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Lanesboro City Council refuses to consider closing alley


Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

Tempers flared as the Lanesboro City Council heard from developer Dan Anderson, Bethlehem Church Council President Eric Ruen, and Warren Kramer of Northcountry Cooperative Development on Monday, May 5.

Kramer first spoke to the Lanesboro City Council about his company’s plan for developing the old school property currently owned by Anderson. Kramer described a housing cooperative in which people buy shares of stock in a building and form a corporation with elected directors running the day-to-day business of the building.

His dream is to "create a community cooperative" which would be available for general occupancy. Kramer stated the investment would be around $1.8 million with individual units going for between $100,000 and $120,000. The units would keep a loft appearance with high ceilings, open spaces, and large windows.

An enthusiastic Kramer extolled the merits of the old school with its large windows and fantastic view. He detailed the plan to create a play area at the trailhead (near the "bunny trail") as well as hiking trails and green space. Kramer emphasized a commitment to a quality, aesthetically pleasing, living area, opting to keep parking from the front of the building.

Kramer then went on to ask the council to consider vacating the alley running through the property. Kramer argued that the alley diminishes aesthetics, creates a dangerous environment for residents, and might cause environmental issues with the hillside. Removing the alley would, in Kramer’s view, improve the look of the building and enhance marketability. Since a portion of the current building actually sits on top of the plotted alley, Kramer added that there might be a problem with financing since clear title would be difficult to obtain.

Eric Ruen, Bethlehem Church Council President, presented the church’s view. The church, already cramped for parking space, feels the alley is essential to accessing the church. When asked how many spaces were currently available, Ruen answered that he didn’t know, but added that the parking needs of a developed housing cooperative would make parking concerns even more crucial.

Council member Jerome Halvorson asked if the new housing would bring a benefit of new additional church members to which Ruen responded that, while this was a possibility, his primary concern was with the current members’ needs. .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Mandy Kay Vreeman, 24, Preston, charged with felony DWI from an incident on March 22, 2003. Alleged to have been in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of having been convict ..... 
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Beef industry stands strong in light of general economy

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
Posted in Features

"Packers like farm raised finished cattle," notes Joe Nelson, owner of Lanesboro Sales Commission.

Nelson says the producers in the area have paid attention to their genetics, purchasing good quality bulls that help upgrade the ..... 
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3-2 split favors Heartland

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Council members Mike Gartner and Jerry Scheevel requested the special meeting of the Preston City Council held Tuesday, April 29. A large crowd again over-flowed into the entry way.   Scheevel made a motion stating that, base ..... 
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Public Hearings, but No Public

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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The Rushford City Council started out their April 28 meeting with two public hearings, but there was little sign of a public to hear from.   The first hearing of the night concerned the re-adoption of the Minnesota State Buil ..... 
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Have knives will travel

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Any farmer who raises cattle for his own meat knows that there are a number of small processing plants around Fillmore County that provide the valuable service of butchering and processing the homegrown stock.

When it’s time—wh ..... 
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Heartland wins. Or did they?

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Monday evening, the Preston Council Chamber was literally over flowing, with people sitting on the floor and many standing in the corridor straining to hear the proceedings of the Preston City Council. The council was meeting to decide whether to ..... 
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County to reopen zoning density debate

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission, Commissioner Duane Bakke unveiled a new zoning ordinance amendment that would allow individual townships to select from a menu of choices that would determine how many homes are bu ..... 
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County Social Services see child protection caseload increase

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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"We would like to see a month where there is no hitting, no drug abuse, no sexual abuse, no emotional neglect, children being bathed when they smell, and children being properly fed," stated Wendy Ebner, Social Service Supervisor, as she recapped the ..... 
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