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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts back at the starting line


Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mike McGrath, a former board member of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their June 2 meeting.

Reminding the council, "You are in the driver’s seat in the state’s eyes," McGrath advised the council to be proactive in dealing with local arts groups regarding the development of an art center. At their May 19 meeting, the council voted to rescind an earlier decision to return a $1 million state bond allocated to the city as matching funds for a proposed art center.

In response to that action, McGrath put forward a plan that spells out the necessary steps the city should take in dealing with the arts groups as well as the state. He recommended that the city develop a memorandum of understanding with the art groups that would detail the terms by which the city would accept the bond and participate in efforts to build an art center.

The memorandum would cover a range of issues, from who would control any operating endowment; the reimbursement of city expenses for legal and other fees; the meeting of state reporting requirements; and other action steps that would need to be accomplished between now and the end of 2004.

McGrath disputed claims that the previous Lanesboro Center for the Arts process failed because of personality conflicts, pointing out the difficulty of dealing with the complexity of public versus private interests.

Mayor Steve Rahn and the council chose to send the information on to the EDA with the hope that a memorandum of understanding could be developed in the next 30 to 45 days. The question now remains whether this will jump start the process and allow the LCA to get on the road again?

City Administrator Position

With the resignation of the city administrator, the hiring committee questioned whether a city administrator/clerk was truly needed or if a clerk could handle the job. Councilman Jerome Halvorson proffered that money might be saved if the city chose to go with a clerk/treasurer since the administrator title commands a higher salary. However, City Attorney Tom Manion informed the council that pay equity is based more on job description than title.

While Halvorson felt the council could handle personnel issues by itself, Councilman Joe O’Connor disagreed, "We’re challenged to get through the agenda. I’d prefer not to .....
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Preston City Council Report : Plea for support for Forestville

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Historic Forestville is scheduled to be closed July 1 because of budget cuts. The State Historical Society because of reduced funding has been forced to eliminate support for several sites across the state.

Dick Nelson, in an e ..... 
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Family picks up the pieces after arson fire damages home

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Bill Collett of Chatfield seemed fairly philosophical for someone whose house had been extensively damaged by an arson fire. Collett, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Madison moved into their home less than a year ago.

“I ..... 
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Commissioners focus on courthouse project

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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"Please ask about the 43 loads of sand brought in. I thought that’s why we did boring tests," requested Commissioner Helen Bicknese, as she wouldn’t be available during the courthouse project’s update.

Oh, yes, the other commis ..... 
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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated ..... 
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Once again, no public consensus on zoning issues

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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It was another long evening at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday as the commission tackled a long agenda of public hearings that covered a wide range of issues from a bluff ordinance variance to dwelling densities in the ..... 
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Is Silk Stocking Avenue an appropriate home for a recycled school bus?

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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The May 27, 2003 meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a visit from Duane and Sonja Cook.

Prefacing her remarks with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the "upscale neighborhood which has just seen a 51% increase in real ..... 
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Farmers Market in Lanesboro open for business

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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"I’m very excited about buying food for my family from friends and neighbors," said Liz Dybing, volunteer Lanesboro Farmers Market manager. "I believe this market has the potential to strengthen our local economy and to serve as support for our commu ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art center back on table maybe

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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Ken Graner addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday and asked if they could reconsider their April 7 motion to return the $1 million bond by the state for the Lanesboro Art Center to the state. Graner urged the council to keep the money availab ..... 
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