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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help


Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so they could see what the museum has to offer. He then explained that the museum has been using the Work Experience program, formerly known as the Green Thumb program, for hiring people over the age of 55. The people normally work at the museum for six months, during which they are trained, and then move on to another job where they can receive more training, or else go right out into the workforce.

Ostrem requested money allocated from the city to hire a part-time director for the museum. This person could train the Work Experience person as well. According to Ostrem, there is currently one Work Experience worker at the museum who will be leaving at the end of the year, and there are no more applicants.

"We believe the museum is a great asset to Lanesboro," said Ostrem. "It's the best museum in the county, with the best displays and talent around."

He added that the board feels very strongly that there should be a director there all the time. They would still get a Work Experience worker if the opportunity came up, but this way there would always be someone there with expertise who could train them. They need someone hired by the end of the year. They had estimated the cost to be around $8,000 for six months.

As far as funding, Ostrem said they would like an allocation of money from the city to the board, and then they would hire someone through a contract.

Ostrem asked if the city could make a one-time gift of the money, any amount of the money that they would be willing to donate. He said they have applied for four different grants.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman noted there is a CD that could be used for Capital Improvements in the building, as there is some electrical work that needs to be done. She will also look into some grants and the city will consider the request when making up their budget for next year.

Waste Management

Margo Underwood from Waste Management was at the meeting to discuss how things are going with the city and if there are any concerns with the garbage removal. District Manager Geno Wente was also there to answer any questions.

Mayor Steve Rahn brought up the issue with garbage trucks being so heavy that the .....
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Septic system inspection required before sale

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a pers ..... 
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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council t ..... 
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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to floodi ..... 
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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business distr ..... 
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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."

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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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