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Board of Appeals and Equalization in Lanesboro


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton

Ron Vikre, appraiser from the County Assessor’s Office, was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss 2012 property assessments in Lanesboro and answer any questions.

According to Vikre, there were 158 residential sales in Fillmore County, 13 commercial /industrial sales, and 47 agricultural sales.

Vikre explained that properties must be assessed at between 90-105 percent of their market value.

Lanesboro’s levy went down 2.376 percent in 2012. The value of all property in Lanesboro is $56,404,400.

Richard Horihan asked Vikre about his property assessments, and asked about what happens if the assessors make a mistake. Vikre explained that if there are typos, a mistake can be corrected for up to a year. Horihan said he pointed out a mistake to the assessor’s office, and it was corrected, but he did not receive a refund. The mistake was in the property value.

Horihan said they should have the board of appeals at the same time as the budget meetings in December. “It’s extremely confusing for most people,” he said. “It’s a horrible system.”

Vikre said they have to abide by certain policies, and that legislators are the only ones that can change things. “The bottom line is we have rules we have to follow.”

Norwegian Flags

Ethan Bjelland, apprentice at the Commonweal Theatre, approached the council about placing flags of Norway along Parkway and Coffee Street for Lanesboro’s Ibsen Festival.

Bjelland said the Commonweal would like to add a little more Norwegian to the festival. “We have a lot to celebrate about our Norwegian heritage,” he said. One hundred years ago, Norway became the first country to allow women to vote, and to celebrate that, the Ibsen Festival will include a feminist play, A Doll’s House. There will also be a display of dresses and several speakers.

The flags will be free of charge and are being borrowed from Decorah. Bjelland asked the city if it was okay to put the flags on the light posts, and also if they had the personnel that could put them up and take them down. The council approved the flags, and approved the Commonweal to put up the flags and take them down.

Chamber Request

Julie Charlebois of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce spoke to the council about the ongoing landscaping project in .....
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Lanesboro School Board approves horticulture project

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School students Dalton Gartner and Jarrett Brown gave a presentation to the school board during their regular meeting on March 21. The board approved the landscaping project the horticulture class designed for outside ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at radium issues

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Department of Health has informed the City of Lanesboro that the levels of radium in their drinking water are too high, and they have until 2015 to be in compliance with state regulations. Jim Kochie of Davy Engineering attended the February ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about Ag in Motion

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Ashley Bue, a senior at Lanesboro High School, gave a presentation to the school board about the Ag in Motion trip she went on with other local high school students this past summer. Ag teacher Tim Willette said this was the third year for Ag in ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses ambulance issues

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski, an engineer with Yaggy Colby and Associates ,was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 4 to discuss the storm sewer project under Riverside on the Root. The city is planning to reroute the storm sewer so that it does no ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears ambulance staffing dilemma

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Ambulance Director Dave Haugan addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday, December 3 at the city’s regular monthly meeting. Haugan and many current ambulance crew members were present to express great concern with the future of the ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears library report

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Tara Johnson and David Hennesey spoke to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting on November 5 and gave their quarterly report about the public library. Johnson said this summer there were 21 programs at the library, including story t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves partial street vacation

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 1 regarding the request by Rick and Cheryl Lamon for the city to vacate a portion of Beacon Street. The Lamons are planning on bringing in a building that is 2 ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses storm sewer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby and Associates was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 10 to discuss a few different issues. There was discussion about the storm sewer line that goes under the Riverside on the Root restaurant. At a p ..... 
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