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Lanesboro School Board approves audit report


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the 2012 Audit Report at the regular meeting on November 21.

Ristau said it was a good year for the district, with strong fund balances.

The food service fund increased this year, and Ristau stated Lanesboro is one of the few districts in the area with a strong food service fund, as most of them break even or operate on a negative fund balance.

School enrollment numbers have remained consistent. Total expenditures increased this year, and state capital outlay was the reason for this. The school made some larger purchases, such as the greenhouse and the new dust collection system in the wood shop.

The general fund saw a decrease of $500,000 this year, but is still strong at $2.9 million. Board member Steve Snyder asked if there were any trends they should be aware of. Ristau replied they should be cautious with spending, as the nest egg is decreasing.

Ristau also said the district has approximately $2 million in CDs and investments when most districts in the area have closer to $100,000. They also have less debt than many other districts.

Ristau recommended the board approve the transfer of money from the general fund to the community services fund in order to cover the Community Ed Deficit of $147,355. Ristau said the state doesn’t like to see districts operating with such a negative balance. The negative balance comes from over expenditures accumulating over several years, and is something the district should look at for the future. The board approved the transfer, retroactive to the end of the fiscal year June 30, 2013, and then also approved the audit report.

Food Service Update

Chad Rich, the new head cook for the district, spoke to the board about a food convention he attended in Houston, Texas in recent months. He said there were 500 vendors with samples of their products for schools, healthier foods, snack items, and beverages.

Rich said he was glad he was able to attend and build experience. He has been learning ways to save the district money in purchasing food.

Board member Steve Snyder asked Rich if any students were getting shorted in terms of food portions. Rich said there are times that he actually gives a little bit more than he is supposed to according to state regulations.

For a la carte items, Rich explained the firs .....
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Live Nativity at Lanesboro United Methodist Church

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

From a “dirty” nativity with travel-worn shepherds to elaborate stained glass windows, people have many ways to tell the story of the first Christmas. On Sunday December 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Lanesboro United Methodist Church will have an ..... 
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Lanesboro Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company

Wed, Nov 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company is proud to introduce readers to the first issue of Lost Lake Folk Opera magazine. The arts heartbeat and journalistic pulse of rural Mid-America is available in stores and online now! LLFO V1-N1 feat ..... 
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Maynard Duane Gilbertson

Tue, Nov 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Maynard Duane Gilbertson, 84, of Lanesboro, Minn., died Monday morning at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Maynard was born July 12, 1929 to Alvin and Golda (Guttormson) near Henrytown in Fillmore County. He went to work on the family f ..... 
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Charlotte Joanne Neldner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Charlotte died Friday evening, November 15, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at her daughter Barbara’s home in Elgin. Charlotte Joanne VandeZande was born March 26, 1940 in Forestville, MN to Harold and Della (Frazer) VandeZande. She attend ..... 
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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 2014 season

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — In 2014, the Commonweal Theatre Company will embark on season 26 and lay the groundwork for the next 25 years of producing quality theatre as southeastern Minnesota’s premiere professional resident theatre company. “With 25 ..... 
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Lanesboro business makes scents

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found any ..... 
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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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