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Community members "roll up their sleeves" to save summer ball programs


Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



With at least 50 people in attendance, concerned and driven parents met with Community Education staff May 18th to help determine the fate of the summer ball program in the Rushford-Peterson community.

Director Beth Thede led the meeting noting early that the resolve to "make it happen and make it great" is present. Continuing, Thede pointed out that "Community Education relies on the community" and that the department hoped to "utilize parent volunteers" rather than to "pass on the cost to each child," an idea she said was "not reasonable."

A goal of the meeting, besides attempting to urgently save the program, was to create something sustainable for successive years. As Thede put it, "We're not into mandates. We're looking for a long-term solution."

Community Education cannot handle the costs or transportation issue and needs parents to have an active role in the program. Organized programs for ages 3-5 and Kindergarten-grade 1 are already "secured," so the department is "focusing on the group that doesn't have the opportunity to play ball during the year." Those at risk are children going into grades 2 through 7.

This age cutoff was of some distress to a group of parents whose children will be going into grade 8. They noted that previously kids in grades 6-8 played as one team whereas now they are looking at separation. Thede quickly assured parents that Community Education is not opposed to assisting and supporting older groups if parents are willing to volunteer their time in organizing the age group. Such support would come in the form of assisting in field reservations, practice equipment, and more.

As the meeting broke into smaller focus groups, based upon interest and child grade level, the overwhelming amount of comments revolved around the simple ideal that parents "just want the kids to have an opportunity to play." Several ideas quickly sprang up, including the idea of having business sponsorship of varying age groups.

Concluding the meeting, and armed with lists of issues and ideas, Thede and her staff promised to "take back the information" and process it to the best of their ability with the findings available in coming weeks. Summing up, Thede said, "We want the program to continue and we want to make it a good, quality program. We want to help and we want to know how to do it."

EcoEnergy to add meteorological tower

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Don Miller, representing EcoEnergy LLC, explained to the Planning Commission at their May 21 meeting that the additional tower would be located in the Southwest portion of the proposed wind farm west of Harmony. The property is in Bristol To ..... 
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Post-Flood and economic stress a concern at Rushford City Council Meeting

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Going in circles at times, the Rushford City Council meeting on May 11th brought forth concerns from community members looking for understanding on proposed public utility improvements. Projects are slated over a 10-12 year period, depending on fina ..... 
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Harmony City Council dicusses TIF District

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council had a lot of discussion and made some final decisions on some improvements in the downtown area at the May 12th meeting. The alley behind the bank will be improved with new lighting and street improvements. At the same time, ..... 
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County Board updated on EcoHarmony West Wind Project

Fri, May 15th, 2009
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Don Miller representing EcoEnergy brought the board up to date on the status of the proposed EcoHarmony West Project at the board's May 12 meeting. The comment period regarding the application for a Large Wind Energy Conversion System Site Permit en ..... 
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Spring Valley is a "Storm Ready Community"

Fri, May 15th, 2009
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Mainly routine business at the May 11th Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night. Todd Shea of the National Weather Service in LaCrosse was on the agenda to inform City officials that after years of work Spring Valley has been awarded the tit ..... 
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Preston to update Land Use Plan

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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The Preston City Council's meeting was relatively brief on May 4. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the purpose of a Land Use Plan for the city. The plan was last updated October 1999. The plan along with the zoning map and the land u ..... 
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Does Lanesboro need a siren?

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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Lanesboro's Street Superintendent and Fire Chief Andy Drake brought some matters to the attention of the City Council during their regular meeting on May 4.

Drake believes that an emergency siren needs to be placed near the Zenith Street are ..... 
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County preparedness for H1N1

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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Public Health Director Sharon Serfling provided information on the H1N1 influenza and recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. She said they are not focusing on the number of confirmed cases as much as the effort to contain them. There ar ..... 
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