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Council struggles with Coffee Street Bridge project


Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 22, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council wasn’t sure it was ready to make a long-term commitment to the Coffee Street Walking Bridge project at their Monday, October 15 meeting. With an estimated price tag of $251,595, of which the city’s costs would be $91,919, the council finds itself in the position of potentially borrowing money or issuing general obligation bonds to raise their share of the project money. And if they do go ahead with bonding, the matter would have to be put before the public in a referendum. This raised the question as to how much public support there was for the project in the first place.

Built in 1893, the Coffee Street Bridge links the downtown of Lanesboro to the ball field area across the river. The project would repair the bridge which includes replacing railings, corroded beams and bridge decking. Two big ticket items include replacing the east approach span ($32,000) and relocating the water main ($35,000). The bridge would be used as a pedestrian access from the ballfield and the Bass Pond Parking Lot to the downtown.

Al King, an engineer with WHKS & Co., told the council that time is running out if they hope to meet the April 2002 deadline to use up to $177,760 in ICE TEA funds already allocated for the project. The ICE TEA money would cover 80% of construction. The city would have to cover the remaining 20%, as well as 100% of the engineering.

King said that the city would need to move ahead with Phase II as soon as possible if they plan on meeting the deadline. Phase II engineering, which would cost $3,000, would complete required bridge certification as mandated by state statue. King said it would take approximately two months to complete.

There was considerable discussion about ways to finance the city’s share, as well as the long term benefits of the project. Council member Hal Cropp said that the project costs should be spread over a few years time as the benefits to the city are in the future. Calling the project an economic development project, Cropp said that it wold make the downtown river front more attractive.

Council member Peggy Hanson agreed.

“It would reduce congestion downtown,” Hanson said, referring to pedestrian traffic from the Bass Pond Parking Lot. “It would make things safer.”

Council member John Dollar moved the issue forward by suggesting that the city might want to proceed with Phase II engine .....
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Zoning plan to enter next phase

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathAt last Tuesday’s meeting, the County Board carefully reviewed a schedule for completing the process of making changes to the county zoning ordinance.

The schedule was presented by the Zoning Administrator, Norm Craig, and det ..... 
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“A grand building with fine materials”

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By Mike McGrath Monday, October 22, 2001

As the county commissioners begin their work on the courthouse remodeling project, a look back through the chronicles of Fillmore County history reveals that making changes at the courthouse ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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