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Grant application for Eagle Cliff Trail Spur


Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner

The owners of Eagle Cliff Campground had requested that Fillmore County be the sponsor for a grant application to the Minnesota DNR to finance a bicycle trail in the Hwy 16 right of way near Whalan. At the board’s March 12 meeting the board agreed to be the sponsor. An agreement between the owners and the county drafted by county attorney Brett Corson was discussed and approved.

Over the last few years there has been an effort to create a trail connecting the campground to the state trail at Whalan so campground residents can have a safer way to get to the state trail. Campground bicyclists have been making their way to the state trail along the edge of Hwy 16. Commissioner Duane Bakke noted that MnDot would have preferred the trail spur to be located outside of the state right of way through use of private land. Then, the county had made a request that MnDot widen the shoulders as a possible solution. Since, MnDot has agreed to the trail spur being constructed within the state right of way.

County Engineer Ron Gregg said the DNR is in favor of getting the bicycle traffic off of Hwy 16 for safety reasons. It was estimated two years ago that the trail spur would cost less than $40,000.

The grant application to the DNR Regional Trail Grant Program must be submitted by March 31. The county will be required to pay the 25 percent matching funds for the grant up front if the grant is awarded. Eagle Cliff Campground owners have agreed to reimburse the county all of the matching funds within three years at an amount of at least $5,000 per year. They have also agreed to maintain the trail for no less than twenty years. Since the county is responsible to see that the maintenance is adequate, if Eagle Cliff fails to do proper maintenance, the county will do the maintenance and charge the owners of the campground for the work. The trail will be open for public use.

Community Corrections, Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO)

Olmsted County program manager Curt Petzel and retiring DFO director Doug Lambert introduced community correction staff working in Fillmore County. Lambert said he was pleased with the 2013-2014 joint powers agreement. He reminisced about how the probation programs have grown over the last 30 to 40 years throughout the state. He added that we now do a lot better job with offenders than we did decades ago. With Lambert’s retirement Shelley McBride will s .....
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Back to Gardening: Pruning in the Snow Winter has a hard hold on Fillmore County in mid-March. Astounding snowfalls were followed by blue crystalline skies with forests bearing mounds of white fluff. The quality of light with daylight savings time ..... 
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Announcing call for entries for “Rural Americans” exhibit to be held at Lanesboro Art Center

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - The Lanesboro Arts Center would like to invite artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming “Rural Americans” exhibit, a juried group show about people and communities in rural America. The exhibit will run Jun ..... 
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Harmony area dancers competed at the Just For Kix United We Dance Competition

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On March 9, 2013 the Middle Kix Just For Kix Team competed in the United We Dance Competition in Waverly, IA at Wartburg College.  The team performed to the song Rumor Has It. Middle Kix competed in the Kick division. The team was awarded FIRST ..... 
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Learn Chip Carving at Vesterheim Museum

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Looking for a traditional Norwegian craft that’s easy to master and requires only one basic tool? Local artist Ellen Macdonald is teaching “Introduction to Chip Carving” beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, April 12, and mee ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre To Continue Audio Description

Tue, Mar 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company located in historic downtown Lanesboro, is proud to announce the renewal of the audio-description service to enhance the enjoyment of live theatre for audience members with low vision. On specially-des ..... 
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Lanesboro Library receives donation

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Local Artist Barb Keith (left) donates her stained glass mosaic “Dusty Bill” to the Lanesboro Public Library and Director Tara Johnson. The work illustrates a nursery rhyme in her book, “The Girls and Boys of Mother Goose,” available at the l ..... 
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RCF approves four grants totaling $5,180 for projects

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Four grants totaling up to $5,180 were approved for a variety of community projects at the Rushford Community Foundation (RCF) Board of Directors meeting on February 8. A $1,480 grant will go to the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Li ..... 
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The Lanesboro Barn Dance starts it’s 19th season

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday, March 23, at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI w ..... 
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