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Lanesboro hears from local frac mining group


Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Several people showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 6, 2012, to express concerns about the frac mines potentially coming to the area. Andrew Batstone spoke for the group, saying their biggest concern is the large number of trucks that could be going through town every day, doing damage to the roads, causing a safety hazard, and affecting the town in a negative way.

The group asked to have the city pass a resolution asking the county do a study on the potential impact on the economy of Lanesboro, as well as the surrounding communities.

“If an ordinance goes into effect, they could build things into it restricting where they can go,” said Batstone. “The question is, where do you route those trucks?”

The potential damage of 200-300 trucks a day driving through the town, five to six days a week for several years is unknown, but there are many who feel it could destroy the downtown area and have a very negative impact on tourism, something the city has worked hard on for many years.

Mayor Steve Rahn also mentioned the people who are fighting overseas because of America’s need for oil. Batstone said they are not speaking out against the mining, they would just like it to be done without killing the downtown community.

Frank Wright said the Chamber’s main concern is how many trucks an hour is acceptable? “There is a limit, no matter if you live on a road in the country, or in town, how many trucks a day you can put up with,” said Wright. “It has to do with quality of life, and it has to do with safety. If there are no limits, it could be clustered, and it could have a huge impact.”

Robbie Brokken, who works for the Lanesboro Art Center, said it should be looked at on an emotional level as well, since people have worked so hard for so long to make Lanesboro what it is. “People have moved here because they want to live in this beautiful place,” she said. “If we allow this amount of trucks to go through and destroy the landscape, why keep trying?”

Bryce Dawson commented on the noise pollution of so many trucks going through town every day, and that the noise affects the buildings in town as well. Beth Hennesey said she moved to Lanesboro eight years ago, and she never would have moved here if she had known a frac mine would be nearby. Her home is within hearing and site of the frac mine, and she thinks the community .....
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The Roaring Twenties!

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – ‘The Roaring Twenties!’ Will Showcase Songs of the 1920s in this Month’s “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show on Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre The excitement and romance of ‘The Roari ..... 
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Dorothy Marie Blagsvedt

Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Dorothy Marie Blagsvedt, age 86, of Sacred Heart, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 3rd, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. The R ..... 
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Birth Announcement ~ Fiona Claire Horihan

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Kevin and Laura Horihan of Lanesboro are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Fiona Claire. Fiona was born on July 8, 2012. She weighed 7 lb. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. She joins brother Liam at home. Grandparents are John and Jennif ..... 
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Engagement-Konsti ~ Peterson

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Melissa Konsti and Ryan Peterson, both of Lanesboro, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Patti Konsti. The groom is the son of Jim and Diane Peterson. Melissa works for the MNDNR Fis ..... 
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Letter about voter suppression

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Should Minnesota voters be required to show a state-issued photo ID with their current address on Election Day? NO. Expensive: State-issued IDs and provisional ballots, plus labor, would cost millions of dollars Minnesota doesn’t ha ..... 
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Geraldine Lotero

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Geraldine Frances (Egge) Lotero age 84 passed away March 15, 2012. She was born July 6, 1927, in Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Christian and Ruby (Skrukrud) Egge. She was a graduate of Lanesboro High School and the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing. She a ..... 
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Board of Equalization hearing held in Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro All

Ron Vikre came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 9 from the Fillmore County Assessor’s Office to discuss property values. Julie Charlebois, owner of Riverside on the Root and Root River Outfitters, asked why she is paying 15 percen ..... 
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Wounded veteran sale running for second consecutive year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

During a time of unsettled conflict in the world, recognition to those who defend our country cannot be given too often. However, wounded veterans need more than just recognition, and that is why River Rats Outfitters is continuing its Wounded Veter ..... 
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