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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts project up in the air again


Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council clearly illustrated the need for an odd number of council members at their meeting Monday, March 17 as they attempted to deal with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) project.

On March 3, a proposal to let the Commonweal Theatre Company and Cornucopia Art Center to take over the Lanesboro Center for the Arts with the EDA monitoring the city’s role in the public/private partnership was referred to the EDA for consideration.

On Monday, a motion to table the issue further because Council member Jerome Halvorson was absent failed with a 2-2 tie vote. Discussion followed.

Council member Peggy Hanson reported that while the EDA had voted in favor of undertaking the oversight of the LCA project and continuing with the public/private teaming on the project, Hanson personally recommended rescinding the city’s motion from a year ago to continue the partnership. In a two-page letter to fellow council members, Hanson detailed her reasons for her position.

These reasons included:

• neither Cornucopia or Commonweal requested continued city involvement;

• the Art Center Project would continue regardless of city involvement as a private venture;

• the partnership would bring "unnecessary additional responsibilities" for the city;

• public dollars are needed more in other budgetary areas during this tough economic time; and,

• the LCA will continue to have broad community support either way.

Hal Cropp, Director of the Commonweal Theater and former councilman, stated that the need for such an organization would not go away. He added the arts organizations were looking to the city to make a decision and commitment to the arts by backing this project. Pointing out the minimal risk for the city, Crop encouraged the councl to, "leave the door open to allow for the use of the state’s million dollars."

Councilman Joe O’Connor, a former member of the LCA board, said that he believed the project had a higher probability of going forward as a private venture because of the city’s limited resources.

Concurring with O’Connor, Hanson stressed the city’s need to maintain infrastructure and to keep taxes low. Hanson believes doing so will provide the atmosphere to encourage the arts and project .....
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Preston City Council Report: Plans approved for new water main system

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Joe Palen, an engineer with Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates, presented to the council plans and cost projections for Spring Avenue and Ridge Road Projects in conjunction with MnDOT's highway 52 design. The center of the plan is to replace ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Zoning permits challenge county board

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Norman Craig, Fillmore County Zoning Administrator, brought two permits before the county board on Tuesday.

The first was a blasting conditional use permit for John Ackerman of Spring Valley Township. The second was a subdivisi ..... 
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County schools feel financial pinch

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Governor Tim Pawlenty has managed to cut a broad swath across Minnesota’s state budget, leaving only one area untouched: K-12 education. This should bring sighs of relief to Fillmore County school districts, but local superintendents find it difficul ..... 
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The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

I had a little bird,

its name was Enza.

I opened the window,

and in-flu-enza.

(Children skipped rope to this rhyme during the flu epidemic.)

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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Amherst Township

Gene Topness Supervisor12

Richard Kelly Treasurer 12

Arendahl Township

Richard Ostrem 14

Gaylord Brown 14

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Harmony Fire Department does well with grant funds

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

As representatives from the Harmony Fire Department explained to it’s city council the proposed expenditures for recently received grants, it was evident the department was sitting in pretty good shape. Bill Hanlon and Steve Donney outlined three gra ..... 
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Rushford Library construction deferred

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Burt Svendsen, chairman of the Rushford Public Library Board, visited the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, March 10, to report on library usage and building progress. Svendsen shared that the library is still seeing growing numbers of patrons as ..... 
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State cuts loom heavy on minds of commissioners

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
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"Counties will face some very heavy lifting to meet the challenges presented by the Governor’s budget proposal." That was the message from the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) during a video presentation conducted by Policy Coordinator Karen B ..... 
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