VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 293 | 294 | 295 | 296 | 297 | > | >>

City no longer a partner in Lanesboro Center for the Arts


Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

With a full council in attendance, the Lanesboro City Council rescinded an earlier motion from March 2002 and withdrew from involvement with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts. The action, which took place at the council’s regular meeting on April 7, means that the city will no longer seek the $1 million in bonding approved by the Minnesota Legislature for the project..

The city had originally agreed to have a separate, independent Lanesboro Center for the Arts Board, made up of five city representatives and four representatives from arts groups involved in the project. But earlier this year, a new proposal was made where the LCA would be wholly made up of arts members with the city’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) acting as a liaison between the city and the Center for the Arts.

Council member Joe O’Connor stated that some of the members of the EDA wondered if the task would be too big for the authority to handle. Council member Peggy Hanson commented, "Early on I think there would be a lot of work." Although some of the council were concerned about possible expense of the project, they were assured that any costs incurred could be reimbursed to the city from the legislative grant. In a split vote, the council decided to end involvement in the project. Council member Jerome Halvorson joined O’Connor and Hanson in ending the project. Council members Kevin Drake and Mayor Steve Rahn voted in opposition.

Later in the evening, the council rescinded another motion. On March 3, 2003, the council had voted to purchase a new backhoe contingent on the public utilities paying for half of the cost. The Public Utilities Commission chose not to trade in the backhoe because they felt other equipment needed replacement more. City Manager Barb Hoyhtya presented the council research showing that the city would be better off financially if they kept the backhoe longer, providing good maintenance for it. In light of the current budget constraints, the council opted to keep the old backhoe.

Still with an eye on the budget, the council decided not to commit to funding a proposed EDA position. Money not spent on the position will be absorbed in the general account. Joe O’Connor pointed out that this was "not necessarily a money question but a support question." Peggy Hanson added, "that (the support) may change as the Chamber of Commerce takes a leadership role. The fact that we are ex .....
[Read the Rest]
TJ Liquor

Preston council looks at Highway 52 project

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council approved a contract to hire Bonestroo Projects to oversee the city’s share of the Highway 52 project. In conjunction with this, Mike Bubany with David Drown and Associates presented the council with background information on ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A log home never goes out of style

Sat, Apr 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

I give you shade, I give you warmth, your words are scrolled upon my breast.    I grow tall for all to see. This is what God intended for me. I am just a tree.

"It just kind of evolved. We talked about b ..... 
[Read the Rest]

On the road in Panama

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

Panama, they say, is the next big destination. The next place to go once you’ve burnt out on the crowds everywhere else. It’s tropical and has pristine beaches on two different oceans. There are rain forests and exotic birds and of course, there’s th ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Sheriff discusses budget options

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

"We are looking at some cuts, but not to hurt the staff," stated Fillmore County’s Sheriff Jim Connolly, as he addressed the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday regarding budget cuts, courtesy of the state of Minnesota.   Connol ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Four-day kindergarten new at Fillmore Central

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

Through the innovation of two elementary school teachers, kindergartners attending school at Fillmore Central today are treated somewhat differently than students in the past.

When my son attended kindergarten nine years ago, he ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Heartland faces local opposition

Fri, Apr 4th, 2003
Posted in Features

While Heartland Energy & Recycling recently received a favorable response from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) - the regulatory agency accepted its Environmental Assessment Worksheet and did not require a costly and time consuming Envir ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A conversation about war, taxes and the state of Minnesota

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Live life as it comes," Elmer L. Andersen said as we sat and talked in his St. Paul home.

Elmer L. Andersen was governor of Minnesota from 1961 through 1963 and State Senator from 1949 through 1958. In addition, he was CEO of ..... 
[Read the Rest]

An officer and a gentleman

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"There had been a lot of talk in the wind, but we kind of knew in March that we’d be called up," Brett Corson said as he talked about his Army Reserve Unit being deployed.

Corson, who was elected to Fillmore County Attorney in N ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 293 | 294 | 295 | 296 | 297 | > | >>