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A lifelong investment in Lanesboro


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Children of Lanesboro Public School's daycare enjoy the new playground equipment recently installed at Sylvan Park. Photo by Michael Hayner

By Michael Hayner

Lanesboro, Minn. is known for many things. Lanesboro has an abundance of clear trout streams, bike paths, beautiful bluffs, and more countryside to explore than many other places.These attractions bring tourists from around the nation. These scenic destinations now have a more youthful companion.

Thanks to the long-lasting efforts of the Lanesboro Swim and Recreation Fundraising Group, Sylvan park now has new playground equipment. Although the most recent project began in October of 2013, the park project began over 20 years ago.

What started out as a small group of local mothers, but eventually grew to a much larger group, The fundraising committee raised money to install a pool in Sylvan Park.

In an email City Administrator David Todd stated that by implementing the time-tested fundraising methods of soup suppers, dances, and Bingo games, money was steadily raised, but when a beer tent was set up for fundraising purposes, “that’s when the donations really started pouring in.”

According to Todd, during the process of fundraising, “One, it was discovered that the liability was too great and two, they didn’t have the room to put a pool in Sylvan Park.”

Because of the issues raised from the pool project, the funds raised were transferred to the Rochester Area Donor Fund, where the donations grew to more than $75,000. With these funds, the Swim and Recreation fund decided replacing the park

equipment was the best option.

As Todd and the park board researched possibilities for the equipment, they found a group called Landscape Structures.This company specializes in concept parks, which are tailored specifically to the community. Many of the structures of the park were designed specifically for Lanesboro, including the zipcruise.

Because of these unique designs, Landscape Structures (also to be noted, they are a Minnesota based company, which was important to Todd and the other park board members) designed a park that will not be found anywhere else.

As the project moved forward, the city felt including the local school district was important. Because the Lanesboro school does not have the room to provide a private playground for school age children, they use the equipment provided in Sylvan Park. Todd approached the school board with mockups of the planned park. Superintendent Jeff Boggs did no .....
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Lanesboro City Council discusses budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd presented the council with a preliminary budget for 2015 at their meeting on August 4. He figured out what they spent to date and estimated that if things stay the same the rest of the year, there will be a 2. ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance coming up

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday August 16 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8 p.m. and admission is $7 at the door. Located on Parkway Ave. next to Sylvan Park, the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre’s student matinee series in place

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces the Student Matinee Series for the upcoming 2014 fall school semester. This program reaches more than 2,000 regional students and teachers a year as part of Commonweal Theatre’s goal that ..... 
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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014. Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people ..... 
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Artist Spotlight features Jeweler Johanna Berge

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Artist Johanna Berge looks to nature and what the earth produces as she creates each piece of jewelry for the upcoming Cornucopia Artist Spotlight show at Lanesboro Arts Center. The Spotlight opens on Saturday, August 30 with a ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan. After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was ..... 
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Our town! Our authors!

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Jim Ruen In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder told the story of average citizens in the imaginary town of Groveland Corners. In our very real town, Lanesboro, a wide variety of people who would likely describe themselves as average citizens hav ..... 
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Engagement - Bigalk ~ Nelson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Shelby Bigalk and Christopher Nelson are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Shelby is the daughter of Steve and Laurie Bigalk of Mabel, Minn. She is employed as a Registered Nurse on the Neuroscience Unit at Gundersen Healt ..... 
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