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Tourism growth noted


Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County board members dealt with a light agenda at their March 6 meeting. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent.

Deb Thompson and Holly Zuck of the Preston Tourism Committee offered statewide and county statistics demonstrating the growth of the tourism industry.

Thompson noted the numbers which were for 2005 are always a year behind. She stated that the value of tourism to the gross state product is comparable to that of agriculture. The annual number of people visiting our state is eight times the number that reside in the state.

Holly Zuck distributed several brochures printed to promote tourism on a statewide basis. Zuck insisted that dollars that are given to "Explore Minnesota" for the state promotional literature benefit southeast Minnesota as attractions in this part of the state get a lot of print. Southeast Minnesota Tourism created a clever promotion that looks like a box of cereal with a moose caricature on the front. The statistics for the leisure and hospitality industry are on the back for each county. Fillmore County in 2005 had gross tourism sales of nearly 20 million dollars and provided employment for 682 people. The state received almost 1.3 million in sales taxes from Fillmore County. The total tourism dollars spent in the state were over 10.2 billion. Over 242,300 people were employed by the tourism industry and over 628 million was generated in state sales tax across the state. The industry expects a job growth rate of 17.5% between 2004 and 2014. Sales from the industry grew 26% from 2000 to 2005.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud noted that the tourism industry is addressed in the county's Comprehensive Plan. The plan lists tourism policies. Among the list is tourism promotion, encouraging tourism businesses, seeking funding for the county trail systems, maintaining public hunting and fishing areas, and recognizing the economic impact of the industry in the county.

MR/RC Waiver

County Coordinator Karen Brown advised the board that Thomas Boyd of Fillmore County Social Services was at the state capital this day testifying before the State Health and Human Services Committee in support of HF 727. State Representative Ken Tschumper authored HF 727, which would exempt counties that overspent their MR/RC (mental retardation or related conditions) waiver allocations in 2004 or 2005 from paying back to the state the amount of overspending.

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Lanesboro has "snow" problems

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council spent much of its regular March 5 council meeting dealing with snow problems. The first snow related issue was the consideration of a snow emergency ordinance for city streets. Currently no parking is permitted ..... 
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Agreement with Family Dollar okayed

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Members of the Preston City Council wrapped up their business in less than a half hour at their March 5 meeting. Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Kurt Reicks.

A development agreement with Sore ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Future airport project may be moved ahead

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
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PRESTON - County Commissioners adopted an airport plan for future hangers at the county airport at their February 27 board meeting. Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained that it was just a 'floor plan' or a layout for how future hangars will be ..... 
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Rushford approves tax exempt funding for residential home

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
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RUSHFORD - Neighbors of the proposed FCHS (Fillmore County Handicapped Services, Inc.) residential home turned out for the public hearing February 26 regarding potential tax-exempt funding for the home. Steve Fenlon, representing FCHS, reminded the ..... 
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Spring Valley looks at options for sewer rates

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Could Spring Valley residents and businesses be looking at a sewer rate increase? At the meeting of the City Council on Monday, February 26, Administrator Deb Zimmer said the city is looking at a rate increase that could come in thre ..... 
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Council prefers further negotiations over eminent domain

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - An overflow crowd packed the Preston City Council chambers on Tuesday, February 20, to argue against the imposition of "eminent domain" to acquire the final two properties for the Forestville Trail.

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Preston Council discusses Family Dollar and other issues

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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A public hearing was held on the proposed vacation of the north end of Farmers Street. Richard Sorensen of Sorensen Development explained that the extra land was needed to build the Family Dollar, without it there will be no store. The city ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: City sales tax progresses

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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At the joint city council and public utilities meeting February 20, the council moved forward toward a 1/2 cent city sales tax. Passing a resolution approving a sales and use tax, the council detailed the items on which the money would be used. Whit ..... 
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