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Lanesboro City Council talks trees


Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Street/Park Director Andy Drake approached the city council regarding several ash trees at Sylvan Park and around town that are dying. He said they trimmed the dead parts off the trees last year, but they need it again. He suggested they be removed instead.

According to Drake, the trees do not have Emerald Ash Borer yet, but they will. When it hits Lanesboro, the trees will need to be removed anyway. A forester looked at the trees and doesn’t know why they are dying. Drake removed 15 trees from the park last year.

Mayor Steven Rahn said if the trees are dying, they should be removed from the park. He said it should be up to Drake’s discretion which trees come down and when. As for the trees on the boulevards, the city can remove them, but it’s up to the property owner to replace them. It will be discussed with the owners before removal.

There will be some trees coming to the park to replace a few that will need to be removed. The David Drake Memorial Fund is paying for trees and they are requesting the city pay for the planting. The trees, which will be 18 feet high, cost between $295-325 per tree. The cost of planting is around $130 per tree. City Administrator David Todd came up with two options for the city to spend the money, which comes to $3,400. The first option is to purchase nine trees, which is around $3,000 plus tax, and the city will pay for the planting. The second option is to purchase six trees for $2,833 and pay for the planting with the remaining fund money.

Councilor Tom Smith asked if the planting could be done by city staff to save money. However, the two-year warranty on the trees would be void if Winona Nursery didn’t plant the trees they are selling. Drake said there is $1,500 in the street budget that was earmarked for stump removal, and the city could use that for the planting.

A motion was made by Councilor Tom Dybing to purchase nine trees with the money from the memorial fund, especially in light of the discussion about losing the ash trees. The money for planting will come from the street budget. The park board will decide on a variety of types of trees to purchase.

Budget

The council approved the preliminary budget and levy for 2014. The final must be decided in December, and the amount can be reduced, but not increased before that time.

The proposed levy was approved at $503,747. The estimate .....
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“Better Be”

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In “Be Better” on September 2, 2013 Eric was uneasy as to how his remarks about the Anniversary of the Civil Rights March would be received. Bill O’Reilly was incensed. He claimed that Republicans were not invited to partic ..... 
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‘Energy’ Series documentary film: ‘Home’ to show at the St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘HOME’, a documentary film, will show at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tying into the ‘Energy’ theme this season, the film is part of the Third Friday Film Series, an educational series sponsored ..... 
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‘Names’ theme for “Over the Back Fence”

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Names’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, September. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. We’ll have everything from ‘Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout’ (Silverst ..... 
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Listen up as silent movies trigger deafening peals of laughter in Lanesboro, Minn.

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

What’s so funny about a locally-made silent movie? One that reenacts fairytales we all know so well? What? It’s the fun of involving a big cast of local “movie stars” in a light-hearted project intended to get never-before-actors/actresses i ..... 
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Leather and Pipes ride to Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Leather and Pipes Motorcycle Run visited Lanesboro, Minn., on August 17, 2013 during this year’s sixth Annual fundraiser for the event with riders raising money for cancer awareness and to help find a cure. The Leather and Pipes Rally began ..... 
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Letter about “Love is Love”

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Going through a few back issue of the Journal, I just read the cover story from August 12 -- “Love is Love.” I offer you a hearty CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for choosing to run that story -- and on the cover, no less! Having ..... 
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Livestock: Life long passion

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

By Megan Kiehne Dedication and commitment can lead to great achievement as proven by Ashley Bue, Fillmore County 4-H’er and livestock shower. As soon as Bue was old enough to show beef cattle at the Fillmore County Fair, she was in the arena. Lov ..... 
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Lanesboro man accused of unauthorized practice of law

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Court

Seventy-one year old David Welford Williams Jr., of Lanesboro, Minn., made an appearance in Fillmore County Court. Williams is accused of practicing law in an unauthorized manor, which in this case is considered a misdemeanor level offense. Thoug ..... 
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