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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 2.8 percent increase in the levy for 2015. He added that financial advisor Mike Bubany recommended they increase the budget 3-4 percent each year.

According to Todd, the tax base may increase due to new construction in town, which would make the increase less.

Councilor Tom Smith said he would like the council to sit down with the department heads and go over their budgets with them. He would like to find areas in which they can cut expenses.

“Taxes are high, utility rates are high,” said Smith. “We’re keeping people out of town.”

Todd brought up the auditor’s comment from last month about having low reserves. Right now the city has 26 percent of their general fund set aside for reserves, which is lower than it has ever been.

“The only way to increase that is to have a cushion built into the line items,” said Todd. He said there was an additional $40,000 in the street fund that was not used a couple of years ago, so it was put in reserves, where it was used the next year when it was needed. He said the department heads are careful not to spend money in the budget unless it is needed.

Todd said Lanesboro didn’t raise their levy for four years, and then last year they had to catch up with a big increase. “If we raise it nominally we won’t have to do that.”

He said he would speak with the department heads about meeting with council members about their budgets.

Church Hill Parking Lot

Dan Anderson approached the council with quotes for asphalt to blacktop the parking lot at Church Hill Condominiums. The lowest quote he got was for $3,600.

“Now the question is do we want to do that? Do we want to spend the money at all?” asked Mayor Steve Rahn. His concern was whether or not it would benefit the city.

Anderson said it’s a city street, with the city responsible for 75 of the cost of upkeep. They have put in a curb, and would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost of blacktop. He said it’s used by the church, it’s a public street, and he would like to keep it that way.

Todd said he had heard concerns from a res .....
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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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‘Blood Brother’ documentary film will be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

In a partnership with Frozen River Film Festival, Lanesboro Arts Center will host a screening of ‘Blood Brother’, which won the 1st Place and People’s Choice Winner of the January 2014 festival held in Winona, Minn. The film will be shown on F ..... 
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