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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project


Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for construction of a new library. Crescendo will be paid $2,500-per-day, not to exceed $135,000, for services rendered in the upcoming 48-to-52-weeks.

Responding to a broad-range of concerns expressed mainly by council-members Larry Johnson and Robert Dahl, Crescendo partner Laura Eddy stated, "Despite the economy, it seemed [at a recent community meeting] that people still want to move forward and do this."

Johnson asked, "Is there a point when we know this is going to work?"

Replied Crescendo partner Ellen Hongerholt, "We will know in 28-36-weeks."

Librarian Susan Hart added, "This is a project the Library Board's been working on for 10-years. We are very confident this group [Crescendo] can raise the funds. It's something we cannot do ourselves."

"We need to support this 100-percent for it to work," cautioned Council member Nancy Benson. She looked around the table and asked, "Is the Council 100-percent in favor of this?"

"Everybody's got a different opinion about everything we do," replied Johnson.

"This [capital campaign] was triggered when the City purchased buildings and cleared ground for construction," administrator Windy Block interjected. "The Council [through past resolutions] has supported preparing for this day."

Dahl shook his head skeptically. "I think it's going to be very hard to raise that money."

"Are you not willing to give it a try?" responded Mayor Les Ladewig.

Eddy reminded the Council that the contract can be terminated at any time with 2-weeks notice. "In a community of this size," she said, "we can't afford to have only half of the community in support of this."

"We're blown away by community leadership," added Hongerholt. "And let me tell you, money does follow leadership."

"We will know rather early on in the process if this is going to go," explained Eddy. "Four-months, we should know."

Still skeptical, Dahl responded, "You should go talk to the people on the street."

Ladewig: "Everybody at the last meeting at Montini Hall - 40-50-people - they were all very excited about this."

With that, Benson formally proposed, "that we move forward on this, give it 28-weeks, spend .....
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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

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Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

According to Vickerman, Governor Pawlenty will pres ..... 
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County Board looking for reform in government

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another list of housekeeping items dominated the second county board meeting of the new year on January 13. An informal discussion among the commissioners gave glimpses of possible reforms and planning to further control costs and to better work wit ..... 
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Board of Adjustment approves Flynn variance

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment approved two variances applied for by Steve and Denise Flynn, Carrolton Township, at their January 15 meeting. Last summer the board had denied variance applications from the couple to build a permanent dwelli ..... 
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Vacancies create opportunities for Rushford citizens

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected vacancy on the Rushford city council, as well as openings on a number of commissions, make this the perfect time for Rushford citizens to ask what they can do for their city.

Councilwoman Laura Deering announced January 1 that ..... 
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Harmony looks for more budget cuts

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony received their second LGA (Local Government Aid) payment for 2008 on December 15. They usually receive two payments a year from the state for a total of $375,000. This year, however, with the state looking at adeficit, many citie ..... 
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Spring Valley Council and Sheriff discuss law enforcement contract

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Difficult times require difficult answers."

Such was the temperament as Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the Spring Valley City Council. The conversation was direct and honest between Jensen and the City Council as both units of government f ..... 
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The Lanesboro Council gets a red box

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected guest showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 5. Terry Neumann, who owns and operates Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast, approached the council with what he called a "thought gift." A red box was given to the mayor, which h ..... 
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