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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes


Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they are required to pay the balance due of a Small Cities grant for the property, which is around $1,700.

Ted stated that he and his brothers believe in Lanesboro and in people helping their neighbors. They have been good neighbors; they've paid taxes and invested their money in Lanesboro over the years. According to Ted, he and his brothers paid more than $75,000 cleaning up the debris after the fire and also helped out their neighbors on Main Street.

Ted added that Lanesboro has been good to them over the years as well, and after the fire the mayor at the time told them to forget about the balance on the loans. They were also told this by the administrator and the clerk. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said there is no record of such agreement from any council meeting minutes from that time.

Later, the St. Manes were told they had to pay for damage to the sidewalks from the heavy equipment used to put out the fire, as well as water used for cleaning up. They then sought legal help, and received a modest settlement from their insurance company, which, according to Ted, did not cover all of their expenses and damage.

"We appreciate how the people of Lanesboro helped us during the fire, and ask that you help us a little more and forgive us the amount left on the loan," said Ted.

Jeff St. Mane stood up and spoke about receiving a notice from the city about repossessing the property if the loan wasn't paid off. "That really hit hard," said Jeff.

He said the entire process had become adversarial over the years, which he didn't like, as he has known Mayor Steve Rahn and other members of the council for many years, and doesn't want to "burn any bridges." Jeff believed that there are better ways that it could've been handled, and the city should treat them decently. He felt the letter was inexcusable, and the city should have approached the family and spoke to them before coming to that.

Chuck St. Mane said they paid one payment after the fire, and were then told not to make any more payments. They never heard anything after that.

"We were the victims, we had nothing to do with the fire, but we have been made to feel we did something wrong," said Chuck. .....
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in ..... 
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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Rushford Council works toward June 6 flood loan deadline

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

The final date for approving business flood recovery loans, June 23, is fast approaching, and, as the final stop on the loan approval train, the Rushford city council is feeling the pressure of the looming deadline.

And since the actual rep ..... 
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Pawlenty veto puts county health plan at risk

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Fillmore County's commissioner who sits on the Joint Powers Board, requested the opinion of the other commissioners at their May 27 meeting. Five counties including Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona ..... 
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Preston moves forward with 2008 street improvements

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlick and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, detailed the plans and estimates for the 2008 street improvements at the council's May 19 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Grabau noted that ..... 
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Lanesboro Council holds public hearings on capital improvement projects

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council held two public hearings before their regular meeting on May 19. The first one was for the Capital Improvements that will be done to the Community Center. Elizabeth Blakesley, who works with Mike Bubany at David Drown Asso ..... 
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Map omission stirs controversy

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - City of Rushford Village council members made clear their disappointment with the new county map and its failure to recognize the City of Rushford Village as a city at the county board's May 13 meeting. Commissioner Marc Prestby was absent ..... 
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