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Lanesboro School Board sets 2014 levy


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board certified their levy and approved the budget at their regular meeting on December 19. The levy for 2014 was set at $373,445.53.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the levy has gone down this year, and has been doing so for the last five years, which has been good for the taxpayers.

“A lot of the levy is beyond our control,” said Boggs. “I think we’ll see an increase in the levy again in the future.”

The state aid increased $20,000, but Boggs noted that overall, the district is getting less money. The district used to get money from the state based on how many students were open enrolled, which amounted to about $40,000 a year. The state has changed the way that is calculated, and the figure is down to $29,000. Of the $73,037 earmarked for Health and Safety, $50,000 is for the ventilation system that was required by the state.

The budget was also approved, with expenditures at $4,574,849. Boggs said he is not happy with what he has been seeing with the budget. The revenue is down some this year. Part of that is compensatory aid, which is based on the number of students that receive free or reduced lunches.

Board member Steve Snyder said he would be interested in knowing what other schools get from the state per pupil unit, especially schools in larger cities.

Boggs spoke about an operating referendum. Lanesboro does not currently have one, as they let the last one expire due to lack of need. Boggs explained the money from the last referendum is in a savings account, which has about $3 million. The district is spending this savings as an operating referendum. When the reserves get down to one or one and a half million, they might have to consider another referendum.

Boggs said if the district gets through 2019 with no referendum and no bonds, they will be completely debt free.

Some other concerns Boggs had were a decrease in Title I funding and federal money. He did mention that with the excess money in the state’s budget, the school districts might get some money in June. The state previously held back 30 percent from funding of schools, and may decide to pay that money back. The numbers are unknown at this time if it were to happen.

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Boggs explained to the board the city wants to make some changes to the playground equipment at Sylvan Park. He has spoken with .....
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Light Matters

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, What a poignant irony that it is in these shortest, dark days we gratefully celebrate the gift of the infinite and brightest of lights as manifest in the Christ. His unique biological life story - His origin, His counsel and works ..... 
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Darrell W. “Squirrel” Simonson

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Darrell “Squirrel” Simonson, age 75, of Grand Meadow, Minn., died Monday December 16, 2013 at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center where he had resided for a short time. He was born in Grand Meadow on June 16, 1942 to Leland Simonson and Berni ..... 
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Lanesboro City Ordinance - Water Rates

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

Title V - Public Utilities Chapter 525 - Water Rates 525.01 Residential Base Fee $12.60 per month Water Charge $.0044 per gallon 525.02 Commercial Base Fee $12.60 per month Water Charge $.0044 per gallon 525.03 Penalty 18% per month 525. ..... 
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Lanesboro City Ordinance - Sewer Rates

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

Title V - Public Utilities Chapter 515 - Sewer Rates 515.01 Residential Base Fee $15.95 per month Sewer Improvement $ 4.00 per month Sewer Charge $.0041 per gallon 515.02 Commercial Base Fee $15.95 per month Sewer Improvement $ 4.00 per ..... 
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Lanesboro City Ordinance - Garbage and Refuse Rates

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

Title V - Public Utilities Chapter 505 - Garbage and Refuse Rates 505.01 Recycling $7.80 per month Blue Bag $1.75 per bag Fuel Surcharge Actual Penalty 18% 505.02 REPEAL This Ordinance Adopted December 2, 2013 repeals Chapter V. Section ..... 
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Lanesboro City Ordinance -Electric Rates

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

Title V - Public Utilities Chapter 555 - Electric Rates 555.01 Residential Base Charge $12.00 per month Energy $.1471 per KwH 555.02 Commercial Base Charge 1 Phase $21.60 per month Base Charge 3 Phase $37.20 per month Energy $.1471 per K ..... 
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Snow accents Lanesboro’s Christmas Inn Tour 2013

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

A light snow throughout the day put the finishing touch on a seasonal favorite in Lanesboro, Minn. on Sunday, December 8, 2013. The annual Christmas Inn Tour was held from 2-6 p.m. while a beautiful fluffy snow covered the area bringing attendees ho ..... 
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Solstice celebration at Lost Lake storytelling center Lanesboro

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Join us for a Solstice celebration at Lost Lake storytelling center. Mark the beginning of Winter and the start of a Lanesboro literary tradition: Lost Lake Folk Opera magazine. Buy a signed copy. Meet some of the authors. Enjoy refreshments and man ..... 
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