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Lanesboro flourishes as niche community


Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

When economic gloom and doom seemed to dominate the nation's landscape in 2009, the city of Lanesboro's report card was far more positive last year. Not only was lodging up some nine percent, according to Lanesboro's Mayor Steve Rahn, but the town's restaurants saw increased traffic and record numbers attended performances at the Commonweal Theatre. The recently merged Lanesboro Arts Council and the Cornucopia Arts Center saw an increase in sales and event traffic and retailers held their own, according to Rahn. Attendance grew at last year's annual Rhubarb Festival, honoring the herbaceous perennial, demonstrating that Lanesboro has created its own unique niche in southeastern Minnesota.

Key Accomplishments

Being proclaimed Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota and one of the prettiest towns by Forbes Traveler, along with receiving a $35,000 grant for new playground equipment, ranks right up there at the top of the town's highlights for '09, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. "These were great accomplishments for both the city and the chamber," she said. And there was even more good press. Lanesboro was cited as a great autumn getaway in a September issue of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and Mother Earth News touted Lanesboro's active arts scene, proximity to the Root River Trail and local food offerings in its "11 Great Places You've (Maybe) Never Heard of" 2009 Edition. The added publicity was welcomed and supported the chamber's tourism vision of being the premier arts and culture destination in the Midwest.

The word appears to be out, especially as it relates to the Lanesboro arts scene. According to Hal Cropp, artistic director of the Commonweal Theatre Company, 2009 was a record-breaking season, boasting 14 sold out shows. More than 25,500 theatre enthusiasts attended performances, with a whopping 7,600 attending The Odd Couple alone. Down the street, John Davis, executive director of the Cornucopia Arts Center was excited about the successful merger of the Cornucopia and the Lanesboro Arts Council into a more synergistic unit - The Lanesboro Arts Center. "Having one organization that utilizes the same marketing, volunteer base and programming efforts just seemed to make sense," Davis said. It's a lot of good coming together in one package, according to Beth Hennessy, Arts Center board member. "The merger joins two organizations that each has a strong and unique history of arts programming," Hennessy said. .....
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Harmony strives to add value

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

This past year was a busy one for the city of Harmony as they were involved in several projects aimed at improving the city. There are also some new businesses in town, as well as some projects planned for 2010 that are much needed.

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Fountain's plant, a big investment in the future - holding the line in tough times

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

Fountain is the western gateway to the Root River State Trail, displaying a bicycle on its water tower and an antique bicycle over its town sign. Its other claim to fame is as the "sinkhole capital" of the United States. Fountain is also the home of ..... 
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Fountain's plant, a big investment in the future - holding the line in tough times

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

Fountain is the western gateway to the Root River State Trail, displaying a bicycle on its water tower and an antique bicycle over its town sign. Its other claim to fame is as the "sinkhole capital" of the United States. Fountain is also the home of ..... 
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Despite budget constraints, officials see a bright future for Chatfield

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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New Development and Renewal of the Old

Chatfield has enjoyed a productive 2009 with the completion and opening of the new elementary school. The collaboration of the city, Fillmore County and the Chatfield school board made possible the loca ..... 
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Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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Canton is not the smallest city in Fillmore County (Whalen holds that title), but at a population of 346, it's pretty close. Lolly Melander has been the city administrator since 2004. She also works for Whalan and Peterson.

This past year Ca ..... 
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Wykoff strives to maintain role as "The Gateway to Forestville"

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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Wykoff is a small community nestled between Spring Valley and Fountain and just a short drive on County Road 5 to Forestville State Park. The main street is dotted with merchants who have chosen to invest in the community and its' future.

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The Web we weave

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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Do you Google? Who doesn't use the #1 online search engine in the world?

As an estimated 73 percent of the U.S. population uses the Internet on a daily basis, an online presence has become a mainstay for certain types of businesses and indus ..... 
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What's LGA got to do with it?

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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What is LGA? Most people consider it a boring acronym appearing in a typical city or county government article in the local newspaper. Some people think it has something to do with golf, possibly associated with Tiger Woods in a league of his own - ..... 
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