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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 city council meeting to go over the preliminary report he had drawn up.

Kochie explained that Well #1 is high in radium, Well #2 is a multi-aquifer well, which is also high in radium, and the pumphouse is in poor condition. Well #3 (also high in radium) is in better condition, and with reduced radium levels, could still be used.

According to Kochie, it is highly unlikely that they would be able to find a water source in Lanesboro that was not high in radium, meaning the water will have to go through a radium treatment process.

Council member Tom Smith asked Kochie what the health effects are of high radium levels. Kochie said the long-term effects are an elevated risk of bone cancer.

“It’s a naturally-occuring element,” said Kochie. “Up until 20-30 years ago, nobody looked at it or thought about it.”

He added that other towns have had to deal with this issue, and Rushford had to put a treatment plant in a few years ago.

Davy Engineering had put together several options for financing such a project. They broke it down into three priorities. Priority A would be to put up a new Well #4 near Well #3, and a pumphouse/treatment and Ridgeview PRV station to connect the systems. The total cost would be $2,282,610. In Priority B, they would construct a loop on Parkway to improve the distribution system. The cost for that would be $330,170.

Priority C involves making changes to the water main on Main Street from City Hall to Beacon Street. Increasing the pipe size to eight inches from the current six inches would increase fire protection capability for the downtown area. This would add another $266,310 to the project, bringing the total to about $2.9 million.

Kochie spoke about financial assistance and the options that are out there, including small cities grants and USDA loans. He suggested the city discuss what they would like to do and what they can afford and then pick a loan or grant program that best fits.

He gave different scenarios for financing. The project would raise the rates of water customers in Lanesboro.

Smith asked what would happen if t .....
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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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Garrison Keillor will entertain area residents

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro, Minn. - On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, Garrison Keillor will headline a DFL fundraising evening at the Lanesboro Community Center, 202 Parkway Avenue South in Lanesboro. The event will feature Keillor’s endearing and original Lake Wobego ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears from local frac mining group

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Several people showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 6, 2012, to express concerns about the frac mines potentially coming to the area. Andrew Batstone spoke for the group, saying their biggest concern is the large number of truck ..... 
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