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Lanesboro Council responds to citizen requests, adjusts budget


Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

Art promotions, a raffle, a dance, and the brush dump were on the minds of citizens as they addressed the Lanesboro City Council April 21, 2003.

Holly McDonough, Executive Director of the Cornucopia Art Center, asked the council permission to use sandwich boards in front of the center to promote events that are free and open to the public. Stating that the sandwich board advertising would only be used the day of the events, McDonough shared a list of five upcoming events with the council, adding that Cornucopia was looking at increasing the number of artists’ demonstrations and possibly adding poetry and literary events as well.

The council suggested the board be leaned against the building in order to keep the sidewalk free and approved the use of the advertisement with this provision.

•Dave Campbell asked for and received from the council a raffle permit for the 19th Annual Turkey Federation Banquet to be held August 16th.

•Fire Chief Keith Eide then requested permission for the Firemen’s Relief Association to hold a street dance in front of the fire hall during Buffalo Bill Days. The Buffalo Bill Days’ Committee was aware of and supported the request. A representative of the committee said they "wanted to try something different."

After stipulating that the Firemen’s Relief Association would need to cover the cost of additional police services and insurance, the council approved the planned 8:00 p.m. to midnight street dance. The council suggested that the fire department contact nearby businesses and make sure they were okay with the plan.

•Robert Thompson spoke next about the hours of the brush dump.

"It’s foolish to have a brush dump and not have it open," Thompson stated as he asked the council to open the dump more often or make keys available from city employees. Thompson spoke of his frustration when he loaded his truck with tree trimmings, drove to the dump to dispose of them, and then discovered it was closed. Currently, the dump is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a volunteer manning the site.

City Administrator Barb Hoyhtya stated that people had left garbage such as microwaves, refrigerators, recliners, and wood from demolition and construction at the dump, under the old key system. Hoyhtya went on to remind the counci .....
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City of Rushford Audit report presented

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the Rushford City Council on Monday, April 21, 2003, Tom Wente of Smith, Schafer and Associates presented the city’s audit report to the council.

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A “Norwegian” farm girl returns to her native Vietnam

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

A self-described “Norwegian” farm girl, Julie Knutson DeHart grew up in rural Lanesboro, the adopted daughter of Sharon and Robert Knutson.   At Lanesboro High School, the 1992 graduate played in the band, went out for volley ..... 
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Preston Planning & Zoning Commission recommends granting CUP to Heartland

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was a balmy summer-like evening, the Preston City Hall overflowing with interested residents, when the Preston Planning & Zoning Commission met to consider a conditional use permit application from Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC.

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Council hears possible water solutions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Water Utility System Analysis Report presented by Bill Chang of BDM was the focal point of the Rushford City Council meeting on Monday, April 14. Chang first detailed some recent improvements to the water system of the city such as the new well # ..... 
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The fourth time’s the charm

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Signs of spring were popping up all over the barnyard recently at the Paul and Cindy Lorius farm seven miles south of Cherry Grove. It's peak lambing time and the Lorius' herd of Suffolk sheep is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, one of the coupl ..... 
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Council looks for ways to cut budget

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

With Local Government Aid (LGA) reductions affecting Harmony to the figure of $43,000 this year, and an additional $80,000 next year, council members started to take a close look at department budgets at their Tuesday, April 15 meeting.   ..... 
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County accepts bids on courthouse project

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

"I was 28 years old when I started this project, and look at me now," joked David Kane, President of Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc. in Rochester, as his team was finally given the green light on the project to remodel the courthouse.
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County Board rules that EAW not required on Bucknell Subdivison

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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A request by Bruce and Linda Bucknell of Racine for a conditional use permit to establish seven lots and two outside lots on land they own located in Sumner Township came to a halt in early March due to a petition requesting an Environmental Assessme ..... 
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