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Lanesboro approves contract with Tri-County Electric


Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved a 20-year contract with Tri-County Electric and Dairyland Power at their regular meeting on January 3.

Council member Joe O'Connor said the Public Utilities recommended the city go ahead with the contract after having two special meetings to review the issue of purchasing wholesale power. The contract with Dairyland Power is up, and they needed to look at their options.

O'Connor outlined some of the benefits Tri-County has to offer Lanesboro, including a rate study, buying power to team up with other co-ops to purchase equipment, assistance in energy conservation, rebates, and incentives. They can also team up with Tri-County to install smart meters needed throughout the city. O'Connor explained they will need to purchase the meters, but the software will be provided.

O'Connor also mentioned the possibility of someday switching to time of day pricing. This would mean a person would have to pay more for electricity at certain peak times of the day than other times. Julie Charlebois, owner of Riverside on the Root, asked if this means business owners would have higher electricity rates since their business hours are during peak hours. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said that has been discussed and they are still looking at the issue.

The city finds significant savings from the hydro, as the electricity generated from that means they have to purchase less electricity.

Chamber Report

Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, gave her annual presentation and updated the council on what's in store for the upcoming year. Kiehne explained the Chamber has been doing workshops for social media for businesses, and did a retail market survey where they gathered information from shoppers to better access strengths and weaknesses. They also secured legacy grant funding for the trailhead landscape beautification project. She thanked the council for their support with the 2012 Lanesboro Visitor's Guide.

Kiehne also mentioned some projects the Chamber is working on for the future. There will be an annual trail celebration, as well as a Taste of the Trail celebration in September that will highlight local foods. She mentioned Explore Mississippi Bluffs as a new project, which is a project that goes along the Mississippi River from its start in Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. Ten states are participating. The trail in Houston is not connected, but .....
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Government this week

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Government

• Monday, Jan. 9, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 9, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 9, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Dec. 6 Minutes

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The December 6, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. with Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zon ..... 
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County 2012 levy to be less than 2011

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board approved the final 2012 budget and levy at their December 27 meeting. County Coordinator Karen Brown explained the 2012 budget figures are unchanged from the preliminary budget approved in September and the budget detailed at the De ..... 
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Government this week

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Jan. 2, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 2, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 2, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Preston Ambulance Service EMSRB report

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Several members of the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) reviewed their report before the city council at the council's December 19 meeting. The report detailed the results of the rural ambulance assessment conducted in early Novem ..... 
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Lanesboro sales tax to begin January 1

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The City of Lanesboro has been trying for years now to let the state allow it to enforce a new sales tax. The .5 percent increase in sales tax will help the city pay like street repairs and other projects.

This fall, Lanesboro was finally a ..... 
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Government this week

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Dec. 26, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 26, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 26, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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What recourse is there for property owners?

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the Chatfield City Council's December 12 meeting, Sue Hollermann asked what recourse is available for businesses that have been hit with an unacceptable twenty percent property tax hike. Hollermann spoke during the Truth in Taxation public hearin ..... 
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