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Lanesboro EDA to work with school board


Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Don Bell from the Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) attended the school board meeting on February 19. Bell talked about the efforts of the EDA, the Chamber, the city council, and the school board to come up with ways to recruit families to the community through the school or starting a business.

Bell told the board he and his wife moved to Lanesboro five years ago. His parents went to school in Lanesboro. Bell said he saw Lanesboro in its hey day, and when it was a ghost town in the ‘70s. He was impressed with how the town has flourished.

“There’s still nothing to do in the winter,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities here.”

Bell commented on the high caliber of students that graduate from Lanesboro Schools, and how they would like to make a place for them to come back to after college.

“I would like to see it be a year-round place, not just a vacation,” said Bell. “It’s a great place to live, and a great school.”

Bell said he would like to keep the lines of communication open between the school and the EDA, and possibly have the chance to work on something together in the future.

Personnel

The board accepted the resignation of Joe O’Koren, who is retiring after 38 years with the school district teaching Industrial Arts.

Board member Steve Snyder said it goes without saying they will miss him. “He is well-respected, has good discipline, and the children love him,” he said.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs has looked at a few colleges for new graduates that may be a suitable replacement.

The spring sports contracts were approved. Jared Pierce will be the head track coach, with Daniel Sjarpe, Riley Swier, Lori Anderson, and Joe Cullen as assistants. John Smith will be the head golf coach, with Krissy Overland assisting.

Training schedule

Lanesboro is part of SEMLAC, the Southeast Minnesota Learners Achievement Collaborative. The districts that are a part of this collaborative have a common training day each year. Boggs said things will be changing as far as the trainings go this next year. Some schools are leaving the collaborative to try other things, and Boggs said the whole group might disband. He wanted to let the board know there may be changes coming.

Chatfield approves engineering studies

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, reviewed his proposals for engineering services for two projects at the February 23 Chatfield City Council meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. At this time there are no pedestrian facilities on the west side of High ..... 
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New playground equipment for Spring Valley

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On February 23, the Spring Valley City Council met in regular session with all members in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of February Accounts Payable, the council considered a proposal from Administrator Deb Zimmer th ..... 
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Rushford completes property sale; looks to the sky

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford is in the process of completing the sale of the former Historic Bluff Country building, at 303 Elm Street, to Doug and Cindy Thesing, owners of Root River Floral. The final sale came in just $300 less than expected, at $39,700 ..... 
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County opposes higher weight limits for trucks

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County board’s February 24 meeting, Chairman Duane Bakke reported on lobbyist efforts to get the truck weight limit raised to 97,000 pounds in Minnesota. A bill sponsored by Rep. Denny McNamera (R-Hastings) would make any kind of ..... 
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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village continues to wait on permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers for the Tuff Lane Bridge project. Other permitting is in place, according to project engineer Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, but corps permission may come a ..... 
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Preston renews housing incentives

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At a relatively brief meeting of the city council on February 17 the Preston housing incentives were renewed for 2015 as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. The incentive program is a partnership between Preston EDA, Preston Public ..... 
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Spring Valley and Ambulance Association plan to meet

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The recent decision for disassociation between the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Association (SVAAA) and the city was the main topic at the February 9 meeting of the Spring Valley City Council. The SVAAA had submitted a request for a meeting betwe ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - 2.16.15

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Government

On February 3, 2015, Shane Robert Skree, 24, of Caledonia, Minnesota, appeared before Fillmore County Judicial Officer Matthew J. Opat. Skree is charged with DUI and DWI – Operate a Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration .08 Within 2 Hours, both ..... 
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