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Lanesboro City Council Report: Chamber activities updated


Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting on January 14 to discuss highlights from 2007 and plans for the next year. Executive Director Julie Kiehne presented the City Council with the Annual Chamber Report at the regular meeting on January 7.

Kiehne outlined the busy year Lanesboro had in 2007 promoting the city. The Chamber worked with legislators, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Ropes and Representative Tschumper. Garrison Keillor visited Lanesboro and "A Prairie Home Companion" was broadcast in Lanesboro in June, and the Commonweal Theatre Company opened the brand new theatre in July. Lanesboro was featured in Edible Twin Cities in the fall, and Lanesboro hosted a 1st National Conference for the National Bike Tour Director's Association.

Data from the Visitor's Center was also discussed, including numbers of visitors, phone calls and web site hits to the town in the last year. The council was able to see the new Visitor's Guide, which is the Chamber's biggest publication of the year, and this year they will be sending out 37,000.

According to Kiehne, there are currently 130 members of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce. The Annual meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Community Center on January 14 at 7 p.m.

Kiehne mentioned that the biathlon that was being planned for the spring was cancelled due to legal issues regarding closing public roads and the bike trail.

Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Council member Joe O'Connor spoke about the EDA meeting held earlier the same day. Kiehne was also at that meeting to announce that a Business Development Workshop will be held on October 10-11. The workshop is designed to help business owners market themselves.

The committee also heard that a former citizen and his company are looking at building an assisted living facility in Lanesboro. The EDA asked for the council's support to look into the idea and get some more information, with the help of City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman.

"This could lead into a group being established to address housing," said O'Connor. The council approved.

O'Connor also mentioned that there are two people asking to join the EDA, Hal Cropp and Fred Kiel, and that they would like both to join. Currently there is only one spot open on the five-person committee. City Attorney Tom Manion said they could possibly change it to a committee made of up .....
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Rushford Council considers flood loan for business start-up

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The process for distributing state flood recovery loans to Rushford businesses, a bumpy ride initially, is becoming more smooth: a flood-damaged business fills out a mountain of paperwork which then goes to the EDA and a special loan comm ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: SELCO funding reduction explained to council

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - At the request of the Lanesboro City Council, Ann Hutton from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) attended the regular meeting on December 17 to explain the reason that the Lanesboro Public Library is receiving $4,000 less this ye ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston union accepts COLA increase

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council met December 17 with only an operating quorum. David Harrison and Robert Sauer were absent. The Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA) had voted not to contest the council's offer of a 3% Cost of Living Adjust ..... 
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County board debates snow removal policy

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioners hashed over ways to improve snow and ice removal with Highway Engineer John Grindeland and Maintenance Superintendent David Nelson at the December 18 meeting. Complaints from the public about the recent ice and snow events ha ..... 
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After tie vote, Mayor appoints new city council member

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Since the resignation of Mark McKay from the Harmony City Council at the November meeting, the city has been advertising for someone to finish out the last year of his term. Before the regular City Council meeting December 12, the council ..... 
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County board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners approved the appointment of Cindy Blagsvedt to be County Assessor as of January 1 to serve out the term of retiring Robert Pickett. Blagsvedt is currently a property appraiser in the assessor's office. She has ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Library and city hall will move to new location

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford Public Library eventually moves to a new location, the city hall will move with it, the city council voted unanimously at the regular council meeting on December 10.

City Hall and the library are currently togeth ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Final levy certified

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley City Council concluded their business in about fifteen minutes at their December 10 meeting. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that $30,000 was cut from the preliminary levy approved in September making $876,170 the ..... 
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