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Riverfront possible site for Lanesboro Art Center


Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Approximately 40 people attended a town hall meeting in Lanesboro last Tuesday to discuss possible sites for a proposed regional art center.

The city of Lanesboro has received $100,000 from the Minnesota Legislature to do preparation work for the art center, including site location and some preliminary design work. The legislature authorized an additional million dollars in bonding money for the center. The entire project is expected to cost around $4 million.

Architects from Close & Associates of the Twin Cities reported on some of their initial work, which included looking at possible site locations identified by the Lanesboro Art Center Commission, a fifteen member group made up of equal representatives from the city of Lanesboro, Cornucopia Art Center and Commonweal Theatre. Possible sites included the cheese factory located next to the St. Mane Theatre on Parkway and a site adjacent to the high school in Sylvan Park.

Architect Michael DeVetter admitted that there appears to be strong opposition to the Sylvan Park site as it would impact on both the school, especially the play area for children, as well as the park itself. And discussion about the cheese factory raised questions as to whether there is enough space at this site for the proposed complex.

Preliminary estimates put the size of the art center at 27,000 square feet. But according to the architects, this is usable space. Additonal space would be needed for mechanical systems, as well as to comply with state building codes for educational classrooms and other specifications. This could bring the total size of the center to as much as 40,000 square feet.

To complicate matters, both the Commonweal Theatre and Cornucopia Art Center are interested in retail space with street frontage. This could make the front of the building 125 linear feet long, which could rule out the cheese factory site.

One member of the audience brought up the possibility of the art center being located at the old elementary school on top of the hill. But this site was ruled out because of its location away from the town center.

Much of the discussion on Tuesday night centered on a possible third site along the riverfront, near Rochelle Street where the Lanesboro city shop and the Carrolton Township hall are located.

This area is proximal to the downtown retail area and could help open development of the riverfront area of the .....
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Flood meeting held

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

After being flooded three times in as many weeks this summer, Spring Valley is looking at ways to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

So last Monday, August 7, a host of local, state, and feder ..... 
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A growing market

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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By Jill O'NeillMonday, August 21, 2000

Jack Hedin does not look the part of a professional. His muddy jeans, T-shirt and rubber boots wouldnt even fit in on casual Friday. But to Suzanne Cooper and her family of Winona, Hedin and the crew at ..... 
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The Blight is Everywhere

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Can we talk enough about Tomato Blight? I dont think so. Up until last week I was so full of myself. Oh no, I had added compost and mulched and done all the right things, you all had blight, but not me. But I have been ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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"Please Dont Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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Further tales of White Beaver

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature article in the Journal regarding the historical origins of Lanesboros Buffalo Bill Days, (It all started with White Beaver, July 31, 2000). Due to the usual constraints of space, the f ..... 
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Cars

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my fathers side was quite mature when I was born. Im sure he must have been almost seventy. I dont think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasnt the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

The valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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