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Commissioners' Report: County and city of Lanesboro hope to cooperate on Highway 8 bridge project


Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
Posted in Features

Members of the Coffee Street Bridge Enhancement Group met with the county board on Tuesday to look at ways the county and city of Lanesboro can work together when improvements are made to the Highway 8 bridge.

The county plans to redeck the bridge next spring and the Coffee Street Bridge group hopes that an underpass linking the Bass Pond parking lot to a park that will be developed south of the recently restored Coffee Street Bridge can be built.

John Davis, spokesman for the Lanesboro group, told the board that a handicap accessible pathway under the bridge would be a safe solution to crossing busy Highway 8 as it comes into Lanesboro. The path would be eight feet wide and run 50 to 60 feet along the expanse of the bridge.

County Engineer John Grindeland said that the project would work if done right.

Grindeland said that he had concerns over the time allowed for construction as the city of Lanesboro would like all work done before Memorial Day to accommodate the tourist season.

Grindeland said there is a window of opportunity for spring 2005 or the project will have to wait until 2008, as the county will be involved in the Highway 52 project during 2006-07. He anticipates a fair amount of detour traffic on Highway 16 coming through Lanesboro.

Grindeland said the best time to do the project would be when the deck is off, so that equipment and manpower can access the site beneath the bridge more easily.

Depending on the weather, that might make the Memorial Day timetable difficult, Grindeland said, as the pathway construction could add one or two weeks to the project.

In addition to coordination, funding might be an issue. The Coffee Street Bridge group will apply for a DNR grant this January that may fund 50% of the their share of the project. The balance will have to come from private donations or from the city of Lanesboro. The city recently bonded for some of the funds necessary to restore the Coffee Street Bridge.

Grindeland was open to coordinating the project with the city as long as funding was not delayed and the timing of the bridge project could be more flexible.

Lanesboro City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson said that she would take these issues back to the city council.

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Election 2004

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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The Fillmore County Journal invited all candidates running for elected office in the general election on   November 2, 2004 to send in some information about themselves and why they are running for public office. This include ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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Felony Dispositions

William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, was ordered to serve 366 days in prison by Judge Robert Benson on Monday, September 29, 2004 in Fillmore County District Court.

Miller violated the ..... 
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Heartland settlement with city expires without JOBZ in hand

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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The recent settlement between the city of Preston and Robert and Elaine Maust and Heartland Energy & Recycling called for the city of Preston to pay Heartland $325,000 in total damages if the tire-burning plant is not accepted into the state JOBZ pro ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: NIMBY Rushford generator location still undecided

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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NIMBYnot in my backyardwas once again heard at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, September 27, 2004. Although the phrase was the same, the voices and faces changed from previous meetings as the council once again tried to find a home for th ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board scrutinizes Hwy 52 offers

Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
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Fillmore Central School Board members reviewed proposed figures surrounding the approximately 3.3 acres of district property next to the K-8 school that MnDOT will require for the Hwy 52 project. The land is zoned residential and brought an offer of ..... 
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What will Fillmore County look like 20, 50, 75 years from now?

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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Tom Gillaspy is no ordinary state bureaucrat.

According to Jan Smaby of Peterson, a member of the Fillmore County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and former co-host of a PBS political talk show in the Twin Cities, Gillaspy is ..... 
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Hanson campaign accuses Davids of election spending improprieties

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Hanson for House Campaign has filed a formal complaint for violation of ethics in government act with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board in St. Paul on what it calls serious and ongoing campaign finance improprieties committed by t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Rushford-Peterson school board was confronted with the problem that wont go away, aging school buildings, when Superintendent Miller shared with them a letter he received from Minnesota Department of Education facilities specialist, John Ryberg. ..... 
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