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Lanesboro Community Cooperative (a.k.a. the Old School) Redevelopment Plan


Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Features

Jeff Allman, now a partner with Northcountry on the redevelopment of the old school property, set the tone for a special Lanesboro Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday, July 30, when he proclaimed, "Were here to embrace the public interest."

Allman presented a new plan for the property that included the excavation of a berm of grass to build garages with parking area on the top of the garages as well. Also in the new plan are some eight or nine garages inside the building itself. The current alley would be moved about fifty-five feet south to connect with Ridgeview.

Allman stated, "Our thought today is to keep the alley forever." When asked if this new plan was a lot more expensive, Allman replied, "The short answer is, Yeah."

He went on to say that it would be more marketable, however, as a result. The movement of the alley to the south would allow for the construction of the garages and for the creation of more green space.

While the Bethlehem church members were glad to hear the alley would stay, they werent fond of the idea of the alley becoming one way, the opposite way from the current use.

Commissioner Robert Nordby put it in perspective, however, when he said, "Its better to have an alley going the wrong way than no alley at all."

Allman also suggested the possibility of creating a deck area on top of the garages overlooking the vista. Referring to the proposal as "relatively non-invasive, relatively pretty," Allman asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to recommend to the city council that they relocate 130 feet of the alley (roadway) to connect 55 feet south of its current intersection with Ridgeview.

Northcountry used a land surveyor to find all possible available parking space for the area. Allman shared pictures he had taken of the churches during services to show the current usage as well. The developers reported a magnetometer had been used to check the rebar in the building, phase one and two environmental audits have been done, and the roof has been inspected. To date the developers have spent $40,000 on the project; they are eager to reach an agreement with the city so they can move forward.

Council member Peggy Hanson asked for cost breakdowns on the project. Hanson also asked whether the alley should remain a public roadway or become a p .....
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Fillmore County is 150 years old

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Features

Fillmore County has reached a most significant milestone. Its now 150 years old.

Fillmore County was created from Wabasha County by a Legislative act approved March 5, 1853. Its boundaries were indefinite. In general, however, ..... 
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Fillmore Countys 9th Relay for Life to be held in Rushford

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Features

The community of Rushford will host the countys 9th annual Relay for Life on Friday, August 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9. The event will take place near the citys fire station and the Depot Museum where a ..... 
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Hoop Dreams

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

This story has a classic movie line: a group of small town kids organize themselves into a select basketball team that goes on to win a state competition.  So, in the Hollywood tradition of the classic kids-do-well movie genr ..... 
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Heartland gets air permit

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

In a 6-2 vote on Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Board approved an air permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC to operate a tire-burning plant in Preston. The board also decided that a contested case hearing, an ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

The project is holding to schedule, Dave Johnson, the courthouse construction supervisor, told the County Board at Tuesdays meeting. Johnson said steel work would start within the next week. Johnson said he was pleased with the progress to date. H ..... 
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Lanesboro Council considers Administrative Citation Ordinance

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

At their July 21st meeting, the Lanesboro City Council discussed the proposed administrative citation ordinance. Posing the philosophical question, "Is the purpose to increase public safety or to bring in more dollars?" Councilman Joe OConnor presen ..... 
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New recreational facility will need Preston City funds

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday for about three hours with Mayor Dave Pechulis, Mike Gartner, and Heath Mensink in attendance. Jerry Scheevel is recovering from heart surgery and Mike McGarvey was also absent.

Mike Gartner ..... 
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Cemeteries are scattered across the landscape

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sitting peacefully off a gravel road north of Highland is a small cemetery. If you have driven by it, you probably only gave it a passing glance. Most people do not know, however, that most of those buried in the 136 year old cemetery were of Quaker ..... 
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