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City of Lanesboro named in arson-related suits


Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Former Chief of Police John Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro have been named in four suits filed in Fillmore County District Court that are related to the April 2002 arson fire in downtown Lanesboro.

Tuchek was found guilty of setting a “hero fire” to win back the affections of his ex-girlfriend, Anessa Dawley, who lived in one of three buildings destroyed in the fire. Tuchek was sentenced to 72 months in prison, and is presently serving time in a Minnesota Correct-ional Facility in Faribault.

North Star Mutual Insurance Company is seeking damages of $50,000 and other costs from Tuchek and the city. The insurance company paid out $218,600 in claims to Chuck, Ted and Jeff St. Mane, the owners of 104, 106, and 106 - 1/2 Parkway respectively.

North Star claims that the city was negligent in that the “city knew Tuchek had a propensity for harassment and other abuses of power”... and that the city’s failure to properly supervise Tuchek was a “proximate cause of the damages and losses suffered.”

In a similar suit, Western National Mutual Insurance Company, is seeking to recover claims paid to Vis Plumbing & Heating and Sara Quick of $105,497, as well as other damages. Western National cites the same reasons - the city’s knowledge of Tuchek’s pattern of behavior and their lack of proper supervision.

Anessa Dawley has also filed suit against Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro. Dawley claims that the city was aware of Tuchek’s problems with sexual harassment which was investigated by the city. She claims that the city was negligent in retaining Tuchek and failed to property supervise him. Dawley is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

A joint action suit, brought by the St. Manes, Kirsten Mensing, Little River General Store, Michael Du Bois, Tonya Du Bois and Rod Cochran against Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro has been filed. The plaintiffs seek damages of more than $50,000.

The city has retained the law firm of Iverson Reuvers of Bloomington to represent them. The city has responded to some of the complaints, saying that Tuchek’s actions were a private act and that at the time of the arson Tuchek was not acting within the “course of his employment with the city of Lanesboro.”

County Board sets public hearing for proposed Tax Abatement policy

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Mark Thein, who jointly serves as Fillmore County and Harmony Economic Develop-ment Authority (EDA) coordinator, Mike Bubany, of David Drown & Associates, and Jerome Illg, Harmony City Administrator, readdressed a proposed county tax abatement policy ..... 
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Hinckley Holsteins

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Not everyone can tell you the first day they started their current occupation, but Marlys Hinckley can. She can tell you that April 25, 1981 is the day that she and her husband, Dale, began their farming career together. They’ve never looked back. [Read the Rest]

Practice makes perfect

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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FORESTVILLE - Lucy strains at her leash, as she is eager to begin work. She has been waiting in her cage for a couple of hours. The waiting is routine for Lucy. Her handler, Marie Christianson, tries to calm the seven year old Golden Retriever as the ..... 
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Scenic tractor drive set for June 13

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - A long time interest in restoring vintage tractors has helped to bring about the first Fillmore County Scenic Tractor Drive.

Glen Van Grevenhof, a township employee, Joe Bezdicek, a retired Kingsland Ag instruct ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Phase one approved for well number 5

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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“We gotta lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!” exclaimed Rushford city council member Ron Mireau as he urged action on proceeding with the well no. 5 project at the regular Rushford City Council meeting on May 24th. The proposed booster pum ..... 
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Theater Review: Commonweal launches surefire hit with “Steel Magnolias”

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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When it comes to finding a play that does it all—makes you laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of life—it probably doesn’t get much better than “Steel Magnolias,” which opened May 22 at the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro.

The p ..... 
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Commissioners have lengthy citizens’ input session

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Long time Preston resident Richard Nelson addressed the county board during its monthly citizen input session on the area’s local recreational trails, giving a brief background on the subject and how he sees it progressing. The project started in the ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Middle School staff host special units presentation

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Since 1993, the Fillmore Central Middle School staff has hosted an Interdisciplinary Unit event. The length of the unit started out at two weeks and has gradually been shortened to four days. Topics include countries, wars, decade fashions and events ..... 
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