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New director brings something new to Lanesboro Public Library


Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Lanesboro Public Library has recently hired Tara Johnson as its library director. Johnson brings a wealth of work experience and enthusiasm to the position. She is excited to continue the library's current programs and to also set goals for increased services to benefit all members of the community.

Johnson, who lives with her family near Spring Grove, previously worked eleven years at the Mabel-Canton School library, and most recently was the director of the public library in West Union, Iowa, for three years. She joins present library part-time staff, Eliza Mitchell and Laura Gudmundson.

Johnson, along with Friends of the Library Board and the Lanesboro Public Library board, are working together to create goals for the library. "I am very interested in promoting literacy, ages preschool to adult," stated Johnson. "Another of my goals is to increase the library's visibility and collaboration with the school, civic and other groups within the community."

To reach those goals, Johnson further explains, "I believe that it is very important to 'know' the community that the library serves. We are able to offer library programs that enhance and entertain when we know our customers! The library board is currently working on a community survey to investigate this matter!"

The library offers something for everyone. Johnson has been busy ordering new materials and magazines for the library. Johnson noted that a nice collection on Norwegian history and books on greater Minnesota exists. A preschool storytime, with Lynn Susag, is held monthly usually on the second Tuesday. Storytime will be held on Tuesday, November 23, from 9:30 - 10 a.m. featuring the ABC's of Nature.

Additionally, the library has five public use computers, wireless, a fax/copier machine, interlibrary loan, as well the expected multitude of books, magazines, dvd's and vhs tapes available for check-out. The website, www.library.lib.mn.us, allows users to explore the library's programs and check out books from other libraries via interlibrary loan.

David Hennessey, chair of the Lanesboro Public Library Board, stated, "The library board is very pleased with Tara's performance since she started just over two months ago. She is already putting her own stamp on services, and we invite people to get to know her, as well as the library, better.   We hope our recent moratorium on fines for the rest of the year will encourage them to come in."

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Haugerud named General Manager of SMG Web Design

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

On October 17, 2010, SMG Web Design was born with the hiring of Sheena Suckow -- the first official employee of this hopeful business venture.

By April of 2010, SMG Web Design was encouraged enough by the demand for website development and h ..... 
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Local lineworkers travel to northern Wisconsin to help restore power

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (1:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010)- Lineworkers from Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) left at 12:30 p.m. today to assist Bayfield Electric Cooperative in restoring power due to outages caused by last night's high winds.

Bayfield has ..... 
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Preston Public Utilities offers rebates for LED holiday lighting

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

This holiday season, Preston Public Utilities is once again offering their electricity customers rebates up to $12 for each string or decoration of energy-efficient LED holiday lighting they purchase through the end of the year. Preston Public Utili ..... 
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Loans Available for Flood-Damaged Businesses ~DEED makes $10 million available in southern Minnesota~

Tue, Nov 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

ST. PAUL - Businesses that sustained damages in floods that struck southern Minnesota in September may be eligible for $10 million in loans from the Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) offered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Develo ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation fall grant applications available online

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Chosen Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) 2010 fall grant applications are now available online at www.cvcfoundation.com.

CVCF fall grants are awarded for the betterment of individuals that reside in the Chatfield community school distr ..... 
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Halloween candy buy back

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

This Halloween, let your kids have all the fun of trick-or-treating without the sugar-high and tooth decay that follows. Dr.Reis at Oak Creek Dental in Cresco, is sponsoring her first Halloween Candy Buy Back Event.

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Harmony Legion is officially open for business

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Legion in Harmony has been sitting empty without any visitors for more than a year now. All that changed on October 1 when Troy Kelly and his sister-in-law, Stephanie Kelly, opened the doors for business.

Troy Kelly worked there about f ..... 
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Operation round up grants $3,400 to local causes

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN- The Operation Round Up (ORU) Trust Board met Sept. 10 and selected to grant $3,400 to the following worthy organizations:

•$500, Houston County Care & Share (Caledonia, MN), to assist with its Christmas project where needy ..... 
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