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Houston Lions Club looks to place bandshell path


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held their monthly meeting on April 14. The meeting was chock-full of business before the council.

The evening started off with Margaret Carlson representing the Hometown Pride community group. Carlson presented the council with information of their goal of putting in permanent planters spread throughout the town in a beautification effort. The group is hoping to get six, 27-inch round planters. Some locations the group is hoping to put planters by include the Root River Market, Ace Telephone, and the Jim Schultz Law Office. Three of the planters have already been sponsored by individuals in memory of deceased loved ones. The idea was well received by the council. Mayor Connie Edwards concluded the presentation by saying, “The places [the group] has chosen would look nice.”

The Lions Club also presented an idea to the council to pave a road leading to the bandshell in an effort to make it easier for musicians to haul their equipment. The Lions Club offered to pay for the project if the council approved the project.

There was some concern among the council that a road would take away from the beauty of area. Also, council members felt that having a road could cause a secondary problem of drivers parking their vehicles on the road. A solution to these concerns were solved for the most part by the suggestion of Mayor Edwards to make cart path rather than a paved road. The cart path would make it easier for musicians bringing in their instruments as a cart would be made available to them by the city. Also, the path would serve to make the bandshell more handicap accessible. The consensus was that a path of some sort would be very beneficial; however, the council is asking that the Lions Club develop a more detailed plan before the council will approve the project.

The City of Houston also reported that they have found their water system is in violation of the drinking standard for Combined Radium 226+228. According to the public notice, radium 226 and radium 228 are naturally occurring in groundwater. Those that drink water with radium in excess over many years have an increased risk of getting cancer.

The public notice assures residents that this situation is not an emergency and there is no immediate danger. The council started the ball moving on correcting the issue and will get quotes from engineers that can assess the problem and present the council with the b .....
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Spring Valley ambulance director to retire August 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council heard a presentation by Brian Hoff of Fillmore County that furnished information on the 2014 levy and the effect it will have on taxes. Meeting at 5:30 was the Board of Review to give the public an opportunity to questi ..... 
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Government for the Week of April 14, 2014

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, April 14, Whalan City Council meeting, City Hall, 5 p.m. •Monday, April 14, Spring Valley City Council meeting, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, April 14, City of Rushford City Council meeting, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, April 14, Wy ..... 
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Fountain City Council approves Structure Lease Agreement

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with all council members present as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattum and Police Chief Tom Mosher. Consent agenda items approved included the minutes from the March ..... 
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Senator Miller planning district visits

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona, Minn. plans to take advantage of the state legislature’s Easter/Passover break next week to travel around Senate District 28 and meet with residents, schools, businesses and nursing homes. “Me ..... 
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Pieper endorsed for Minnesota State House 28B

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Jon Pieper received the DFL House District 28B endorsement in Rushford on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Pieper and his wife Sarah own the Old Village Hall Restaurant in Lanesboro, Minn. They have three children attending school in the Lanesboro School Di ..... 
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Peterson approves assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

For some months, the city of Peterson has been pouring over the details of a proposed assessment policy in regards to the 2015 County 25 project. The council had previously discussed setting the cost share at 50 percent city and 50 percent property o ..... 
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Lanesboro to put decals on windows of abandoned buildings

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton The Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) would like to place some historic decals in the windows of empty buildings in the downtown area. The window decals would help to improve the look of the buildings and the downtown, he ..... 
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Preston reviews industrial park feasibility study

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented his feasibility report for the North Industrial Park and utility improvements at the Preston City Council’s April 7 meeting. Preston attended to an unusually long agenda involving four public hearings ..... 
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