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Lanesboro council hears about Buffalo Bill Days events, need for volunteers


Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Plans are already under way for Lanesboro's Buffalo Bill Days celebration, held every August. The co-chairs of the committee Karen Scheevel and Diane Marzolf had planned on being at the City Council meeting on April 21 but were unable to make it. They had sent a letter to the city outlining some of the updates they were going to discuss.

Some of the events that will be returning this year are the parade, kids' games, pony rides, the petting zoo, food vendors, the street dance and tournaments for arm wrestling, volleyball and softball. There will not be a car show or a teen dance this year. Some of the new events will be a bean bag toss tournament, a golf tournament and a Don Ward Historic Walk. There will also be a promotion called "Going Green," in which people can buy beverage mugs and some food vendors will provide discounts for people using the mugs.

Committee members are requesting the city advertise for some volunteers. They would like to work with some new people this year, who could then take over duties next year. The committee is looking for a chair or co-chair, as well as marketplace and food vendors chair or co-chairs.

Earth Day

Saturday, April 26 there will be an Earth Day celebration at Sylvan Park. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman reminded council members of the ceremony at 9 a.m. with a tree planting. Afterward there will be a city-wide clean up. Gloves and bags for garbage and recycling will be provided, as well as food for the people who help out. The council approved the planting of eight Maple trees by kids in grades K-6 who will be planting them on Friday, April 25.

Tree Ordinance

Vickerman showed the council a sample tree ordinance from another city for them to look over and give some suggestions. The ordinance will give the city some regulations for planting, maintaining and removing trees, shrubs and other plants in the city. It also gives a list of recommended trees and trees that are not recommended. There are some guidelines in the ordinance about tree topping, pruning and clearance, stumps, boulevards and violations. City Attorney Tom Manion will also be looking at the proposed ordinance.

Other business

• Andy Bunge from the Chamber of Commerce approached the city at the last meeting asking for a $500 donation toward a Crisis Grant. The grant is sponsored by the MN Tourism Office to help communities in Southeast Minnesota promote tourism and ma .....
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Preston Council okays bike time trials for Trout Days

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council wrapped up its business on April 21 in a mere seven minutes. David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there was a request to again have the bike races ran against the clock on Saturday, May 15 ..... 
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County Board supports conservation efforts on Earth Day

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Kevin Kuehner and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), detailed projects the district is working with and requested the Fillmore County board's support at their April 22 meeting. As County Coordinator Karen Brown acknowledge ..... 
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County okays Hillside Estates tax abatement

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On April 15 the Fillmore County Board unanimously adopted a resolution approving a property tax abatement for infrastructure improvements for Hillside Estates in the city of Chatfield. Hilltop Estates includes the new elementary school to ..... 
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DEED letter adds more confusion to flood loan process

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was with a grim resignation that about three dozen people gathered at city hall in the council chambers for another regular meeting of the Rushford City Council April 14 at 6:30 p.m..

Some have chosen to be spectators, others h ..... 
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Spring Valley residents discuss property taxes

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

What's my property worth? The Board of Appeals and Equalization is an annual event in City and County Government to give property owners an opportunity to ask questions concerning their tax statements. At the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Mo ..... 
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Lanesboro council holds Board of Equalization hearing

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

A few residents of Lanesboro came before the council at their regular meeting on April 14 to voice some concerns during the Board of Equalization Public Hearing. Ron Vikre of the County Assessor's office was present to answer questions about propert ..... 
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County Board debates flood plain restrictions

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig came prepared with copies of the current ordinance on flood plains at the April 8 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Confusion as to what is allowed to be built in a flood plain was the issue. Craig ex ..... 
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Preston Council looks at 2008 street projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bill Cox, Public Works, presented maps and descriptions of three suggested projects to Preston City council members at their April 7 meeting. Work in the downtown area could be wrapped up with a mill and overlay of portions of St. Anthony and Mill S ..... 
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