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Chatfield discusses allowing a food vendor use of a city parking lot


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the October 13 Chatfield city council meeting a request from Joseph Lawler, Anthony’s Wood-Fired Pizza, to set up a food truck in the parking lot next to the library (corner of Main St. and Third St.) was discussed. The request was to set up on Thursdays in October to test the market. If successful, Lawler hoped to return each Thursday starting next spring.

Lawler intends to make a donation to a local charity, a percentage of sales, in return for use of the parking lot. Thursdays at the library parking lot location is preferred due to the proximity to City Park, the Growers’ Market and band concerts. Five parking slots would be needed.

Both the Park and Recreation Committee and the EDA had reviewed this request before it came to the city council. Park and Rec noted that the truck business has an arrangement in Stewartville for one day a week and the business is conducted in a municipal parking lot. The committee was open to the business coming to town, but didn’t believe a public space should be used for a private business. They felt it was not fair to other like food businesses in town that purchase or lease property and pay property taxes for their business.

The committee suggested Lawler set up in a private parking lot that has been zoned commercial. EDA members were also concerned about fairness to other businesses. They also asked about other future vendors that may want to use a city parking lot?

City clerk Joel Young noted that the city has allowed produce vendors to use the city lot near the library without a permit or fees, adding that they only use one parking stall. Lawler’s request would be closer to a typical business.

Councilor Robert Pederson commented that the truck business would use a quarter of the parking lot, make a donation, and drive away while other businesses pay property taxes. Councilor Ken Jacobson said the only issue he had with this request was the fairness issue.

Young said if Lawler were to find a private parking lot for set up, the city would not be involved. Councilor Paul Novotny noted mobile food stands are becoming popular and felt it would be great to have the truck vendor come to town and try something new. However, he didn’t feel the council should allow the vendor to use five parking spots in a city lot.

City attorney Fred Suhler said if they allow this vendor, what about the second or third guy that wants .....
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Two programs, one day at Harmony Library

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

“A Monster Meeting for Kids”, with Draga Stefanovic reading her book, “A Monster Meeting about Healthy Eating”, will take place at 11 a.m. on October 25 at the Harmony Library. Later the same day, join Rochester native, Erin Hart, in discus ..... 
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County discusses tobacco policy

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The draft of a Tobacco Free Workplace Policy was discussed at the county board’s October 14 meeting. Several months ago a committee was formed to develop a policy. This day the current draft was discussed, especially the scope of the policy, where ..... 
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Area residents meet new business owners in Harmony

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Things change. People change. Businesses change hands. That is just what has happened in the town of Harmony, Minn., as the former Torgerson’s Paint & Floor Covering, Inc. has recently been renamed: Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings & Stone, Inc. ..... 
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“Ask a trooper” - Driving with tailgate down on my pickup

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I like to drive with my tailgate down on my pickup for better gas mileage. The other day, a friend told me this was illegal. Is that true? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - 10.20.14

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Court

On December 11 and 12, William Bruce Manhart, 35, of Harmony, will appear before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat at the Fillmore County Courthouse for a jury trial. Manhart is charge with one count of Domestic Assault-Felony, with a maximum pe ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 10.20.14

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Richard Todd Eiken, 52, Canton, Minn.; 5/23/2014, Driving After Cancellation, Fine $1000 (stay $750 until 10/08/2015), Total Fees $340. Local Confinement: 90 days (stay 90 days for one year). Unsupervised prob ..... 
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Birth Announcement ~ Madysyn Ryan Himle

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Madysyn Ryan Himle Ryan and Alysha Himle of Lanesboro, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of Madysyn Ryan, born Sept. 19, 2014. Grandparents are Gary and LeAnn Olson of Lanesboro and Dennis and Kristi Himle of Claremont, Minn.

Wedding of Whipkey ~ Whalen

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Whipkey ~ Whalen Blaine & Kathy Whalen of Harmony, Minn., are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jordana to Jamie Whipkey, son of Kent & Brenda Whipkey of Flandreau, SD, and Elizabeth & Tim Nelson of Sioux Falls, SD. The b ..... 
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