

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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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 Mon ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Board will consider a proposal to hold trial court in Chatfield

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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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
Posted in Features

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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