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David Todd takes over as City Administrator in Lanesboro


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

David Todd has been settling into his new role in a new town. Photo by Jade Sexton

David Todd came to Minnesota all the way from Maryville, Mo. to start a new life and a new job. In June, he took over the position of the city administrator of Lanesboro, Minn.

Todd is now living in Rochester, Minn. with his wife, Hilarie and their son Riley, and he is enjoying his new adventure.

“There’s a lot more to do here,” he said. “There are tons of things to do in Rochester and in this Lanesboro area.”

Todd attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1998. Since then, he has been working in public safety as a sergeant in a police department. He enjoyed that line of work for the most part, but especially the administrative aspects.

Working as a city administrator was always a career goal for Todd, so when he saw the position in Lanesboro was open, he took a chance. He didn’t want to move too far away from his home in Missouri, but he was open to coming to Minnesota. It’s a six-hour drive to Minnesota from Maryville.

There has been a lot to learn for Todd, and a lot of new experiences. He has worked with the public for many years, and there are some similarities in the two careers. “I’m really just working for a different arm of the government,” he said. “The transition wasn’t all that difficult.”

There is also a lot that is brand new, and he has been working hard to learn all there is to know. There are many things about the new job that he prefers to his previous one.

Working with planning and zoning and city ordinances is different than working as a police officer in that the ordinances are in black and white and easy to defend. “As a police officer you have to use some discretion,” shared Todd. “At times it’s easier to deal with when it’s clear. I am responsible for what’s set by the council.”

Some people are interested in the inner workings of government, and Todd is one of those people. “It’s always been fascinating to me,” he shared. “Lanesboro is a tourist area, and the business people and the residents are very active in what’s going on. That’s how you’re going to change things.”

Todd described the small town government as the “jumping off point for democracy.” He admires how passionate people are about Lanesboro. He also enjoys being able to get to know the residents one on one, something that isn’t possible in a larger tow .....
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Motown theme for “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Motown is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Michelle Lynn will provide pre-show music beginning at 7:10 p.m. Damon Prestem ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance to be held in August

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday August 10 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7 at the door. Although it’s good to know right from left ..... 
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Documentary Film The 11th Hour and Events with Author Shawn Otto

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Author Shawn Otto will be in town for events in conjunction with the upcoming Third Friday Film Series film on Friday, August 16, 2013. Events start at 5 p.m. at the Lanesboro Public Library, where Shawn will do a presentation, ..... 
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World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements Documentary

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

LANESBORO, Minn. – The documentary film “World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements” will be shown on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with Frozen River Film Festiv ..... 
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World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements Documentary

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

LANESBORO, Minn. – The documentary film “World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements” will be shown on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with Frozen River Film Festiv ..... 
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Matthew Kiehne returns from Mission Trip to Tanzania

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

The Minnesota Youth Servant Leader Institute (YSLI), in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Good Earth Village Bible Camp, formed a group of eight youth (ages 16-21) from souther ..... 
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Summer Field Day held at Haz-Broy Farms

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Southeast Minnesota Forage Council (SMFC) along with the Midwest Forage Association held a Summer Field Day on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Haz-Broy Farms near Lanesboro, Minn. Owners of the farm, Brian and Judy Hazel, were gracious enough to hos ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board decides against referendum

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton At the June meeting the Lanesboro School Board discussed an operating referendum of $300 per student. Superintendent Jeff Boggs had informed the board that the state was offering a referendum match of $212 per student. If the distric ..... 
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