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Lanesboro looks at radium issues


Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Department of Health has informed the City of Lanesboro that the levels of radium in their drinking water are too high, and they have until 2015 to be in compliance with state regulations.

Jim Kochie of Davy Engineering attended the February city council meeting to go over the preliminary report he had drawn up.

Kochie explained that Well #1 is high in radium, Well #2 is a multi-aquifer well, which is also high in radium, and the pumphouse is in poor condition. Well #3 (also high in radium) is in better condition, and with reduced radium levels, could still be used.

According to Kochie, it is highly unlikely that they would be able to find a water source in Lanesboro that was not high in radium, meaning the water will have to go through a radium treatment process.

Council member Tom Smith asked Kochie what the health effects are of high radium levels. Kochie said the long-term effects are an elevated risk of bone cancer.

“It’s a naturally-occuring element,” said Kochie. “Up until 20-30 years ago, nobody looked at it or thought about it.”

He added that other towns have had to deal with this issue, and Rushford had to put a treatment plant in a few years ago.

Davy Engineering had put together several options for financing such a project. They broke it down into three priorities. Priority A would be to put up a new Well #4 near Well #3, and a pumphouse/treatment and Ridgeview PRV station to connect the systems. The total cost would be $2,282,610. In Priority B, they would construct a loop on Parkway to improve the distribution system. The cost for that would be $330,170.

Priority C involves making changes to the water main on Main Street from City Hall to Beacon Street. Increasing the pipe size to eight inches from the current six inches would increase fire protection capability for the downtown area. This would add another $266,310 to the project, bringing the total to about $2.9 million.

Kochie spoke about financial assistance and the options that are out there, including small cities grants and USDA loans. He suggested the city discuss what they would like to do and what they can afford and then pick a loan or grant program that best fits.

He gave different scenarios for financing. The project would raise the rates of water customers in Lanesboro.

Smith asked what would happen if t .....
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Eat for Equity feast coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

By Lori Slindee Eat for Equity, Lanesboro Local, and the Lanesboro Arts Center are coming together for a delightful evening of food and celebration. Eat for Equity is returning on Saturday, February 16 to put on a delicious dinner, locally grown an ..... 
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Ardis B. Swinger

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Ardis B. Swinger Ardis B. Swinger, 88 of Coon Rapids, Minn., formerly of Lanesboro, died Thursday January 31, 2013, at her home. She married Wayne Swinger May 8, 1943. She was survived by Brenda (Bob) Bakke of Lanesboro, Linda (Tom) Brown of Coon ..... 
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In the service - Benjamin Hungerholt

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Benjamin Hungerholt BUCA Benjamin J. Hungerholt graduated from US Navy Basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. on December 21, 2012. He is now stationed in Gulfport, Miss. assigned to the “Sea-Bees” (construction/builder school), which includes fur ..... 
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Season opens for “Over the Back Fence” in Lanesboro

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

Another great year is planned for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held monthly at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota. The 2013 season is packed full of fun themes, featuring our talented local cast and top-notch guest ..... 
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Ardis B. Swinger

Thu, Jan 31st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Ardis B. Swinger 88 of Coon Rapids, MN formerly of Lanesboro died Thursday January 31, 2013 at her home. She married Wayne Swinger May 8, 1943. Survived by Brenda (Bob) Bakke of Lanesboro, Linda (Tom) Brown of Coon Rapids, Ilene (Chuck) Osborn of C ..... 
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Ruth Helen Holthe

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Jan 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Ruth Helen Holthe, 96, of Lanesboro, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Waseca Nursing Home, where she resided for two months. Ruth Helen Halverson was born June 6, 1916, to Oscar and Dorthy (Dollie) Halverson. She attended school through the eight ..... 
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Silver Anniversary for the Commonweal Theatre

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, Minn. is celebrating its 25th season in 2013. Founded in 1989 by Eric Lorentz Bunge, by request of the Lanesboro Arts Council, the Commonweal Theatre has had huge success and has seen many changes. In its first ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Knox Norby Holst Jeremiah and Sasha Holst of Lanesboro are proud to annoucne the birth of their son, Knox Norby. Knox was born November 29, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 1 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. He joins his sister Lux at home. Grandparents are ..... 
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