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Lanesboro School Board hears update on Lanesboro Arts Campus


By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

As the Lanesboro Arts Campus expands, it looks to involve the community’s youth to make Lanesboro a welcoming community. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

The Lanesboro School Board met on Tuesday, May 13 for a regular monthly meeting. All members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Jeff Boggs and Courtney Bergey from the Lanesboro Arts Center also present.

Bergey addressed the school board on the overview and goals of the Lanesboro Arts Campus. The overall goal is to invest $1.1 million dollars in the community to make it a more attractive place to live, operate a business, and raise a family.

So far, the leaders of the Lanesboro Arts Campus initiative have identified a few projects that they would like to pursue. One idea includes enhancing the bass pond parking lot by improving the green space with trees and directional signage for the town. Another project would be to update the historic walking bridge green space by highlighting pedestrian walking paths that connect the parking lot and downtown. This area will be developed into a community gathering space/respite area with seating and natural plants.

The downtown area has also been looked at for improvements. Recent renovations of the St. Mane Theatre to improve functionality and accessibility is one of the downtown projects recently completed.

Bergey reported that all of the projects are on track to be completed by fall of 2014, but the Lanesboro Arts Campus was seeking the school district’s informal endorsement for their projects. Board member Dave Lawstuen asked where funding for the projects comes from. Bergey said that to date, the majority of the $800,000 collected has come from grants with some dollars coming from local support.

The board liked the Art Campus efforts and looks forward to possible collaboration with the school’s greenhouse, FFA and industrial tech programs.

Injury Prevention Policy

The district’s insurance company requested that the board make some minor changes to the district’s injury prevention policy. Superintendent Boggs said that coaching injuries have occured in the past and that the expenses that come with these can add up. A concern with this policy is also when teachers participate in activities such as teacher versus student athletic games or staff participation in things like the FFA Ag Olympics. The board wondered if these count as risk liabilities.

While these activities are fun, they do pose risk. Boggs said that the insurance provider and the Minnesota School Board Associa .....
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve S ..... 
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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city c ..... 
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Spring Valley prepares for North Broadway downtown street project

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A short agenda for the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night. Approval was given to the North Broadway Downtown Street Project and to advertise for bids. The engineer’s estimate on the project is $142,025.75. An alternate estimate is $191, ..... 
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Peterson talks chicken, ordinance enforcement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

A city-wide garbage cleanup day is scheduled, but nuisance properties in Peterson may see more cleanup than they anticipated if non-compliance continues. At the May 14 meeting, the council continued discussion on zoning updates and the best route to ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 5, Preston City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Council Chambers. •Monday, May 5, Lanesboro City Council meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall. •Tuesday, May 6, Ostrander City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. •Tuesday, May 6, Rush ..... 
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“Continued, slow and steady improvement” for Rushford funds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city received their annual audit report at the Monday, May 12 meeting from Smith Schafer & Associates and it appears the city is moving in the right direction. There has been no increase in the tax levy in the last three years and the city has ..... 
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Third District Commissioner Amunrud to retire

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud announced his impending resignation, effective May 27, at the county board’s May 13 meeting. Amunrud who is half way through the second year of a four year term commented that serving as District 3 county commissioner ..... 
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