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Police-sharing arrangement an initial success in Lanesboro


Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Friday, April 12, 2002, Lanesboro began what would be a nearly two year journey to rebuild the public’s confidence in the city’s police department. On that April day, Lanesboro citizens discovered that their police chief, John Tuchek, had started a hero fire that blazed three of the city’s historic downtown buildings to the ground, forced families from their homes, and displaced two local businesses. Shocked and disappointed, the city managed to look towards the future. It needed to create a police force that was honest and that the people of Lanesboro, as well as visitors and other locals, could trust. After a short and not-so-successful stint with a new police chief, the city came upon a new idea: it would negotiate a contract with the neighboring city of Preston that would provide police coverage from the Preston Police Department for both cities. Beginning on December 1, 2003, the Police Service Contract between the City of Preston and the City of Lanesboro came into affect. In it, the contract describes Preston’s responsibilities, the authority of officers, compensation for the services, and the purchase of a new squad car among other details. Now, two and a half years after the journey began and nine months since the contract came into effect, it seems that Lanesboro has indeed gained what it was looking for. “They are more professional and courteous than previous officers, and not as annoying in how they conduct their business,” said Nancy Huisenga, owner of the Habberstad House B & B, “We held a Scottish event at the Sons of Norway in January. The police knew alcohol would be served so they stopped in to gauge the situation in a polite and respectful way.” Nancy’s comments represent those of many in Lanesboro. Lanesboro High School senior Adrian Anderson complimented the officers, saying, “They are way better than some cops we’ve had before. They are more polite and not as pushy.” Officer Jesse Grabau mentioned he had heard no complaints from residents of Lanesboro, something Mayor Steve Rahn also commented. Rahn said, “It seems like the officers have more common sense. I think that helps everyone get along well.” Rahn also noted that the spontaneity of patrol is helping to prevent traffic violations, as people are unsure of when an officer will be in the area, an idea echoed by Joe O’Connor. He had hoped that the routes and the times that of .....
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Commissioners Report: County continues budget talks, elected officials ask for raises

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

The county board continued their discussions about the 2005 budget on Tuesday. And budget talks eventually lead to conferences with elected official’s about salary increases. These conferences usually begin with the office holder showing how they mea ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Mayor Roberton questions backup generator purchase

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

“I’m afraid we’re spending $2 million we didn’t need to spend,” Mayor T.S. Roberton declared as he reviewed the power supply options and generators at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday night, August 9th. Roberton asked who had originally broug ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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Felony Charges

•William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, was arraigned on charges in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 9. Miller was charged with felony theft of an anhydrous ammonia tank from a Fountain area farm on J ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Water Park plan goes to committee

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Carlisle Corson presented his plan for a Water Park and Resort at the Monday, August 2, Preston City Council meeting. He explained that his plan essentially only changes the location of the earlier proposed Recreational Center that would have been at ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment and rural districting discussed

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jeff Hebl, a Zenith Street neighbor, brought his concerns about the recent Jim Wagner detachment petition to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday, August 2. Hebl reminded the council that the Wagner property was in the city limits when it was pu ..... 
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Two Whalan girls work for a cure

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Emma McGrath sits in the hot sun along side the Root River Trail giving lemonade, brownies and cookies to bicyclists traveling along the bike trail. In return for this kindness, Emma asks each biker to make a donation to her favorite charity - the Am ..... 
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Preston gathers for a Town Meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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This is not a debate, but a public discussion - the purpose is not to win an argument, but to hear many points of view, and explore multiple options and points of view.  a handout at the Preston Town Meeting.

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Commissioners' Report: Budget talks and permits dominate board meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board spent the bulk of their Tuesday, August 3 meeting holding preliminary discussions regarding the 2005 budget.

Departments have been asked to factor in possible increases of 20% for insurance and a cost ..... 
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