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Historic Forestville asks communityís help to meet deadline


Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

Iím enough of a farmer yet-why would you build a barn if you donít have the money to buy the cows to milk?

Mrs. Eloda (Robert) Wood, reflecting on budget cuts.

"We have to make a commitment by June 23," stated Bill Keyes, Division Manager of the Minnesota Historical Society. "I impress upon you the urgency." The urgency is that Historic Forestville will have to close its site July 1, if a plan isnít submitted by June 16, with sufficient local funds pulled together by June 23, to cover operating expenses for the next two months.

This latest meeting with Friends of Forestville and the Historical Society members was held at the Preston City Hall on Wednesday. Richard Nelson of Preston, a self-proclaimed professional volunteer, opened the meeting by introducing the key speakers at the gathering from the Minnesota Historical Society.

This included Charlie Pautler, Forestville Site Manager; Tom Ellig, Southern District Manager; Bill Keyes, Division Manager; Patrick McCormick, Director of Planning; and David Kelliher, Legislative Liaison. Copies of a proposed alternative to closing the site were passed out to the audience.

"The alternative to closing Historic Forestville is to institute a minimal operating plan for the site. That plan changes the living history interpretive program to a guided, walking tour of the site. The site buildings will be open and tour guides will escort groups of visitors around telling the story of Forestville and answering questions," the handout stated.

Forestville would be open three days a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) from Memorial Day through Labor Day and would be closed all other times. A site manager and a staff of two guides and a site technician would operate the site. The present school program would not exist.

The minimum operating program expenses have been penciled in at $110,100 annually, with $83,000 of it for salaries. The Society will contribute $18,000 per year to cover utilities, maintenance, and security. The remaining $92,100 is what the Friends of Forestville and the community must come up with.

To buy time for long range planning, Keyes explained that a two-month operating budget (the summer months) of $64,600 with the Society putting in $3,000 might be the best way to go. This would mean that $61,000 would need to be raised locall .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts back at the starting line

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mike McGrath, a former board member of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their June 2 meeting.

Reminding the council, "You are in the driverís seat in the stateís eyes," McGrath advised ..... 
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Preston City Council Report : Plea for support for Forestville

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

Historic Forestville is scheduled to be closed July 1 because of budget cuts. The State Historical Society because of reduced funding has been forced to eliminate support for several sites across the state.

Dick Nelson, in an e ..... 
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Family picks up the pieces after arson fire damages home

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

Bill Collett of Chatfield seemed fairly philosophical for someone whose house had been extensively damaged by an arson fire. Collett, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Madison moved into their home less than a year ago.

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Commissioners focus on courthouse project

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Please ask about the 43 loads of sand brought in. I thought thatís why we did boring tests," requested Commissioner Helen Bicknese, as she wouldnít be available during the courthouse projectís update.

Oh, yes, the other commis ..... 
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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated ..... 
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Once again, no public consensus on zoning issues

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was another long evening at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday as the commission tackled a long agenda of public hearings that covered a wide range of issues from a bluff ordinance variance to dwelling densities in the ..... 
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Is Silk Stocking Avenue an appropriate home for a recycled school bus?

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

The May 27, 2003 meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a visit from Duane and Sonja Cook.

Prefacing her remarks with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the "upscale neighborhood which has just seen a 51% increase in real ..... 
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Farmers Market in Lanesboro open for business

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

"Iím very excited about buying food for my family from friends and neighbors," said Liz Dybing, volunteer Lanesboro Farmers Market manager. "I believe this market has the potential to strengthen our local economy and to serve as support for our commu ..... 
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