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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment petition presented to council


Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jim Wagner petitioned the Lanesboro City Council at their June 7 meeting for detachment of property belonging to him and his son Rob Wagner from the city of Lanesboro. Wagner currently has city water to his property; he and his neighbors paid the entire cost of running the water line to their homes. He has no sewer or blacktop and yet pays the same tax rate as residences with all the usual city amenities.

If the Wagners became part of the township, Jim would pay $612.00 less in taxes and Rob would pay $590.00 less. Jim Wagner stated, ďI donít believe the city is seriously considering a development on my side of the road.Ē

Wagner went on to ask about the possibility of the city establishing different districts in the city that would be assessed at a lower rate. Wagner pointed out that a value on a house in Lanesboro currently anticipates that the house has all of the city services available. He suggested that a home such as his should not be valued as high as a home with such services. Mayor Steve Rahn answered, saying he would like to look at the option of a Rural Services District in Lanesboro.

With a total of thirty acres in question and the possibility of more in the future, the council opted to investigate the request further. The requests will be readdressed next month after the council has time to check with the League of Minnesota Cities.

Walking Bridge

Carla Noack, speaking for Julia Borgen, updated the council on the planned walking bridge enhancement. A trail is planned from the bridge to the County Highway 8 Bridge as well as a trail from the walking bridge to the Bass Pond. The section of the trail under the bridge will be concrete and could possibly save the city money because other walkways will not need to be increased in size. A new fence is also planned to replace the chain link one. The projected cost of the enhancements is $77,000; a fundraiser will be held to secure the money and the committee is checking on DNR funding as well. Ultimately the project will be donated to the city.

Ox Trail Road

Thanks to Andy Drakeís installation of an I-beam and the use of gravel, Ox Trail Road is again open. Now the city needs to do some long-range planning to keep the road open and protect the city from liability concerns. Since there cannot be a minimum maintenance road in the city, the city need .....
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Preston City Council Report: Council approves easement for Midwest Wireless tower

Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
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The Preston City Council made short shrift of business at their regular meeting on Monday, June 7, completing their affairs in a mere 35 minutes.

The big item of the meeting was a decision by the council to enter into an agreeme ..... 
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Need to de-clutter? Itís time for a garage sale!

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The weather this past month hasnít cooperated much in its usual role as harbinger of spring. But itís a sure sign that summer and warmer days are on the way when garage sale signs start popping up around town every weekend.

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City of Preston and Mausts reach out-of-court settlement

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling have reached a settlement that would dismiss any litigation pending against the city. In return, the city agrees to assist Heartland enroll in the state JOBZ pro ..... 
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City of Lanesboro named in arson-related suits

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Former Chief of Police John Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro have been named in four suits filed in Fillmore County District Court that are related to the April 2002 arson fire in downtown Lanesboro.

Tuchek was found guilty of s ..... 
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County Board sets public hearing for proposed Tax Abatement policy

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Mark Thein, who jointly serves as Fillmore County and Harmony Economic Develop-ment Authority (EDA) coordinator, Mike Bubany, of David Drown & Associates, and Jerome Illg, Harmony City Administrator, readdressed a proposed county tax abatement policy ..... 
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Hinckley Holsteins

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Not everyone can tell you the first day they started their current occupation, but Marlys Hinckley can. She can tell you that April 25, 1981 is the day that she and her husband, Dale, began their farming career together. Theyíve never looked back. [Read the Rest]

Practice makes perfect

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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FORESTVILLE - Lucy strains at her leash, as she is eager to begin work. She has been waiting in her cage for a couple of hours. The waiting is routine for Lucy. Her handler, Marie Christianson, tries to calm the seven year old Golden Retriever as the ..... 
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Scenic tractor drive set for June 13

Fri, May 28th, 2004
Posted in Features

SPRING VALLEY - A long time interest in restoring vintage tractors has helped to bring about the first Fillmore County Scenic Tractor Drive.

Glen Van Grevenhof, a township employee, Joe Bezdicek, a retired Kingsland Ag instruct ..... 
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