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A lifelong investment in Lanesboro


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Children of Lanesboro Public School's daycare enjoy the new playground equipment recently installed at Sylvan Park. Photo by Michael Hayner

By Michael Hayner

Lanesboro, Minn. is known for many things. Lanesboro has an abundance of clear trout streams, bike paths, beautiful bluffs, and more countryside to explore than many other places.These attractions bring tourists from around the nation. These scenic destinations now have a more youthful companion.

Thanks to the long-lasting efforts of the Lanesboro Swim and Recreation Fundraising Group, Sylvan park now has new playground equipment. Although the most recent project began in October of 2013, the park project began over 20 years ago.

What started out as a small group of local mothers, but eventually grew to a much larger group, The fundraising committee raised money to install a pool in Sylvan Park.

In an email City Administrator David Todd stated that by implementing the time-tested fundraising methods of soup suppers, dances, and Bingo games, money was steadily raised, but when a beer tent was set up for fundraising purposes, “that’s when the donations really started pouring in.”

According to Todd, during the process of fundraising, “One, it was discovered that the liability was too great and two, they didn’t have the room to put a pool in Sylvan Park.”

Because of the issues raised from the pool project, the funds raised were transferred to the Rochester Area Donor Fund, where the donations grew to more than $75,000. With these funds, the Swim and Recreation fund decided replacing the park

equipment was the best option.

As Todd and the park board researched possibilities for the equipment, they found a group called Landscape Structures.This company specializes in concept parks, which are tailored specifically to the community. Many of the structures of the park were designed specifically for Lanesboro, including the zipcruise.

Because of these unique designs, Landscape Structures (also to be noted, they are a Minnesota based company, which was important to Todd and the other park board members) designed a park that will not be found anywhere else.

As the project moved forward, the city felt including the local school district was important. Because the Lanesboro school does not have the room to provide a private playground for school age children, they use the equipment provided in Sylvan Park. Todd approached the school board with mockups of the planned park. Superintendent Jeff Boggs did no .....
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Canton was right on with Day Off

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

The city of Canton, Minn. celebrated its 135th Day Off celebration with hundreds of residents and visitors enjoying three days of summertime fun August 15 - 17, 2014. A softball tournament got the weekend started Friday and continued through Sunda ..... 
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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town. Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and t ..... 
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Lantern tours available at Niagara Cave

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has begun offering lantern tours of the cave each Saturday evening through Labor Day to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the cave opening to the public for tours. Mark Bishop, owner of Niagara Cave, stated, “The ..... 
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Small hitch in Western Days

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration. Cody ..... 
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Greenleafton hosts National Night Out

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

As the country celebrated National Night Out the evening of Tuesday, August 5, 2014, so did the small town of Greenleafton, Minn. Hosted by the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its Missions Committee, the event brings hundreds of people to enjoy ..... 
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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014. Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan. After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was ..... 
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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, ..... 
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