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Lanesboro City Council: Short meeting as promised


Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mayor Steven Rahn had vowed to keep short the second meeting of each month and he certainly delivered on that promise at the Lanesboro City Council meeting Tuesday night. In less than an hour Rahn and the council dispensed with the business before the council. No citizens appeared before the council with business, so the council moved on, quickly approving public utilities, zoning, and city council schedules and reappointing Robert Norby and Jon Willford to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Lynn Jacobson was accepted as a new city representative to the library board. Jacobsons appointment balanced the board, increasing the number of city residents on it.

Feeling that the public utilities commission faced a tough year ahead with a possible rate increase, the council opted to reappoint veteran Gerald Evenson for another two-year term. The council had previously asked for volunteers for the commissions and had little response. Council member Peggy Hanson encouraged interested potential volunteers to come to the meetings and learn about the commissions and their work, reminding the council that some of the current members have served for quite some time and might be ready to leave their positions.

Perusing the bills, council members questioned a bill from the Fillmore County Sheriffs Department. Apparently the Sheriffs Department had billed for work they had done in the city while the city had an officer on duty. Police Chief Stotts and city administrator Barbara Hoyhtya considered that to be mutual aid since an officer was on duty and felt the city should not have been billed. Previously the Sheriffs Department had helped out when the city had no police chief and billed the city for those services.

In their final action of the night the council heard a plan to post spotters to watch for cars for the Winterfest Sledding down the golf course hill for two to three hours on February 8. An earlier request to block streets off had been refused.

With the city business taken care of, the council adjourned in time for its members to join the open house held for new Police Chief Stuart Stotts. Stotts had rearranged the tables in the community room and brought the coffee and cookies to the table, creating a welcoming setting for citizens to meet their new chief. An affable Stotts answered traffic and parking questions, and warmly greeted citizens hed al .....
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Preston City Council: Recreation Center gets go ahead

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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The Preston City Council voted at their meeting Tuesday night to hire Crescendo Consulting of Winona to organize a capital campaign to raise $3 million for a new Recreation Center. The 34,000 square foot facility, which will be built adjacent to the ..... 
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Lack of snow gets mixed reaction

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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Up until a week ago, the brown monotony of ground cover could make Fillmore County residents forget they were smack dab in the middle of winter. Die-hard golfers were hitting the links at several of the area golf courses, homemakers were hanging thei ..... 
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County, DNR agree on trout stream easement

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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As bitter winter winds rapped against the courthouse windows on Tuesday morning, Steve Klotz of the DNR talked to County Commissioners about trout fishing on the Root River. In particular, Klotz was interested in a proposed trout stream easement that ..... 
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Competition cheerleading comes to Fillmore Central

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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Cheerleading is a sport.

As simple as this statement may seem, a controversy about it rages in high school hallways and gym bleachers. Those who argue that it is a sport point out that cheerleading stunts and formations require ..... 
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In the eyes of the law

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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When my niece asked my wife and I if she and her fiance could get married on our farm this summer, we were thrilled and honored to be asked. Megan and her boyfriend, Chris, said that they were planning a small, quiet wedding with friends and family a ..... 
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Housing Study completed in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

A comprehensive housing study of Fillmore County, commissioned by Bluff Country HRA, was unveiled at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14.

The report, conducted by Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, presents a picture of the ..... 
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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evenings meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, ..... 
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Rushford Liquor License fees reduced

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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"Do we expect special treatment? Yes, we do!" exclaimed American Legion representative Dennis Peterson as he addressed the Rushford City Council Monday night at the January 13th meeting, asking them to consider a reduction in liquor license fees for ..... 
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