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Lanesboro dam found to be damaged by recent floods


Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

A just completed study of the Lanesboro dam has found "several locations of severe deterioration in the limestone blocks of the dam with excessive amounts of material missing."

The long awaited assessment was requested by the City after the floods of June, 2008. They hired Bonestroo Engineers to undertake the study after it appeared that flooding may have damaged the dam itself as well as the scouring hole.

The findings of the extensive report; a structural condition assessment, determined that there has been damage from recent flood events and that "immediate repairs are required to restore the structural integrity of the 140 year-old dam." The dam is classified as a "high hazard" dam, meaning that, because of the proximity to downstream residential areas, the failure of the structure or mis-operation of the facility "will probably cause loss of life."

The report draws on information gained from three other structural assessments made since 1978 and makes specific recommendations for repairs that are needed now. It calls for repairs totaling over $900,000. According to Lanesboro City Coordinator Bobbi Vickerman, the city will be looking at which repairs need to be done and can be done, not necessarily all of them or the most expensive one (referring to one repair estimated at $760,000.) Jerod Wagner, Lanesboro's Utility Operator, said they will be meeting with Bonestroo engineers early in March before any decisions or recommendations are made.

The historic dam has provided water power since it was built in 1868 and electric power since 1895. The unique stone construction provided power for early flour mills. It was converted to generate electricity in 1895 and continues to this day - it has generated electricity for Lanesboro for 114 years.

Masterfully hand built with unique stone construction, the 1868 dam was built by the original Lanesboro Townsite Company. It is unusual in that the spillway is in the form of an arch, constructed of large limestone blocks with no mortar.

Hydro-electric power is increasingly seen as an important energy source. The dam is important for several reasons; as a source of "green" energy, as a popular spot to fish, to put in a canoe or kayak, or simply to take in the beauty of the falls and the Root River.

According to Wagner, the hydro-generator produces between 10 and 20% of the town's power, depending on the season. When electrical usage is lower in the fall or wint .....
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The future of the historic Forestville Bridge?

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The dilemma facing Fillmore County as to the future of the Forestville Bridge #6263 has been brought to a boil with the recent discussion at the March 3 county board meeting to consider submitting a letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR ..... 
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Fillmore County Board discusses funding proposal

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen came prepared with possible alternative contracts to keep the beleaguered, yet still successful program alive at the March 10 County Board meeting. Fillmore County along with a few other counties no longer has state matching fun ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Street lights and storm sewers

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Steve Donney at 7:08 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Present at the meeting were City Attorney, Richard Nethercut, Councilperson, Sherry Hines, Councilperson, Gerald Shuc ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council- March

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night lasted a total of 12 minutes before adjourning.

Performing Arts Center

What could be a major step for the Arts in Spring Valley was discussed at the Council meetin ..... 
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New surveys bring back bike trail controversy

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Joerg explained the need for a revised resolution to authorize Eminent Domain to acquire Ristau and Snyder properties for the proposed Forestville Trail at the council's March 2 meeting. The council initially authorized Eminent Domain in Octob ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meeting minutes

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order by Mayor, Gordon Johnson, Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present ..... 
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County map goes to printer

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the February 24 meeting of the County Board a number of housekeeping items were on the agenda. After about a year the newly corrected Fillmore County map is being sent to the printers.

The map was rejected after being printed and reviewed ..... 
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The meeting was called to order by Mayor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson, Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk. Citizens Present: Attorney Tom Manion

T ..... 
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