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Despite economy, Fillmore County tourism remains healthy


Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Many of our cities in Fillmore County rely on tourism or visitor dollars to help sustain shops, dining, lodging and other businesses. How has the recession played for those businesses? Have local people opted to stay close to home for vacations and weekend entertainment?

Preston Tourism Director Kathy Dahl was upbeat about the last several months. She noted Trout Days occurred before she took her new position this last July, but says she understands it was well attended, in part, because more events were offered.

The Old Barn Resort between Lanesboro and Preston says their business was much improved. She said other comments from business owners ranged from similar to last year, up slightly, to pleasantly surprised and better than expected.

Dahl said the Tourism Center had as many as 100 more inquiries and visits per month than last year. There was particularly a lot of interest in camping. Bus group touring is predicted to increase up to seven percent next year.

Stone House Stables, a fledgling business started in May, has had a very good start. Kim Johns says they have had local people along with people from other parts of the world on their trail rides. The new business provided 700 horseback rides to visitors in a year with less than optimum weather for outdoor recreation.

Julie Kiehne, executive director of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, says they'll know more in the coming weeks since October can be the high time for overnight travelers out and about to see the fall colors. She agreed it would be a fair statement to say Lanesboro is the most dependent on tourism revenue among the cities located in Fillmore County.

Attendance at events and festivals was similar in numbers and consistent with past years. Kiehne said outfitters were pleased with the summer season especially considering the cooler than normal summer. Their business generally falls off after Labor Day weekend.

Many of the dining businesses are offering locally grown foods like meat and produce. Kiehne suggested travelers are more and more conscious of the source of foods served to them.

Adrienne Sweeney, marketing director at the Commonweal Theatre, admitted in a press release the concern they had this last spring with the recession and negative economic news and the possible effect it could have on their "tourism dependent" town. Fortunately, their fears were not realized. Ticket sales at the theater averaged more tha .....
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County board yet to make decision on emergency communication options

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County commissioners continued to discuss the state's new 800 MHz system at the board's October 27 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase said fifty-two of the state's counties have decided to use the 800 MHz system so far.

The Federal Com ..... 
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Zimmer reports on trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very routine night at the Spring Valley City Council on Monday. City Administrator Deb Zimmer reported on the trip to Chicago taken by city officials. The visit was a required trip by the Department of Commerce through the Federal EDA for t ..... 
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Kingsland discusses "influenza-like illnesses"

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Keep the rudder straight and try to steer through the difficult times ahead."

These were the words from Senator Sharon Ropes in wrapping up her conversation with the Kingsland Board of Education during their work session Monday afternoon. T ..... 
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Rushford city council moves forward with Himlie Park motel project

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
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At the Monday, October 26th meeting, the council approved by one vote an agreement by and between the city and Guardian Inn of Rushford, Minnesota, LLC for the development and construction of a motel in the Himlie Business Park. According th ..... 
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Rushford Chamber sponsors first-ever candidate forum

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

With an audience of over 150 citizens, six Rushford city council candidates and two mayoral candidates presented themselves and their hopes for the community through a series of public-written, independently asked questions. Rodney Thompson, chamber ..... 
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Speeding concerns in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers received approval at Chatfield's October 26 council meeting to purchase four 30-mile per hour speed limit signs to be installed along Hillside Drive. Mayor Les Knutson acknowledged the public's concern ab ..... 
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CUP approval for wind tower?

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



A conditional use permit approval was recommended by the Fillmore County Planning Commission at their October 15 meeting for a noncommercial wind tower for Thomas and Theresa Warren, Spring Valley township. Theresa Warren said they had decid ..... 
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Mabel City Council meeting

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Mabel City Council met Wednesday, October 14, 2009, with acting Mayor Brian Street calling the meeting to order. Council members present were: Brian Street, Terry Torkelson, Tracy Benson, Kirsten Wyffels, and City ..... 
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