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Lanesboro Council POST Board and Audit 2002


Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Paul Monteen addressed the Lanesboro City Council Monday night using a PowerPoint presentation to explain the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Monteen gave a brief overview of the board and its purpose, the licensing of police officers. He then went on to present selection standards for peace officers and the required in-service and reporting policies.

The POST Board requires a minimum of 48 hours training every three years as well as use of force training (8 hours per year) and pursuit driving training (8 hours every three years). Monteen stressed the license belongs to the police officer and the chief law enforcement officer in a city is the one held responsible for compliance with the policies and necessary reporting.

Commending the council for their use of the POST Board and their thorough selection process during the recent hiring of the city’s police chief, Monteen offered continued availability of POST services, including physical audits of the city’s police department. Police Chief Stotts took advantage of such an audit when he was first hired, and the POST Board went over the city’s police department.

During a question and answer session following the presentation, Monteen suggested sharing services by joint powers as a possible budget saving effort. He pointed out that other small Minnesota cities share officers with neighboring cities or sheriff’s departments, pulling officers from a pool of full-time officers. Monteen said this works better than eliminating a police department and relying on the sheriff’s department for all law enforcement, noting that the sheriff would not enforce local ordinances, but only felonies. He also mentioned the sheriff’s department would not necessarily have staff available to the city at the needed times.

Commenting on another suggestion of using volunteers to patrol the city, Monteen advised against the procedure. His major concerns were the city’s liability in case of injury and the possibility of harassment of such a volunteer in a small town.

2002 Audit

CPA Lloyd Johnson presented the council with the city’s 2002 audit. Johnson pointed out in his summary that fixed asset records and depreciation records will be required in the future. These records are to enable the reader of the audit to see how the city is actually doing financially.

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Bids approved for Ridge Road and Spring Avenue at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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The Preston City Council at their June 16 meeting found itself with no attractive choices when the bids came in for two road projects. The low bid for Ridge Road was about $87,000 higher for the City's share of costs, approximately 27% more than prev ..... 
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“Other People’s Money” another winner for Commonweal

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Commonweal Theater launched another summertime winner on June 13 with “Other People’s Money,” written by Jerry Sterner who was once successful in real estate until he quit to pursue his real love: writing.

Some of us may be fami ..... 
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Renaissance man returns to his Rushford roots

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Friend hear the  words my wandering  thoughts would say.  I’ve found the grandest  place in all the   U.S.A.– &nb ..... 
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County wrestles with Sumner moratorium

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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While the county may have its own ordinance regarding planning and zoning, townships have the right to require even more specified regulations when it comes to land use. Sumner Township has exercised this right by passing a one-year moratorium on bui ..... 
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Court of Appeals hears Tuchek case

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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On Tuesday, June 10, the defense attorney for former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek presented oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Tuchek’s sentence be reduced.

Tuchek was convicted of eight count ..... 
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Heartland hopes to begin construction this fall

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Bob Maust, president of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC says that he hopes to begin construction of his proposed energy plant this fall as soon as all permits are issued. Heartland is presently awaiting an Air Permit from the Minnesota Pollution Co ..... 
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Trees, paths, buses and weeds concern Rushford Citizens

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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The June 9 meeting of the Rushford City Council opened to a full house, as concerned citizens came forward to address the council.   Richard and Holly Holle spoke first about the slated cutting of cedars on the bluff above th ..... 
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St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish closes after 133 years of fellowship

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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By Juliann L. Mueller

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 verse I.

"It is with heartfelt disappointment th ..... 
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