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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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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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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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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, ..... 
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Bakkes selected as grand marshals

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Duane and Angel Bakke of Lanesboro, Minn. have been chosen as the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro and look forward to the annual celebration which will include the couple riding in the Buffalo Bill Days parade on Sunday, A ..... 
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30th Annual Buffalo Bill Days coming soon

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. is fast approaching and this year’s celebration is a special one being that this year marks the 30th year that Lanesboro has hosted the celebration. The reason behind the name of the event is due to the fact ..... 
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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use ..... 
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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dee Slinde

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The City of Lanesboro, Minn. and the surrounding area has graciously opened its arms to the new executive director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and Tourism, Dee Slinde. Having grown up in London, Minn. near Austin, and gradua ..... 
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Sydney Johnson is second runner up in Miss Minnesota International competition

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Sydney Johnson, of Lanesboro, Minn., represented Fillmore County as Miss Fillmore County in the 2014 Miss Minnesota International compeititon that took place in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday, March 8. Johnson was named second runner up for the title. ..... 
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