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Rushford flood loans reach $17 million


Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was a big moment, but definitely understated.

At the previous Rushford city council meeting, the business loan spreadsheet of projected flood recovery loans said that the fund was one half million dollars "in the hole."

Yet at the recent June 23 meeting, where it was expected that the council would have to make some hard decisions and prioritize the remaining requests, the spreadsheet presented by city manager Windy Block had a "zero" balance.

It probably should have been a dramatic moment, but was anti-climatic. Maybe everyone's just tired. Or, it could be because we are, after all, Minnesotans-as Garrison Keillor might say, we're not given to jumping up and down at good news.

But in a six-month process that has never been short of drama, a quiet ending might be just what the doctor ordered. Diligent work by both the local EDA and the specially appointed flood loan committee, especially in these past two weeks, made what could have been a rough meeting for the city council a breeze, a fact no doubt appreciated especially by council members Nancy Benson and Larry Johnson since Robert Dahl's recent illness and Laura Deering's planned absence made them the only council members present.

The one touch of ceremony occurred when the final loan was approved by the council. Mayor Les Ladewig said, "And with that final loan, I'd like to take a moment to thank the people who worked so hard to make this whole thing go."

Ladewig named the members of EDA Flood Revolving Loan Committee, the beginning of the loan application process: Gordon Hatleli, Roger Metz (both from the EDA), David Boe from Peterson and Pete Roehl, a retired banker from Winona. Ladewig also thanked the local EDA, which is where the loans went next before moving on to city council: Gordon Hatleli, Paul Engrav, Brad Woxland, Roger Metz, Jim Wolter, Les Ladewig, Nancy Benson.

City Clerk Kathy Zacher and manager Windy Block were also instrumental in making the process to distribute over $17 million in flood recovery a smooth and successful one, according to Ladewig.

Loans approved in this final round included the following: Hoiland Mill Farm ($149,144), Johnson & James ($87,500 Category 2 ), George and Judy Graham ($63,840 Category 1-A), former Riverwood Restaurant ($180,625 plus $275,625 available as Category 1-A), Marlene Bellock for former Holle property ($68,624), Motor Parts and Equipment ($5,760), The Creamery ($32,15 .....
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Legislators meet with County Board

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper and Senator Sharon Ropes discussed state legislative accomplishments and disappointments with the county board at their June 24 meeting. Tschumper maintained that with the Transportation Bill passed in February ..... 
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Preston street construction to begin in August

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Indus ..... 
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Lanesboro begins clean-up

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular m ..... 
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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and ..... 
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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater tr ..... 
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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