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Harmony seeks to fill HBC space


Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

There was some discussion at the recent Harmony City Council meeting about the Visitor's Center, and the vacancy that will soon be there. City Administrator Jerome Illg said Historic Bluff Country will be leaving the building at the end of May due to financial reasons. They currently pay $3,000 a year to lease the space.

Illg said they are limited to who they can have rent that space, as it is tax exempt real estate. A private business could not rent the space. The Chamber of Commerce and the tourism center would like to use the space, and were wondering if there would be a cost for that.

Emily Ellis, the new Chamber of Commerce director, was at the meeting. She said the Bluff Country room is much larger. They would be taking on brochures from the Historic Bluff Country for other communities in the area, and it is possible they could then become Chamber members.

"We don't want to leave it with nothing in it, that wouldn't look very good," said Ellis. Ellis also said people automatically go to that room when they enter the building. The room needs new carpeting, but the room that the tourism center is currently using also needs new carpeting.

"There are many different options for how we could do it," said Ellis. She mentioned lighting up the room, having Chamber meetings there, or moving the Visitor's Center there, and putting many more displays in that room to promote Harmony.

Mayor Steve Donney said he would like to see the Chamber come up with a plan for how they can use the space. He said the council is willing to work with them. He also asked about selling booth space or poster space. The council agreed that it is nice to have those organizations right at the trail head.

Building and Maintenance Report

City maintenance employee Chris Johnson updated the council on the wastewater treatment plant. He said they had high flows this last month, with 3.3 million gallons being treated, which is more than a million gallons higher than an average month. The city employees are working on finding out where the extra water is coming from.

Johnson said they have been looking in manhole covers around town but have not found anything definite. He said the north lift stations are handling the flow well.

Council member Gerald Shuck asked if Harmony is out of line with other towns when it comes to the I&I, or the inflow and infiltration. Johnson said every town has trouble with ground water ge .....
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Chatfield to amend zoning code

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council had a relatively short meeting on May 9. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

City Clerk Joel Young informed the council that Governor Mark Dayton signed into law late last week a bill that will restore the ability o ..... 
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Another fine for the Preston Ambulance Service

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the Preston City Council's May 2 meeting Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton acknowledged, yet again, the correction order and fine imposed by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). The fine is the result of the ambul ..... 
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No more alcohol served at the Lanesboro fire hall?

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's Mayor Steve Rahn discussed alcohol policies at the fire hall during the city council meeting on May 2. Rahn said he asked the fire department for a recommendation. He said for years they have always had a "kitty" they used for money, and ..... 
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County discusses state rules for septic systems

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board had a relatively light agenda at their May 3 meeting. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves and Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron detailed their opinion on what would be appropriate language for the Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080; Subsurfac ..... 
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Rushford waits for F&L development

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



A public hearing in reference to a proposed abatement for the F&L Development motel project received a continuation at the Monday, April 25 council meeting. The city had asked for a letter of commitment from the developer in reference to yet ..... 
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Fillmore County supports MAGIC

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



The Fillmore County board, at their April 26 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution recommending the state legislature and Governor Mark Dayton work together with all 87 counties to pass the Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses EDA loan

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



There were a couple of interesting items that came up for discussion at the City Council meeting on April 25. One item was on the agenda and the other was not.

The first was a report on the feasibility of doing reconstruction of Sou ..... 
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March Whalan City Council

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met briefly for its monthly meeting on March 7, 2011. Present were Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Johnny Halverson, Jim Gustavson and Lolly Melander. Larry Johnson was absent.

Acting Mayor Johnson called the meetin ..... 
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