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Lanesboro City Council grants retail sales permit at special meeting


Fri, May 14th, 2004
Posted in Features

At a special meeting on Monday, May 10, the Lanesboro City Council, by a 4 to 1 vote, approved granting a permit to Jennifer Wood to operate a retail home business on her premises at 203 Sheridan. Council member Jerome Halvorson was the lone dissenting vote.

At issue was whether Wood, operating as Jennys Country Kitchen, could sell goods manufactured off premises in her home, which is also licensed as a Bed & Breakfast. The zoning ordinance provides standards for home occupation, retail sales and bed & breakfasts, each with slightly different criteria.

The council sought a second opinion from Attorney Dick Nethercut of Harmony, who is the city attorney for three communities. Nethercut reviewed the Home Occupations section of the ordinance.

In a letter to the council dated May 5, Nethercut wrote that it was his opinion that the authors of the ordinance intended that retail sales as part of a home occupation should be a permitted activity. The question Nethercut raised had to do with whether the retail sales provision of the ordinance is in conflict with other parts of the ordinance dealing with home occupations.

In the end, the council opted to vote granting a retail sale permit.

Council member Peggy Hanson made the motion to approve, seconded by Council member Kevin Drake.

We need to have a rational reason to say no. We cant be arbitrary, Hanson said, saying that she based her motion on the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commis-sion.

Hanson acknowledged that the decision leaves the city open to others coming forward with similar requests for retail sale permits. She suggested that the Planning & Zoning Commis-sion look into the issue as soon as possible. Hanson handed out a draft ordinance that she said could be used as a starting point in those discussions.

Ms. Wood suggested that the council may want to re-think how they look at home occupations in the future, noting that many communities allow certain kinds of operations.

The council may want to consider allowing tea rooms and dress shops in residential areas, Wood said as an example, noting that not everyone can afford to own or rent a building in the downtown.

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Harmony Council remains firm in new delinquent utilities policy

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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When the city council adopted the new delinquent utility policy in February it was hoped that those residents who are habitually late with payments will be motivated to pay their bills. Since then, the policy has stirred much controversy in the city. ..... 
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New well under consideration in Rushford

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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At their May 10th meeting, the Rushford City Council opted to cancel the bid for a booster water pump in the citys downtown area at the advise of the Water Commission. Bill Chang of BDM Engineering had suggested to the Water Commission to cancel the ..... 
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Hoffman named Preston city administrator

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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Joe Hoffman of Plainview has accepted the position of Preston City Administrator. The appointment was made at a special city council meeting on Wednesday, May 12.   Hoffman currently is the Executive Director of the Southeast ..... 
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Protesters hold rally in Preston against Heartland

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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PRESTON - Megan, an 18 year old senior at Winona High School, came because she wanted to help stop the tire burning plant.

The plant will not only effect Preston but the surrounding area, she said.

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DFL offers up few facts in Davids investigation

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Rep. John Lesch, DFL from St. Paul, held a press conference in Lanesboro on Friday afternoon, April 30, to discuss the preliminary findings of an investigation concerning allegations of intimidation by Rep. Greg Davids.

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The Battle Over Heartland

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Preston: A town divided  By John Torgrimson  When you mention Preston to anyone in Minnesota nowadays they say, Oh, isnt that where that tire plant is being built?  The bat ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Attorney Sandy Keith to mediate Heartland v. Preston

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Initially a closed door meeting of the Preston City Council had been requested by council member Steve Knoepke for the purpose of approving a mediator. Apparently, there was some miscommunication since not everyone appeared for the 5:30 p.m. meeting. ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Update on Church Hill development

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Northcountry developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer updated the Lanesboro City Council on development plans for Church Hill Properties at the regular council meeting held May 3rd. The new plans included an increase from sixteen to twenty-one units ..... 
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