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Lanesboro City Council Report: Noisy trucks, speeding vehicles top concerns


Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Nancy and Dave Huisenga came forward Monday, March 15 at the Lanesboro City Council meeting to share their concerns about semis parked on Highway 16 between Kenilworth and Sheridan streets. Not only concerned about the noise caused by the refrigeration systems running, the Huisengas were also worried about the safety issue for the children in the neighborhood.

The council acknowledged the problem and added that another semi parked regularly on Highway 250 in Lanesboro as well. The weight of such trucks on city streets also worried the council.

Apparently, an ordinance prohibiting semis from parking on residential streets in the city was written in 1997 to cover the issue, but no record of its being published can be found. With no publication, the ordinance was never officially in effect. For a while truckers had found other parking spots off of city streets, but recently had returned to city streets.

A truck had recently gotten stuck near the school bus garage, the alternate parking area. Mayor Steve Rahn mentioned the possibility of improving the area with gravel if the school had no objections to semis parking there.

Street committee member Don Wangen asked, “If it’s bothering people a block away, won’t it bother people there (at the bus garage) too?” Wangen suggested using the Bass Pond parking lot as he declared, “The fish can listen to them then!”

City Attorney Tom Manion wryly offered his personal solution—a thank you note to the truckers when they didn’t park on nearby residential streets!

The council ended the discussion, deciding to do “whatever they need to do to make the ordinance legal and binding.”

Speeders Beware!

The council’s attention then turned to speeding vehicles on Highway 16 between the Chat and Chew and the curve. Citizen Dave Dorn complained that, “trucks come like it’s an Indy 500! It doesn’t seem like anybody’s doing thirty!”

When Nancy Huisenga offered that she had seen MNDOT trucks speeding in the area, Mayor Rahn responded that the large trucks might sound as if they are speeding even when they aren’t and went on to assert he had never seen a MNDOT truck speeding through town.

Ultimately, the council elected to have City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson contact the police and ask for more enforcement of th .....
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Preston City Council Report: Funding for sesquicentennial’s “Coming Home” approved

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Preston council members addressed a multitude of routine business items Monday evening. Richard Petsch and Marc Sather of the Preston Historical Society described plans to put together a book for Preston’s upcoming 150 year anniversary. The book woul ..... 
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Planning Commission tightens up “adult use” ordinance

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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“It’s required by federal law to permit these businesses,” stated Fillmore County Zoning Officer Norm Craig as the commission asked why they had to even consider such permits.

Adopted in March of 1998, the purpose of the ordina ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Who pays for extra meters?

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Harmony’s council members thought they had covered all the issues when they redid their meter policy several months ago. It was their intent that the changes reflected fairness both to single dwelling property owners, multi dwelling units, and the ci ..... 
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Commentary: Europe questions Bush strategy on terror

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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I was in Europe when the bombings in Madrid took place on Thursday, March 11.

In fact, my daughter and I had taken a train from Amsterdam to the town of Haarlem and then on to the coast at Zandvoort that day. It was cold and cl ..... 
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Moose trial begins March 22

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Jury selection in the Floyd Moose trial begins in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 22. According to County Administrator Jim Attwood, thirty prospective jurors have been called for Monday, with ten additional jurors available for Tuesd ..... 
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Class of 74 takes reunion to new heights

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Class reunions, for many, conjure up images of boring hotel ballroom dinners where spouses are dragged along kicking and screaming. That’s definitely not the case for Spring Valley High School’s Class of 1974. Eight members of this close-knit class a ..... 
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Commissioners take a stand

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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For the third time the courthouse construction project has had a leaky roof. This time it happened just days before the (already rescheduled) department office shuffle was to commence. On Friday, March 5th, driving rains in the early morning hours fo ..... 
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Fillmore County Commissioners Report: County holds employee recognition ceremony

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Each year Fillmore County’s commissioners recognize county employees who have reached a five-year increment in employment. Those individuals were thanked for their service during the regular board meeting March 9. Thirty-two individuals received cert ..... 
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