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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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Lanesboro still searching for funding for dam

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The City of Lanesboro has been seeking funding to repair the damage to the dam since flooding caused damage in 2008. The cost of the project has only increased over the years with regulations requiring the repairs be made with historically accurate m ..... 
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Lanesboro to put decals on windows of abandoned buildings

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton The Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) would like to place some historic decals in the windows of empty buildings in the downtown area. The window decals would help to improve the look of the buildings and the downtown, he ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses parking at Church Hill

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Church Hill Condominiums developer Dan Anderson approached the Lanesboro City Council about a parking issue that has been in question for some time now. He stated the property line goes right down the middle of the parking lot. Right now, people who ..... 
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Lanesboro approves financing for water project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates spoke to the Lanesboro City Council during their regular meeting on February 4. At the last meeting, the council discussed interim financing for the Water Radium project. Funding from the Minnesota Public Fac ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre to refinance debt

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held prior to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 6. Councilman Keith Eide was absent. The hearing was in regard to the nonprofit theatre corporation’s request to amend and reissue its commercial development note th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves budget and levy

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the 2014 Budget and Levy at their regular meeting on December 2. The levy was set at $503,747. The Truth in Taxation Hearing was held during the meeting. No residents came forward with concerns or questions. ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses Amish vendors

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A crowd of people, including several from the Amish community, attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 4 to discuss vendors doing businesses at Sylvan Park. Mayor Steve Rahn explained the Amish have been selling food and other items ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at employee health insurance

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

At the regular city council meeting on October 8, City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council about the Affordable Care Act and city employee health insurance. According to Todd, the city has three choices. They can do nothing at all, since t ..... 
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