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Lanesboro Council asked to restructure Lanesboro Center for the Arts or give up $1 million bond


Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The status of the proposed Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) took center stage at the packed Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday night, March 3rd.

Council member Joe OíConnor presented a detailed summary of the LCA project to date. According to OíConnor, the original board structure, which included city representatives and representatives from the Commonweal and Cornucopia, proved "difficult to implement" because of the public versus private focuses of the representatives involved.

The LCA board, which presently consists of four city appointed members, proposed a new plan in which the Commonweal and Cornucopia would fund-raise, design the center, and develop and manage the project while the city council would appoint the Economic Development Authority to act as a "review, approval, and verification committee." Under this set-up, there would be no city representatives on the LCA; it would consist solely of the two arts groups. The proposed plan would allow the LCA to own everything it raises until the time the state requires ownership by the city as a requirement for receiving a matching grant of $1 million in state bonding. The EDA would oversee the project and be responsible for reporting progress to the state and city council as necessary.

Councilwoman Peggy Hanson, who serves on the EDA, expressed her concerns about the suggested LCA board, pointing out the need to know the board structure and fiduciary responsibility, as well as clear use agreements. The council also expressed concern about the significant role that the city itself must play due to the fact that tax-exempt bonds can only fund a publicly owned enterprise.

A second option offered by the current LCA board was for the city to rescind its decision to participate in the LCA project and decline the bond.

Councilman OíConnor declared that, as for the remaining members of the LCA, "Our work is done." On hearing this, the council moved to accept the resignations of the current board members. Relieved board member John Torgrimson offered to second the motion, generating a few chuckles. The council opted to have the EDA look at the proposal before making any final decision on it.

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Preston will need to tighten its belt if local government aide is reduced

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

If Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal is accepted as is, Preston will receive $61,000 (10.7%) less in Local Government Aide (LGA) from the state this year. Next year the reduction would be $117,000 (24%). Mayor David Pechulis suggested that when ..... 
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Postcard from Mexico

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

Itís 7:30 in the morning in room 18 on the third floor of the Luna Mar Vacacional in a small town along the Pacific coast of Mexico. The ocean looks like a sea of glass outside the veranda, yet, every five seconds the surf cracks like thunder onto th ..... 
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Township election pivotal to Sumnerís future

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

When the Fillmore County Planning Commission signed off on the Conditional Use Permit for the proposed Sumner Township subdivision known as Washington Country Estates, it fueled a debate that could ultimately be decided by Sumner Township residents i ..... 
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Pet turns couple into amateur mushers

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

When Aaron and Natalie Harwood purchased their pet Siberian Husky, Mariah, back in 1999, little did they know their lives would soon go to the dogs.

It started out quite innocently when the couple began skijoring with Mariah on ..... 
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Commissionersí Report: Proposed courthouse project suffers major blow

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The countyís proposed courthouse project loomed precariously as a five page estimate with actual figures was passed out to the commissioners at the meeting on February 25th. Itís sub total of $3,890,519 shattering the boardís perception of a $3.8 mil ..... 
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Planning Commission approves Sumner Township subdivision

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the Bruce Bucknell subdivision in Sumner Township, sending the application on to the County Board for the final approval.

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Water worries Rushford Council

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council addressed the cityís omnipresent water concerns as it met February 24, 2003. The annual water report showed that in the past year 22,901,108 gallons of water were unaccounted for (and as a result not paid for either). This w ..... 
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SWCD will look at other ways to fund conservation programs

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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When Governor Pawlenty cut $7.3 million in water and soil resource grants state-wide in his unallotment process a few weeks ago, he probably wasnít thinking about what effect his decision would have on local conservation programs. After all, the gove ..... 
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