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Continued success in Lanesboro


Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Biking on the Root River State Bike Trail in Lanesboro. Photo by Marv Eggert



Lanesboro, a small community centered neatly between the bluffs of Fillmore County, has had a great year throughout 2010 with immeasurable progress for the town in several different areas. Despite the continuing economic recession, Lanesboro still did well in its 2010 tourism season during the summer months. Such a prosperous time for such a small community can be credited to the teamwork of local businesses, volunteers, and strong leadership.

One of the major developments that took place in the past year was the progression of Lanesboro Local Marketplace. Anything that Lanesboro may be missing, the people definitely make up for it. With no grocery store available in Lanesboro, Lanesboro Local Marketplace is a helpful substitute for a grocery store. A big step for the local marketplace was the change in location. Moving from the previous location of the old gas station, it is now placed across from the Commonweal Theatre next to the Cottage House. Lanesboro Local Marketplace is proud to announce that within the last year they've achieved the ability to supply food all year round. Their wide variety of food includes fresh produce, meats such as chicken, beef, pork, and lamb, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, and bread. The food portion has been very successful for several reasons. First, the local farms have been more than willing to participate as suppliers and Lanesboro Local is happy to work with local farmers. Second, the community members are searching more and more for good quality local foods, especially with the growing number of food scares that stem from contamination. Not only does the market have food items, but it also supplies many authentic artisan items that are unique to Lanesboro alone. Tourists have a growing trend of wanting more local items. Finally, Lanesboro Local Marketplace worked together in cooperation with Spring Grove Soda Company to formulate Lanesboro's Rhuberry Soda which is a mixture of rhubarb and strawberry flavors.

Another large step for Lanesboro was the town's leadership role in the bike trail repaving project. Lanesboro leads a cooperative by the name of Trail Towns that includes neighboring towns to improve the bike trails within southeastern Minnesota. The towns that Lanesboro works with are Houston, Fountain, Preston, Peterson, Rushford, Harmony, and Whalan. Over the summer of 2010 the trail between Fountain and Lanesboro was repaved and the width of the trail was expanded. This project will go even f .....
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The new Mayor of Mabel: Liz Folstad

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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The city of Mabel elected a new mayor this last fall, something they haven't done for a long time. Jim Westby was the mayor of Mabel for fourteen years. At the city council meeting in January, a new mayor was running the show.

Liz F ..... 
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Canton is the boom town of Fillmore County

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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The city of Canton has experienced some amazing progress this past year, especially for a town its size. Four, actually five new businesses have either opened, reopened or changed ownership in 2010. The first of these as you come into Canton ..... 
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Small changes to make a difference for Ostrander

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Although no major changes happened in 2010 for Ostrander, Mayor Linda Schwenn is looking for some small changes to help make a difference in 2011.

As with most small towns in the United States, Ostrander has taken a small hit by the ..... 
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Fountain's innovative manufacturing business

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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As we find ourselves driving on Highway 52 through Fountain and obeying the speed limit, we have time to notice Valley Design Enterprises on the east side of the highway. Some of us who are not in the know have probably asked ourselves what ..... 
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Chatfield's Pope and Young Club to celebrate 50 years

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Even if you are not into archery a visit to the Pope and Young/St. Charles Museum located just west of Chatfield off Highway 30 is worth a look. Just look for the flags representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico fluttering above the ..... 
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Rushford Village grows rural progress

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Begun in 1997 in the southern Winona County area of Wiscoy Valley, Featherstone Farms is a key component to rural progress. Certified Organic in 1999, the farm began leasing land in the heart of Rushford Village in 2005. As fate would have i ..... 
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Whalan seizes an opportunity

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Dubbed the "New Minnesota Resort," Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan is a prime example of the growth that can be found in small towns. This May, the resort will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their official opening. To say that much has chan ..... 
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Whalan seizes an opportunity

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
Posted in All Progress Edition



Dubbed the "New Minnesota Resort," Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan is a prime example of the growth that can be found in small towns. This May, the resort will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their official opening. To say that much has chan ..... 
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