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Rushford Library construction deferred


Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Burt Svendsen, chairman of the Rushford Public Library Board, visited the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, March 10, to report on library usage and building progress. Svendsen shared that the library is still seeing growing numbers of patrons as well as items checked out, and that SELCO is changing its operating system, leading to a need for staff training and a new checkout computer. Recognizing that there is little support from either the city council or the community for library construction at this time, Svendsen acknowledged that the Library Board has decided not to pursue construction at this time. Mayor T.S. Roberton queried, "If we werenít facing a cut from the state, what would you be asking for tonight?"To which Svendsen replied, "I donít know if Iíd ask for anything. Iíd like to see a multi-type facility with a new city hall, library, learning center, etc."Mayor Roberton added, chuckling, "With a new school on that too?"Getting serious, Svendsen concluded his presentation, stating that the board has opted to wait to see what kind of budget June brings. The library board has chosen not to spend money on Crescendo, a fund-raising company from Winona at this time.Airport To Get Finishing TouchesThe council accepted the low bid of SEH to engineer the paving of the airport runway. After receiving assurances this was a "fix-up, catch-up" for the airport with no more large anticipated expenses, the council chose to continue with the paving project, taking advantage of an 80/20 state financing match that is available until June (at the latest). The city share of the project, $60,000, cannot be covered by the airport budget. The Electric Commission agreed to loan the airport money to cover the remaining costs with the airport paying the Electric Commission interest comparable to CD rates. Under the current city budget, the Airport Fund would grow as some balance building occurs over the next several years, providing funding for future repairs. Water and Budget MeetingsBDM Consulting Engineers will be presenting a model analysis for the cityís water system as well as a Feasibility Study of Water System Improvements on April 14. Mayor Roberton and the council invite the public to come and listen to the presentation in order to gain background for a public hearing to be held April 28, at which time citizen input will be .....
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State cuts loom heavy on minds of commissioners

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Counties will face some very heavy lifting to meet the challenges presented by the Governorís budget proposal." That was the message from the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) during a video presentation conducted by Policy Coordinator Karen B ..... 
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Historic Forestville wonít close quietly

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The emergency meeting regarding historic Forestvilleís future drew in a full room March 4 at the Forestville State Park Pavilion. Friends of Forestville and the general public met with Tom Ellig, Southern District Manager of Historic Sites for the Mi ..... 
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Lanesboro Council asked to restructure Lanesboro Center for the Arts or give up $1 million bond

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The status of the proposed Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) took center stage at the packed Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday night, March 3rd.

Council member Joe OíConnor presented a detailed summary of the LCA project ..... 
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Preston will need to tighten its belt if local government aide is reduced

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

If Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal is accepted as is, Preston will receive $61,000 (10.7%) less in Local Government Aide (LGA) from the state this year. Next year the reduction would be $117,000 (24%). Mayor David Pechulis suggested that when ..... 
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Postcard from Mexico

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

Itís 7:30 in the morning in room 18 on the third floor of the Luna Mar Vacacional in a small town along the Pacific coast of Mexico. The ocean looks like a sea of glass outside the veranda, yet, every five seconds the surf cracks like thunder onto th ..... 
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Township election pivotal to Sumnerís future

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

When the Fillmore County Planning Commission signed off on the Conditional Use Permit for the proposed Sumner Township subdivision known as Washington Country Estates, it fueled a debate that could ultimately be decided by Sumner Township residents i ..... 
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Pet turns couple into amateur mushers

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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When Aaron and Natalie Harwood purchased their pet Siberian Husky, Mariah, back in 1999, little did they know their lives would soon go to the dogs.

It started out quite innocently when the couple began skijoring with Mariah on ..... 
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Commissionersí Report: Proposed courthouse project suffers major blow

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The countyís proposed courthouse project loomed precariously as a five page estimate with actual figures was passed out to the commissioners at the meeting on February 25th. Itís sub total of $3,890,519 shattering the boardís perception of a $3.8 mil ..... 
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