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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro Council Signs Police Contract with Preston


Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council unanimously accepted the contract with Preston for police protection at their November 17th meeting. After clarifying some minor details, Mayor Steve Rahn and City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson signed the contract on behalf of the city of Lanesboro. The agreement will necessitate the hiring of an additional police officer. Chief of Police Matt Schultz assured the council that all officers would have a minimum response time of fifteen minutes to either city. Compensation for police protection will be set on a yearly basis with Schultz first budgeting for Preston. Lanesboro will then pay a pro rata fee based on population. Because an additional police car will need to be purchased, Lanesboro’s share for 2004 will be $65,000. The following year’s cost is estimated to be $57,687 for the city of Lanesboro. The council asked Torgerson and Schultz to discuss ways of introducing the officers to the citizens of Lanesboro, perhaps utilizing the “Minnesota norm” of coffee and cookies at an open house. Regardless, the council stressed their desire for the relationship to start on a positive note.

Center for the ArtsCouncilwoman Peggy Hanson reported on a joint meeting she had attended in St. Paul regarding the Center for the Arts. Representatives from the State Attorney General’s office and Departments of Finance and Administration met with representatives of Commonweal, Cornucopia, Root River Friends of the Arts (FOTA), and Lanesboro City Council and its attorney, Eric Galatz.Hanson reported the Attorney General’s office held the view that “public” means government. The state expects the project to “truly function as a governmental program” with the city serving in a “supervisory role.” Building operation and maintenance leases would need to be between the arts groups and the city. A third party such as FOTA would not be able to run the Center. Artistic freedom for the participants was a concern for the art groups. With the city in such a role, a future city council could attempt to censor presentations and shows.As long as the proposed building is used for art purposes, the city needs to own it. The city could only sell the building if it could no longer be used as an art center. Hanson emphasized once private money is given to the project it becomes public and will be owned by the public. The timeline for private funding for th .....
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TJ Liquor

Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Gregory David Phillips, 18, Kalyn Louis Koster, 18, and Adam Douglas Greene, 19, all of Spring Valley, were charged on Monday with two felony counts of theft and criminal damage to property related to an incident ..... 
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Ghost towns of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Forestville, Tawney, Clear Grit, Isinours, Carimona. A large majority of Fillmore County citizens recognize the names of these areas and know that they were once towns, post offices or railroad junctions. Though some of these areas are still inhabite ..... 
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Quiz Bowl takes more than horse sense

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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When talking to four Fillmore County 4-Hers, you’re not quite sure if it’s their passion for horses, their superb equestrian knowledge or the fact that they just love being around each other that helped the team achieve top honors in the National Qui ..... 
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The phone call no one ever wants to get

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Up until the time of my daughter’s accident my opinion of large companies was that they were uncaring and cold. That attitude changed when my daughter was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident.

Around nine p.m. on July 7th I a ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Who will pay the bill for the Rushford substation transformer?

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Anyone who was living in Rushford last summer knows the substation transformer had to be removed, repaired and replaced, causing early morning power outages twice as the work was completed. What no one knows is who was responsible for water getting i ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Delinquent receivables challenge Harmony Council

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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"I think the city should pursue these people" stated Henry Becker, Harmony, an upset landlord who has gotten caught up in the middle of a legal dispute concerning services provided to a past tenant that haven’t been paid for. Becker spoke before the ..... 
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Preston Council considers interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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The Preston City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, to discuss placing an interim ordinance on certain kinds of industrial development for one year until the city has had adequate time to study the issue.   [Read the Rest]

Maust suit scheduled for Thursday in Chatfield

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Judge James Fabian will hear arguments in a mandamus suit brought against the city of Preston by Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling. Court is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Chatfield.    ..... 
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