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The Lanesboro Council gets a red box


Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected guest showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 5. Terry Neumann, who owns and operates Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast, approached the council with what he called a "thought gift." A red box was given to the mayor, which held a note inside that read "Think outside the box."

Neumann expressed his opinion that the city should look at things in a different way and not always do the same things they have always done. He noted that approximately 20 percent of the retail businesses in Lanesboro have closed due to the poor economy.

"We have to think about our planning," said Neumann. "How do we keep the businesses that we have?"

According to Neumann, his bed and breakfast had three times as much business seven years ago. He has seen his property taxes increase 25 percent, when property values are going down. He added that the only group of employees that has never taken a pay cut is government workers.

Neumann's suggestion was for the city to look at new businesses and think about what affect they will have on other businesses in town. "If we get a new diner, what's that going to do to the business at Pedal Pushers or Rhino's?" he asked. "We need to look at what we have and keep what's viable here. This is my feeling for the new year. We should throw Minnesota Nice out the door. There must be some way to do it."

Council member Vince Jeannette commented on Neumann's suggestion. "America was founded on the ability to decide if you want to go into business," he said. "If another bar wants to come into town, who am I to say no? It's the law of the jungle, and business is a jungle. I don't see it as a viable option."

Snow Removal

Street Superintendent Andy Drake and Police Chief Matt Schultz attended the meeting to talk about the snow removal policies and see how things were going. The council talked about working on a new snow removal ordinance that will make it very clear when vehicles should be moved from the downtown area.

Currently, the fine is $100. The council talked about changing that to a $25 fee plus towing. Schultz said that right now vehicles are being towed if they are in the way and they cannot get a hold of the owner.

There was also a question of the ordinance's wording about measurable snow. The council would like to make the wording clearer about how much snow has to fall before the streets are plowed. They would also like to define the downtown area.[Read the Rest]

Collett seated on Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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Officials talk of state and local partnership

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Partnership, opportunities, and reform were some of the common themes banded about during a two hour meeting between the Fillmore County Board and area legislators on Tuesday, December 30, in Preston.

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County implements plan to deal with cuts instate aid

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Department heads were in attendance at the December 23 county board meeting with budget cuts totaling $545,102. The Local Government Aid (LGA) payment the county receives on December 26 will be $143,805 less than originally expected.
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Rushford council considers impact of aid cuts

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bitter gusts and subzero temperatures swirled outside the Rushford city hall Monday, December 22. But there were ill winds blowing inside the council chambers as well while those present absorbed the gloomy financial forecast.

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Lanesboro officials concerned over possible cut in LGA

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro city council members voiced their concern over the possibility of the city losing part of their anticipated government aid payment of $121,517 scheduled for December 26. (See chart detailing possible cuts in LGA and MVHC to local communiti ..... 
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Preston anticipates reduced aid

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston, like cities and counties across the state, is bracing for bad news come December 26 when a second payment of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state is due. Representative-elect Greg Davids was on hand to discuss the state's revenue short ..... 
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