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Lanesboro at a crossroads with dam project


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council recently about their options when it comes to repairing the dam. For several years, the city has been struggling to find money to fund the $2.7 million project in order to save the historical dam.

Todd said they have about 46 percent of the total cost in grant money. They have attempted to have the project placed on the state bonding bill twice to no avail.

“The only option is to bond the rest ourselves or get a loan through the USDA,” said Todd. “Either way, it’s going to be a significant debt load to take on.”

The city needs to decide if they want to move forward with the project, or wait another two years and try for the bonding bill again. If they wait, however, they must start all over with the grant process. One of the grants expires this month, and after that, it’s a “domino effect” as they are all pulled off the table.

Councilor Ceil Allen asked how many times they were going to try for the bonding bill. “I think safety should be our number one priority,” she said. “Can we wait another two years?”

“But where are we going to get $3 million?” asked councilor Tom Smith.

Todd said they have a lot to think about. He said he will have Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates look into some bonding options.

Mayor Steve Rahn said he would like to have some public input.

Audit Report

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer present the council with the 2013 audit report. He said it was a clean report, with no problems or issues.

Boynton explained the city received $433,417 from the tax levy, with LGA (Local Government Aid) making up 12 percent of the total revenues. The LGA amount has remained the same for a few years.

General governmental expenditures remained about the same at $156,365. Public safety expenditures were at $267,465, which includes ambulance, fire, and police. This does not include the purchase of a new ambulance. The public works expenditures went from $198,380 in 2012 to $278,747 due to the storm sewer project.

In Culture and Recreation, Buffalo Bill Days revenues totaled $36,888, with expenditures coming to $38,000. The general fund was $104,124 over budget due to the storm sewer project, and the fire department and ambulance expenditures increased.

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Heritage Preservation Commission Awards given

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

The Lanesboro Heritage Preservation Commission presented 2013 Preservation Awards at their meeting on May 19. Each of the recipients has in some way helped preserve the historical aspect of Lanesboro. Ted St. Mane and Don Ward were given an award ..... 
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Pennsylvania high school student Yuyan Pu is crowned “The Most Philosophical Student in America” and winner of the 2014 National Kids Philosophy Slam. Ingrid Mundt of Minnesota named “Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America.

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Truth or Beauty: which has a greater impact on society? Yuyan Pu, a junior from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, won the 14th annual National Kids Philosophy Slam by successfully arguing that beauty has more of an ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents: Around the World in 80 Days

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents “Around the World in 80 Days” by Mark Brown June 27 through October 27. Follow the incredible journey of Phileas Fogg on his outrageous quest to circumnavigate the globe in only 80 day ..... 
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Michael L. Shanahan

Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Michael L. Shanahan, age 70, of Chisago City, Minn., died Sunday, June 1, 2014 near Lanesboro, Minn. Mike was born December 22, 1943, in Carrolton Township, Fillmore County, Minn. to Mike and Ruby (Nelson) Shanahan. He attended Lanesboro Schools. ..... 
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Highway 16 detour for bridge replacements west of Lanesboro

Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists using Highway 16 west of Lanesboro in Fillmore County will encounter a detour during construction to replace two bridges in a project that begins on Tuesday, June 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportati ..... 
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Sixth annual Rhubarb Run celebrates rhubarb with healthy helpings of laughter

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Family-friendly, kid-inclusive Rhubarb Run 5K or 1-mile event invites runners, joggers and walkers of all ages to kick up their heels on Saturday, June 7. The Rhubarb Run epicenter is one block west of downtown Lanesboro, off County Road 8. Check-in ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre presents the Artaria String Quartet

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company once again welcomes the renowned Artaria String Quartet for a two-night concert series in the Events Hall of the Commonweal Theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro. Concert dates are Wednesday, June ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents the 34th annual ‘Art in the Park’ Father’s Day Festival

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - A Father’s Day tradition for more than 30 years, the ‘Art in the Park’ Festival will take place again this year in beautiful Sylvan Park, Lanesboro. Presented by the Lanesboro Arts Center, the festival will be held Sunday, J ..... 
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