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Lanesboro discusses Amish vendors


Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A crowd of people, including several from the Amish community, attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 4 to discuss vendors doing businesses at Sylvan Park. Mayor Steve Rahn explained the Amish have been selling food and other items at the park for years, but several other people have come forward asking to sell things in the park as well.

Rahn’s concern was that an open air market is not really the intended use of the park. There is also the issue of being fair to everyone.

The park is an R1-zoned property, and under zoning ordinance, open air markets are not allowed. The council can make exceptions for special occasions.

Rahn said the city is in no way trying to kick the Amish out of the park, and they are not against what they are doing. The only issue is the location.

Lanesboro resident Butch Culbertson asked if there was a different area they could use that was zoned properly.

“We’re willing to work with them and find a spot,” said Rahn. “The Amish definitely add to the fabric of the community.”

Farmer’s Market Manager Stena Lieb said this year they have opened up the market to craft sales as well. She said they would love to have the Amish vendors at the Farmer’s Market. The only issue is that the guidelines require insurance, and that is a problem for many of the Amish people.

Lawrence Hermsoth said he is a new resident of Lanesboro, but has been coming to the area for years. He said the view drew him down here, as well as the Amish.

“The public needs to be made aware of this ordinance,” said Hermsoth. “There is a large passion for the Amish here and support for tourism. If other vendors want to come that would be great.”

Hermsoth asked if the town could vote on what would vendors to allow. Rahn said another issue is there are people that have businesses and restaurants in Lanesboro and pay taxes, and there would be competition.

There was a lot of interest in supporting the Amish among the residents at the meeting. City Administrator David Todd reiterated the fact that the city has to be fair, and cannot enforce an ordinance on some people and not others. The issue will be looked at more in the future.

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Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

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Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

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Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

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Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

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Poetry reading: Morgan Grayce Willow in Lanesboro on Saturday, November 9

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

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Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

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Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

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