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Lanesboro City Council Report: Mural okayed for safety wall at 208 N. Parkway


Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Amanda Rafuse of Friends of the Arts (FOTA) and Sara Decker of Cornucopia Art Center shared plans for a mural with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting Monday, October 4, 2004. The mural, slated to be painted on a safety wall for the construction of the new Center for the Arts at 208 North Parkway, will be designed by artist Erik Pearson and funded by FOTA.

Pearson plans to create eight frames for the seventy-five foot wide fence. The eight frames will depict all kinds of people and scenes in Lanesboro. Pearson uses a bold black outline in his work. He plans to create outlines for resident volunteers to paint with Pearson finishing the final detailing. Pearsons style includes text, and numbers in his artwork. He has had Rafuse take digital pictures of area sights and signs to help him in his planning of the murals. In addition, the artists have gone to area groups, ranging from elementary school classes to senior citizen groups, with the questions, What is art? How do you find art in your daily life? The responses to these questions are providing direction to Pearson as he designs the mural.

The safety wall will be in place for approximately two years, the time needed to construct the art center. During that time sidewalk superintendents will be able to use peepholes incorporated in the mural to monitor the construction progress. After that time, the group hopes to remove the wall and display individual panels throughout the city.

Decker and Rafuse asked the councils approval for the project and stressed their desire for community involvement. The council gave its blessing, asking only for assurance that the content not be offensive or objectionable in any way since the art would be displayed in public space.

Skate Park

Dave Applen and a lone skateboarder appeared to ask for a change in the site for the planned skate park. The new site selected is near the basketball courts. Joe Rogers of the Park Department felt it would be desirable to get the park farther from the campers. The new location will allow the school building to buffer noise to the south. Council member Joe OConnor asked if any discussion had taken place with the school, noting that the school and city have an on-going relationship of sharing the park space. City attorney Tom Manion said he assumed the property was city owned, but mentioned the need to verify t .....
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Preston City Council Report: Council wrestles with Highway 52 issues

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
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The Highway 52 project dominated Prestons city council meeting on Monday, October 4. Several homeowners along the Highway 52 corridor turned out to voice complaints over plans for beautification (or lack there of) of retaining walls along the route. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Matthew Rory Tostenson, 33, of Mabel, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on October 4, 2004 with two felony counts of theft by swindle. According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that on or aro ..... 
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Election 2004

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal invited all candidates running for elected office in the general election on   November 2, 2004 to send in some information about themselves and why they are running for public office. This include ..... 
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Special Section - National Pork Month: Change and growth in the pork industry

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

Thirty years ago, a person could take a drive in the country and, by the time they got back home, they would have a fair idea of what pork production was like in their immediate area. A windshield tour would reveal outdoor lots full of hogs. Small A- ..... 
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Neutral Ground boundary passed through the Big Woods

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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Although affected by them, southeastern Minnesota is an area that was not covered by the last glaciers. The glacial melt-waters carved out hundreds of feet of limestone and sandstone creating a landscape of towering bluffs, scenic valleys, rolling hi ..... 
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MPCA upholds finding of facts on Heartland

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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Following further review, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has defended its original finding of facts regarding the proposed Heartland tire-burning plant in Preston.Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC proposes to burn 10 million scrap tires ..... 
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Commissioners' Report: County and city of Lanesboro hope to cooperate on Highway 8 bridge project

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

Members of the Coffee Street Bridge Enhancement Group met with the county board on Tuesday to look at ways the county and city of Lanesboro can work together when improvements are made to the Highway 8 bridge.

The county plans ..... 
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Election 2004

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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The Fillmore County Journal invited all candidates running for elected office in the general election on   November 2, 2004 to send in some information about themselves and why they are running for public office. This include ..... 
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