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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 materials. Currently the project is expected to cost around $2.7 million.

The city has approximately $900,000 in grant money for the project, which includes a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society that will be expiring in June. Todd is seeking an extension on that grant. He said the Minnesota Historical Society would be willing to extend the deadline if the city had matching federal money. According to Todd, the only federal money available is a loan from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

The city has been trying to get help for the project through the state bonding bill, but Todd said the senate has decreased the bonding bill by a million dollars, meaning there is less money to go around for capital projects. Council member Tom Dybing said the appropriation money is determined by the head of the DNR, and Lanesboro’s dam project is on high priority.

“We need to be thinking of a contingency plan if we don’t get any more funding,” said Todd. He noted there is still a large gap between how much they already have and how much is needed for the project.

Street Vacation

Dan Anderson, developer of Church Hill Condominiums, has filed a petition for a street vacation. Anderson had previously approached the council about a joint agreement with the city regarding the parking lot. The property line currently goes down the middle of the parking lot, and the spaces are used by people attending church nearby. Anderson has petitioned for the city to vacate a small strip of land.

Todd said the petition is not valid, as there are not enough signatures. A petition requires a certain percentage of property owners, and this would include everyone that owns a unit in the building. He also stated the condo unit doesn’t want to pay for a survey if the city is not going to entertain a vacation.

City Attorney Tom Manion said it would be hard to have good input at a public hearing without a description or survey of the property so they know exactly what portion of land is being discussed. Todd said he would contact Anderson and let him know they need more signatures, and the city would need a survey before mov .....
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Bluff Country Gathering is May 15-18, 2014

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The 16th Annual Bluff Country Gathering is delighting us again with traditional American music and dance in Lanesboro, Minn. from May 15-18, 2014. One can learn the tradition through workshops (only a few spots left), revel in the musical talent thro ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground to host first-time blood drive over Memorial Day weekend - Red Cross cooling towels and special T-shirts offered to all presenting donors

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Eagle Cliff Campground is partnering with the American Red Cross to kick off the Red Cross “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” campaign by reminding eligible donors that their support is needed. On May 24 and 25, Eagle Cliff will host a blood ..... 
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Artist Adam Manley to come to Lanesboro

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Mixed Media Artist Adam Manley will be Lanesboro Arts Center’s 39th Artist in Residence: May 17-31, 2014, working on a public art project involving place and history and architecture. PUBLIC INVITED to participate on Saturday, M ..... 
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Blood donors give patients the chance to create a lifetime of hope

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With summer right around the corner, the American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make giving blood as much a part of their summer plans as barbecues, ball games and road trips. Donors of all blood types are needed. “Blood d ..... 
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Ann Paige Simenson

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Ann Paige Simenson, 77, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday April 26, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minn. Annie was born June 26, 1936 in Decorah, Iowa to Norman and Jennie (Robinson) Indvick. She attended school in ..... 
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Wedding: Wangen ~ Haugerud

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Eleyna Wyant is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of her parents, Erika Wangen and Jeremy Haugerud. Erika is the daughter of Gene & Barb Wangen of Lanesboro, Minn. and Kerry Creger of Stoddard, Wis. Jeremy is the son of James & Kay Haugerud ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board learns about Plato educational software

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro special education teacher Jim Gladis was at the school board meeting on April 17 to discuss the Plato online software the district currently uses. The online curriculum Plato offers is used for a variety of things. Gladis said the number on ..... 
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“I Love to Read” program a Big Success for Kids in Fillmore Central and Lanesboro Schools

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Fillmore Central Community Education, Fillmore Central Schools, Lanesboro Schools, and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids in our area. The “I Love to Read” program was introduced this past February during “I L ..... 
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